Vididalsa, Iceland

A classic Icelandic river but one that offers the opportunity for bigger fish than many of the country's rivers.

The famous Vididalsa is regarded in fishing circles as one of the big fish rivers of Iceland and has one of the highest average weights of any salmon river in the country. The sight fishing in Iceland for big fish is some of the most exciting in the world.

250km from Reykjavik, the Vididalsa and its tributary, the Fitja, have over 100 named pools and around 25 kilometres of fishable water to just eight rods. Thr river runs from the estuary up to the beautiful but unpassable Kolufoss waterfall in the dramatic and scenic Kolugljufur canyon.

The Vididalsa is what can only be described as a classic fly water and one that any serious salmon fisherman will relish the prospect of casting a fly over. There is a large variety of pools ranging from fast runs and slower meadow pools. Along with the amazing fishing and big salmon the lodge is equal to them both. If you are looking for fun and a relaxing fishing holiday, Vididalsa is the right place to visit.

The river is easy to fish and with a history of big fish it has been highly sought after for many years with only a few rods becoming available each season. At the head of the river there is a stunning gorge which allows rods to view the fish before they quietly move into a casting position but in the lower stretch the river gently meanders down a wide valley which offers easy access to the pools. The Fitja, a tributary treated as one beat in the rotation system, is more dramatic as the rocky bed produces many riffles that hold a good number of fish.


The lodge has a total of 14 rooms to the eight rods, all twin-bedded and each with a private bathroom with shower. Private rooms can be arranged for those sharing rods. In addition there is a spacious living room, dining room and bar. There is an outside jacuzzi on the terrace overlooking the river and a sauna.

All the services at the Vididalsa are high quality with a good lodge and great food.

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A classic Icelandic river but one that offers the opportunity for bigger fish than many of the country's rivers.

Price guide

Prices start from £6,250 per person for three days fishing excluding international flights.

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