Kjarra, Iceland

The Thvera and Kjarra rivers are in fact the same river with the name changing halfway down. Each is a seven-rod river. The Kjarra is the upper part of this renowned river system which boasts some of the highest catches of any Icelandic river. The average 10-year catch is typically well over 2,000 salmon annually with the best year exceeding 4,000 salmon landed.

The Thvera/Kjarra was one of the first rivers the English gentry fished on a regular basis. Many of the pools on the Thvera/Kjarra reflect this heritage. Pools such as Hambro, Stewart, Wilson, and The Three Princesses reflect these early days of fly fishing.

The Kjarra is 45km in length and has 92 named pools. The river varies greatly in character from steep sided canyon pools with challenging fly water to the more easily accessible pools in the Kjarra valley. The river is fly only and catch-and-release, but fishermen can take one grilse per rod per day. 

Kjarra is a classic clear water Icelandic river and is best fished with a single handed rod or a small switch rod. Floating lines work best and flies are typically sizes 12-14 with classic patterns such as Green Brahan, Silver Sheep and Arndilly Fancy working well.


The Kjarra lodge, named Vigoll, is set in dramatic highland scenery and features a large terrace with great views of the river and its surroundings. A sauna and jacuzzi are located on the terrace where one can relax after a day´s fishing. Guest will also enjoy a three-course dinner prepared by the renowned team of chefs.  

The lodge features eight twin-bedded rooms, all with private bathrooms and shower. The lodge also has an attractive sitting and dining room plus a drying-room and storage area for fishing equipment.

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Our view

Dramatic scenery and one of the great Icelandic rivers.

Price guide

Prices start from £5,500 per person for 3 days fishing excluding international flights.

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