Stóra Laxá, beats 1&2, are the lowest two beats of the river and holds 4 rods. Many of the best known pools in Stóra are within this beat. Access is very good and most pools are accessible by regular sedans or smaller 4×4 vehicles.

The boundaries of the beat are as follows: From the convergence of Litla Laxá (Little Laxá) on the east bank, and the boundary of the property Iða on the west bank and up to (and including) the pool Rauðuskriður.

Number of salmons caught per year in Stóra Laxá (all beats):

It‘s a medium size river that originates in the southern highlands and joins the mighty Hvítá, near Tungfljót and Brúará. It winds it‘s way down to the lowlands through spectacular canyons and opens up on the lower beats, with breathtaking scenery wherever you look.

This river is the final stronghold of the multi-winter salmon in the southern part of Iceland. The salmon makes it‘s way up through the vast Hvítá/Ölfusá river system, the largest river system in Iceland, before reaching Stóra Laxá – far inland. The salmon in Stóra are not only big, they are exceptionally hard fighters and will give you a memorable fight – whether you will land them or not.

L1080769Location: South Iceland about 150 km from Reykjavik.
Map: Stóra Laxá 1&2 Map
Fishing season: June 30th to September 30th.
Prime time: Beginning of July and August 15th – September 30th
Average catch:
Average size of fish: 7-8 lbs.
Fishing hours:
June 23rd –August 9th  07:00-13:00 & 16:00-22:00
August 10th – September 15th 07:00-13:00 & 15:00-21:00
Tackle: Double handed rods 13 – 15′, weight 9-11