River Breiddalsa – Salmon fishing

River Breiddalsa is the only notable salmon river in the East fiords of Iceland. It has a vast catchments area including three rivers. Breiddalsa meanders through a peaceful valley surrounded by high mountains until it is joined by its main tributary, the swifter and more rocky Tinnudulsa river.
The Breiddalsa is a small to medium-sized river. The river is fished entirely by wading, and most of the pools can be covered easily with either single or double-handed rods. Most of the pools on river Breiddalsa are easily accessible by car and little walking is required.

A notable smolt stocking program has been in place for several years on the river. This program has already moved the Breiddalsa river from a minor salmon producer in terms of Icelandic standards, up to be among the most productive salmon river systems of Iceland. Apart from the salmon, there is a lot of sea run arctic char in the Breiddalsa, mostly in the lower part. Many are of fine size, 2-4 pounds. The upper part of the Breiddalsa has some fine early summer brown trout fishing as well.

A huge feature of the Breiddalsa is the remarkable number of big size salmon caught on the river. Salmon in size range from 10 up to more than 20 pounds. This trend has been on the way up over the past few seasons, as the river’s brood stock consists almost entirely of big salmon.

Another big plus for Breiddalsa is the sea char fishing, many of them are good sized.

For further details concerning Breiddalsa trout fishing click here.


The fabulous Breiddalsa full service lodge has been a great success. Great effort has been put into giving the visiting anglers the maximum comfort needed after a good day’s fishing. Non-fishing guests are able to relax and enjoy the surroundings in complete privacy. Many guests have remarked that they had never experienced such a fantastic fishing lodge! Placed near the banks of the river it offers a spectacular view over the river and surrounding high jagged mountain peaks across the valley.
It is also extremely well equipped to operate all year round and can be used for an office outing, corporate incentive trips or business meetings in an exotic location.

Lodge features are for example

  • 8 double bedrooms,including one master suite
  • TV and internet connections in every room
  • Sauna and hot Jaccuzzi
  • Comfortable Super Deluxe beds
  • Spacious sitting and dining room, including a feature fireplace, with panoramic views.


By air. Reykjavik – Egilsstadir, approx 60 minutes, followed by one hour scenic drive to the lodge.

Driving. Main road. Reykjavik – river Breiddalsa, approx 8 hours.