Iceland continues to be one of the most exciting light tackle salmon destinations in the world. Although the 2014 season had below average grilse runs on the whole there was a noticeable increase in multi sea wintered fish entering a lot of the rivers. The trout fishing continued to show anglers in 2014 why we regard it as one of the best trout destinations in the world. If you are thinking of fishing in Iceland next year here is a first look at availability, with further availability expected over the next couple of weeks. If you cannot see the dates or river you are interested in please contact us.
GRIMSÁ is a special river with a long history of British fishermen. It is one of the most consistent rivers in Iceland with catch statistics averaging between 1100 – 1400 fish a season. The grilse tend to be a little larger here than other west coast rivers averaging 7 lbs, and combined with its comfortable lodge overlooking the falls it is the nearest thing to a “safe bet” in Iceland.
- July 5-8: £3,800 – SOLD
- July 17-20 : £5,400 – SOLD
- July 20-25 : £8,180 – 1 rod
- August 25-29 : £3,340 – SOLD
LAXÁ I KJOS has been described as “a salmon fisherman’s guilty pleasure”. This intimate river is more akin to trout fishing for salmon and is a 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 adding to the excitement.
- June 21-24: £2,850 – SOLD
- June 24-28 : £3,550 – SOLD
- July 14-17 : £4,740 – SOLD
- August 6-12 : £6,640 – SOLD
- August 15-21 : £5,520 – SOLD
- August 24-30 : £4,740 – 8 rods
LAXÁ I ADALDAL had a good season last year and caught over 350 fish with the largest being 35lbs. There were a high proportion over 20 lbs, making it one of the few rivers in Iceland to produce large fish. In conjunction with the excellent lodging, top quality guiding and extraordinary food it adds a different dimension to our Icelandic portfolio.
- July 6-9 : £1,525 – SOLD
- July 21-24 : £2,175 – SOLD
- July 24-27 : £2,350 – SOLD
- July 27-30: £2,350 – SOLD
- July 30 – August 2: £2,350 – SOLD
- August 11-14 : £2,190 – SOLD
SVALBARDSÁ is a medium volume river in Thistilfjordur, one of the remote fiords in the northeast corner of Iceland. Rugged and wild are the words best attached to the landscape and scenery. Characteristics of this river is it’s remoteness and also the chance of catching a really big fish, sometimes exceeding 9-10 pounds which means that multi sea winter fish are dominant. The river is fished by three rods only and perfectly suited to intact parties
- August 19 -23 : £4,850 – SOLD
LAXÁ I LEIRARSVEIT has been referred to as the “sweetest” salmon river in Iceland. The short river is hugely varied with waterfalls, long flats, runs and deep pools. It is only fished by 7 rods at a time but sees good numbers of fish caught each season. Reasonably larger fish run in late June and early July followed by the peak grilse run throughout July. The river offers great sight-fishing opportunities on light tackle.
- July 4-7 : £2,990 – 2 rods
LAXÁ I ASUM is unique in that it offers a private river with private lodge and guides to only two rods. The new luxury lodge accommodates up to four in single rooms and most groups who fish this highly productive river share rods. The river is only sold per two rods and price is based on four people sharing two rods with two guides.
- July 21-24 : £19,290 – SOLD
- July 24-27: £19,290 – SOLD
- July 27-30 : £17,000 – SOLD
- July 30 – August 2 : £15,350 – SOLD
- August 2-5 : £15,110 – SOLD
WEST RANGÁ is a highly productive river on the south coast and generally tops Iceland’s chart of catch statistics. The 30 km of double banked fishing is fished by 12 – 18 rods through the season with a stunning lodge overlooking its most productive pools.
- July 12-15 : £3,225
- July 15-18 : £3,725
- July 18-21: £3,975
- July 21-24: £4,058
- July 29 – August 3 : £7,040
- August 5-8 : £4,225
HAUKADALSA is another short west coast river limited to just 5 rods. There are 40 named pools on the stretch, most of which have long runs and are perfect for fishing with fly. The average salmon is around 6 lbs with larger fish entering the river early in the season (late June).
