Norðurá in Borgarfjörður is to many anglers the best salmon river in Iceland and the average seasonal catch for the past 10 seasons is just over 2000 salmon. She flows from lake Holtvörðuvatn, upon the moor Holtavörðuheiði. It has quite a few tributaries, such as Hvassá, Hellisá, Sanddalsá, Búðardalsá, and Bjarnadalsá to name a few.
The angling area reaches from the bridge at Fornihvammur down to the Norðurá/Hvítá confluence.
The river has over 170 marked pools. Their diversity is vast, ranging from neat riffles, gullies and to large and powerful runs. She has three main waterfalls, as mentioned before, each a remarkable beauty in its own right. Of those, Laxfoss is probably the most famous, do in no small part, to Iceland’s most famous passenger ship that bore the same name.
The lodge consists of two buildings. The main building is entered through the reception that seconds as a bar in the evenings it has floor-to-ceiling windows with a view of the river, natural granite stone floors, and a bar top with wooden larch fittings and ceiling. New guest rooms in two corridors on separate floors with a total of 14 rooms of four-star size with twin beds. Two can stay in each room, which includes a bathroom and a shower, a sitting bench, and ample wardrobe space. The main lodge also houses the dining room, sitting room, bar and lounge, and a wader storage/dryer and sauna on the first floor. It also includes a kitchen, laundry, and more staff facilities. The second building, called Brekkubær (Slope house) houses the guides and cook, their lounge, and wader storage.
The sitting room in the main lodge has a window which will never have any curtains. Through it, you can see one of the most spectacular views of any river in Iceland. Laxfoss, Grábrókarhraun, Hraunsnefsöxl, and the queen of Borgarfjörður, Baula.
It also has a fireplace, in front of which anglers like to relax, especially in the fall.
Distance from Reykjavík:
5.June - 9.September
Number of rods:
Single handed #6-8
The best flies:
Size 14-18 flies and hitch. Haugur, Black sheep, Frances