Hiking and Fishing in Norðlingafljót

If your idea of a fishing trip involves a lot of hiking, long treks in a 4x4, and basic mountain huts in the middle of nowhere, then Norðlingafljót is the place for you.

Norðlingafljót is a large river that runs from just north of Langjökull glacier west for 70km where it merges with the Hvítá Glacier river. The river is considered by many to be one of the most beautiful rivers in Iceland. Running through a lush heath and volcanic landscapes with towering glaciers and mountains in the distance. It runs in large parts through the Arnarvatnsheiði("Eagle Lake Heath", a large fishing area consisting of countless mountain lakes and streams).

The river holds a healthy stock of wild and native Brown Trout and Arctic Char. With common sizes of browns being in the 2-6 pound range and Chars between 2-4 pounds. The largest fish caught was a 13-pound brown trout. Parts of the river are easily accessible by 4x4 but some sections require extensive hiking to fish and the more anglers are willing to hike the more likely they are to be successful by reaching areas of the river that rarely get fished.

Days: 4
Price from: 1218$

Average size: 3 pounds
Number of rods: 4
Tackle: 9fet, #5-6
Best flies: streamers
Access: Hiking/4x4
Accommodation: Álftakrókur

Itenary information

Day 1 -  Drive to Álftakrókur mountain cabin. Your guide will meet you there. After getting settled in you will head out to fish Norðlingafljót with your guide. Spend the night at Álftakrókur.

Day 2 - Fish Norðlingafljót on your own, stay at Álftakrókur

Day 3 - Fish Norðlingafljót on your own, stay at Álftakrókur

Day 4 - Fish Norðlingafljót on your own, stay at Álftakrókur

Day 5 - Check out of Álftakrókur


 Fishing licenses for 4 days on Norðlingafljót

 4 nights at Álftakrókur cabin

 Guide for 1 day.


Information about the accommodations

Álftakrókur is a very basic mountain cabin conveniently located close to Norðlingafljót.

Sleeping facilities are dormitory-style and the cabin has limited electricity via solar cells for lighting but no charging ports are available

This nonluxurious cabin is not for everyone but those that like to feel remote will feel right at home.


Price of this Package

1545$ for a single angler.
1218$ per/person if two anglers sharing a guide.

Photos from Norðlingafljót

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