Iceland 2024 Availability
As the curtain falls on another exhilarating Icelandic salmon season, anglers find themselves reminiscing about the memories they’ve made along the country’s pristine rivers. The thrill of landing a prized salmon, the picturesque landscapes, and the camaraderie of fellow fishing enthusiasts have left an indelible mark on their hearts. With the 2023 season now behind us, the anticipation for 2024 is palpable. Excitement is building as the first glimpses of next year’s available dates and pricing have been unveiled. Anglers are eagerly preparing to secure their spots for what promises to be another unforgettable adventure in the enchanting world of Icelandic salmon fishing.
Laxa I Kjos, West Coast
The 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.
24 – 27 June: SOLD – £5,070 per rod
27 – 30 June: 3 rods – £5,070 per rod
30 June – 3 July: SOLD – £5,320 per rod
3 – 5 July: SOLD – £6,710
5 – 8 July: SOLD – £6,710
8 – 11 July: SOLD – £7,410
11 – 14 July: SOLD – £7,410
14 – 17 July: SOLD – £7,410
17 – 20 July: SOLD £7,410 per rod
21 – 24 July: SOLD – £7,410 per rod
26 – 29 Jul: 2 rods, £7,410 (Hosted by Aardvark McLeod)
29 Jul – 1 August: SOLD, £7,410 (Hosted by Aardvark McLeod)
2 – 5 August: 6 rods, £6,240
5 – 8 August: 5 rods, £5,540
8 – 11 August: 6 rods, £5,070
11 – 14 August: SOLD, £4,620
14 – 17 August: SOLD, £4,370
17 – 20 August: SOLD, £4,130
20 – 23 August: SOLD, £4,130
23 – 27 August: SOLD, £4,130
27 – 30 August: 1 rod, £4,330
30 August – 2 September: 1 rod, £4,130
Stora Laxa, South Coast
The Stóra Laxá had a fabulous season in 2022 and landed 934 fish, 261 of which were over 80 cms in length. The river has long had a reputation for its run of large multi sea winter salmon amidst some of the most spectacular scenery in Iceland. The salmon that run the Stóra Laxá are not only big, they are exceptionally hard fighters as they have to ascend steep gradients to their spawning grounds. The season for Stóra Laxá is 30th June to the 30th September with prime time considered the beginning of July when the big fish start running through until mid-August. For the 2023 season we can offer two areas to fish on this river system, six rods on the main beats based from the lower lodge, or for the firm of foot and adventurous, four rods in a new private lodge on the upper part, fishing the canyons.
12 – 15 July: 5 rods – £6,360
15 – 18 July: SOLD – £6,360
18 – 21 July: SOLD – £6,360
21 – 24 July: 6 rods – £6,360
24 – 27 July: 6 rods – £6,360
27 – 30 July: SOLD – £6,360
30 July – 2 August: SOLD – £5,800
2 – 5 August: 6 rods – £4,700
5 – 8 August: 6 rods – £4,700
8 – 11 August: SOLD – £4,700
20 – 23 August: 6 rods – £5,550
23 – 26 August: 6 rods – £5,550
Transfers not included. Click HERE for a focus on Stora Laxa.
Midfjardará, West Coast
The Miðfjarðará is a medium sized gin clear river, offering world class and classic Icelandic salmon fishing. It is a true Icelandic gem that keeps producing the goods even in low water years. It is perfect for those who like to use single or small double-handed rods with floating line and small flies or hitch tubes. The river has over 200 named pools and with only six to ten rods that rotate over five beats it is hard not to feel that you have this cracking river to yourself. The lodge offers single, en-suite rooms as standard for full rods, shared if taking the fishing on a rod-share basis. There is a large dining room adjoining a comfortable lounge area, bar, wader room and outside Jacuzzi for those wanting to relax after a day on the river. It plays host to some of the best chefs in Iceland, ensuring that the food compliments the fantastic fishing. RODS VERY RARELY BECOME AVAILABLE.
6 – 9 July: 4 rods – £6,340
5 – 8 August: 2 rods – £8,280
29 July – 1 September: 3 rods – £5,590
Nordurá, West Coast
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 65 km 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. The Rjúpnahaed Lodge on Nordurá accommodates 12 fishermen in twin-bedded rooms with private shower and toilet facilities. The service and food at the lodge are of top quality.
