River Stóra-Laxá flows about 90 km, from Lake Grænavatn down between Hrunamanna- and Gnúpverjahreppur, to River Hvítá by Iða. It is a rain fed river, with about 512 km² catchment area. Stóra-Laxá is fishable far into the Laxárgljúfur gorge, which means that the landscape along it is both varied and magnificent. The river is divided into 4 fishing beats/sections with a total of 10 rods. Single days are sold in the river, from noon to noon. The average catch is about 1000 salmon, but in the summer of 2013, there was a record catch when 1764 salmon were landed.
This is a section that has been considered by many to be one of the most beautiful salmon beats in the world. There are deep gorges with the bluish and seductive river that breaks through high walls. The salmon are not all huge, but every single salmon that is landed gives a special pleasure. The bonus is that there are many “big ones” hovering around.