Skarðsá

The Skarðsá river, which was once only fished by few lucky fishermen, is now available to the  customers of  Fish Partner. The Skarðsá river runs through Möðrudalsöræfi, which is  the largest desert in Iceland. It has several tributaries, including the Króká, Hvanná and Sauðá rivers, which are all part of the beat.  The Skarðsá river runs through a moon-like landscape unlike any other place in Europe. Lava, cliffs, sand, and bright, glowing moss form amazing surroundings where one can easily forget time and place. The char of Skarðsá river is also unique due to its size. The river is full of 6 lbs char and the chances of catching an 8 lbs fish are good. The largest char caught so far was 15 lbs. The river is available for catch-and-release fly fishing only and there is a four-rod limit. Upstream nymphing is the most effective fishing method, but streamers and dry flies can also be useful. The Skarðsá river offers unique opportunities to catch big char in the vast deserts of Iceland. 

Nearby at  Möðrudalur, accommodation  options range from camping to fully equipped luxury apartments. There is also an excellent restaurant there that prides itself in using ingredients sourced from the immediate environment. Möðrudalur is historically one of the oldest settlements in Iceland and it remains the most  elevated  inhabited  place in the country at 469 m (1540 ft.) above sea level. From Möðrudalur, the  picturesque  Mount Herðubreið—the  national mountain of Iceland—can be seen on the horizon. 

Good to know

Distance from Reykjavík: 550km/340 miles.

Fishing season: June - September.

Prime time: June - August.

Fishing hours: 12 hours per day.

Equipment:Single-handed rods

weight # 5-8  are recommended.

Floating lines. 

Best flies: Bead head niphs.

Access: larger version of 4X4. 

Number of rods: 4.

Accommodation: Möðrudalur.