15 – 18 June: SOLD
18 – 21 June: 6 rods – £5,970 per rod
21 – 24 June: 4 rods – £6,440 per rod
24 – 27 June: 1 rods – £6,680 per rod
27 – 30 June: 1 rods – £7,490 per rod
30 June – 3 July: SOLD
12 – 15 July: 3 rods – £8,160 per rod
15 – 18 July: 6 rods – £8,160 per rod
18 – 21 July: 6 rods – £7,930 per rod
21 – 24 July: 3 rods – £7,850 per rod
24 – 27 July: 8 rods – £7,850 per rod
27 – 30 July: 4 rods – £7,140 per rod
4 – 7 August: 6 rods – £5,220 per rod (this is excluding transfers for these dates)
Transfers included from Reykjavik.
Hafralonsa, East Coast
Hafralonsa is located in the northeast corner of Iceland and is one of the rugged and remote rivers of Thistilfjordur. The Hafralonsa offers 55 named pools over its 28km length. Below the canyon the valley opens up with tundra like vegetation circled by looming brooding mountains. The river rises at its source in the hills and runs through several kilometres of trout and char fishing before cascading over the stunning upper waterfall. Hafralonsa is fished with two to six rods and is best suited to those who are fit and adventurous, as it has some stunning but deep canyons – which require some strong wading. Its appeal is the number of rods on the river, its beauty, and the size of the fish, some weighing in the late teens.
15 – 18 July: 4 rods – £4,100 per rod
24 – 27 July: 4 rods – £4,990 per rod
30 July – 2 August: 4 rods – £5,350 per rod
8 – 11 August: 4 rods – £3,860 per rod
20 – 23 August: 4 rods – £2,800 per rod
26 – 29 August: 4 rods – £2,450 per rod
1 – 4 September: 4 rods – £2,100 per rod
These prices are based on intact parties of four or more, self catering and unguided. Transfers not included. Cleaning Fee £500.
Langa, West Coast
Langa is a river that can be fished with relative ease with good access to the pools and is fished well with single handed rods, small double handed rods can also be used. 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.
15 – 18 July: 3 rods – £7,860 per rod
18 – 21 July: 2 rods – £7,860 per rod
24 – 27 July: 6 rods – £7,460 per rod
Transfers not included.
Haukadalsá, North West Coast
Haukadalsá is an exclusive five rod salmon river located approximately 150km north west of Reykjavík and less than a two hour drive from the captial. The river is famous for its easy accessibility and high average catch statistics. It is also one of Iceland´s most attractive salmon rivers. Haukadalsá flows into Breidafjord and is surrounded by a number of other famous salmon rivers. The river is medium sized and with only five rods fishing over eight kilometres there are over 40 marked pools in which salmon are plentiful. The pools are unusually long with many riffles which encourage salmon to hold on their journey to the top. The lodge is a one storey building set on the riverbank directly overlooking beat 5 with breathtaking views over the hills on one side and over the sea on the other. Each rod has a private double room with en-suite facilities with linen changed daily.
2 – 5 August: 5 rods – £7,040 per rod
5 – 8 August: 5 rods – £6,760 per rod
8 – 11 August: 5 rods – £6,250 per rod
Blandá, North Coast
The Blandá is a glacial river in northwest Iceland rising in the foothills of the mighty Hofsjökull glacier. The river flows 125km through the vast highlands into the stunning valleys of Blöndudalur and Langidalur before reaching the sea next to the town of Blönduós. With a high ratio of multi-winter salmon, the Blandá has a reputation for holding some of the most powerful fish in the country. The opens to anglers in early June after the first spring runs arrive at the end of May, fishing with only four rods. Later in the season as the salmon runs increase, reaching their peak in July and early August, the whole river becomes an eight-rod operation. The spacious lodge offers 12 rooms, all twin-bedded with a private bathroom and shower.
Available on request.
Transfers included from Reykjavik.
Thverá, West Coast
Thverá is one of the most prestigious salmon rivers in Iceland and has been frequented by British salmon anglers since the late 19th century. It is the lower part of the legendary Thverá-Kjarrá River and offers 107 diverse salmon pools over its 26km length. The consistent salmon fishing makes the Thverá one of the most sought-after rivers in Iceland. The historic lodge has eight twin bedded ensuite rooms for its anglers, and some the top gourmet food at any lodge in Iceland. This cost is based on seven rods and five guides excluding transfers from Reykjavik. NOW BOOKING SINGLE RODS.
Available on request.
Transfers included from Reykjavik.
