Nordura, Iceland

The Nordura is a classic Icelandic river situated on the west coast, just under 2 hours from the airport.   

The season opens earlier than many of the other salmon rivers and indeed the early part of the season can be very productive.

The 10-year catch average is in excess of 2,000 salmon for the 15 rods that fish the river with 2008 producing a record 3,307.  The fishing extends to 55km of water and there are over 150 named pools.

As is typical of Iceland, the fishing is diverse and the scenery dramatic. The upper section of the river is characterised by a gravel bottom to the river. The middle section, above and below the beautiful Glanni waterfall, is more rocky and is punctuated by bushes and trees. In the lowest parts, below the Laxfoss waterfall, the river runs through a wide canyon which has some spectacular pools.

It is easily fished with single-handed or small double-handed rod in the early season but as the water drops in July and the fish numbers start increasing it is perfect for a single-hander and the hitch.


The lodge was renovated in 2017 and now has fourteen rooms for the twelve fishermen in twin-bedded rooms with ensuite bathrooms with showers. The lodge is located in a beautiful position overlooking the river in one direction and to Laxfoss and the mountains in the other. There is also a large veranda outside with a fantastic view to the river.

The lodge is also equipped with a sauna and drying room for waders and fishing equipment. Like many lodges in Iceland, the food is of excellent quality.

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Good early season fishing for Iceland

Price guide

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

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