The West Ranga River is arguably Iceland’s premier salmon fishery. This large river river offers a great variety of fishing with both double and single-handed rods with superb ‘hitch’ fishing for Salmon, later in the season.

The lodge caters to between fourteen to twenty rods depending on the time in the season and sits in an enviable position overlooking the home pool.

  • Season: June to end of September
  • Iceland’s premier Salmon river
  • Stunning location and scenery and excellent lodge
  • Ideal for individuals, small groups as well as large groups
  • Average temperatures: 9-14℃ in warmer summer months. Colder months: single figures down to -3℃

Approximately two hours' drive east from Reykjavik lies the recently refurbished lodge at the West Ranga which now offers eighteen twin-bedrooms all with en-suite facilities. Each full rod will have its own room and there is the possibility to share a rod on the river.

In the main lodge, there is a comfortable lounge with plenty of room to relax, a bar and a dining-room which overlook the Homepool. There is plenty of room for your fishing gear and equipment.

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

The West Ranga is regarded as one of the best, if not the best Salmon rivers in Iceland. Thanks mostly to a smolt releasing programme the river produces a consistently high number of Salmon each year and whilst they are not all big the average size is in the six to nine pound range. There are bigger fish caught each year, twelve to twenty pounds and accasionally one or two over twenty-five pounds.

The river is spring-fed and therefore the water remains clear through the season and has a very consistent but cold temperature and flow. The river is classed as medium to large and can be fished with a single-handed rod however we would suggest that a double-handed rod would be a better choice, teamed up with a floating line and range of skink tips to get the fly down fast in the colder water.

Between fourteen to twenty anglers can fish the river depending on the part of the season and runs of fish. Fishing is usually with one guide to two anglers. The river is fished by wading which is generally quite easy and all the pools on the river are easily accessible by car and a some walking.

As with all the Icelandic rivers being prepared to vary techniques, fly size colour, speed of retrieve and depth of fly will generate the best results.

Bring chest-waders, warm undergarments, a water and wind resistant jacket, cap or hat and polarized glasses to see the fish as well as providing protection for your eyes. We would also advise that you take a midge net.

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. The lodge is a two-hour drive from Reykjavik.

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