Northwest Iceland
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Fishing season

20 June – 20 September


Baits allowed

Fishing rod

Maximum fishing rods

3 rods

Fishing limits

Catch & Release

Accomodation options

Angling lodge




Family friendly, Easy access, Requires permission

Price range for fishing rods

For the full day
60000 ISK to 120000 ISK

What can be fished


River Sæmundará is a hidden pearl that flows in Sæmundarhlíð in Skagafjörður. It is 22 km long and is a rain fed river with a 172 km² catchment. The river is fished with two rods and managed successfully about two decades ago. However, unrestrained net fishing in Miklavatn spoiled the fishing and catches collapsed to almost nothing. Fishing has been coming back in recent years, with more juveniles released into the river and the acquisition of net fishing in the lake. In addition to salmon, there are good populations of char and sea trout in the river. The river is sold for two to three days at a time and all the rods are sold together. The average catch in the last 10 years is about 230 salmon.

Accommodation & Facilities

Angling lodge

Melur is the fishing cabin for Sæmundará and was built in the summer of 2019. There are 3 double bedrooms with private bathrooms. In the house is also a large living room with an adjacent kitchen with a magnificent view over the river and the surroundings. In the kitchen there is everything needed for cooking and a new grill on the terrace by the house. On the terrace there is also a hot tub for those who want to relax after a good day’s fishing.

Accommodation and general cleaning is included in the permits. Sheets and towels are provided in the house.

On departure, it is not necessary to empty the hot tub. Anglers are asked to dispose of all rubbish and cans/bottles in specially marked barrels outside the house.

Fishing rules

NOTE! The quota is one fish on each rod for a group fishing during three days. Otherwise, it’s catch & release!


The fishing area spans about 17 km. In the river are 120 fishing spots, stretching from the waterfall Fjallsfoss and to the estuary at Miklavatn.

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Services nearby

Nearest cities

Sauðárkrókur: 19 km, Akureyri: 116 km and Reykjavík: 310 km

Nearby airports

Akureyri airport: 118 km

About the fishing license

Pétur Emil Júlíus Gunnlaugsson, t: +354 898-4180


Morning shift

07:00 – 13:00

Evening shift

16:00 – 22:00


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