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Fishing season

01 June – 20 September


Baits allowed

Flies, Worms, Spinner

Fishing limits

No quota


Not available


For beginners, Easy access, Requires permission

Price range for fishing rods

For the full day
2000 ISK to 2000 ISK

What can be fished


Vatnsdalsvatn is 2.2 km² in area. It is very deep on the west side but shallower on the east. The lake is about 8 m above sea level and its maximum depth is about 30 m. The lake holds mainly char, with sea-run char and occasional salmon also caught every year. Most of the fish caught weigh 1–3-pounds. Every summer, a considerable number of char are caught weighing up to 6 – 7 pounds. The best fishing spots are in the estuary and the outflow of the lake. There are also fishing spots on Viteyri, which is in the middle of the lake on the west side, and Kofanes, which is foremost in the lake. It is about 30 minutes’ walk to Lambagilseyri east of the lake. There are numerous fishing spots along the coastline on this hiking trail. It is not allowed to fish in the rivers, which are connected to the water. The boundaries of the lake and the river are specially marked.

Accommodation & Facilities


Hotel Flókalundur t: +354 456-2011,


Gamli Bærinn t: +354 824-3108,


It is not permitted to camp by the lake, as it is a nature reserve. But there are campsites by Hotel Flókalund (2 km) and Brjánslækur (8 km).

Fishing rules

Vatnsfjörður is a nature reserve and anglers are asked not to leave any residues or traces. Off-road driving is strictly forbidden. Children under the age of 14 fish for free accompanied by a cardholder. There are great hiking trails in the vicinity of Vatnsdalsvatn. There are hiking trails on mountain Lónfell, from where Hrafna-Flóki gave the country the name Ísland and to Flókatófta, which are close by the ferry pier at Brjánslækur. Vatnsfjörðurinn, is also connected to the history of Gísli Súrson and so-called Gíslahellir cave is east of/in the fjord.


Fishing is allowed in the whole lake

Services nearby

Nearest cities

Bíldudalur: about 50 km, Ísafjörður: 93 km, Reykjavík: 330 km and Akureyri: 448 km


Gíslahellir: 8 km, waterfall Dynjandi: 40 km and Látrabjarg: 98 km.

Other services

The ferry in Brjánslækur,

About the fishing license

The lake is a part of the Fishing Card

Brjánslækur t: +354 433-2254 and Salmontails t: (+354) 666-9555 & 697-6556, [email protected]

Ranger: Hótel Flókalundur t: +354 456-2011 & Fishing guard: Brjánslækur: +354 456-2055




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