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Ask the expert: Where can I get a permit for fly fishing in Iceland?

By Staff

  • The soothing sounds of the river Fishing in Iceland is a wonderful experience. The season runs from April to October. Photo/GVA

Q: I will be travelling to Iceland next May and would like to do some fly fishing. Where can I get a permit for fly fishing in Iceland?

A: The solitude, the soothing sounds of the rushing river, and the skills required are among the things that have made fly fishing a popular pastime in Iceland. If you want to try it, you can get information and permits by visiting websites such as,, and

The salmon season in Iceland usually begins in June and extends into mid-September. The prime time for salmon fishing generally ranges from mid-July and until mid-August, which is also the most expensive time to fish.

Norðurá, Borgarfjörður

Norðurá river in West Iceland. Photo/GVA

Fresh-water fishing (trout and sea-trout) begins in April and ends in mid-September, the prime season for trout being late July until late October.

As mentioned before, permit prices can vary with the time of year (prime time being the most expensive, while the beginning and end of the season are generally cheaper). Another variable is whether the permit comes with catering. Rivers that offer self-catering lodges are less expensive.

One very important thing to keep in mind when planning a fishing trip to Iceland: it’s mandatory to have all your equipment disinfected by authorities, before entering the country, and you have to have the papers to prove it. 

Read more: Is it possible to hunt in Iceland?

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