Fnjóská

Fnjóskadalur is a short drive of about 10 km to the east of Akureyri. The river flows down its valley that sits parallel to Eyjafjörður, then turns sharp left to flow into the eastern shore of the fjord.

 

Fnjóská is a good sized river that drains an area of 1,300 km². The river holds a self-sustaining stock of salmon, and because it is a cold river has a very healthy population of Arctic char.

 

The middle river can be glimpsed from Route 1 for a tantalising few kilometres when travelling to or from Akureyri. The view when driving across the bridge the river is broad, swift and laced with long tempting-looking runs that are punctuated by scattered rocks and boulders that break up the current nicely. This point is at the junction of three valleys, which provides the most scenic backdrop. On the downstream journey from here the valley closes in and the river gathers pace amongst the shrub covered hills that sweep down to the waterside that is flanked by narrow pastures. Pools are strung out down the valley, consisting mostly of long flats interspersed with shallow riffles. The river maintains an even character and width of about 40 to 50 metres for the journey from the road bridge to the sea. The main physical feature is the gorge section  the river tumbles through a few kilometres from its mouth, a spot where much of the early season fishing takes place.

 

The water is cold, a degree or two lower than most rivers in the country, and this can affect the timing of the salmon run and therefore the fishing. The river also has a very healthy stock of sea-run Arctic char.

 

Fishing is for eight rods and there is a 4-rod trout beat on the upper river. All legal methods are allowed until 11 August, when Beats 2, 3 and 4 become fly-only. There are two lodges on the river: Flúðasel has three rooms and Skarð has five rooms. Both are self-catering.

 

Contacts:

Angling Club Fluðir (Sigurður Ringsted). Mob: +354 892 8801.

Web: www.fludir.svak.is  E-mail: sigring@simnet.is

 

Angling Club of Reykjavik (SVFR)www.svfr.is  E-mail:svfr@svfr.is

Catch statistics for

Date Salmon Trout Rods
Jun. 2068
Jun. 271138
Jul. 417138
Jul. 1125368

Total catch per year

Year Salmon Trout
2017107400
2016190322
2015631
2014292
2013405
2012264531
2011690412
20101054483
2009413590
2008501913
2007342714
20063611013
2005460744
20044441028
20031661154
2002146897
2002311722
2001146897
2000197853