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Salmon fishing in Iceland, Laxá in Ásum

The River

LaxaaAsum_014The Laxa in Asum is a unique river, surely one of the best in the world today. It is renowed for producting the highest average number of salmon per rod/per day.

The fishing is so good that a quota is in place limiting the catch to 20 salmon per rod per day. With the river fished just 90 days each season with only two rods there is always a fresh pool available for the angler. Laxá in Ásum has many fans who come to Iceland each year solely to fish in this pearl of a river. The average catch for the past five years has been 705 salmon with the average weight of the salmon reaching 6.5 pounds.

The lodge is self catering but full service accommodation is alternatively available at the new full service Blanda lodge.

Laxá in Ásum is traditionally booked solid from beginning to end, but rods do become available from time to time. Lax-á recommends one guide per rod. Fishing season is June 30 to September.

Number of salmons caught per year: 

2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014
537 503 1142 763 439 211 1062 1006

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Ullarbreida pool Kóki pool
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Tranquility by the river. Ásum’s salmon will rise enthusiastically to a well presented riffling hitch.
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Ullarstrengur pool Laxá in Ásum is a fly only river for the entire season and voluntary catch and release is widely practiced. It is perfectly suited for light single-handed rods, floating lines and very small flies.
Young George with good catch from the Koki pool. Denni , George and Robert at the falls Dulsar.

General Information

Laxá á Ásum
Location: North West (270 km from Reykjavik)
Fishing season: June 15th to September 10th
Number of rod: 2
Prime time: July 5th to August 15th. Fly only the whole season and voluntary catch and release
Average catch: 5 year average 705 (2 rods) All salmon over 70 cm must be realeased. 
Average size of fish: 6,5 lbs.
Guide: One or two guides for the river. (Reccomended 1 full guide for each rod) Lodge: Self catering fishing lodge, 3 double rooms, kitchen, sitting room, one bathroom and Jacuzzi
Tackle: Single handed rods 9-10, floating line

Best flies: Hairy Mary, Blue Charm, Lax-á, Stoats Tail, hitch tubes, Black Bear and Collie Dog in size 12 and 16

Fishing hours:
June 15th to August 20th, 07:00 - 13:00 and 16:00 - 22:00
August 20th to August 31st, 07:00 - 13:00 and 15:00 - 21:00
Clothing: In spite of the relatively mild climate, you should bring warm clothing and, most importantly, quality rainwear and a windcheater. Please check out the average temperature table here below. Chest waders and wading shoes. Nicer clothes to wear for dinner.

Tackle disinfection: Iceland has always been free of diseases like UDN and Gyrodactylus salaris and we intend to keep it that way. There is a strict policy of visiting anglers having their tackle sterilized before coming to Iceland. This should be done in a 2% formaldehyde solution for 10 minutes and performed by a veterinary surgeon. (Tackle sterilized in Virkon S is also acceptable.) A signed inventory of what has been sterilized should be provided by the vet for presentation to the customs officers at Keflavik airport. The most important items to be treated are: rods, reel/line, waders and flies.

The process can be carried out by staff at Keflavik airport. The office is located at the far side of the baggage reclaim hall, downstairs in the airport. Just notify one of the personnel in the area that you need your tackle disinfected and they will have a member of the staff come and complete the process. The price for one fishing set is 3.500 Icelandic kronurs.


There are two airlines that offer a scheduled flights to Iceland.

Icelandair, www.icelandair.is

Wow Air, www.wow.is

Documentation & Visas

Citizens from the European Economic Area (comprising the EU, Switzerland and Liechtenstein), US and Canada need only a passport valid for at least three months after the planned date of arrival to enter Iceland for up to three months.

Currency: Icelandic Krona. Visa and Eurocard/Mastercard credit cards and Maestro and Visa Electron are accepted widely.

Language: Icelandic, but Icelanders speak English as well.

Electricity. Most facilities operate on 220-wolt, 50-cycle system. A Converter will be necessary for any electrical items that require a 110-volt, 60-cycle system.

Duty-free: Allowed on arrival one of the following choices:

1 lither of alcohol and 1 lither of wine.

1 lither of alcohol and 6 lither of beer.

1 lither of wine and 6 lither of beer.

One carton of cigarettes can be brought in to the country per person

Good to know:

Daylight                            Sunrise                                Sunset

May                                     3:55 AM                             10:12 PM

June                                    2:42 AM                             11:32 PM

July                                     3.23 AM                              11:00 PM

August                                 4:58 AM                               9:22 PM

September                           6:29 AM                               7:33 PM

October                               7:55 AM                               5:48 PM

Average temperature:
°C                                            °F

May                                        7, 2                                      44, 9

June                                      13, 1                                      55, 6

July                                       15, 2                                      59, 4

August                                   13, 3                                      55, 9

September                             13, 0                                      55, 4

October                                  6,1                                         43,0                                     

In case of an emergency dial 112, but guide and lodge staff will be insistence for any problems that might occur.

If you want to hire fishing equipment, please send us the name and the shoe-size for each individual. And please let us know if a single or double handed rod is preferred.

Please note that fly casting instruction can be arranged by your guide: please let us know to give him advance time.


A fully equiped self catering lodge with 3 twin rooms, kitchen and living room. By the lodge is a veranda with a barbecue and a Jacuzzi.
If anglers prefer full service lodge then they are welcome to stay at the new Blanda lodge for full board and lodging , only 20 minutes to drive.
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For further information, please contact LAX-Á Staff :

LAX-Á Iceland : LAX-Á USA :
LAX-Á Spain : International Sales
LAX-Á Africa :
LAX-Á France    

Lax-á office -  Akurhvarf 16 203 Kópavogur - Iceland 
Tel:  +354 531 6100 - Fax: +354 557 6108
Emergency Phone Number +354 8936110

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