Kjarrá, West Coast
Kjarrá is the upper section of the Thverá/Kjarrá river system that drains into the Hvítá River. The 45km section of river is limited to just seven rods rotating between seven private beats with 91 named pools. The Kjarrá is every serious salmon angler’s dream, providing plenty of space when fishing. It is perfectly suited to fishing with hitch tubes and small flies with a floating line and fast runs give way to wide pools offering the perfect swing for fly anglers. The lodging is comfortable and the service is first-class providing a great atmosphere after a session out on the water.The lodge features an attractive lounge and dining room; eight twin-bedded rooms, all with private bathrooms and shower.
Available on request.
Vididalsá, North West Coast
Vididalsá is located in the northwest of Iceland not far from the town of Blonduos and is approximately 2 ½ hours drive from Reykjavik. The river is 25 km of fishing from the mouth to the Kolufoss waterfall and offers over 100 named pools and a huge variety of fishing. Being on the north coast the river has a good percentage of multi sea wintered fish and can be fished with a small double hander or a single hander. The comfortable lodge has 14 ensuite rooms for its eight rods and private rooms can easily be organised for rod sharers. This cost is based on single rod, single room and shared guide excluding transfers from Reykjavik.
Available on request.
Straumfjardara, North Coast
This unique river located up on Snaefells peninsular on the west coast of Iceland is one of the very few that offers a full service lodge to just four rods. The river itself has approximately 27 named pools divided into four beats over 12 km of fishing up to the Rjúkundi waterfall. Straumfjardara exhibits all the classic features of a great Icelandic river from the canyon section at the top to the fascinating rocky pools and holes to more open sections below.
22 – 25 July: 3 days fishing, 4 rods, 2 guides, up to 8 people – £33,000
5 – 9 August: 4 days fishing, 4 rods, 2 guides, up to 8 people – £38,590
Costs are based on three & four days fishing with the lodge being taken by four rods and four rod shares with two guides with full board and lodging. The lodge has a maximum capacity of 8. Ideal for an intact party.
Hofsá, Northeast Coast
Hofsá is one of the “big” northeast rivers and one of the two major Vopnafjordur rivers and it is situated about 600 kilometres from Reykjavik. Hofsá 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. The lodge is on the banks of the river and is built in a classic Icelandic fishing lodge style. The architecture appears functional, but inside you will discover comfortable lounges, a dining room with a spectacular panoramic view of the valley, en-suite rooms and a heated wader room.
Availability on request.
West Ranga, Southwest Coast
Located in the south of Iceland, West Rangá is one of the country’s most famous salmon rivers along with its neighbour the East Rangá. Both rivers often feature near the top of the most prolific salmon rivers in Iceland each season, as well as numbers the river also boasts a higher average size of fish than the rivers on the west coast. The river has an average width of 50 metres, featuring wide long pools and smooth glides. The bottom is mainly made up of black volcanic sand making wading relatively safe and easy. The river is best fished with double handed rods and larger flies than other rivers in Iceland, it is often useful to carry some sinking line options as well. The West Rangá is an unusual salmon river in as much as there is very little in the way of natural spawning habitat and it therefore relies on a very successful smolt-releasing programme that began in 1989. The river sees consistent salmon runs throughout the season and fishes until the 20th October with good statistics right the way to the closing day.
Next season the fishing will be sold in 2,4,6 or 8 days slots:
22 – 26 June: 6 rods – €6,360 per person
26 – 30 June: 6 rods – €6,360 per person
30 June – 4 July: 6 rods – €6,760 per person
17 – 21 August: 6 rods – €10,360 per person
27 – 31 August: 6 rods – €9,560 per person
31 August – 4 September: 6 rods – €7,960 per person
6 – 10 September: 6 rods – €7,160 per person
Prices based on single room, shared guide ful board, lodging and transfers.
Deildara, North Coast
Deildara is a delightful three rod river situated in the north eastern part of Iceland. Although it is just 7 km long, the 19 named pools offer the chance to catch large multi-sea wintered salmon, brown trout and Arctic char. It is a perfect lodge and river for a small group of friends or family who are looking for a self-service lodge. Deildará offers great fishing from a comfortable lodge and is also in a great location to explore northern or eastern Iceland as part of a combination itinerary. The salmon fly fishing prime time on the river runs from late July through August. There is every chance of finding a salmon in excess of 15 lbs on light tackle and surface flies.
