Þverá & Kjarrá

Southwest Iceland
Photo credit: Einar Falur

Fishing season

05 June – 05 September


Baits allowed

Fishing rod

Maximum fishing rods

14 rods

Fishing limits

1 fish per rod/day

Accomodation options

Angling lodge




Easy access, Requires permission, SUVs only

Price range for fishing rods

For the full day

What can be fished


The sources of Þverá & Kjarrá in Borgarfjörður come from lakes on Tvídægra by Kvíslamót, but from the lakes it is only a stones throw to the source of Núpsá in Miðfjörður. From Tvídægra the river runs through Kjarrárdal and there the tributaries Krókavatnsá og Lambá merge into it. Þverá & Kjarrá are in fact the same river, even though anglers sometimes talk about them as two separate ones. Kjarrá is the upper part of the river but Þverá the lower part, below the grazing fence above Örnólfsdalur. About 18 km above the confluence of Þverá and Hvítá, below the farm Guðnabakki, the river Litla-Þverá joins river Þverá. The fishing in recent years has been great, from about 1000 salmon up to around 3700 (2010). The best fishing was in the summer 2005, when 4165 salmon were caught.

Accommodation & Facilities

Angling lodge

The fishing lodge for Þverá is in the area of Helgavatn, where one finds the best facilities to enjoy the stay.  The lodge for Kjarrá is by Víghóll, somewhat out on the mountain. It also has good facilities, although it is barely equal to the one for Þverá. 


The fishing area: From the estuary by Brennutangi in Þverá and up to Starir, which is the top fishing spot in Kjarrá.

Services nearby

Nearest cities

Borgarnes: 48 km, Reykjavík: 115 km, Reykjanesbær: 154 km and Akureyri: 340 km

Nearby airports

Keflavík airport: 158 km and Reykjavík airport: 117 km


Krauma (Deildartunguhver): 20 km, Hraunfossar & Barnafoss waterfalls: about 40 km, Húsafell: 48 km and Víðgelmir (cave): 50 km

About the fishing license


Starir ehf  t: (+354) 546-1373 & 790-2050, [email protected]


Morning shift

07:00 – 13:00

Evening shift

16:00 – 22:00


Southwest Iceland

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