Northeast Iceland
Photo credit: svak.is

Fishing season

01 May – 30 September


Baits allowed

Flies, Worms, Spinner
Fishing rod

Maximum fishing rods

14 rods

Fishing limits

3 fish per rod/day




Family friendly, Easy access, Requires permission, SUVs only

Price range for fishing rods

For half a day
4000 ISK to 6000 ISK

What can be fished


River Hörgá is a typical rain fed river, cold with variable water levels and often “flashy” in summer. It is the third biggest river that flows into Eyjafjörður, after Eyjafjarðará and Fnjóská. River Öxnadalsá flows into Hörgá just outside Staðartunga. Many tributaries flow into the rivers from side valleys and passes. River Barká, which is a glacier river from Barkárdalsjökull, often colors Hörgá enormously. Sea run char start to migrate into Hörgá in July and those which migrate farthest into the valleys come first, although char spawn all through the river. The usual weight of sea char is about 0.5 – 1.0 kg with the heaviest about 3 kg. The char migrate far beyond Bakkasel in Öxnadal, to waterfall Básfoss in Hörgárdal and to waterfall Byrgisfoss in the tributary Myrká. In late August and into the autumn, immature small char migrate into Hörgá, often in large groups. In recent years the share of trout and sea trout has been increasing in the catch, mainly in the lower part of the river. The heaviest trout caught is about 3 kg. The river is sold in 6-hour shifts/half days.

Accommodation & Facilities


Fishing rules

Anglers are asked to be tidy on the riverbanks, only to drive on tracks and clean up all rubbish. From 1st to 20th of May only fly fishing is permitted and all fish must be released. All catches must be recorded in an electronic logbook for Hörgá at svak.is. Logbooks for recent years can be seen here

Quota:It is allowed to take 3 chars per shift except in area 5b, where all chars shall be released. There are no restrictions on trout, salmon or sea trout.

Bait fishing: Fly fishing only during the spring and on beat 5b the whole season

Fishing time: from 01.05. – 30.09. in areas 1 & 2 / from 20.06. – 30.09. in areas 3 & 4a / but stopped at 10.09. at 4b, 5a and 5b map log book


There are 7 beats and they extend from river Nautá to Bakkasel in Öxnadalur and from waterfall Básfoss in Hörgárdalur to the estuary of Hörgá.

Services nearby

Nearest cities

Akureyri: about 10 – 30 km depending on beats , Dalvík: about 35 km and Reykjavík: 360 km

About the fishing license

svak.is – Hörgá

The Angling club Akureyri, svak.is


Morning shift

07:00 – 13:00

Evening shift

16:00 – 22:00


Northeast Iceland

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