Urriðafoss in river Þjórsá

South Iceland
Photo credit: ioveidileyfi

Fishing season

01 June – 15 September


Baits allowed

Flies, Worms
Fishing rod

Maximum fishing rods

4 rods

Fishing limits

5 fish per rod/day




Requires permission

Price range for fishing rods

For the full day
30000 ISK to 85000 ISK

What can be fished


The Urriðafoss waterfall in the River Þjórsá is one of the well-known natural pearls of Iceland. An enormous number of salmon pass through the waterfall, mainly in June. Þjórsá holds one of the largest wild salmon stocks in the country and angling in Urriðafoss is often like a fairy tale. Angling in the waterfall did not start until 2017, but it has already established itself as one of the best salmon fishing areas in the country. The catch in 2020 was 990 salmon and in the summer of 2021, 823 salmon were landed.

Accommodation & Facilities


For those who want to come the night before and stay overnight, good accommodation is offered at the Urriðafoss farm. Further information about accommodation is available the email address: [email protected]

Other accomodations

Anglers have access to a small summer house where you can eat lunch, go to the toilet, and use the barbecue. The summer house is on the right-hand side before reaching the farm Urriðafoss and is the first house when you turn onto the trail to the farm.  

Fishing rules

Fishing arrangements from 24 – 31 May: Fishing is for 3 rods and area B is included. Fly fishing only and all fish must be released. A very exciting option is to fish in May, although very few anglers have caught salmon in May in Iceland. Those who are interested in fishing in May, please send an e-mail to [email protected]. The fishing will be booked if approval is obtained from Veiðifélag Þjórsá.

It is recommended that anglers protect big salmon. When the quota is reached, anglers must stop fishing and no worming or fly fishing is allowed. Anglers are advised to carefully release unharmed fish if they do not intend to fill the quota too early.

There is a fishing book in a box by the car park, please record all catches. Þjórsá is a big and wide river and anglers should take care. The river is very dangerous, and it is recommended that anglers do not wade or take any unnecessary risks. Anglers are at their own risk when fishing in Urriðafoss.


Fishing map of Spóastaðir

The area extends from the fishing spot “Gljúfur” and just down below the fishing spot Vaður. Fishing is for 4 rods in the fishing area and the main fishing spots are Lækjalátur and Hulda. The upper area is Lækjalátur and Lækjarbreiða and the lower area is Hulda and down below Vað. As of July 15th, the fishing place Sandholt will be included. Two rods fish the upper part and two the lower. The division of fishing areas is entirely the responsibility of the anglers, but it is recommended that people meet at 06:45 am at the car park by Urriðafoss and to decide who starts where.

Services nearby

Nearest cities

Hella: 20 km, Selfoss: 19 km, Reykjavík: 77 km, Reykjanesbær: 115 and Akureyri: 446 km


Selfoss: 19 km.

About the fishing license


IO veiðileyfi, t: +354 466-2680, info­@icelandoutfitters.com


Morning shift

07:00 – 13:00

Evening shift

16:00 – 22:00


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The salmon season has started! 

The first salmon this season was caught at the Urriðafoss waterfall in river Þjórsá, shortly after the opening at 8am. It was Stefán Sigurðsson, the owner of Iceland Outfitters and

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