Northeast Iceland
Photo credit: Hreggnasi

Fishing season

01 July – 14 September


Baits allowed

Fishing rod

Maximum fishing rods

3 rods

Fishing limits

Catch & Release

Accomodation options

Angling lodge




Requires permission, SUVs only

Price range for fishing rods

For the full day

What can be fished


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.

Accommodation & Facilities

Angling lodge

An elegant fishing house was built in 2006. It’s 110 m2 with four rooms, which all have a shower and a toilet. Duvets and pillows are in the house, but anglers must bring sheets and all hygiene products. A good gas grill is by the house. Anglers may arrive at the house one hour before the fishing starts and need to leave no later than one hour after the fishing on the day of departure.

Directions: After driving east over the bridge on River Svalbarðsá there is an offroad to the right, and a sign that shows the location of the fishing house.


The fishing area extends from the lowest fishing spot, Ósinn (nr.1) and up to waterfall Stórifoss (nr.35); altogether about 17 km.

Fishing map

Services nearby

Nearest cities

Þórshöfn: about 30 km, Akureyri: 213 km and Reykjavík: 600 km

Nearby airports

Akureyri airport: 213 km


The Sheep Leadership Education Center is open in summer 11:00 am to 18:00 pm – and on request outside of these times mail:


About the fishing license

Hreggnasi t: +354 577-2230 & +354 898-2230, [email protected]


Morning shift

07:00 – 13:00

Evening shift

16:00 – 22:00


Northeast Iceland

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