Thvera, 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 Thvera is the lower 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 Thvera is 27km in length and has 107 named pools. There is a huge variety of water from fast moving streams in the upper river, down to the meadow pools where the river flows quietly alongside green pasture. Most of the beats are easily accessible, with no trees to hinder casting.  Thvera is fly only and catch-and-release, but fishermen can take one grilse per rod per day. 

Thvera 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 newly renovated accommodation at Thvera lodge is luxurious and set in magnificent scenery. The lodge has a large and attractive living room, dining room and a large terrace with great views of the river and its surroundings. Each rod has their own twin-bedded room with private shower.  

There is an outdoor Jacuzzi on the terrace and an outdoor Finnish sauna where one can relax after a day's fishing. The Lodge has Wifi, TV and a music system.

Guests are provided with the best there is in Icelandic cuisine and a distinguished selection of wines from around the world. All the meals are prepared using only the freshest ingredients.

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One of the most desirable rivers in Iceland.

Price guide

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

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