The Tungufljot in Biskupstungum(not to be confused with the Seatrout river with the same name Tungufljót in Skaftártungum) is one of the most attractive salmon rivers in Iceland. It‘s a large(for Iceland scale) river that originates in the southern highlands and joins the mighty Hvíta. It winds its way down to the lowlands through spectacular canyons and opens up on the lower pools, with breathtaking scenery wherever you look. The salmon makes its way up through the vast Hvita/Ölfusa river system, one of the largest river systems in Iceland, before reaching Tungufljot. The natural surroundings are spectacular, the river itself is a dramatic combination of gravel flats and waterfalls and gorges, ensuring the variety of pools fished are great. You will find calm pools as well as fast-flowing ones. Access is very good and most pools are accessible by small vehicles. Tungufljot average catch for the last years is about 300 salmon per season.
The upper part of the river is mainly a trout area that has trout up to 10 pounds, but those are very rare. The main salmon area is below the waterfall Faxi, Faxi also happens to be one of the best pools on the river. Fished with a max of 4 rods on the west bank, the salmon area is one of the most beautiful in Iceland. The main pool is the waterfall pool, but the canyon below and the area below the canyons give good numbers of fish, each year.
Both self-catering cabins close to the river as well as full-service accommodations at a local hotel can be arranged.
Distance from Reykjavík:
June 24.-October 1.
Number of rods:
Double handed 8-10#, single handed 8#
The best flies:
Bismo, Sunray, Collie dog, France cone