Laxa in Dolum, Iceland

Laxa in Dolum in the central west region of Iceland ranks among the best in the country with an average catch of 1,040 salmon for the last 20 years for only six rods.

Laxa in Dolum is a medium-sized river with a fair volume of water, flowing over a rocky bed with alternate pools and runs. This river is famed for its large stock of salmon and a good number of multi-sea winter fish are caught every year. Many pools are deep and very clear and like many Icelandic rivers it offers very visual fishing.

All the pools are easily accessible by car and fishermen can get to the water with relative ease. Laxa in Dolum offers 26kms of productive water fished by only four to six rods in the prime weeks.

The lower beats flow smoothly through a wide isolated valley and are perfect for single-handed rods, floating lines and the riffle hitch. The upper river, however, has some narrower beats demanding a greater variety of techniques and a little more accuracy and stealth. Favoured flies include hitched tubes, Blue Charm, Collie Dog and Silver Sheep. Fly only fishing is all that is now permitted on the river.

The river offers a pleasing mix of one and two sea-winter salmon throughout the season. In fact few rivers in the west and south-west of Iceland have a better ratio of multi-sea winter salmon and most years, salmon up to and exceeding 20lbs are caught.

Experienced, English-speaking guides are provided - one for every two rods - all with 4WD vehicles. Rod sharing is also popular on this intriguing river.


Accommodation is full service with a comfortable refurbished lodge featuring eight double rooms. Two of them remain from the old lodge with six being newer. There is a sauna and a comfortable dining and sitting area.

The catering is first-class with well-respected Icelandic chefs looking after your needs. 

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More about Laxa in Dolum

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Delicate and visual small fly and hitch style Icelandic salmon fishing on a prolific and interesting river.

Price guide

Prices start from £5,750 per person for three days fishing excluding international flights.

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