Skjalfandafljot River has been one of the unknown secrets of Icelandic salmon and trout fishing in recent years. Located in the North of Iceland, about 50 km from capital of North Iceland Akureyri and 35km from town Húsavik, it is in the heart of big salmon area of Iceland.
The river is the fourth largest in Iceland and originates from one of Iceland’s glaciers Vatnajökull, which is the largest one in Europe. The nature around Skjaflandafljot is very extreme and beautiful. This river is not for the relaxed anglers as it will test your skill and form while you are fishing. The fishing areas can be dangerous so we will recommend anglers to have a guide with them and go around the river with caution.
The average catch statistics for last five years is very good with the average around 600 salmon caught on only six rods.Trout fishing is also very good on the river with catches up to 1000 some years. The salmon part of the river will be split up into three parts all with two rods per beat. The river is quiet long and also offer the a salmon and trout fishing and just trout fishing on the lower part of the river.
In the year 2012 there will not be accommodation with the rods sold on the river but we at Lax-á have contacts in the area and can book accommodation from hotels to summerhouses for interested anglers.
Location : North East Iceland (479 km from Reykjavik)
Fishing season : June 18th to 15th of September
Prime time : July 10th to August 20th
Average size of fish : 9 lbs. – although the river is known for big salmon up to 20 lbs
Guide : Can be arranged.
Lodge : Since the 2012 season we have a fantastic spacious 6 bedroom house for salmon anglers in Skjalfandafljot. A very comfortable self catering lodge located close to the river with a sitting room, dining room, spacious kitchen, barbeque grill and hot jacuzzi.
Tackle : Double handed rods 12-15”, weight 9-11, floating line with sink tip, intermediate or sink lines
Good flies : Similar to many large rivers, as long as your sink tip is fast sinking enough – there is no need to use too large or too heavy tubes as well. ¼ - 1 inch tubes are enough – with and without cones.
Black & Blue (¼ – 1 inch, with and without a cone)
Collie Dog (¼ - 1 inch)
German Snaelda (¼ – 1 inch, with and without a cone)
Black Snaelda (¼ – 1 inch, with and without a cone)
Blue Snaelda (¼ – 1 inch, with and without a cone)
Skógá, blue (¼ – 1 inch, with and without a cone)
SunRay Shadow (½ - 2 inches)
Also orange colour tubes.
Fishing hours :
June 18th to August 20th 07:00 - 13:00 and 16:00 - 22:00
August 20th to 15th of September 07:00 - 13:00 and 15:00 - 21:00
Clothing : In spite of the relatively mild climate, you should bring warm clothing and, most importantly, quality rainwear and a windcheater. Chest waders and wading shoes are essentials.
Tackle disinfection : Iceland has always been free of diseases like UDN and Gyrodactylus Salaris and we intend to keep it that way. There is a strict policy of visiting anglers having their tackle sterilized before coming to Iceland. This should be done in a 2% formaldehyde solution for 10 minutes and performed by a veterinary surgeon. (Tackle sterilized in Virkon S is also acceptable.) A signed inventory of what has been sterilized should be provided by the vet for presentation to the customs officers at Keflavik airport. The most important items to be treated are: rods, reel/line, waders and flies.
The process can be carried out by staff at Keflavik airport. The office is located at the far side of the baggage reclaim hall, downstairs in the airport. Just notify one of the personnel in the area that you need your tackle disinfected and they will have a member of the staff come and complete the process. The price for 4 pieces in a fishing set is 4.900 ISK. Every piece after that is an extra 500 ISK.
Flights to Iceland from Europe (note that some flights schedules are just over the summertime)
Iceland Express, www.icelandexpress.is.
Wow Air, www.wowair.is
Easy Jet, www.easyjet.com
Documentation & Visas
Citizens from the European Economic Area (comprising the EU, Switzerland and Liechtenstein), US and Canada need only a passport valid for at least three months after the planned date of arrival to enter Iceland for up to three months.
Good to know:
Currency: Icelandic Krona. Visa and Eurocard/Mastercard credit cards and Maestro and Visa Electron are accepted widely.
Language: Icelandic, but Icelanders speak English as well.
Electricity: Most facilities operate on 220-wolt, 50-cycle system. A Converter will be necessary for any electrical items that require a 110-volt, 60-cycle system.
Last edited: 2013-04-26