Remote, Scenic and ideal for small private parties
The Deildará river is exceptional value for money fishing in Iceland; the small self-catering lodge cuts a huge amount of cost typically found in Iceland. Perfect for anglers who would like to get a taste of what Iceland is all about.
The Deildará is an intermit salmon river that also holds many sea-run Arctic Char and Wild Brown Trout. The river is small at only 12km in length, split into three beats over 7km of fishable water. Each beat has road access to the top pool, but you are on foot from then on. The walking is not physically challenging, but you can often walk up to 5km per day.
The lodge is small and private and has 3 rods available to fish with accommodation up to 6 enabling rod shares. Designed as a self-catering location, but catering services can be provided upon request. It makes for an ideal small party or family group who would like to immerse themselves in Iceland’s true wilderness. The nearest shop is only 3km away by road. You can get your supplies for the week from the local supermarket.
The river is located in the northeast of Iceland, 80km from Húsavík airport, a domestic airport with 5 flights a week to Reykjavik airport. We suggest that you take the full lodge, which has 3 twin bedrooms. Fly to Húsavík and rent a car from the airport. We recommend having a guide for at least the first day to show you the ropes. After that, you can enjoy complete privacy on the river and delve into one of Iceland’s most beautiful locations.
Great value Icelandic salmon fishing
Deildará is a great river with rushing riffles and runs, meadows, small, fast pools and lovely long wide pools. In addition, it has a superb run of Arctic Char, of up to 6lbs towards the end of the season in August.
The river is short and narrow. It can be compared to a Scottish highland spate river, although this river is lake-fed, meaning you are unlikely to have low water conditions. As the river has a fast descent to the ocean, means there is a good flow for flying fishing throughout the system.
The river has a cluster of large, lake-like pools dotted throughout the river. These are fascistic holding pools for salmon and sea-run char.
With the beautifully clean water, small flies are often successful. We recommend using single-handed rods. It is also wise to take your box of dry flies out for the day, and there are prolific numbers of large brown trout that can come on the rise on the evening hatch.
An Optional Extra
The Deildará is totally self-catering, with the option of taking either a cook or a guide with you to the lodge. Both can be provided. We recommended that you hire a guide for at least the first day of fishing to help you get an idea of your surroundings and learn where all the hot spots are. After a day of guided fishing, you should feel comfortable being let loose as a group on your own. This is the perfect time to immerse yourself in wild Iceland’s beautiful scenery and waters.
Sorry, unfortunately we do not currently offer hosted trips for this destination yet…
Good value and comfortable
The lodge is designed for self-catering purposes. It is small and basic, yet cosy with a snug sitting room accompanied with comfortable sofas so you can kick back and relax after a long day on the water. Three-bed rooms in separate buildings, each with twin beds allowing up to 6 guests in the lodge.
The lodge facilities offer a hot tub with views of the river mouth and ocean and a sauna to recharge your energy levels after fishing.
The lodges are based at the river’s mouth, only meters from the beach, meaning you can enjoy a cold beer on the decking while watching salmon enter the river.
Food & Cuisine
Cook it just how you like it
Deildará lodge is a self-catering lodge with all the kitchen facilities you could ask for and a local supermarket nearby. You can cook whatever you want, whenever you want. We recommend taking a packed lunch up the river each day and enjoy a sandwich on the banks of the river.
Although the lodge is designed as a self-catering one, we can organise a chef to be there for you. This comes at an extra cost but allows you to enjoy the evenings without worrying about cooking.
Located in the northeast of Iceland, Deildara River is only 1 hr 20 mins from Húsavík airport (this is an hour-long domestic flight from Reykjavik).
Deildará valley is a very striking volcanic valley with a mixture of lush meadows in its bottom and harsh volcanic rock on the tops with some very dramatic lava fields. The river is short and relatively narrow. This means you are always close to the ocean, giving some fantastic sea views from the lodge and river.
Enjoy the wide expansive lands and beautiful mountains of Iceland, all from one location. Don’t forget to pack your camera, and it’s the perfect chance to capture the wildest of Iceland’s beauty.
- Atlantic Salmon
- Brown Trout
- Self Catering Accommodation
- Fishing for three days includes 2 half days
- Transfers from airport to hotel in Reykjavik
- Any extra hotel in Iceland outside of the lodge
Do I need a Visa to travel to Iceland?
You do not need a visa to travel to Iceland if you are a British Citizen. You will be granted 90 days free of charge upon arrival.
Do I need a hire car?
You do not need a hire car. We can organise transfer drivers to collect you from the lodge and hotels. Although if you would like more freedom, you may hire a car. All lodges have good road access.
A 4×4 is recommended if you will be using your own car to fish from.
What else can I do Iceland?
Iceland has various activities to do, from visiting the Blue Lagoon, the Geysir or walking on glaciers. If you would like to add a variety of actives to your fishing trip, please contact us now.
Will the Mosquitos be bad?
Iceland is one of the few northern hemisphere salmon fishing destinations with a massive lack of biting insects. No Mozi’s or Midges, don’t worry!
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Day 1 – Home City to Reykjavik
- Fly from home city to Keflavik International Airport
- Taxi from Keflavik International Airport to Reykjavik City. Approx 1hrs ($80)
- Check-in to hotel and overnight
- Please contact us if you require advice on hotels.
Day 2 – Reykjavik to Blandá lodge
- Transfer to Reykjavic Domestic aiport
- Fly from Reykjavik to Hussavik
- Transfer to Derildará lodge from Hussavik airport and fish for the afternoon
- Continue to overnight at the Lodge
Day 3 & 4 – Continued Fishing
- Continued fishing and overnight stay at Deildará Lodge and river
Day 5 – Morning fishing continue home.
- You will fish the morning on Deildara River and head back to the lodge after the morning session on the river
- Transfer will take you directly to Hussavik Airport
- Arrive at Reykjavik Domestic airport and transfer directly to Keflavik Airport for home flight
- Fly to home city
- Continue with your own arrangements
Packing for All Weathers
The Icelandic weather can be very temperamental. A famous saying in Iceland “if you don’t like the weather, just wait 5 minutes”. This is very true, and all four seasons can come at once. However, generally speaking, the summer months of June to early August provide nice warm days with some cooler evenings. Iceland has very little fly life, so no need to worry about Midge or Mozi’s.
The Deildará is a small intermit river with a handful of larger pools. Generally, you will be fishing with single-handed rods throughout with full floating lines. It can be useful to have a switch rod at the ready for the few larger pools.
Surface flies are often successful in the warmer months amidst other classic salmon flies. The water in Iceland is very clear so remember to take plenty of small flies and sunray shadows.
The Deildará has a good number of wild brown trout that often come on the rise in the evening hatches, and it is wise to take some of your dry flies with you.