20 – 26 June: 3 rods, £2,500 per rod
2 – 8 Jul: 3 rods, £3,000 per rod
11 – 17 Jul: 3 rods, £5,480 per rod
25 – 31 Aug: 3 rods, £3,050 per rod
7 – 13 Sept: 3 rods, £2,580 per rod
Prices based on self catering accommodation and six days fishing only. Guiding, catering and transfers not included.
Laxa I Adaldal, Northeast Coast
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 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.
Therefore 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 that 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.
Available on request.
Myrarkvisl, North Coast
The Myrarkvisl is a 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.
20 – 23 July: 4 rods – £3,465 per rod (3 days fishing)
31 July – 4 August: 2 rods – £5,800 per rod (4 days fishing)
15 – 19 August: 2 rods – £4,700 per rod (4 days fishing)
9 – 12 September: 1 rod – £3,885 per rod (3 days fishing)
26 – 29 June: 4 rods – £2,690 (3 days fishing)
1 – 4 June: 4 rods – £2,690 (3 days fishing)
Reykjadalsa, North Coast
Reykjadalsa is a modestly sized river teeming with a substantial population of brown trout, and it also experiences robust salmon runs during the summer season. The river initially meanders through open plains for a distance of 15 kilometers, providing an ideal setting for dry fly fishing. Beyond this point, the river gradually gains speed as it flows upstream, eventually culminating in a dramatic canyon at its uppermost reaches. Reykjadalsa is one of the tributaries of the Laxa in Adaldal, traversing the expanse of Lake Vestmannsvatn. As it journeys from the lake towards the Laxá, the river undergoes a name change, becoming known as Eyvindalækur.
14 – 17 July: 4 rods – £2,690 per rod (3 days fishing)
31 July – 3 August: 4 rods – £2,210 per rod (3 days fishing)
18 – 24 August: 4 rods – £5,380 per rod (6 days fishing)
27 August – 2 September: 4 rods – £5,380 per rod (6 days fishing)
2 – 6 June: 4 rods – £2,690 (4 days fishing)
8 – 11 June: 4 rods – £3,590 (4 days fishing)
14 – 17 July: 4 rods – £2,690 (3 days fishing)
Jokla, North Coast
The Jökla system lies just to the north of Egilsstaðir town and runs 100 km from the eastern slopes of the Vatnajokull glacier to the sea. The Jökla river system comprises three main rivers; the Fossa, Laxa and Kalda, and the lower reaches run parallel to the Fögruhlíðará. With over 50 km of water for six to eight rods the fishing on the tributaries is varied and gives a pleasant contrast to the daily rotation of beats.
Jökla is a river with a growing reputation amongst salmon anglers since being made fishable thanks to a hydro-electric dam higher up in the system. The river benefits from boosting its natural stocks with a smolt release programme, many of which, return to the river after two winters at sea offer big and strong salmon. Fish bred from Jökla natives are released into all the major tributaries throughout the system, but most of the effort is concentrated on the lower river. Guests fishing the lower Jökla, and its tributaries stay at a comfortable full service lodge.
Available on request.
Battle Hill Lodge, South Coast
Iceland’s incredible sea trout fishing has long been overlooked by those in favour of salmon. Battle Hill Lodge is the country’s first specific sea trout operation and concentrates on the Vatnamót, Fossálar/Þverárvatn and Geirlandsá. The River Geirlandsá has been run by a private angling club for a long time and is finally available on the market. The operation is also moving to a six day programme to ensure that over the course of the six days, anglers will get the chance to fish each river for 2 days. It must be noted that during the fall season, Vatnamót and Geirlandsá will drop out of the rotation for a very short period of time. This is because of contractual obligations to the land owners. During that period, 2 days at each river respectively, River Tungufljót will be included in the rotation.
These rivers offer a hugely diverse fishing environment for sea trout weighing up to and over 20lb.
15 – 21 August: SOLD – US$8,000 per rod
21 – 27 August: SOLD – US$8,000 per rod
27 August – 2 Sept: 8 rods – US$8,000 per rod
2 – 8 Sept: SOLD – US$9,500 per rod
8 – 14 Sept: SOLD – US$9,500 per rod
14 – 20 Sept: SOLD – US$9,500 per rod
20 – 26 Sept: 4 rods – US$9,500 per rod
26 Sept – 2 Oct: 4 rods – US$8,300 per rod
2 – 8 Oct: 3 rods – US$8,300 per rod
8 – 14 Oct: 3 rods – US$8,300 per rod
14 – 21 Oct: 4 rods – US$8,300 per rod
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.