Big Laxa - 4 days - General Information

This four-day tour gives you an opportunity to experience all the best Big Laxa has to offer. Fishermen will rotate between the Árbót beat, which holds big browns and Atlantic salmon, and the Syðra-Fjall beat which offers some of the worlds best dry-fly fishing. This tour has a private lodge with excellent self-catering facilities.

Big Laxa

Laxá in Aðaldalur, or Big Laxa, is a world-class brown trout and salmon stream for fly fishermen only. It is often said to be the best brown trout river in Europe. The river is located in Aðaldalur in northern Iceland, 480 km (300 miles) from the capital, Reykjavik. Big Laxa is a very fertile river that is home to a huge stock of brown trout that average of 3-4 lbs. However, 6-8 lbs specimens are not uncommon, and even bigger trout are caught every season, the biggest browns weighing in at 10-13 lbs. This river is ideal for dry fly fishing, but upstream fishing with strike indicators and nymphs can also be effective.

Árbót Private Beat

Árbót beat is an extraordinary beat with great character and offers an excellent option for those looking for bigger brown trout and salmon. It is 3.7 km (2.2 miles) long, and limited to two rods only. It has many beautiful pools that sport both trout and salmon. The season runs from May 1 to September 20. Peak season for trout is from mid-may until the end of June. From mid-July onward, you can be sure to find salmon in every pool and the salmon fishing can be excellent. The river is well known for its huge salmon, weighing up to and over thirty lbs.

Syðra-Fjall Private Beat

The Syðra-Fjall beat in the Big Laxa river offers a unique opportunity to fish for brown trout and Atlantic salmon. The beat is 1.5 km (1 mile) long and includes the mouth of Eyvindarlækur river. The famous salmon beat Nes is adjacent to Syðra-Fjall. As part of the river is shallow, dry fly fishing can be excellent. When the weather is good and the hatch is on, one can have great luck fishing dry’s. The beat has two small islands, which can be very effective places to fish. There is good salmon fishing between the islands and at the mouth of Eyvindarlækur. The trout can also get as big as they are in the lower Big Laxa river: 2-3 lbs fish are very common and 4-6 lbs fish are not uncommon. Dry fly fishing and upstream nymphing are the most effective methods of fishing, but streamers and wet flies can also be effective.

The Comfortable Vörðuholt Lodge

Vörðuholt is an excellent self-catered or full-service lodge (upon request) set on a hillside overlooking the Big Laxa, some spectacular snowcapped mountains, and the beautiful Aðaldalur valley. There are three rooms with twin beds, as well as a kitchen, living room, dining room, an outdoor deck, and a hot tub. There are many activities and places of interest to visit for non-anglers, including whale watching, Dettifoss waterfall, Lake Mývatn, horse riding and river rafting. This makes Árbót the perfect holiday for anglers bringing their families to Iceland.

Duration: 4 days / 4 nights
Season: May - September

Species: Atlantic salmon / brown trout
Average size: 10 pounds / 4 pounds
Tackle: #7-9 single handed & double handed
Best flies: Salmon flies, tubes, streamers, dry-flies
Distance from Reykjavík: 460 km / 305 mi


Day 1 - Arrive at Vörðuholt lodge as early as 1:00 am. Fish the evening, 4-10 pm, in Big Laxa. Two rods fish Árbót beat and two Sydra-Fjall beat.

Day 2 - Fish Big Laxa from 7 am - 1 pm and again from 4 pm - 10 pm. Two rods fish Árbót beat and two Sydra-Fjall beat.

Day 3 - Fish Big Laxa from 7 am - 1 pm and again from 4 pm - 10 pm. Two rods fish Árbót beat and two Sydra-Fjall beat.

Day 4 - Fish Big Laxa from 7 am - 1 pm and again from 4 pm - 10 pm. Two rods fish Árbót beat and two Sydra-Fjall beat.

Day 5 - Fish Big Laxa from 7 am - 1 pm. Two rods fish Árbót beat and two Sydra-Fjall beat. Check out of Vörðuholt lodge at 2 pm.


What's Included

Four days of non-guided fishing in Big Laxa (fishing licences)

Four nights at Vörðuholt lodge, self-catering

Available updates: Rental car, full board (all meals), fully guided, all transportation



Equipment (rod, waders and flies)


Price from $497 per/person based on a 4 person group sharing the lodge

*Based on exchange rate on October 15th, 2019

*Prices may vary depending on time of season and currency fluctuations

Photos from Big Laxa

Photos from Vörðuholt Lodge