East Iceland
Photo credit: Fish Partner

Fishing season

01 May – 20 September


Baits allowed

Flies, Worms, Spinner

Fishing limits

No quota


Not available


Family friendly, Easy access, Requires permission

Price range for fishing rods

For the full day
9900 ISK to 9900 ISK

What can be fished


The size of this good fishing lake is 2.3 km², the maximum depth is 23 m, and it is 525 m above sea level. Sænautavatn lies from north to south and the farm Rangalón, which was deserted in 1924, is at its northern end. The farm Sænautasel, has been rebuilt as a museum, and is at the southern end of the lake. Lónskvísl flows from the lake and flows into River Hofsá in Vopnafjörður. Sænautavatn has a deep canyon in the middle, 24 m where it is deepest. There are a lot of healthy fish in the lake, Arctic char are 1-6 pounds, and are considered especially tasty. The water is very shallow at the edges, and it often fishes well where the shallow area drops off into the deep areas. At low tide, fishing is often particularly successful. There is consistent fishing during the fishing season, but usually more in May and June.

Accommodation & Facilities


Sænautasel t: +354 892-8956 or 845-8956, www.facebook.com

Skjöldólfsstaðir t: +354 471-2006, ahreindyraslodum.is

The tourist service of Sámur, Aðalbóli t: +354 471-2788


Members of the fishing card can camp free of charge by the lake

Fishing rules

People are kindly asked not to leave rubbish and it is strictly forbidden to drive off-road. Cardholders must register in Sænautasel and both the Fishing Card and ID must be shown. Children under the age of 14 fish for free accompanied by a cardholder.


Fishing is permitted in the whole lake

Services nearby

Nearest cities

Egilsstaðir: 73 km, Húsavík:168 km, Akureyri: 198 km and Reykjavík: 584 km


It is possible to buy refreshments at Sænautasel e.g., coffee and pancakes. It’s also possible to reserve food with advance

About the fishing license

The lake is a part of the Fishing Card

Supervision: Lilja Óladóttir t: +354 892-8956 or Björn Hallur t: +354 845-8956


24 hours


East Iceland

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