Svartá in Bárðardalur

Svartá in Bárdardalur is situated in the northern highlands, about an hour drive from the town Akureyri. Svartá offers a gorgeous trout water before joining the main glacier river Skjálfandafljót. The rivers source Lake Svartárvatn and the many small springs on the south and east bed of the lake are important spawning grounds for the huge Svartá Brown trout population.

Svartá  has a high percentage of Brown trout in the 3-6 lbs category. There is a new challenge around every bend of the river. Svartá is under the stewardship of just three farms and their management of this remarkable resource has been most commendable. The river has the tradition of being fly only. A catch and release policy has been maintained for a long time. Therefore, the fishing pressure remains light. Sanctuary areas have been established in the upper river where absolutely no fishing is allowed. This has paid back handsomely as the annual average total catch has frequently been 600 – 700 Brown trout.

Bookings for the season 2015 have started

  • Season

    June 1st – July 15th and August 10th – August 30th (the river is not fishable mid summer due to green Algae)

  • Species

    Brown trout. Fly only and catch and release policy

  • Accommodation

    Stóratunga is an old, nice house with two apartments. On the ground floor are 5 double bedrooms, bathroom with shower, living room and kitchen. The second floor has a private entrance; there are 2 bedrooms, with two and three beds and a bathroom with a bath w/shower, living room and small kitchen. For the upper part of Svartá, Svartárkot farm offers an accommodation in a small summerhouse. There are 3  bedrooms and a pull-out couch for 1 more person, if needed. Thestoratunga gisting house has a kitchen with all equipment and utensils required.

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  • Location

    North-eastern Iceland. 1 hour from Akureyri.