Northwest Iceland
Photo credit: Gunnar Bender

Fishing season

18 June – 24 September


Baits allowed

Fishing rod

Maximum fishing rods

6 rods

Fishing limits

Catch & Release

Accomodation options

Angling lodge




Easy access, Requires permission, SUVs only

Price range for fishing rods

For the full day

What can be fished


River Vatnsdalsá is a rain fed river, 74 km in length from its source, which makes it the 16th longest river in the country. The source is in Haukagilsheiði and Grímstunguheiði and the river flows down into Vatnsdal. Numerous streams and rivers flow into Vatnsdalsá.

Angling began in river Vatnsdalsá in 1936 and it has proven itself over the years to be one of the best- and best-known salmon rivers in the country. It is famous for big salmon and often the biggest salmon of the year are caught in Vatnsdalsá. The salmon area, which spans about 20 km distance, is divided into five beats. Therefore, there is plenty of space for anglers to fish from 40 marked fishing spots. Fishing permits are sold for 2 – 3 days at a time. The average catch for the last 10 years is 770 salmon.

Accommodation & Facilities

Angling lodge

Flóðvangur is the fishing lodge for the salmon beats in Vatnsdalsá and is located on the west side of the so-called Flóð. Anglers can expect to be accommodated there in good company, with facilities as good as it gets. There are two beds in each room, and they all have a private bathroom. In the house there is a gorgeous lounge and a pleasant dining room where breakfast, lunch and dinner are served. Outside there is a hot tub.


Vatnsdalsá is divided into five beats with about 40 marked fishing spots

Services nearby

Nearest cities

Blönduós: 24 km, Akureyri: 168 km and Reykjavík: 230 km

Nearby airports

Reykjarvík airport: 232 km and Akureyri airport: 178 km


Hvítserkur, Kolugil in Víðidal, Vatnsdalshólar and Þórdísarlundur

About the fishing license

Björn K Rúnarsson gsm: +354 820-0446, [email protected]


Morning shift

07:00 – 13:00

Evening shift

15:00 – 21:00


Northwest Iceland

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