Fishing Rules & Regulations

Vast majority of the Icelandic rivers as well as lakes have been listed under private ownership for centuries, giving the riparian owners full priority to take advantage of their rightly owned resources.

The beginning of sport fishing (angling) can be traced back to the 19th century when British aristocrat anglers started to lease some of the most prominent Icelandic salmon rivers for practicing their noble activity. Fishing rights (especially for salmon) have ever since been highly valued.

According to official regulations Fishery Associations must be established for every fishing water in Iceland. The main purpose by this arrangement is to maintain the natural fish stocks in its waters and to control the fishing pressure, as well as to maximize the profit of the fishing, by releasing fishing licenses (permits