There are still salmon being cast at and landed in some of Iceland’s rivers, including good numbers of fish still being caught on the Midfjardara and a 30 lb monster from the Laxa I Adaldal, but our thoughts are now turning to next season. Do not miss your chance to secure prime space on some of Iceland’s finest salmon rivers. See various availability and prices below.

Langa, Iceland, Aardvark McLeodA river that can be fished with relative ease with good access to the pools and is fished well with single handed rods. It is much less susceptible to poor rainfall, unlike some of the other Icelandic salmon rivers, as it is lake fed. It has been extremely consistent even during very poor years and is the nearest you will get to a “Safe Bet”. The runs are predominantly grilse and larger fish are seen occasionally through the season. The lodge is approximately 1 hour 20 minutes from Reykjavik and caters for 12 anglers.

3 – 6 July: 6 rods – ISK 608.000 per rod (£4,225)
6 – 9 July: 8 rods – ISK 608.000 per rod (£4,225)
12 – 15 July: 12 rods – ISK 736.000 per rod (£5,115)
15 – 18 July: 8 rods – ISK 755.000 per rod (£5,245)
18 – 21 July: 12 rods – ISK 755.000 per rod (£5,245)
21 – 24 July: 12 rods – ISK 740.000 per rod (£5,140)
24 – 27 July: 12 rods – ISK 740.000 per rod (£5,140)
27 – 30 July: 9 rods – ISK 710.000 per rod (£4,935)
30 July – 2 August: 12 rods – ISK 710.000 per rod (£4,935)
2 – 5 August: 12 rods – ISK 580.000 per rod (£4,030)
8 – 11 August: 12 rods – ISK 535.000 per rod (£3,720)

Laxa I Kjos
Laxa I Kjos, Iceland, Aardvark McLeodThe river has one of the prettiest and most comfortable lodges in Iceland and sits overlooking the lower section of the river. The river itself is intimate and the fishing is more akin to trout fishing for salmon, a true hitchers’ dream. Small rock pockets, canyons and open meadows are perfect for single handed fishing with tiny flies. The river also has some huge sea trout which run throughout August and add to the excitement, a small tributary called Bugda boasts good numbers of brown trout. Laxá I Kjos offers some very exciting sight fishing and hitch fishing opportunities for salmon.

19 – 23 June (4 days): 6 rods – ISK 594.000 per rod (£4,130)
26 – 29 June: 6 rods – ISK 516.000 per rod (£3,585)
30 July – 2 August: 8 rods – ISK 696.000 per rod (£4,835)
12 – 18 August (3 days / 6 days): ISK 528.000 per rod (£3,670) / ISK 948.000 per rod (£6,585)
18 – 26 August (3 days / 6 days): ISK 504.000 per rod (£3,505) / ISK 900.000 per rod (£6,255)

Salmon fishing Grimsa River IcelandThe lodge at Grímsá is very comfortable, it overlooks one of the best pools on the river where you will often see fresh fish jumping. The fishing itself is limited to just eight. The fish here also tend to be slightly bigger and the river is certainly larger than the other rivers on the West Coast, although it is still best fished with a single handed rod it is certainly worth carrying a double hander for the larger pools. The Grímsá is definitely an option if you are looking for a more exclusive river with slightly larger fish.

23 – 26 July: 4 rods – ISK 1.020.000 per rod (£7,085)

Salmon, Hofsa, Iceland
One of the two major Vopnafjordur rivers, the other being the famous Selá. The river has a long canyon on the top beats, a dramatic impassable falls and a string of challenging pools as the river thunders down the canyon. But once the canyon ends, the river turns into an almost endless string of long slow flowing pools, each one seeming more enticing and inviting than the last one. Hofsá is one of the best multi sea-winter fish rivers in Iceland and the average weight is excellent with good numbers over 20 lbs.

Availability on request.

Hafralonsa is located in the northeast corner of Svalbardsa, Iceland, Salmon Fishing, Aardvark McLeodIceland and is one of the rugged and remote rivers of Thistilfjordur. The pools on Hafralonsa almost invariably lend themselves to the fly. In most cases a plan of attack can be made on the high bank before being carried out at the water’s edge, targeting the most likely fish within the crystal clear pools. This is seriously wild and challenging fishing as it involves a lot of walking and bumping along a rocky path in a 4×4. The salmon are big and there is some char fishing as well.

Availability on request.

Myrarkvisl, Iceland, Aardvark McLeodA very interesting river offering traditional pool and riffle water in the upper section, a canyon through the middle and meandering slow flows at the bottom. You can target good numbers of trout averaging 2 lbs with a few between 4-6 lbs. Dry flies and traditional nymphs work well and as the season progresses the chances of encountering salmon increase. Along with the river you also have access to a lake that has a good head of Arctic char (delicious eating if you want to take one or two for dinner). The river is limited to just four anglers, and a new lodge is being built for the 2017 season to offer very comfortable accommodation with full service possible.

Availability on request.

Svalbardsa is a three rod, catch and release Svalbardsa, Iceland, Salmon Fishing, Aardvark McLeodonly river averaging in the region of 400 fish per year. The river begins to fish well in mid July with the first good runs of extremely aggressive fresh salmon averaging approximately 10 lbs.The river exhibits classic pools starting with fast runs and ballooning into smooth tails. It is one of the secret gems of Iceland, fished year in and year out by the same fishermen and seldom offers much new availability. Svalbardsa is best fished with a 9-10ft 7 or 8wt and is perfect for those looking for larger fish.

Availability on request.

Salmon Fishing Midfjardara River Iceland
One of Iceland’s top fly fishing rivers, it offers amazing sight fishing opportunities in gin clear water. The river is perfect for those that like to use single or small double-handed rods with floating line and small flies or hitch-tubes. The main run of the river is predominantly made up of grilse but in the early season the majority of fish tend to be multi-sea-winter fish in the 10 to 18 lb range. Maximum 10 rods per week, each enjoying single, en-suite rooms as standard in the newly renovated and comfortable lodge but early season weeks can be limited to 6 and 8 rods. Prime time is mid-July to early August.

Availability on request.

Salmon fishing, Laxa I Asum, Iceland

We are all fully aware that salmon fishing in Iceland is not cheap. It has always been one of the more expensive options worldwide, especially when looking at prime time on many of the rivers which commands a premium. What many don’t realise is that the lodges are all set up for anglers to share a rod. Learn more HERE.

Already going to Iceland and want to add an extra day or three days is too long? Why not take a day trip out of Reykjavik? We can offer various day trips for those looking to be based in the capital, Reykjavik for salmon, brown trout, Arctic char and sea trout. There are numerous hotels, guesthouses and apartments to provide the level of accommodation you are looking for. From this base you can be collected after breakfast and be out on the water in under an hour in many cases and return to your accommodation in time for dinner. For more information click HERE.

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.