Iceland Fishing Guide

Sea run Trout & Char fishing

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Lónsá on Langanes

River Lónsá is situated in North East Iceland on the Langanes Peninsula about a 3,5 hour drive from Akureyri. The river has a healthy stock of stationary brown trout throughout the season as well as sea run brown trout and arctic char coming in and out of the estuary with the tides. Around the middle of May the runs of arctic char start coming in and are usually running strong throughout August & September, offering some of the best fly fishing in Iceland.

Lónsá is the little pearl of the Langanes Peninsula about a five minute drive from the fishing village Þórshöfn. The river is producing about 500 trout and char a year with only 4 four rods allowed to fish per day from April 1st throughout September with at least a few days between each group to ensure everyone gets the best chance to experiecne the magic Lónsá offers.

Fishing the Lónsá in springtime can be amazing as the arctic char and sea run brown trout are coming in and out of the estuary in great numbers. They feed on tiny scuds/gammarus and you can sight fish them from a fairly short distance. It is hard to compare with any other fishing and most anglers that have tried it described it being like nothing else they have ever tried before.

The Sauðaneslón or the lagoon that the river runs into also holds an abundance of arctic char in spring time that can be tricky to catch as well and finding what exactly they are feeding on can take a while but when you hit it all of a sudden, it is a blast!

The fishing in the upper river section is more classical with nymphs, streamers and sometimes dries. The river usually has gin clear water. It is very important to approach the river with caution as it is very easy to spook the fish in this small river.

In may when the first runs of arctic char start making their way up the river in a feeding frenzy the river suddenly offers a whole new experience and you can literally see tens of silver char sliding into a pool and you don’t know where to start. This happens at a different time each year as it depends on the temperature of the ocean and weather conditions rather than a certain date. The first runs usually have the bigger size char wich are extremely fun to fish for.

From the middle of September the char have ventured far into the highlands, signaling the start of the brown trout migration from the estuary up the river. These trout, adorned in vibrant golden skin and often marked with bright red spots, eagerly go after small streamers. Witness them aggressively pursuing your fly, resembling torpedoes in action.

Rods allowed per day

The river allows 4 rods to fish it per day.


The fishing season in Lónsá is from April 1st throughout September.


The accommodations for Lónsá is the Ytra Lón guesthouse and the offer everything from single rooms or apartments to dormitory accommodation upon request from each client.

Self catering or full catering upon request.


The river is situated about 3,5 hour drive from the town of Akureyri. Thorhöfn, located just 10 minutes from Ytra Lon, provides most essential amenities.

Ytra Lón lodge services

  • Full catering.
  • Self catering.
  • Bedding.
  • Free High Speed Wifi.
  • Cleaning.

Commonly asked questions

Is there a bar in the lodge?
Yes there is a bar in the lodge.

Are there laundry services in the lodge?
No we do not have a washer and dryer in the lodge.

Can I drink the water from the tap?
Yes the water from the tap is fine to drink.

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Photos from Lónsá!


Ytra lón Farm Lodge

Not too far from the Arctic circle, Ytra lón Farm Lodge awaits. We offer accommodation in nine cozy studio apartments. All with en suite bathrooms. The apartments are equipped with a small kitchen, everything you need for a comfortable stay. As extra service we offer breakfast buffet and Farm-To-Table dinner with local and homemade products, a taste of Iceland. For dinner our specialty is lamb meat from our farm or fresh trout from the lake nearby. A bar is also accessible in the restaurant with a good variety different beers, wines and cocktails.