Svartá in Skagafjörður

Northwest Iceland
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Fishing season

01 June – 15 September


Baits allowed

Fishing rod

Maximum fishing rods

4 rods

Fishing limits

Catch & Release


Not available


Easy access, Requires permission

Price range for fishing rods

For the full day
15900 ISK to 15900 ISK

What can be fished


River Svartá flows through the ancient Lýtingsstaðahreppur, by highway 752. Good fishing has been in the river the past years and many 50-60 cm trout have been caught and some around 70 cm. Svartá is not known for large numbers of fish. Anglers are primarily pursuing the large trout that live in the river.

Accommodation & Facilities

Bed & Breakfast

Sölvanes, accommodation at a home on a farm and in a detached house, far in the valley, at the intersection of areas 2 and 3. There are 15 beds, t: +354 453-8068


Steinastaðir, a camping and a guesthouse t: +354 453-8812,

Bakkaflöt, camping, bedrooms and cottages t: +354 453-8245,

Fishing rules

Research is being carried out on the fish populations in order to increase them, Anglers are asked to be careful and to follow fishing rules in all respects. It is requested that all fish are measured (length) and the number of the Floy (Spaghetti tag) that may be found by the dorsal fin is registered into a logbook. Anglers are asked to show consideration to the farmers and not to drive through gates or make a trail on a field, unless it is shown on a map that there is a car park.

The river is divided into three fishing beats:

The lowest beat is fished with two rods, which extends from the waterfall Reykjafoss to the north and south to the bridge below Starrastaðir, where a gravel road replaces the asphalt.

The second beat is above the bridge by Starrastaðir and to the bridge by Sölvanes, south of the valley. There it is fished on one rod.

The third beat is above the bridge by Sölvanes south to Ýrarfellsfoss, a considerable distance from the farm Gilhagi.


The fishing area is 12 km in length and extends from the fishing spot Silungapollur (just above the highway) and down to the confluence by the River Héraðsvötn.

Services nearby

Nearest cities

Varmahlíð: about 12 km, Akureyri: about 106 km, Reykjavík: about 305 km

Nearby airports

Akureyri airport: about 108 km


Regional Museum Skagafjarðar t: +354 453-6173,

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Northwest Iceland

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