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
Guide: One per two rods (optional at extra cost)
Lodge:Self catering lodge with five double rooms, BBQ, Jacuzzi.
Tackle: Double handed rods 13 – 15′, weight 9-11


The fishing cottage is spacious with 4 twin bedrooms. There are 8 duvets and pillows in the house and guests are reminded to bring bedding or sleeping bags with them. In the kitchen you can find all the basic appliancis, as well as a stove, oven, microwave  and a big fridge with a small freezer compartment. Everything in the house is based on 8 people and no extra mattresses. Propane-grill and hot tub on the patio.

Guests are reminded to take good care of the house and, throw all the garbage out to the container by the house and leave the house clean and tidy after your stay.

Directions to the cottage:  The cottage is about 100km from Reykjavik and is located by the farm Skarð. Highway 1 is driven through Selfoss and then turn left onto Skeiðaveg at a sign that says Flúðir road number 30. You drive Skeiðarvegur towards the Flúðir, but 400m before the bridge over Stóra Laxá you take a side road to the right.  There is a sign that says Skarð. You keep driving towards the farm Skarð but then you take the first road to the left towards the river and drive along the river until you reach the lodge which is very visible from the road.

What you need with you: Bedding/sleeping bags, towels and soaps.

Visitation rules: Anglers can arrive at the lodge an hour before the fishing starts. Departure is an hour after the fishing ends. Always remember to leave the house clean and throw the garbage in the container oputsiede the cottage.

Manager of lodge: Sigurður Björgvinsson at the farm Skarð phone number: 486-6009 and 862-1206.