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River Laugardalsá

89cm spring salmon

As the major river of the West Fjords the Laugardalsa River has long been known as one of the best three rod rivers to fish for salmon in Iceland which offers a superb and private fishing experience.

Laugardalsá is a fantastic river to fish for salmon. The river is in a very remote area, you have the valley and the river all for yourself.

The salmon in Laugardalsá River are strong and fit. The majority is from 4-7 pounds but there are also a good number of multi winter salmon 8-15 pounds.

Even a slow day on the Laugardalsá leaves an angler content as he will have seen plenty of fish and probably had some action. A good day leaves an angler exhausted! Peak weeks of the season will offer catches comparable to the best salmon rivers in Iceland. Laugardalsá Laugardalsá, salmon fishing in icelandhas about 6 km of fishing.


Laugardalsá river is the perfect 2 to 3 rod river, easy to fish and full of fish. Laugardalsa is a great choice for small groups looking for exclusive fishing on an intimate setting.

The landscape of the Westfjords is breathtaking with great mountains rising up from the sea. Westfjords region is steeped in its history of witchcraft and magic, you could say finding its way into the angling in the region, and offers many points of interest for non-fishers.river-laugardalsa-pictures-12

This sensitive river is best fished by anglers who use very small flies, particularly small hitched micro tubes. The river has two distinct parts to it; one is fast flowing riffles and rapids and the other is the slow gliding character of the upper river.

Both are very exciting to fish and produce wonderful results. Be well prepared , but all you need in fact is the lighter tackle, 3 – 5 weight full floater, long leader 3 – 4 meters of 8 – 10lbs braking strength, hitch tubes, micro tubes and your small flies in the box 10 – 16, will do the job, lots of stripping.

River Laugardalsá Lodge
River Laugardalsá Lodge

Laugardalsa is one of the top salmon rivers of Iceland, this 2.5 rod river provides 400 – 500 salmon in a short season, only 75 days.

All salmon above 70 cm, must be released and the bag limit is 1 salmon under 70 cm per day

  • Fishing season: June 15t to September 15th
  • Average size: 5-7 pounds.
  • Tackle: Single handed rods, line weight, 5-7 floating line.
  • Access: good.
  • Number of rods: June 2rods- July to August 21st 3 rods – two rods to Sept 15th 
  • Distance from Reykjavík: 345 km (124 miles)North-West.


Accommodation: Cozy self catering lodge with 3 double bedrooms, nice Kitchen with all cooking facilities, living room and gasgrill on the veranda.

Sunset in June, view from the Lodg


  • Single handed rods 9ft”, weight 5-7, floating line
  • Recommended flies:
  • Green Butt (sizes 14-18,  micro cones
  • Black & Blue (sizes 14 – 18)
  • Collie dog (sizes 12 – 14)
  • SunRay Shadow ( ½”-1″ inches)
  • Hitch tubes and micro Hitch
  • Black & Red Frances (sizes 14-18)
  •  Black & Red Frances micro cones and ¼ ” tubes
The living room









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