- July 5-8: £4,100
- July 8-11 : £4,300
- July 11-14: £4,500
- July 20-23 : £4,700
- July 23-26 : £4,700
- July 29 – August 1 : £4,500
- August 1-4 : £4,500
LANGÁ continues to be one of our most popular rivers. Not only does it remain consistent through tough conditions but all the pools are easily accessible by vehicle making it the perfect place for those who don’t fancy rock hopping. The numerous pools provide perfect hitching water with small flies and light tackle.
- July 21-24 : £4,270
- July 24-27: £4,270
- July 27-30 : £4,240
- July 29-31: SOLD
- July 31-August: 3 £4,010
- August 3-6 : SOLD
- August 6-9 : £3,470
- August 9-12 : £3,120
- August 12-15 : £2,740
- August 15-18 : £2,520
LAXARDAL in our opinion is some of the finest wild brown trout fishing to be found in Europe, and we will again be taking our space in what we deem to be the finest dry fly period. Alex and Charles Jardine will again be hosting the first two slots.
- July 9-12 : £1,865 (Jardine Hosted Trip)
- July 12-15 : £1,865 (Jardine Hosted Trip)
- July 15-18 : £1,865
MYVATNSSVEIT is the next stretch upstream of Laxardal and whilst the average size is lower, at around 3 lbs, it is not uncommon to experience 10-15 fish days. The river is braided between a series of islands with some deep holes and excellent dry fly tail-outs.
- July 10-13 : £1,865 – 6 rods
- July 13-16 : £1,865 – 6 rods
MINNIVALLALAEKUR is known for its extremely large trout, even a few over 20 lbs! The river is quite chalkstream like, with areas of meandering and steady flows. The average catch in a season is approximately 300 fish to four rods. Dry fly fishing is the favoured method through the summer but nymphs and streamers are also very effective. I have attached the information sheet.
- June 17-20 : £940 – 2 rods
Availability is on request for the following rivers:
MYRARKVISL is tributary of the Laxa I Adaldal on the north coast of Iceland and offers the perfect opportunity to have a private river system and lake for three to four rods combing brown trout, salmon and arctic char. It is an intimate river that holds a large head of brown trout along with a reasonable runs of good sized salmon through the summer.
HOFSÁ is one of the great names of Iceland and is fished with seven rods on seven beats from late June until late September. It is one of the few big fish rivers in Iceland with over 80 marked pools which many consider the definition of the perfect fly water. The lodge newly is renovated, full service with 7 double rooms and 2 single rooms. The cuisine is gourmet restaurant style.
The MIDFJARDARÁ RIVER offers amazing sight fishing opportunities in gin clear water for Atlantic salmon in Iceland, just three hours’ drive from the capital, Reykjavik. With three or six day stays offered and rod sharing available the Midfjardara is a fantastic option to consider this year, being a river that keeps producing the goods in low water or high water summers. Maximum 10 rods per week, each enjoying single, en-suite rooms as standard.
NORDURA is one of Iceland’s top producing natural rivers and has over 100 named fishing pools on its 65 km length. The river offers an incredibly diverse fishing experience; from the lower canyon to the technical rock pools and runs of the upper canyon. Being a wider river than some of its neighbours it lends itself well to small two handed rods as well as single handers and remains particularly consistent through poor water conditions and perfect for hitching. The comfortable lodge and excellent food only adds to its reputation as one of the best rivers in Iceland.
FREMRI ASUM this is a delightful and exclusive section of the famous salmon river, the Laxá I Asum. A trout fisher’s paradise, this river is fished by 2 – 3 rods and has great dry fly and nymph fishing. It is not uncommon for anglers to catch in excess of 20 fish a day to 3 and 4 lbs. The lodge is basic yet comfortable and the river is a brief stroll from your front door.
If you would be interested in further details or an itinerary then please contact Peter McLeod or Alex Jardine alternatively call our office on +44(0) 1980 847389.