Fantastic Brown Trout and Salmon Fishery

Árbót beat in Big Laxa 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 pounds.

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.

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.


Check out our other Big Laxá Beat Syðra-Fjall

Distance from Reykjavík: 460 km
Fishing season: 15 May - 20 September
Average size: Brown trout 4 pounds, Salmon 10 Pounds
Number of rods: 2-3 (3 rods before June 19th)
Tackle: #4-8
Best flies: Streamers, nymphs and dry-flies
Access: 4x4
Accommodation: Vörðuholt lodge

Photos from Árbót

Photos from Vörðuholt Lodge