110km east of Reykjavik, north of Hella town


Season: 1 April - 30 September
Extent: 7km, double bank fishing
Average catch: 350-400 brown trout
Rods: 4
Guides: Available
Lodge: Self catering
Notes: Full catch & release

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Minnivallalaekur is a relatively small spring creek in the south of Iceland and, despite its size, the river holds brown trout well into double figures.

The river's reputation as one of the best brown trout rivers in the world has spread widely and every year Angling Service Strengir entertain guests from all over the world. The river is fished by a maximum of four rods per day.

A beautiful lodge is situated on the banks of the river close to where it rises to the surface from beneath the ground.

The lodge is owned and operated by Angling Service Strengir and has four double bedrooms, two bathrooms with a shower in each, a kitchen, dining room, sitting room and a hot tub on the back porch. With every rod acommodation for two people is included for the possibility of two people sharing a rod.


Average catch rates are around 300-400 fish per season with the catch rate in 2007 being 388 fish.

Average size of fish around 2 kilos or 4 pounds but every year there are fish caught that are 6-7 kilos or 12-14 pounds.

Minnivallalaekur is strictly a brown trout river but the occasional salmon and char are caught. Early in the season the fish tend to go for big streamers fished deep but as the season progresses and aquatic insects become more lively the fish become more selective and that's when the small nymphs and dry flies kick in.


Typical patterns to use on Minnivallalaekur include world famous trout patterns like Black and Grey Ghost, Montana, Muddler Minnow, Pheasant Tail Nymph, Black Gnats, Adams, midge patterns and various caddis patterns.

Icelandic patterns work very well here also, with the Peacock Nymph being the most popular one.

As a rule of thumb the aquatic insects anglers imitate on the Minnivallalaekur are mostly midges (non-biting, Chironomidae), buffalo gnats (Simuliidae), caddis (Trichoptera) and stoneflies (Plecoptera). The hook sizes used are normally from 10-18 for nymphs and 14-26 for dry flies.


Since the distance betweeen banks is never very great on Minnivallalaekur anglers don't really have to worry about long distance casting.

However, precision is an issue and in some situations anglers need to be able to cast their flies both accurately and with distance since the fish in the river are easily spooked.

The use of 4-6 weight rods are recommended since the river holds a lot of big fish. The fish are really strong fighters and it is a real challenge to subdue a 6-10 pound brown trout with a five weight rod!

Fishing is mostly done with floating lines but in some situations it is good to have either a sink tip line or a sinking leader.

The river

Minnivallalaekur is a 7km-long spring creek fed by two different underground springs that emerge north of the lodge and join together to form the main river just outside it.

Where the two creeks converge is the first pool, called Home Pool, which is one of the best pools in the river.

The river is located close to Iceland's most active volcano, Hekla, and is surrounded by lava rock and volcanic debris which plays its part in making the river so nutritious. The pH level of the river has been measured at 8.4-8.5.

Surrounded by high grassy banks that make good cover for the anglers, the river flows through fields of grass and lava until it joins the glacial river Thjorsa which is Iceland's longest river.

The fish

Minnivallalaekur holds mostly brown trout - a species believed to have been isolated in the highlands of Iceland at the end of the last Ice Age. These trout grow very fast and can get very big as seen in Minnivallalaekur.

Some of the fish migrate from the glacial river Thjorsa to the clear water of Minnivallalaekur and normally those fish have a slightly brighter colour than the native Minnivallalaekur fish.

Since the introduction by Angling Service Strengir of a catch and release policy on the river it has been noted that the fish rapidly get bigger and bigger. Today it is not uncommon to see fish over 20 pounds in some of the pools.

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Split shots, rods, reels, leader, tippet material, water resistant jacket, waders, warm under garments, degreaser & floatant.

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