Northeast Iceland
Photo credit: SVAK

Fishing season

01 June – 20 September


Baits allowed

Flies, Worms, Spinner
Fishing rod

Maximum fishing rods

10 rods

Fishing limits

2 fish per rod/day




Family friendly, Easy access, Requires permission, SUVs only

Price range for fishing rods

For half a day
2500 ISK to 3800 ISK

What can be fished


River Svarfaðardalsá has its source on Heljardalsheiði, an ancient route between Skagafjörður and Eyjafjörður. It is a typical rain fed river, cold with variable water levels and often glacial in the summer. Numerous tributaries join Svarfaðardalsá and the main one is Skíðadalsá, which is also a fishing river. These are basically sea char rivers, but there are considerable numbers of brown trout in the lower areas. The fishing area is about 35 km, divided into 5 beats each with two rods. The most popular time is the first two weeks in August, as then the char migration is usually at its peak. It can be great fun fishing for sea char in Svarfaðardalsá and then there is the pleasant surprise of trout fishing. Half days are sold on the river. The average catch over the last 10 years is about 630 char, but this is likely to be an underestimate.

Accomodation options

Bed & Breakfast

Syðri-Hagi t: +354 4661961 / +354 855 1861, [email protected]

Möðruvellir in Skíðadalur t +354 466 1658,[email protected]

The Tourism at Skeiði Svarfaðardalur t: +354 466 1636,, [email protected]


Húsabakki: [email protected] / t: +354 859-7811

Ytri-vík and Kálfskinn t: +354 466 1982, +354 466 1630 or +354 869 2433, [email protected], [email protected]

Fishing rules

In the spring fishing in May, only fly fishing is allowed and all fish must be released. From June to September, only fly fishing is allowed on beat 5 and all fish shall be released. On other beats, all known bait is allowed and quota per day rod is 4 chars (2 chars per shift)

All catches should be entered in the electronic fishing book of Svarfaðardalsá on



Svarfaðardalsá is divided into 5 beats, see map below

A map

Services nearby

Nearest cities

Dalvík: frá 2 – 15 km, Akureyri: 42 km and Reykjavík: 411 km

About the fishing license

Svarfaðardalsa – Veiðitorg

Veiðifélag Svarfaðardalsár t: +354 6911633

[email protected]

Fishing Guard: Marinó t: +354 780-0049 and he provides guidance in the river.


Morning shift

07:00 – 13:00

Evening shift

16:00 – 22:00


Northeast Iceland

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