The Nordura

The Nordura comfortably sits amongst the top 10 Salmon rivers in Iceland. The Nordura river offers a wonderful variety of salmon water ranging from intimate cut bank pools, a fabulous and charismatic gorge section with spectacular waterfalls and a wider meandering section with classic "big river" salmon pools. Its primary accolade is its position as Iceland’s most prolific natural salmon river meaning that its salmon stocks are not assisted by a hatchery or smolt release programme. Amongst other attributes are its aesthetical charm - Nordura’s literal name translates to mean "the most beautiful of rivers" and as a final feather in the rivers cap anglers stay in compete comfort at the Rjupnahaed fishing lodge, rated as being amongst Iceland’s best fishing lodges.

Fishing on Nordura river-Laxfoss Waterfall


Location & Environment

The Nordura runs through the Borgaefjordur region of Iceland, the main salmon fishing area in the west of Iceland and is one of a number of tributaries from the Hvita glacier. Situated just 1 1/2 hours West of Reykjavik it is easily accessible by overseas anglers. The river has a medium – large volume however the variety means that you will enjoy a mix of small streams (the upper river splits in two), fast flowing sections amidst the volcanic rock as well as larger sweeping pools. There are two salmon ladders that assist the passage of the salmon in low–water conditions.


The Salmon Fishing

At WhereWiseMenFish we believe variety is one of the most desirable aspects in a fishing location and the Nordura River offers this and more. The Laxfoss warefall just upstream from the lodge divides the middle and upper section where the river is characterized by remote moorland leading to a lush valley surrounded by craggy basalt mountains. A lava field in the middle section adds the style that defines many Icelandic salmon rivers where the river is hemmed into a deeply wooded gorge. In total there are 150 recognized pools fished by 8-12 rods on the main part of the river.

The Nordura is a superb fly-fishing river with a real mix ranging from wide curving pools where you can ‘stretch your line’ to smaller more technical pools where the knowledge and experience of a guide can become invaluable. For the greater part of the season single-handed rods, floating lines and small flies are required but during the opening weeks of the season light double-handed rods can come in handy and they are a useful backup in the event of windy conditions. The Nordura is a grilse river but has a run of Multi Sea Winter (MSW) fish that primarily run during the early part of the season. The ten-year average catch is just under 1,900 fish /season although there have been notable years with over 3,000 salmon being caught and a record of 3,308 salmon in 2008.

The Nordura lodge was upgraded in 2017 with new ensuite-bedrooms overlooking the river.


Accommodation - Rjúpnahaed Fishing Lodge

Anglers fishing the Nordura stay in a dedicated fishing lodge located above the main gorge on the river with spectacular views to the Laxfoss waterfall. The lodge has 12 twin-bedded rooms, all with en-suite bathrooms allowing individual anglers the luxury of a private room each. The food is of the highest quality with a dedicated chef preparing three full meals each day. Amongst other attributes the lodge offers a fully stocked bar, dining room, sauna, dedicated drying room and hi-speed wi-fi.

Nordura Guides & River Transport

A team of dedicated guides ensure that each pair of anglers receives expert advice, guidance and assistance throughout their stay. Guests are transported to the river in 4WD vehicles with good access being available to almost all the pools on the river.


Top Producing Salmon Flies on the Nordura

Icelandic Salmon flies are typically smaller than those used elsewhere on account of the clarity of the water requiring much smaller sizes than would normally be used with sizes from 10-14 being standard although size 16 and smaller may be used in very low-water conditions. Hitched salmon flies are very popular during the summer months and tungsten coneheads tubes can be very useful to get a fly fishing at the right depth quickly in deep fast flowing channels. The following flies in varying sizes and styles, double, treble, hitched or conehead tubes are amongst the top-producing salmon flies. A full range of Icelandic Salmon Flies can be found at http://www.salarflies.com

  • Red Francis
  • Black Francis
  • Blue Charm
  • Snaelda
  • Hairy Mary
  • Haugar
  • Collie Dog
  • Stoats Tail
  • Sunray Shadow
  • Black & Silver Sheep

Anyone booking a trip with WhereWiseMenFish will receive a £40 voucher for Salmon Flies from Salar Flies or an appropriate selection box for their trip. 


Travel to Iceland

Guests typically fly into Keflavik International airport where they are collected and driven to a hotel in Reykjavik (45 mins). The following day at a pre-arranged time (around 1pm) you will be collected and driven to the lodge (1hr 20 mins). On departure guests can stay overnight in Reykjavik but it is usually possible to fly home following the morning fishing session.

  • The trip fulfilled our expectations , and then more. The flights went smoothly, the transfers were punctual and comfortable and the accommodation was well appointed luxury. The hosts were attentive yet discreet and the meals were delicious. We had many laughs at meal times with like minded anglers from England, Ireland and Iceland. Our pairing with Ian and his son Joel was ideal, and combined with Klaus as guide, made the holiday complete. Between the two of us we landed 10 salmon, and lost about 7 more so we are both happy . Klaus was informative, helpful and very patient when trying to teach an old dog new tricks - which was one of the reasons I chose the Nordura.

    Richard & Robert Grove-27-30 June 2022

  • WhereWiseMenFish only organise first class fishing trips and our trip to the Nordura river in Iceland was no exception. Our booking was timed perfectly with the start of the main salmon run, daily shoals of fresh fish entering all the main pools. Everyone had numerous encounters and plenty of action on the river bank. It has to be one of the most picturesque and productive rivers on the west coast of Iceland. Justin’s company meant everything ran smoothly and his comprehensive knowledge of the fishing and the local environment just make it truly enlightening. One of the best fishing trips we have had

    Ben & JohnShipley Jun 2021

  • I had a great trip. Landed 9 fish to 14lbs, all very fresh fish. Caught my first two fish on the hitch! I lost 6fish due mostly to the very small hooks, size 16 and 18. Probably raised two dozen fish, but others stayed on even with these small sizes. -Kevin Finegan-June 2023

  • Overall, it was a tremendous trip! I enjoyed it immensely, and I will be booking another trip...Also, the food at the lodge was INCREDIBLE! Aaron Long -USA -June 2023


Typical Nordura River Itinerary

Day 1

Arrive Keflavik Airport
Overnight Reykavik

Day 2

AM 16.00-22.00

Transfer to Lodge
Afternoon Fishing Session

Day 3-4


Morning Session
Evening Session

2 Full Days Fishing.
Timings can be varied to suit individual requirements

Day 5 07.00-13.00

Morning Session
Depart Lodge
International Flight

Transport will be arranged to collect guests from the lodge and transfer to international airport or overnight Reykjavik if required

Fishing in Iceland is typically split into 3 day packages however varied length or split week trips with 3 days at one lodge followed by 3 days at another are quite common.


Availability and Pricing


The season runs from mid June until mid August.


Varies over the season-Rates and availability on application.

Package Includes:

- Three (x3) nights.
- Three (x3) days fly-fishing.
- Price includes accommodation at Rjupnahaed Lodge (Nights in Reykjavik are excluded).
- Includes return transportation from Keflavik Airport.
- All meals at the lodge.


Price does not include gratuities. Lodge capacity is 8-12 rods depending on the time of the season

Best Time To Go

The season runs between 1 June and 30 September. The main run of salmon picks up from mid-June onwards with the prime weeks being from early July to early August.


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