The Svarta river in the north – a single hand dream

Svartá is one of the absolute best fly-fishing rivers in Iceland. It‘s size is perfect for the single handed rod, large enough so that you don‘t have to sneak up to the bank but small enough to be covered easily with the single handed rod.  Floating lines, small flies and hitch tubes are the optimum tools here – but keep the leaders strong! The ratio of multi-winter salmon in Svartá is among the highest in the country; over 50% of all salmon caught there last summer were mws. Svartá is a 4 rod river, over 25 kilometers in length (15,5 miles) and 80 marked pools.

Svarta is a fast flowing, gin clear river and the riverbed is full of rocks and boulders large enough to create those calm pockets the salmon is so fond of. It has been described as the fly fisherman’s dream due to the variety of pools and abundance of hard fighting salmon in the lovely Svarta-valley.

The catch returns have been rising over the last few years, we turned it into a fly fishing only river some years ago and encouraged anglers to release salmon. We are proud to say that our angling clientele responded well to this and much of salmon caught there in recent years has been released back into the river. Next summer we‘ll be taking our conservation efforts further by making it mandatory to release all salmon over 70 cm in length (multi-winter salmon).

The Svartá lodge is comfortable and spacious self catering lodge, but not luxurious. It has five double bedrooms, a jacuzzi and a good view of the river.
The Blanda lodge is only 10 minutes away, so upgrading to a full service lodge is very easy, in the Blanda lodge you’ll find 2 jacuzzi’s, a sauna and very comfortable dining- and sitting rooms.
We have a few very good days available. Contact for bookings and/or further information.
All my best,
Valgerdur Arnadottir