Sandá í Þistilfirði

Northeast Iceland
Photo credit: SVFR

Fishing season

24 June – 19 September


Baits allowed

Fishing rod

Maximum fishing rods

4 rods

Fishing limits

Catch & Release

Accomodation options

Angling lodge




Easy access, Requires permission, SUVs only

Price range for fishing rods

For the full day
75000 ISK to 180000 ISK

What can be fished


River Sandá is in northeastern Iceland. The river is known for big salmon, as can be said about most salmon rivers in Þistilfjörður; and many 20 lb salmon have been caught through the years. The biggest recorded salmon in Sandá was 28 lb. However, the river is quite challenging, both for new and experienced anglers. Sandá holds good water levels, and it is very rare that anglers experience a shortage of water. The fishing area is complex, ranging from impressive gorges with high rock walls and fast currents, down to beautiful runs. There are also deep pools, like the Fossbrot by the waterfall in Sandá. That is the most productive spot in the river together with Bjarnadalshylur, which has given most of the big salmon in Sandá over the years.

Accommodation & Facilities

Angling lodge

Sandá is well suited for groups of friends and families. It comes with a spacious and very well-equipped fishing lodge with four double bedrooms, each with a private bathroom. There is a good terrace by the house with a gas grill and storage for waders. Toilet paper is in the house and hygiene products. If people prefer, it is possible to buy a cleaning service for the lodge. In the house there is an oven, TV, and basic tableware for a minimum of 8 people. The keys of the house are in a special key-safe that opens with a code. It is possible to drive to the lodge in all types of cars.

Directions: Turn to an off road to the farm Flaga, from there it is about 3 km to the fishing house/lodge, on the left side.

Fishing rules

Fishing arrangements: The river is fished with four rods from 09.07 – 14.08, but 3 rods from 24.06-09.07 and 14.08 – 19.09

Attention is drawn to the fact that fishing is only done by a C&R arrangement


The fishing area is about 14 km, extends from Ósabreiða and up to the waterfall Sandárfoss. Totally there are 35 marked fishing spots

Map of the river

Services nearby

Nearest cities

Þórshöfn: 24 km, Akureyri: 230 km and Reykjavík: 615 km

Nearby airports

Akureyri airport: 230 km

About the fishing license

The Angling Club of Reykjavík t: +354 568-6050, [email protected]


Morning shift

07:00 – 13:00

Evening shift

16:00 – 22:00


Northeast Iceland

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