The Hafralonsa is one of those rivers that every serious salmon fishermen dreams to cast a fly on. Large pools that tumble through canyons that large salmon can be seen clearly in crystal clear water. Like a few other east coast rivers it maintains good water levels and had an excellent season last year where others struggled.


Hafralonsa walk around 2019

So what is it that makes this river so beguiling. For a start the Hafralonsa is one of Iceland’s big fish rivers on the East coast. It has long had a reputation of producing some big fish in the high teens and early twenties, but what makes this rivers so unique as you are fishing for them in in a similar way to the west coast; rock pools, canyons, crystal clear water and hitched flies. Landing them is not easy and some unbelievable battles have ended in tears on its rocky shores. It is definitely for the more adventurous fishermen looking for bigger fish and a challenge.

Hafralonsa, Iceland, Aardvark McLeod

The Hafralonsa requires a certain level of fitness to get the most out of it as some of the top (and most productive) pools require scrambling down the side of the canyon using a rope for support. This, combined with the ability to see your quarry from on high, can make for some incredibly exciting fishing.

Hafralonsa, Iceland, Aardvark McLeod

It is worth noting that above the falls are some lovely trout and char beats which have some great fishing in their own right and can provide some great fishing opportunities for those that are looking for a little species variety.

Atlantic salmon, Hafralonsa, Iceland

The lodge is a comfortable establishment and has six double rooms, one with an en-suite and the others sharing one bathroom between two. It is not as fancy as some but offers a cosy environment where an intact party can relax informally and swap stories of battles lost and won. The living area is open plan and can be taken catered or self-catered depending on your preference.

Last Availability for 2020:

2 – 5 August (3 days): 6 rods

648,000 ISK (£4,470 approx) per rod based on 3 rods + 1 guide

108,000 ISK (£744 approx) per additional person

This will give you the whole river to yourself and you could fish up to 6 rods. An additional guide would also be available at extra cost. Cost includes transfers from Husavik, 1 guide, full board and accommodation.

All prices in Icelandic Krona (ISK) will be converted at the point of booking. The GBP prices above are a guide price at date of publishing. The cost includes scheduled transfers, full board single room accommodation and shared guide.

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