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Fishing season

20 May – 20 September


Baits allowed

Flies, Worms, Spinner
Fishing rod

Maximum fishing rods

14 rods

Fishing limits

No quota


Not available


Family friendly, Easy access, Requires permission

Price range for fishing rods

For the full day
8500 ISK to 14000 ISK

What can be fished


The first fishing beat of the river begins in the estuary of Selfljót, the farthest east of Héraðssandur. The top beat is beat seven, which ends in Gilsárgil, only 15 km from Egilsstaðir. The mountains Dyrfjöll and Beinageitarfjall tower over the beautiful and varied fishing spots of Selfljót and Gilsá. Sea-run char migrate through the estuaries and fishing hours are flexible, giving the possibility of unforgettable midnight fishing. In the middle sections there are brown trout and shoals of char and in Gilsá and Bjarglandsá it is possible to catch large char and salmon as the summer progresses. The seven fishing areas offer tranquility and a unique natural environment both for highly experienced fly fishermen and those who use fishing trips to enjoy peace of mind and time with the family. The average catch is about 350 trout and about 15 salmon each season.

Accommodation & Facilities


There is no fishing cabin by Selfljót, but accommodation is widely available

Fishing rules

All salmon 70 cm and larger must be released, but otherwise, there is no limit to the number of fish caught. The fishing season starts on May 20th, but only on weekends in area 1. It starts June 20th in areas 1, 2, 4, and 5 and then July 1st in areas 3, 6 and 7. Fishing in all areas closes on September 20th. All catches shall be recorded into an electronic logbook Selfljóts on veið


The fishing area extends from the estuary in Héraðsflói (beat 1) and up to Fosshylur in Gilsá (beat 7 ).

Here is a map of the fishing areas

Log book

Services nearby

Nearest cities

Egilsstaðir: about 15 km, Akureyri: 263 via Vaðlaheiðar tunnel, Reykjavík: 652 km via Vaðlaheiðar tunnel

Nearby airports

Egilsstaðir airport: 17 km


Borgarfjörður eystri: is only 20 km from the lower part of the fishing area. Hallormstaður forest: 42 km

About the fishing license

Grétar Mar Óðinsson t: +354 698-7300, [email protected]


Morning shift

07:00 – 13:00

Evening shift

15:00 – 21:00


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