Breiddalsa River


The Breiddalsa River is a lovely medium-size river on the east coast of Iceland, close to the small village of Breiðdalsvík. It meanders through a peaceful valley surrounded by high mountains until it is joined by the faster and significantly more rocky Tinnudulsa River, which is its main tributary. This river system and its tributaries offer the “classic” Icelandic scenery with stunningly deep valleys hemmed in by high, craggy mountains. The river itself is beautiful and offers a highly versatile fishery, with many different pools and characteristics, where anglers will need to adapt their style of fishing to just about every pool.

One of the wonderful aspects to the Breiddalsa River and the northeast part of the country in general, is that there are legitimate opportunities here for 20 + pound salmon. For the past 4 years, the Breiddalsa has sported one of the highest average salmon weights in Iceland, with the average fish weighing 12 pounds. In addition to the very good salmon fishing in Breiddalsa, the river also offers excellent quantities of char, with the average size fish running between 1 to 3 pounds. Additionally, on the upper reaches of Breiddalsa there is some very productive brown trout fishing.

For brown trout, the guides concentrate on the upper section of the Breiddalsá, upstream of the waterfall on the south valley river. Here the river flows more slowly through grassy meadows and the pools are long and deep and hold surprisingly large trout. There has also been a significant increase in the number of sea trout coming into the river and the last few seasons have produced fish from 10 to 15lb. In the estuary, the fishing is mostly done with flashy streamers that attract the Arctic char or with scud imitations. In the upper reaches the brown trout often get fooled by a small midge or caddis imitation as well as small streamers.

The lodge may be booked by parties of up to 6 rods for char and trout fishing until the salmon season starts on July 1.


This is a walk and wade trip. The guides transport guests in comfortable 4 wheel drive SUV’s.


Guests will fly in to and out of Kevlavik International Airport, (Reykjavik). From there it’s about a 40-minute drive to a Reykjavik hotel if you plan to overnight in the nations capital before continuing on to the lodge. The domestic flight is 1 hour in length from Reykjavik to Egilsstadir and from Egilsstadir it’s about an hour drive to lodge. We handle all the logistics of guest transfers from the airport to the lodge and back to ensure reliability.

Slipstream is a full service travel company that can handle a variety of services relating to your trip. For assistance, please contact us directly at 1 866 644-7703.


Please be aware that you will not be allowed to pass through airport security with your waders and fishing tackle unless you have a veterinary letter confirming that your equipment has been sterilized or else agree to have your equipment sterilised at the airport which is both time consuming and expensive by comparison.


July 1 to 13 ISK 100,000 per day. Mid day to mid day

July 13 to 17 ISK 120,000 per day. Mid day to mid day.

July 22 to August 15 ISK 140,000 per day. Mid day to mid day.

August 23-Sept 1 ISK 120,000 per day. Mid day to mid day.

Sept 4 to Sept 30 ISK 100,000 per day. Mid day to mid day.

Because of the fluctuation of the Icelandic Kroner, guests will be invoiced for the deposit at time of the trip purchase in USD at the daily Kroner rate and again when the balance on the trip is due.

  • KEF - Iceland
  • Brown Trout : May 1 to June 30 • Atlantic Salmon : July 1 to September
  • Atlantic Salmon and Brown Trout…
  • 8 rods per week for Salmon • 4-6 rods per week for trout and char guests
  • Wifi: Yes
  • Language: English
  • Physicality: Low
  • CC Payment at Facility : Yes

Breiddalsa River

Tour Location


The Breiddalsa River is located on the east coast of Iceland, close to the small village of Breiðdalsvík.


Atlantic Salmon, Brown Trout.


Brown Trout May 1 to June 30

Atlantic Salmon July 1 to September 30


As long as there is availability, guests are welcome to arrive and depart to suit their schedule. Saturday and Sunday arrivals are the norm.


The Breiddalsa River Lodge is, without question, one of the top fishing lodges in all of Iceland. Strategically built near the bank of the river, it offers a spectacular view over the river and surrounding high jagged mountain peaks across the valley. The Lodge common area is an outdoor enthusiast’s dream, with the walls covered in trophy hunt and fish mounts. The Great Room is a stylish combination of a living room and dining room, with beautiful wooden accents and massive windows that maximize sunlight. There are eight richly appointed double bedrooms, each with its own private bathroom, TV and internet connection, for those that want to stay connected with the outside world. The lodge also has both a sauna and a Jacuzzi for guests to sooth tired muscles after a long day on the water.


8 rods per week for Salmon

4-6 rods per week for trout and char


Breiddalsa River

Value for money

Breiddalsa River


  • Round trip shuttle from the Egilsstadir Airport to the Breiddalsa River Lodge
  • The number of nights at the hotel as per package purchased
  • The number of days fishing as per package purchased
  • All meals while at the lodge. Breakfast, lunch and dinner each day


  • Meals and or activities in Reykjavik
  • Fly-fishing equipment
  • Gratuities to fishing guides and lodge staff
  • Alcohol
  • Transfer from the hotel in Reykjavik to the domestic airport
  • Round trip domestic airfare from Reykjavik to Egilsstadir. A one hour flight each way


All visitors to Iceland require a passport valid for at least three months beyond their intended stay. American, Canadian, British and Australian citizens do not require visas and can stay in the country for up to three months and this stay can easily be extended by visiting the local police station or contact the Directorate of Immigration.