Svartá in Bárðardalur

Northeast Iceland
Photo credit: Högni Harðarson

Fishing season

01 June – 31 August


Baits allowed

Fishing rod

Maximum fishing rods

9 rods

Fishing limits

Catch & Release

Accomodation options

Fishing cabin, Guesthouse




Easy access, Requires permission, SUVs only

Price range for fishing rods

For the full day
12000 ISK to 24000 ISK

What can be fished


River Svartá in Bárðardalur has its source in Svartárvatn and in springs in Suðurárbotnar by Ódáðahraun. The river flows for about 8 km until it merges with River Suðurá, which is spring fed, considerably colder and has a bigger volume of water. From the junction of Svartá and Suðurá are almost 10 km down to the junction with Skjálfandafljót. Svartá is uniquely fertile and with a diverse ecosystem. The environment is marvelous, where the river flows in and around lava fields, and fishing spots are very beautiful and varied. Many people think of the Svartá as the “little sister” of Laxá in Mývatnssveit but find it more remote and peaceful. Resident brown trout are the main catch in Svartá, although occasional char can be caught further downstream in the river. In the Svartárkot area most of the fish are just over 50 cm, but in the lower part of the river there is more variation in size.

Accommodation & Facilities

Fishing cabin

Svartárkot: A fishing cabin is included, with three bedrooms and a sofa bed. The modern bathroom has a shower and there is a well equipped kitchen, a small lounge, and a terrace with a gas grill.



Víðiker and Bjarnastaðir: A fishing house is not included, but it is possible to find accommodation at Stóratunga and  Kiðagil.

Fishing rules

The higher rod price (24,000 ISK) includes a fishing cabin and accommodation for one night, if provided by Svartárkot.


The fishing area is about 20 km; it is called Svartárkot above the junction with Suðurá, but Víðiker and Bjarnastaðir below the junction.

Svartárkot: Three rods are sold together but the fourth can be added. The area extends from Svartárvatn to the confluence with Suðurá.

Víðker:Four rods sold, two and two together and the fifth can be added. The area extends from the confluence with the Suðurá river to the confluence of the Grjótá river, but from there and to the confluence with the Skjálfandafljót river it is only the west bank. The upper area is above the bridge to Stóra Tungu and the lower area is below the bridge.

Bjarnastaðir: Two rods sold together. The area is the eastern bank of the Svartá river from the confluence with Grjótá and down to the confluence with Skjálfandafljót.

Services nearby

Nearest cities

Akureyri: 78 km via Vaðlaheiðar tunnel

Reykjavík: 465 km via Vaðlaheiðar tunnel

Nearby airports

Akureyri airport: 78 km


Waterfall Goðafoss, people drive past it on the way up Bárðardalur. Waterfall Aldeyjarfoss: about 40 km if the road on the west side of the valley is driven.

About the fishing license

Svartárkot, Elín Baldvinsdóttir t: +354 464-3267 / Víðiker, Páll Kjartansson t: +354 464-3282 / Bjarnastaðir, Ólafur Ólafsson t: +354 464-3218.



Northeast Iceland

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