Laxa I Adaldal

Cast for the Largest Atlantic Salmon in Iceland

The Laxa I Adaldal is an extraordinary river with huge character.  It is an excellent option for those looking for bigger fish in Iceland while at the same time enjoying comfortable accommodation and good food.

Extraordinary River Fishing

The river is large and wide as the name dictates. Pools for the most part are grass banked, wide, and with a relatively even bottom. There are the intermittent lava shelves that drop away, hidden from someone reading the surface, and in turn creating some excellent lies. The river is deceptively clear as the bottom in most areas is black lava sand, giving the impression of depth and murkiness which is extremely misleading.

Small flies are often extremely effective, and caution should be employed when approaching pools. There are some extremely dramatic beats such as the Falls Pool which features fishing from a cliff face on one side, allowing the angler to see the salmon moving to the fly before it goes over the lip. To fight a fish here requires steely nerves and determination either ending in elation of a fish successfully manoeuvred up the pool, or tears as it disappears over the waterfall along with your line and backing.

Relax in the Nes Lodge

Accommodation in the Nes Lodge is superb.  There are eight bedrooms, most with en-suite bathrooms, and extremely comfortable sitting room with leather sofas ideal for relaxing at night while contemplating the day to come.  There is an excellent drying room conveniently located next to the front door.  The chef, from Holt Hotel in Reykjavik, serves sublime food. 

“There is nowhere else in Iceland that offers such a fantastic chance of a salmon over 20lb in some of the most stunning surroundings. The guides and staff were highly skilled and the hospitality at the lodge is second to none. I look forward to returning again” L.R. – UK

Stunning Icelandic Surroundings

The Laxa I Adaldal or “big” Laxa as it is also known is located in northern Iceland, approximately a 40 minute drive from Akureyri airport. It has a reputation as being THE big fish river of Iceland. Historically it was one of the first rivers in Iceland ever fished by foreigners, and offers a good size fish, most weeks producing salmon of over 20lb.

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