Laxa in Leirarsveit, Iceland
The Laxa in Leirarsveit lies just north of Hvalfjordur between the towns of Akranes and Borgarnes. The river is a very convenient one and a half hour drive from the international airport at Keflavik.
The river is 14kms in length and has 45 named pools. At the head of the river system are three sizeable lakes, which help keep up water levels in seasons with low rainfall. Salmon have access right up to the uppermost lake, Geitabergsvatn.
The upper river runs through a high, narrow valley and the pools have a rocky nature. Here there are two attractive waterfalls and downstream of that the river then passes through an area of lush meadows with pools ideal for fishing the hitch.
In the prime season the river is fished by a maximum of seven rods. The river lends itself perfectly for private parties and in these situations many choose to fish six rods with three beats and three guides. The guides are very familiar with the river and, for those not familiar with Icelandic tactics, they are excellent in passing on their knowledge.
There is a huge variety of water and pools but this is classic Icelandic fishing with typically single handed rods, floating lines and small flies. Hitched flies also work extremely well with the resulting exciting surface action. With salmon on particular lies, you will often change fly patterns several times covering the same fish on multiple occasions often with different rates of retrieve before getting a take.
The entry to the lodge has a convenient room for leaving waders, boots and fishing kit. This then opens out into a comfortable sitting room area with dramatic views out towards the distant hill country. There is a separate dining area and as is usually the case at Icelandic fishing lodges, the quality of meals produced by the resident chef is a very pleasant surprise.
Accommodation at the lodge is based on single rooms with an ensuite bathroom and shower for each rod. The lodge has eight rooms for the seven rods allowing for a little flexibility if taken by a private party and with additional rod sharers.