A beautiful, sensitive and small river in Northwest of Iceland
- The River
The small Hallá River falls in to the Bay of Húnaflói in the North of Iceland. It is a sensitive and small river, where one can be totally on his own.
Hallá is fast flowing and rocky in the lower part, but the upper reaches are mostly slow flowing with cut-bank pools, ideal for fly- fishing with light tackle.
Hallá is a river fished with only two rods, but guests have about 10 km of river to fish. In order to preserve the salmon in Hallá river, the farmers have kept the river closed for several years.
The average catch per season last five years is a little under onehundred salmon.
Catch and release is encouraged in this small and gin- clear river to preserve the enigmatic Salmon that run in Hallá River. The river has a self- catering guesthouse, located about 3km upstream from the mouth of the river, with a view towards the Bay.
- General Information
Location: North ( 280 km from Reykjavik )
Fishing season: June 20th to September 20th
Prime time: July 20th to August 20th
Average size of fish: 6 lbs
Guide: Can be arranged
Lodge: Self catering, nice little lodge with a barbeque
Tackle: Light, single handed rods lines 4 to 6.
Hallá is small and delicate, bring small flies and hitch tubes for early- and mid season fishing: Black & Red Frances (sizes 12 – 18)
Black & Blue (sizes 12 – 18)
Collie Dog (¼ – 1 inch)
Madeleine (sizes 12 – 18)
Green Butt (sizes 12 – 18)
Hitch tubes When autumn chill arrives, the angler should bring the same fly patterns, but as micro cones and/or ½ - 1 inch tubes
June 20th to August 20th,
07:00 - 13:00 and 16:00 - 22:00
August 20th to September 20th
07:00 - 13:00 and 15:00 - 21:00
Clothing: In spite of the relatively mild climate, you should bring warm clothing and, most importantly, quality rainwear and a windcheater. Please check out the average temperature table here below. Chest waders and wading shoes. Nicer clothes to wear for dinner.
Tackle disinfection: Iceland has always been free of diseases like UDN and Gyrodactylus salaris and we intend to keep it that way. There is a strict policy of visiting anglers having their tackle sterilized before coming to Iceland. This should be done in a 2% formaldehyde solution for 10 minutes and performed by a veterinary surgeon. (Tackle sterilized in Virkon S is also acceptable.) A signed inventory of what has been sterilized should be provided by the vet for presentation to the customs officers at Keflavik airport. The most important items to be treated are: rods, reel/line, waders and flies.
The process can be carried out by staff at Keflavik airport. The office is located at the far side of the baggage reclaim hall, downstairs in the airport. Just notify one of the personnel in the area that you need your tackle disinfected and they will have a member of the staff come and complete the process. The price for one fishing set is 3.500 Icelandic kronurs.
There are two airlines that offer a scheduled flights to Iceland.
Iceland Express www.icelandexpress.is.
Documentation & Visas
Citizens from the European Economic Area (comprising the EU, Switzerland and Liechtenstein), US and Canada need only a passport valid for at least three months after the planned date of arrival to enter Iceland for up to three months.
Currency: Icelandic Krona. Visa and Eurocard/Mastercard credit cards and Maestro and Visa Electron are accepted widely.
Language: Icelandic, but Icelanders speak English as well.
Electricity. Most facilities operate on 220-wolt, 50-cycle system. A Converter will be necessary for any electrical items that require a 110-volt, 60-cycle system.
Duty-free: Allowed on arrival one of the following choices:
1 lither of alcohol and 1 lither of wine.
1 lither of alcohol and 6 lither of beer.
1 lither of wine and 6 lither of beer.
One carton of cigarettes can be brought in to the country per person
Good to know:
Daylight Sunrise Sunset
May 3:55 AM 10:12 PM
June 2:42 AM 11:32 PM
July 3.23 AM 11:00 PM
August 4:58 AM 9:22 PM
September 6:29 AM 7:33 PM
October 7:55 AM 5:48 PM
Average temperature: °C °F
May 7, 2 44, 9
June 13, 1 55, 6
July 15, 2 59, 4
August 13, 3 55, 9
September 13, 0 55, 4
October 6,1 43,0
In case of an emergency dial 112, but guide and lodge staff will be insistence for any problems that might occur.
If you want to hire fishing equipment, please send us the name and the shoe-size for each individual. And please let us know if a single or double handed rod is preferred.
Please note that fly casting instruction can be arranged by your guide: please let us know to give him advance time.
Hallá lodge is a small, nice and comfortable lodge with two twin rooms (bunk beds). A veranda surrounds the lodge with a barbeque.