Northeast Iceland
Photo credit: Árni Baldursson

Fishing season

18 June – 15 September


Baits allowed

Flies, Worms, Spinner
Fishing rod

Maximum fishing rods

6 rods

Fishing limits

More than 5 fish per rod/day


Not available


Requires permission, SUVs only

Price range for fishing rods

For the full day
29000 ISK to 36000 ISK

What can be fished


River Skjálfandafljót, which is the fourth longest river in the country, gets its source in Vonarskarð and flows into Skjálfandi. Glacial tributaries merge into it during summer and give it a brownish color. The river can be different between days and therefore some days it is better to fish with a worm, but other days with a fly. Skjálfandafljót is fishable 40 km, totally about 180 km in length and is famous for beautiful waterfalls and nature. Average catch in recent years is about 60 salmon.

Accommodation & Facilities

Other accomodations

There is no fishing lodge/cabin by the river


The Upper East Bank – two rods

Drive up by the ford and park at the parking lot by Skipapollur. There is a boat on site that can be used to row over Skipapollur and then one should walk up Þingey. The boundary extends from the waterfall Barnafoss down to the mouth of the canyon. Like everywhere else in Skjálfandafljót it is necessary to be careful in the area. Some fishing spots on Austurbakki efri are not easily accessible except with ropes for support.

Main fishing spots: Pálsbreiða, Sandhylur, Grjóthylur, Tótaklöpp, Litla Breiða, Steinabreiða, Fosspollur norðan, Fosspollur sunnan, Ingólfshöfði og Geirahola.

The Lower East Bank with the east side of Grænihylur – two rods

Drive up by the ford and park at the parking lot by Skipapoll. There is a boat on site that can be used to row over, to fish the outflow around Ullarfoss. The beat extends from the mouth of the canyon from the east side and down to the border-fence at the bottom of Fossselsskógi.

Main fishing spots: Big & small Grænhylur from the east, Gosselskvísl, Skipapollur and Skipapollsútföll.

Barnafell and the West-Bank – two rods

This beat reaches from the west side of waterfall Barnafoss and down below Votulágarpolla on the west bank. To get to Barnafell, take a road to Fremstafell, and all the way until the road ends by Barnafoss. It can be dangerous to walk down to Barnafell and anglers are asked to be careful. To get to Vesturbakki efri, drive through Ystafells forest and all the way to a summerhouse that is located there. There is a parking lot and anglers must walk from there. It is possible to wade a good distance from the west bank and people are asked to be careful by the river. When anglers fish the little and big Grænhylur, they must fish only the west side and into the middle of the river.

Fishing arrangements: When Barnafell is fished with two rods, it’s only allowed to use two rods in Barnafell for 6 hours and at the West bank for 6 hours. However, one rod can fish for 12 hours either in Barnafell or the West bank. However, one rod can fish for 12 hours either in Barnafell or the West bank.

Main fishing spots: Barnafellsbreiða, South & West Felsselspollar, The big and small Grænhylur from the west.

Services nearby

Nearest cities

Húsavík: 38 km, Akureyri: 50 km via Vaðlaheiðar tunnel Reykjavík: 435 km um Vaðlaheiðargöng

Nearby airports

Akureyri airport: 50 km via Vaðlaheiðar tunnel


Fosshóll; refreshments and a shop by Waterfall Goðafoss. The restaurant Dalakofinn is in a short distance: 35 km


Waterfall Goðafoss: 20 km and Waterfall Aldeyjarfoss: 65 km

About the fishing license

Skjálftar sf.

tel: +354 693-1916, [email protected]


Morning shift

07:00 – 13:00

Evening shift

16:00 – 22:00


Northeast Iceland

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