Project Description

Svalbardsa River

Location: 170km from Akureyri.
Season: 1 July – 16th. September.
Prime time: Mid July – late August.
Extent: 17km, double bank, 35 pools.
Average Catch: 5 year, 404 Salmon.
Rods: 2-3.
Guides: Available upon request.
Lodge: Self catering, full service available.
Notes: Catch & release only.

Svalbardsa is in the very north-east corner of Iceland in some of the most beautiful scenery in all the island. Accessed via daily domestic flights from Reykjavik to Akureyri or Vopnafjordur, Svalbardsa is more easily reached than would appear the case. The prime fishing section is approximately 17km and requires a little walking so is not a river for those who are not able to walk between adjacent pools and is unadvisable for the elderly fly fisher.


Svalbardsa begins to fish well in mid-July with salmon the first good runs of fresh, extremely aggressive salmon averaging approximately 10lbs. The runs reach their peak in the first weeks of August when pools fill with holding fish. At this time the average size falls to just under 10lbs, whilst at the same time catch averages rise to their peak. Fishing continues to be good into early September with numbers of fresh fish still entering the river.