About Norðlingafljot

All information necessary to organize your travel.


The Nordlingafljot is one of the most attractive salmon rivers in Iceland. The natural surroundings, adjacent to the Husafell area, are spectacular, the river itself a dramatic combination of gravel-flats and waterfalls and gorges, ensuring the variety of pools fished are great.

With 75 marked pools, plus smaller pools unmarked in between, the Nordlingafljot offers a fishing experience to please any angler. With only six rods fishing over 13 kilometers of river there is enough space to move freely around. In addition, the chances of catching salmon on the Nordlingafljot are higher than in most other rivers in Iceland. The average has been over 2,5 salmons per rod per day for the past years if we count out the record year of 2008 when the average catch went over 5 salmons per rod per day.

Nordlingafljot has a shorter season than most other rivers, between late July and late September, intensifying the number of salmon caught and the fishing experience.

Furthermore, the river is ideal for families or small fishing groups and the Husafell area offers interesting attractions and services to travelers, everything from heated swimming pools to Icelandic pony rides. The old farmhouse at Husafell serves as our fishing lodge, and has been modified to meet the needs of fishermen without affecting the original charm of the house.

The season: from July 18th until the end of September. Best weeks are usually the last week of July and the first two weeks of August.
Daily fishing hours: 07.00 until 13.00 and again rom 16.00 to 22.00. After August the 15th the hours change to 15.00 to 21.00 in the afternoon because of shorter daylight.

Number of rods allowed: the season starts and ends with 5 rods but 6 rods are allowed during high season, from July 30th to September 12th. Both fly and worm fishing is allowed in Nordlingafljot. Many foreign fishermen who come to the Nordlingafljot prefer to come as a group, taking all the available rods for the week and fish with fly only.

The most popular flies are: Red/Black Frances, Snælda, Blue Charm, Hairy Mary, Collie dog, Black Sheep, Sunray Shadow and various shrimp patterns.


Fishing permit

Permits are sold in pairs of two days (2, 4, 6…) starting in the afternoon on the first day and ending at lunch time the last day.


Possibility to book a guide.


Possibility to keep the catches.

Fishing hours

12 hours per day from 07.00 until 13.00 and again from 16.00 until 22.00. After the 15th of August the break is one hour shorter so fishing time starts again at 15.00 until 21.00.