The Haukadlsa River is an interesting small single-handed salmon river on the West Coast of Iceland. The river offers superb ‘hitch’ fishing for Salmon throughout the season.

The superb five-rod lodge overlooks the river and provides a superb base to fish this great river with most beats within easy walking distance.

  • Season: June to end of September
  • West coast Salmon stream
  • Ideal for individuals or small groups
  • Stunning location and scenery and excellent lodge
  • Average temperature: 9-14℃ in warmer summer months. Colder months: single figures down to -3℃

The lodge has been recently renovated in 2013 and offers comfortable accommodation for five anglers in large double bedrooms, each with en-suite facilities.

The lodge is perfectly located on the river banks overlooking the river which is about twenty metres away.

There is a communal dining area and a comfortable lounge which is a perfect place to relax and watch the river. Outside there is a hot tub which is an excellent place to recover after a day on the river.

Breakfast is usually around 7:00am and then you fish from 8:00am until 1:00pm and return to the lodge for lunch and a nap if needed. The afternoon/evening session starts around 4:00pm-ish and can go through until 10:00 or 11:00pm, after which it's back to the lodge for a shower and an evening meal rounding the day off at about 1:00am.

WIFI is available in the lodge but you will need to bring your own laptop or tablet.

The Haukadalsa River flows from the Lake Haukadalsvatn into the Haukadalur Valley, in the west of Iceland. The river is eight kilometres long with forty pools and fished with five rods in total. The river is perhaps not well-known, however, it is a beautiful small/medium-sized river and maintains good flow of water even during dry summer months.

The water is crystal clear and you can see the Salmon that you are trying to catch. This 'sight-fishing' is a very special experience. The river is fished with fly only and we recommend single-handed rods, floating lines and small flies. The river is also perfect for trying to get the fish to the surface using the 'hitch' method. Most beats can be walked to from the lodge.

We would suggest single-handed rods in the 6-8 weight class. However shorter double-handed rods or switch-rods may be handy for those who prefer the double-handed style of fishing. These rods can be combined with a floating line but a sink-tip line is always good to carry as well.

Flies should be small doubles in sizes 10-16. Bring your favourites but also make sure you have a good selection of colours and sizes, small tube flies and cone-head tube flies are also good to have. Those weighted tubes to get down and the small plastic tubes for that different movement in the water. Hitch tubes and Sun-Ray Shadows are a must as well.

Tippet strength of about 12 – 15 pounds. Clarity of water, size of water and the size of fly play the most crucial part in that recommendation. Bring chest-waders, warm undergarments, a water and wind resistant jackets, cap or hat and polarized glasses to see the fish as well as provide protection for your eyes.

Most of the fishing is off the shingle with some ankle/knee-wading. The river is a comfortable river to fish and for suited to all ages and abilities.

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