Fjarðará in Hvalvatnsfjörður

Northeast Iceland
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Fishing season

01 July – 20 September


Baits allowed

Flies, Worms, Spinner
Fishing rod

Maximum fishing rods

4 rods

Fishing limits

No quota


Not available


For beginners, Family friendly, Requires permission, Only 4×4 cars

Price range for fishing rods

For the full day
4200 ISK to 6000 ISK

What can be fished


The river is called Fjarðará for just the last stretch to the sea, after the rivers Gilsá and Þverá have merged by the farm Gil. It is fishable up to the waterfall, totaling 8 km. In Fjarðará, the catch is mainly good char, mostly 1 – 1.5 lb and up to barely 3 lb, but also some sea trout and salmon. There are many good fishing spots in the river, the estuary is however the highest catch area. The road in Hvalvatnsfjörður often does not open until the end of June, and even in early July or later if the winter has been harsh. It is convenient to use flies in the whole river and bead heads and dry flies are very effective. Streamer fishing is also very good in some parts of the river, and it is popular to use spinners in the estuary area.

Fishing rules

All catches must be recorded in an electronic logbook at Logbooks of recent years can be seen here


Directions: It is not advisable to drive to Hvalvatnsfjörður except in a Jeep. To get to the place, drive towards Grenivík which is in the eastern part of Eyjafjörður. Shortly before reaching Grenivík, turn right, up by the Gljúfurá river, and from there drive over Leirdalsheiði and down to Hvalvatnsfjörður. From the highway to the estuary, it is a minimum 45 minutes’ drive. From the offroad by Gljúfurá and to the top fishing spot by the waterfall, close to Gil, is about 18 km.

Fishing area:reaches from the unfishable waterfall just above the house Gil and down to the estuary.

Services nearby

Nearest cities

Grenivík: is in 30 km distance from the estuary of the river Akureyri: is in 62 km distance from the estuary of the river

About the fishing license – Fjarðará

Info: Þórarinn Pétursson t: +354 899-3236.



Northeast Iceland

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