Midfjardara, Iceland

One of the most beautiful rivers in Iceland with almost unlimited fishing.

The Midfjardara is known in Iceland as 'The Queen of the Rivers' and for good reason. With over 200 named pools, each rod covers such a huge area that anglers cannot help but feel they are fishing this remarkable river all by themselves.

The wonder of Iceland's natural splendor is nowhere more apparent then on the banks of this beautiful river. That combined with one of Iceland's most comfortable lodges makes the appeal of the Midfjardara one that is truly hard to resist.

Historically, Midfjardara is one of Iceland's very best salmon rivers. The main river has two tributaries; the Nupsa is perfect for finding pots and pools where the fish lurk whereas the Austura features the famous canyon section which, although a hike, is well worth it as it is a beautiful part of the river. The joy of the Midfjardara is that there is so much water to fish that even if one opts out of the canyon section there are numerous different pools to fish. The main run of the river is predominantly made up of grilse but in the early season the majority of fish tend to be 'springers', multi sea winter fish in the 10lbs to 18lbs range.

The Midfjardara is perfect for light tackle, floating line fishing and a long cast is seldom needed; it is this intimacy of fishing that makes it such a popular choice.

There is one guide for every two anglers with a total of 10 rods rotating over 5 very extensive beats. This wonderful river is ideally suited for single handed rods, floating lines and small flies.


The Laxahvammur lodge is one of the better lodges in Iceland. There are 10 private ensuite rooms, dining room, lounge, bar, heated wader room and outside Jacuzzi.

The kitchen at this lodge has historically been the training ground for the chefs that accompany the Icelandic Winter Olympics team and as a result the food is generally superb.

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One of the most beautiful rivers in Iceland with almost unlimited fishing

Price guide

Prices start from £6,320 per person for three days fishing excluding international flights.

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