The beginning of the salmon season in Iceland is normally marked by the opening of the Nordura River in mid-June. Nordura is one of the first rivers to open and as it is one of the most prolific natural rivers in Iceland, its opening is often a good indicator of the season to come. The fish seem to run the river system earlier than most on the west coast, and the tail end of June can prove immensely productive. It is also the time of year in the higher water that that the larger fish run the river system and will push through the Laxfoss without faltering and trickling into the upper beats.  I have fished many rivers in Iceland but the Nordura has a magic all of its own and for discerning fishermen a huge variety of different water to fish. For 2022 the river is under new management and we are very excited to see what improvements they will bring to fishing, lodge and service.

Nordura, Iceland, Aardvark McLeod

With over 100 named pools on over 60 km of water the river winds its way out of the northern canyon before meandering across the valley. It eventually arrives at my favourite area, the Lava Pockets. At some point in the distant past a lava field headed across the valley floor and the river has now cut a path through this. The result is some extraordinary topography that creates some of the most interesting pocket fishing I have ever experienced. I have whiled away countless hours flicking flies into riffles with a single handed rod, watching in fascination as fish charged from cuts at the waking fly.

Nordura, Iceland, Aardvark McLeod

Below Laxfoss the river carves into the area known as the Canyon, one of the most beautiful spots I have fished in Iceland. It is quite a steep climb down the wooden walkways, but the river empties through some deep pools punctuated with hard rock bands and here I have landed the largest salmon I have encountered in the river. Often fish can be spotted in the crystal clear water from high up and targeted individually which can put your heart in your mouth. This magical area is a fisherman’s playground and fish will hit a hitched fly as it wakes through the current.

Nordura, Iceland, Aardvark McLeod

Nordurá is renowned for its consistency and the runs of salmon appear almost to the day every year. The river normally produces anything from 1,500 – 3,300 fish in a season and it now has a new lodge commanding a stunning position overlooking the falls. There is still some prime space available at the end of June for next season:

15 – 18 June: SOLD – £4,450 per rod

15 – 18 June: SOLD – £4,450 per rod
18 – 21 June: SOLD – £5,070 per rod
21 – 24 June: SOLD – £5,070 per rod
24 – 27 June: SOLD – £5,290 per rod
30 June – 3 July: SOLD – £6,270 per rod
12-15 July: SOLD – £6,950 per rod
21 – 24 July: 2 rods – £6,490 per rod
24 – 27 July: 5 rods – £6,490 per rod
27 – 30 July: 1 rods – £6,060 per rod
30 July – 2 August: SOLD – £6,060 per rod
2 – 5 August: 6 rods – £4,550 per rod

The cost includes scheduled transfers from Reykjavik, full board single room accommodation and shared guide.

For more details on fishing the Nordura or any other rivers in Iceland, please do not hesitate to contact Peter McLeod or Alex Jardine or call our office on +44(0)1980 847389.