Fly fishing the Laxa in Adaldalur, or as its famously known the 'Big Laxa' in Iceland, offers some of the best large wild Brown Trout fishing Iceland has to offer. For the Salmon fishermen this river is one of the few in Iceland that produces over twenty pounds in weight multi sea wintered Atlantic Salmon. The productivity of this river is testament to the large average size of Brown Trout of three to four pounds in weight and the huge population of fish that inhabit the river.

One of the UK's premier Trout fishermen, Paul Procter, described this river as 'the best wild Brown Trout river in Europe'.

  • Season: mid/late June to late August
  • Famous for large Salmon and Brown Trout
  • 3 Trout beats (Adaldalur (below dam), Raudholar (middle river) and Myvatnssveit (Upper beat)
  • Guided fly fishing: maximum twelve anglers
  • Europe’s best Brown Trout fishery
  • Average temperatures: 9-18℃ in warmer summer months, colder months single figures down to -3℃

    The Raudholar Lodge is located on the middle beats of the Big Laxa. The lodge offers accommodation for around ten anglers in twin-bedded rooms with en-suite facilities. The lodge is fully serviced and has a comfortable lounge and dining area. There is also a boot-room to dry your waders and gear out before the next day and sauna to relax in.

    The food is a mix of locally cooked gourmet dishes using seafood and a variety of meats. Basic and comfortable, this is a fisherman's lodge. Travelling to the fishing each day is via 4WD vehicles. The local guides know the river intimately and will help put you on the fish.

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


    Hof Lodge is located on the banks of the Myvatnssveit section of river. The lodge offers full board accommodation and is a basic but comfortable lodge with shared bathrooms, jacuzzi and wifi.

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


    When fishing below the dam, accommodation is in local farm stays and B&Bs.

Located in the north of Iceland there is a large number of Trout beats divided between three sections of the river: Upper called Myvatnssveit, Middle called Laxardalur and lower below the dam at Bru. All three sections offer a diverse mix of Trout habitat with the upper and middle sections providing twenty miles of Trout fishing paradise.

The upper section is braided and has a great mix of pools, fast runs and pocket water. The middle section is wide and shallow and may appear quite daunting when first viewed but a slow approach will soon find you noticing the delicate rings of rising Trout. The section below the dam, while not as famous as the upper two sections, provides great dry fly fishing at very reasonable prices. Catch records show over three thousand Brown Trout landed on the upper two sections each year and another one thousand below the dam shows how prolific this river is.

The Atlantic Salmon fishing on Laxa in Adaldalur is equally as famous. The big mutli-sea winter fish that run this river often mean that the Big Laxa records the largest Icelandic Salmon recorded each year. The consistent flows from Lake Myvatan at the top of the catchment mean water conditions rarely impact a week's fishing. The river is fished by twelve rods and is suited to twelve to fourteen foot rods and traditional small Icelandic flies. Typically the river averages between eight hundred and twelve hundred fish per season.

Fly Odyssey offers prime weeks from June through August fishing the various beats on Big Laxa. We run hosted groups with Paul Procter and also can assist with individual and private bookings on this river. We also offer private guided trips with some of Iceland's best Trout and Salmon guides. For the best price available please get in touch.

Whether you're a beginner or an expert, the guides will help you make the most of your time at the lodge.

Anglers are advised to bring all then gear and equipment that they need with them - waders and boots, rods, reels, lines and terminal tackle.

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 and take an internal forty-five-minute flight to Akureyri, then a fifty-minute drive to the lodge.

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