Varmá is one of the top sea trout rivers in Iceland. Vastly underrated, a very, very good river and easy to fish.  Varmá is a 6-rod river blessed with a very long season or from 1st April until mid October. By the end of May, good runs of sea trout are coming into, and also leaving, Varmá. With all these comings and goings, the prime time is from the end of June until the end of the season mid October, which puts it on par with the Litlaá up north. Good numbers of hard fighting Artic Char, as well as the occasional salmon, are also taken on the Varmá river.

The sea trout range in size from 3 to 12 pounds with a few larger ones landed each season. The char are a different matter, they are commonly 2 to 4 pounds, yet, on the downstream beats there were some awesome monsters this season, we even had char up to 14 pounds landed!

There are several good accommodation options by Varmá, please take a look at the accommodation.

Varmá runs through the village of Hveragerði, which is in itself a highly interesting little settlement and worth looking at. It is built around the greenhouses that the geothermal hot water makes possible. Walk into the greenhouses, many of which are resturaunts and shops as well, it is like walking into the rain forest. Hveragerði is a great tourist attraction and very popular “sunday drive” destination for hundreds of locals.

Location: South ( 40 km from Reykjavik)
Fishing season: April 1st to October 15th
Prime time: June 1st to October 15th – Fly only
Average size of fish: 4 – 5 lbs.
Guide: One for the river
Lodge: please click here
Tackle: Single handed rods 8 –10” , weight 4-8
Best flies: Nymphs, Dry Flies, Wet Flies and Streamers

Fishing hours:
April 1st to August 20th 07:00 – 13:–& 16:00 – 22:00
August 20th to October 10th 07:00 – 13:00 & 15:00 – 21:00


There are several good accommodation options by Varmá, please contact us for bookings and further informations :

Núpar cottages
Very populare for families and people that want to be privately to themselfs.

There are 8 beautiful cottages at Nupar. They are placed right outside Hveragerdi and it is a dream come true for everyone who wishes to be in a quiet and comforting surrounding but yet close to all services.

Nice walking routes are nearby Nupar and there is að nice playground for the children. Horserental is available close

There are only 3 km. to Hveragerdi. In Hveragerdi you can get all the services you need.

Hótel Eldhestar
At Hotel Eldhestar you can expect to get an unrequested wake-up call from a golden plover or other birds in the area. Actually the unrequested wake-up call is part of our policy. Eldhestar’s goal is to show visitors to Iceland its unique wilderness. Therefore, it was a natural step for us to develop an environmental policy. It is important for us to keep the country as clean as it has always been.

Hotel Eldhestar has:
10 double rooms
The size of the rooms is 22.5 m2
All rooms have a private bathroom
Beds from Hästens in Sweden (Hästens = the Horse). The beds are unique regarding quality and are also eco-labelled with the Nordic Swan
TV in the rooms
Internet connection in each room
Doors out to the garden in every room
Hot pot at the farm
Some of the rooms are suitable for physically disabled guests.

At Eldhestar we take special pleasure in showing visitors to Iceland the unique wilderness together with the horse.You’ll get to know an Iceland you may not have seen before – the Iceland of 100 or 1000 years ago-endless meadows, rushing glacial streams, hidden valleys, dormant volcanoes, and high mountains. We offer itineraries that range from one or two hours to several days to suit riders of all ages and abilities. Since our founding in 1986 we have expanded our roster of tours to include most of Iceland. You are sure to find one that’s right for you. All our tours begin a our farm Vellir, just a 30 minute drive from Reykjavík