Svalbarðsá is 37 km in length and falls into Þistilfjörður in eastern Iceland, east of Melrakkaslétta. Several salmon rivers flow through Þistilfjörður and the biggest are Svalbarðsá, Sandá, Hölkná and Hafralónsá. They are quite big rivers with fast currents. Svalbarðsá is truly the place of the big salmon and 70% of the salmon caught are classified ‘big’. The river is fished for 2-3 days at a time. For the last 9 years the average catch has been about 310 salmon.