The Midfjardara, Iceland

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The Midfjardara is located in northwestern Iceland, about a three hour drive from the capital, Reykjavik. Known in Iceland as the "Queen of the Rivers", this amazing river with its crystalline water has more than 200 named pools. There are only 10 anglers permitted to fish this area at a time. Everyone is spread out, so you may feel that this is your own private and beautiful river.


Recently refurbished, this 10 bedroom lodge with en suite facilities ensures a privacy. The lodge features a dining room, lounge, bar, and outside Jacuzzi for those that want to unwind at the end of the day. There is also a wader room. The lodge employs some of the best chefs that Iceland has to offer. It also has a full Icelandic and international team of outstanding guides. Often these experienced and helpful guides are as much a highlight of this trip as the fishing and river itself. You will most assuredly find the food, the service, the standard of the lodge and the guiding nothing less than superb.


The Midfjardara River is formed by two tributaries, the breath-taking Westura, and the Austura with the famous canyon section, a beautiful part of the river. Finally, there is the Nupsa, which runs into the Austura, perfect for finding spots and pools. The joy of the Midfjardara is that there is so much water to fish that even if one opts out of the canyon section on the Austura, the remaining choices are more than sufficient to fish. The variety of fishing is astonishing. Midfjardara is perfect for those preferring single-handed rods with floating line and small flies. For many, the greatest draw while fishing in Iceland is the fact that you are casting a fly into crystalline water and can often see the fish that you are trying to catch. The Midfjardara is an Icelandic classic for the clarity and visibility of the water. July through August catch Atlantic Salmon and Arctic Char in the Midfjardara River.

Getting There


Hike to the captivating Canyon section near the Austura River. Photograph the rivers and mountans, and glaciers and the unusual landscapes. You may even get a breathtaking show of the northern lights on clear evenings.

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