The Grimsa sits alongside the top rated and most spectacular of the Icelandic Salmon rivers. Medium sized and extremely scenic it is a prolific grilse river that sits amongst the top 10 salmon producing rivers in Iceland. Situated 100kms North of Reykjavik it is easily accessible and ideal for both ½ week and full week fishing trips.


Grimsa River

The Grimsa is a medium sized river with easily accessible pools. The fishable part of the river is 30 kms long with 60 named pools. Along with the other rivers on the West coast of Iceland it benefits from the earliest runs of fish. During June the lodge capacity is limited to 8 rods, increasing to 10 rods in July during the prime month by which time the salmon will have filled all the pools in the river system. Annual salmon catches over the season range from 1,200-1,800. 


The Fishing

For the most part the river can be fished with a single-handed rod. Stealth and good presentation will always reward the angler with more opportunities. A switch rod or a short-double-handed rod can be an advantage on the days when it is windy or where back casts are awkward due to high banks and cliffs. There is a good run of Sea Trout from July onwards. The fishing is fly only and although anglers are welcome to take salmon catch and release is encouraged and widely practiced.


The Lodging

Towering above the most productive pool on the river, the Laxfoss, guests are treated to a spectacular view of the fishing below which is rarely short of activity. Ernest Schwiebert, a notable architect from the USA was a passionate angler of the Grimsa as well as being a renowned angling author. His love and knowledge of the river led to his appointment as architect for the lodge and his time on the river provided the inspiration for the design. Large, comfortable and spacious it is an iconic building providing anglers with top quality lodging with excellent meals prepared by a professionally trained chef. Ensuite twin-bed rooms are standard with full rods having individual rooms as standard.


Rod Sharing in Iceland

This is commonly practiced in Iceland and is a good way to not just keep the costs down but also to get the most out of the fishing. Having your partner spot the fish, guide your cast until it is covering the fish and then watching the salmon reacts and hopefully take the fly is an experience every angler should experience. Fishing hours in Iceland are long with 12 hrs of guiding each day. A shared rod need not be an agonising wait until your turn!


Grimsa Guides & River Transport

Guests of the lodge fish with a guide shared between two rods. The Grimsa guides are knowledgeable and all speak fluent English. They will happily coach, spot or assist as required with all the special techniques particular to Icelandic salmon fishing. Transport is provided using the guide’s 4wd vehicle and good access is provided to almost every pool.


Typical 3 Day Itinerary

Day 1

Arrive KEF International Airport
Overnight Reykjavik

Day 2

Collected from Hotel
Transfer to Grimsa Lodge
16.00-20.00hrs - Evening Fishing Session

Day 3-4

2 Full Days Fishing
07.00-13.00 hrs - Morning Session
16.00-20.00hrs - Evening Session

Day 5

07.00-13.00 hrs - Morning Session
Depart Lodge
Overnight Reykjavik or Fly Home

Most fishing in Iceland is split int 3 day packages. It is quite common to split 3 day packages between two different rivers


Rates & Availability


Runs from late June-early September


-Please inquire for availability and weekly rates.
-Rates will vary from week to week.
-Lodge Capacity 8 full rods, shared rods welcome

Package Includes:

-Guide shared between 2 full paying rods
-3 nights full board accommodation
-Single room/full rod
-Return transfers from Reykjavik
-National Fishing License


Does not include, accommodation or meals in Reykjavik, KEF-Reykjavik transfers, international flights, insurance, gratuities, alcoholic beverages

Best Times to Go

July is typically considered the prime month on the Grimsa and most West Coast rivers in Iceland



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