Hrútafjarðará og Síká

Hrútafjarðará is the first river one comes to after climbing over the high pass that leads north out of the Norðurá valley and is about 160 km from Reykjavik, a two hour drive north on Route 1. The river was leased for over 20 years by R.N. Stewart, author of Salmon Rivers of Iceland. In the book he describes the river as: “The Hrútafjarðará from the Foss down, is a delightful mixture of rocky gorges, open flat pools, swirly pools, fast runs, still pools and then opening out for the last two miles into a flat plain of gravel and pastures with several excellent pools until it reaches the long narrow fiord leading to the Arctic Ocean.”

 

The main river and its tributary, Síká, drain an area of 367 km² and have a total length of around 48 km. Each river  has a major foss on its course that stops the salmon’s progress upstream, which leaves 9 km of fishing on the Hrútafjarðará and 3 km on the Síká. The combined water contains 42 pools and produces between 200 to 700 salmon per year.

 

The nature of much of the river is rocky, and only the last few pools between the main road bridge and the sea flow over a gravel bed through open ground. From Rettarfoss down to the old road bridge (there is a new bridge further downstream that now carries Rout 1), the Hrútafjarðará tumbles over ledges, down rapids, and around boulders through a deep gorge. Sometimes the river here spreads out into long flats that conceal perfect holding water beneath the surface. The lower river also has some very good sea-run char fishing with a lot of trophy-sized fish amongst the shoals.

 

The tributary Síká is of a similar character to the main river, with the stream taking a rough and tumble course through a narrow, rocky gorge for most of its length. The river provides challenging fishing. Síká joins the main river about 1 km from the sea.

 

The fishing is for three rods, usually with one guide but extra guides can be arranged. The fishing comes with a comfortable cabin that overlooks the lower pools. There are three (one en-suite) bedrooms, shower bathroom, kitchen, living/dining area that has an open fire, and a wader/drying room.

 

Contact:

Angling Service Strengir, Smárarimi 30, 112 Reykjavik, Iceland.

Manager: Þrostur Ellidason. Tel/fax: +354 567 5204.

www.strengir.is E-mail: ellidason@strengir.is

 

Catch statistics for

Date Salmon Trout Rods
Jun. 2793
Jul. 4223
Jul. 11453
Jul. 18803
Jul. 251203
Aug. 12023
Aug. 82223
Aug. 152333
Aug. 222453
Aug. 292553
Sep. 52783
Sep. 123033
Sep. 193203

Total catch per year

Year Salmon Trout
2017384
2016551
2015860
2014280
2013702
2012177
2011318
2010503
200964758
2008402215
2007435
2006345
2005514
2004631
2003164
2002168
2001126
2000141
1999218
1998243
1997201
1996205
1995288
1994176
1993411
1992459
1991359
1990200
1989252
1988532
1987259
1986536
1985345
1984195
1983287
1982220
1981288
1980253
1979312
1978346
1977268
1976228
1975291
1974194