Refsveina

West Iceland
Photo credit: Högni Harðarson
Calendar

Fishing season

10 June – 15 September

Bait

Baits allowed

Flies, Worms, Spinner
Stop

Fishing limits

No quota

Accomodation options

Angling lodge
Information

Guidance

Not available
Accessibility

Accessibility

Family friendly, Requires permission, SUVs only, Only 4×4 cars, Only by foot
Dollar

Price range for fishing rods

For the full day
7500 ISK to 7500 ISK

What can be fished

Description

Refsveina is a rather small but beautiful river that runs through several reservoirs on its way to Norðlingarfljót, including Stóralón. All the way there is the prospect of good fishing, especially where the river runs into reservoirs but also in the river itself.

Stóralón is rather shallow and can all be waded. It is 0.06 km² long with one small island. It is especially popular to fish with a fly and the reservoir holds good fish both char and brown trout. Refsveina falls from Stóralón further into a small lake and then to River Norðlingarfljót. This is truly a dream area for the fly-fisherman, which opens in the spring, when the road to Arnarvatnsheiði is passable, and closes late September.

Accomodation options

Angling lodge

By Arnarvatn litla is a small fishing cabin that is possible to hire. By Úlfsvatn are three cabins, Úlfsvatnsskáli for 20 people, a fishing cabin for eight people and then a cabin for four people.

The Fishing Cabin by Arnarvatn Litla: In the house is a sleeping space for eight people on mattresses, plus tableware and cooking facilities. The house is heated by gas, there is cold running water, electric lighting and a WC. There is a gas grill by the house and people asked to clean it after use. Outside there are hangers/hooks for waders and fishing rods. People are asked to keep the house cleaned and tidy.

Úlfsvatnsskáli: The lodge is divided into three parts; first there is a hall with toilets/WC, then you enter the dining room where there are cooking facilities, table and chairs. Last is the sleeping area, there are mattresses for at least 20 people. In the lodge are cooking facilities, gas and cooking utensils, tableware, sink with a cold water and a toilet/WC. The lodge is heated with gasovens. There is a gas grill by the house and people asked to clean it after use.

Fishing lodge for eight people:The house has a sleeping space for eight people on mattresses, tableware and cooking facilities. The house is heated with a gas, there is a sink with running cold water and an electric lighting. There is a gas grill by the house and people asked to clean it after use. Outside, on the house are hangers/hooks for waders and fishing rods. At the place is a small house with sharad toilet facilities for both lodges.

Fishing lodge for four people: The house has a sleeping space for four people on mattesses, the lower space is wider and can easily accommodate 2 people. In the house is a sink with cold water, electric lighting and gas acceleration. At the house are cooking facilities and utensils. There is a gas grill by the house and people asked to clean it after there use. At the place is a small house with sharad toilet facilities for both lodges.

Anglers can arrive at their lodge at 17:00 on the first day of fishing. They must depart before that time on the day of departure.

Directions

Note! There are two ways to get to the south side of Arnarvatnsheiði: either cross a ford on River Norðlingafljót, which is only accessible by 4-wheel drive vehicles, or over a bridge that was built in 2019. If you cross the bridge, it is difficult to get to Úlfsvatn, so we like to point out that people will need to use good 4-wheel drive vehicles if they are going to go that way.

The fishing area extends from the source of the river in lake Arnarvatn litla and down to river Norðlingarfljót.

Map of Arnarvatnsheiði

Services nearby

Nearest cities

Borgarnes um 100 km and Reykjavík: 175 km

Attractions

Húsafell, the waterfalls Barnafoss and Hraunfossar, the caves Víðgelmir and Surtshellir, lakes on the Arnarvatnsheiði

Picnic areas

Húsafell

About the fishing license

[email protected]

The restaurant by waterfall Hraunfossar, which is open from 11:00 – 15:00 Mondays to Thursdays, 11:00 – 17:00 Fridays to Sundays

Upplýsingar: Snorri H. Jóhannesson veiðivörður í síma 892 5052 eða Kristrún Snorradóttir með tölvupósti á netfangið [email protected]

Schedule

Location

West Iceland

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