Nordura, Iceland

Iceland’s highest producing natural salmon river

The Nordurá offers outstanding, high class Atlantic salmon fly fishing for adventurous anglers. It is the highest producing natural river in Iceland and ideal for small two handed or single handed rods. In the early part of the season there is a good run of multi-sea wintered salmon before the consistent grilse runs of July.

Light tackle salmon fishing

As Iceland’s top producing natural river, Nordurá averages 2,500 salmon a season to its 12 rods and has over 100 named fishing pools on its 65km length. The river offers an incredibly diverse fishing experience amid some dramatic scenery. The lower river offers a steep canyon with wonderful fly water and salmon lies, the middle section features wide Rio Grande-like bends with twisting gravel pools. Fishing the upper section focuses on technical rock pools and runs. Being a wider river than some of its neighbours, it lends itself well to small double handed rods as well as single handers, and remains particularly consistent through poor water conditions.

Early season can see some good runs of multi-sea wintered fish in the powerful snowmelt waters. As the season progresses the water level drops and the grilse runs push into the river in good numbers.

Great comfort with incredible views

The Rjúpnahaed Lodge on Nordurá accommodates 12 fishermen in twin-bedded rooms with private shower and toilet facilities. The fishing lodge is one of the best in Iceland, beautifully located with good view over the river.

The view from the lodge to the north, to Laxfoss and the mountains on the horizon, is renowned. The lodge is equipped with a sauna bath, drying room for your waders and fishing jackets and cooling area for the fish. The service and food at the lodge are of top quality. Leisure time, when not on the riverbank, can be spent in the comfortable modern living room equipped with everything from television to Wi-Fi.

Discover the west coast of Iceland

The river is located in Borgarfjörður on the west coast of Iceland, an hour’s drive from Reykjavik, the capital of Iceland, and about one hour forty five minutes drive from Keflavik International airport.

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