Salmon & brown trout river Ellidaar

River Ellidaar runs through the Icelandic capital Reykjavik. From the source in Lake Ellidavatn the river finds its way for six kilometres down to the estuary. The Ellidaar has proved productive when runs have been good and salmon evenly dispersed. The upper reaches of the river are among the best fly fishing beats in Iceland. One pool leads straight into the next. Waters are calm and branches run through wetlands and down some rocky steps. In May the uppermost part of the river is open for brown trout fishing.

The Ellidaar has been exploited in two main ways. Firstly, it has yelded natural bounties to fishermen from the age of settlement and through the centuries until angling achieved supremacy. Secondly, there have been a hydro-electric plant in operation on the rivers. King Christian X of Denmark formally opened the Ellidaar power station for public use on June 27th, 1921. The first electricity generating station to serve the city of Reykjavik.

The Ellidaar, often called Reykjavik’s angling treasure belongs to the Township of Reykjavik and has a great meaning for inhabitants of the city.