Stóra Laxá Beat IV is the upper most beat of Stóra Laxá and is probably the most beautiful and the most challenging beat of the whole river. Here the river flows through rocky canyons as well as meandering through the plains. You will find calm pools as well as fast flowing ones, where the fly skates quickly past the salmon – agitating them beyond belief. Some of the pools in the canyons require tough walking and you‘ll need to be in fair shape to be able to fully enjoy this beat. But the rewards are great, when you find yourself casting your fly into the gin-clear waters in these canyons – you‘ll never forget it. And the salmon awaiting you are going to test your skills as an angler to the limit. This beat is not suited for the very young or elderly anglers, as the terrain can be rough, but is ideal for the adventurous angler who can appreciate some of the most beautiful landscape you‘ll ever see.

The boundaries of this beat are as follows: from the (and including) the pool Bláhylur and up to (and including) the Ármót pool, where the river Skillandsá converges with Stóra Laxá.  Beat IV is catch and release only.

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


L1020881Location: South Iceland about 150 km from Reykjavik.

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

Map: Stora Laxa IV


The lodge was renovated in 2011 and has sleeping accommodation for 9 persons in 5 bedrooms. It comes with a hot tub and a Bar-B-Q on the veranda. In the renewal the sleeping accomodations were completely renovated as for the the kithcen and the living and dining room. The kitchen has all the basic appliances as well as a stove, oven, microwave and a fridge with a small freezer compartment.

Guests are reminded to take good care of the house and leave the house clean and tidy. Please remember to throw the garbage in the big container outside the house.

Directions to the fishing cottage in Stóra Laxá, beat 4.
Driving directions:  The cottage is about 100km from Reykjavík.  Highway 1 is driven through Selfoss and then you turn left onto Skeiðavegur where there is a sign that says Flúðir and the road number is  30. Skeiðavegur is driven to Þjórsárdalsvegur which is number 32, there you take a right turn and the sign there says Árnes. You drive along the river Þjórsá for about 9km and then you take a left turn onto a gravel road number 325 and there you see the sign Ásaskóli.  At the next intersection the road 325 is driven further but the road turns to the right and you follow that road to road 329. When you get to road 329 you take a left turn and follow the signs that say Laxárdalur to the cottage which is in Laxárdalur.

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

Visitors rules: Anglers can arrive at the house an hour before the fishing starts and at departure an hour after the fishing ends. Please remember to leave the house clean and tidy.

Manager of lodge: Guðný and Hörður in Laxárdalur. Tel: +354- 486-6076 and  +354-893-1977.