Fly fishing the East Ranga river in Southern Iceland is the most prolific salmon river in the country. Each year the East Ranga leads the way in numbers of Salmon caught over the short three-month season.

The huge returns of salmon, easy wading and stunning surroundings make this an ideal river in which to learn to fly-fish for Atlantic Salmon or to experience salmon fishing in Iceland for the first time. Its close proximity to Reykjavik also makes it ideal for a short weekend break from Europe or the United States.

  • Season: June to end of September
  • One of Iceland’s great Salmon rivers
  • Brown Trout and Arctic Char also
  • Ideal for individuals as well as large groups
  • Stunning location and scenery and excellent lodge
  • Average temperatures: 9-14℃ in warmer summer months. Colder months: single figures down to -3℃

The lodge on the East Ranga is new and completely equipped to look after the needs of the Salmon angler. Accommodation is in part of the lodge complex of 8 buildings including a large veranda Jacuzzi and Sauna. Each of the large lodges has twin-beds and en-suite facilities and each full rod is allocated a separate room. There is plenty of room for all your fishing gear and equipment and there is a drying room to ensure that your clothing is dry for the next day.

In the main lodge building there is a large lounge, bar and dining area where gourmet meals are served. There are spectacular views across the outlying fields towards the Helka Volcano - a truly stunning location.

WIFI is available at East Ranga Lodge but you will need to bring your own laptop or tablet.

The East Ranga is one of the best-known Salmon rivers in Iceland. It is located in the south of Iceland and is a seventy-minute drive from Reykjavik.

For sheer numbers of fish caught, it has ranked either number one or two in Iceland every year for the last ten years. The river is large and most of it is fished through wading (which is generally trouble-free) using double handed rods that are 13-15ft 9-11# with both floating and sinking lines.

The fishing suits all abilities and all ages. It is a very popular river so getting on it can be a challenge and we would advise booking well in advance. The fishing is over nine beats with two anglers allocated per beat with a fair rotation system across its twenty-two kilometres length and with a maximum of eighteen anglers, there is plenty of room. The river offers a wide variety of fly fishing water from falls pools to long flowing pools.

Most of the fish are in the seven to eight lbs range but, again, each year larger specimens are caught.

A typical fishing day starts after breakfast at around 8:00am and you fish until 1:00pm when you have lunch. You then fish from mid-afternoon through until 9:00/10:00pm and then head back to the lodge for a freshen up and the evening meal.

You can hire fishing equipment and waders etc but this would need to be pre-arranged with the lodge. Equally, tuition can be arranged but please make arrangements before travelling so that time can be allocated specifically for coaching.

The rates for this destination vary throughout the season. We offer the best available rates for this destination and do not charge for our service. By calling we are able to tailor a package to specifically suit your requirements at the best available rate. As we have offices in both the United Kingdom and Australia we can also ensure you are being quoted in your local currency. Please enquire for the latest rates and availability, including information on any applicable special offers and group discounts.



Passport with minimum six months validity and photo ID to purchase fishing licence. No Visa required.

Fly direct to Reykjavik. It is a two-hour drive to the lodge.

All fishing tackle and equipment must be sterilised and you must have a validating certificate.


Contact: Mat McHugh
Tel: +44 (0)1621 743711
Mob: +44 (0)7936 708305


Contact: Gilly Bate
Tel: +44 (0)1730 825626
Mob: +44 (0)7817 304232


Contact: James Laverty
Mob (Australia):
+61 (0)499 900816