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Laxá í dölum

Pearl on the North east

Over the years, Laxá í Dölum's reputation as one of the great international Atlantic salmon fishing destinations has grown steadily. As its fame grew, it became popular with a privileged group of famous public figures. Golf champion Jack Nicklaus or astronaut Neil Armstrong are just two examples of the numerous famous personalities that have fished its waters.

Year after year, this river has placed among the best in Iceland both in terms of total annual catch and in terms of captures per rod day. The total 10-year annual average catch is around 1,000 salmon during an 80-day season.

The bulk of these fish are salmon ranging from 5 to 12 pounds, although every season fish in the 18 to 20-pound range are caught here.

Pretty much all of the pools offer easy access by four-wheel-drive vehicles, much to the delight of fishermen who prefer avoiding long hikes on difficult terrain to get to the fishing. Flowing through a wide valley, the lower river offers a number of ideal pools for hitching.

Pools such as Kristnipollur or Svarfhólsstadagrjot are favorites of visiting fly fishermen. In contrast, in its upper stretches, the river narrows considerably requiring fishermen to employ a variety of techniques.

Generally, the best dates to fish Laxá í Dölum fall between mid-July until the end of the season. However, the moments of best fishing are determined more by water conditions than by tides or specific dates. That said, even during very low water conditions, Laxá í Dölum continues producing captures.


The fishing lodge was recently renovated. The lodge has a warm but stylish interior, lit by scented candles in the evening, giving it a luxurious spa feel. There are 6 twin en-suite rooms which can accommodate a group of up to 12 anglers when sharing rods. The main living area consists of a comfortable area to relax in with large leather Chesterfield sofas, a bar area for guests' drinks and a spacious dining table.

Lodge chef ensures that the cuisine is of an exceptional standard and caters for all tastes and diets. An outdoor sauna and a cold water pool with a waterfall from a mountain stream complete the upscale experience.


  • Rods
  • Distance from Reykjavik
    150 km
  • How to get there
  • Location
  • Season
    24.June - 30.September
  • Prime time
  • Guides
    Available on request
  • Transport
    Available on request
  • Lodge
    Full service
  • Fishing Type
  • 10y average catch
    950 Salmon
  • River Map
    Laxa in dolum MAP
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