65km east of Reykjavik


Season: 14 June - 28 September
Extent: 12km long river, double bank
Average catch: 500 salmon, 1300+ in 2010
Rods: 13 on 6 beats
Guides: Available
Lodge: Self catering
Notes: Fly fishing and spinning


Home of many 20-pounders, the Sog River is recognized as one of the finest Atlantic salmon rivers in Iceland. Sog is the largest spring fed river in Iceland and is renowned for its amazing birdlife, beautiful surroundings and high percentage of multi-sea-winter salmon. Sog is all private water and has six salmon beats and a total of 13 rods. The salmon season is from early July to late September.

The Bildfells beat is the most productive beat on the Sog with 390-480 salmon annually in recent years and frequently produces the heaviest salmon in Sog each year meaning salmon of 20 pounds or bigger. The name of the other beats are Asgardur, Alvidra, Sydri-Bru, Tannastadir and Thrastarlundur.

Accommodation is provided in a comfortable self catering lodge beside the river. The lodge has a very well equipped kitchen for cooking, 3-4 bedrooms (sleeps 6-8), WC & shower, dining and sitting room. Also, the lodge has a seperate storage room for waders, fishing clothing and a icebox for storing the fish.

The fishing is done with single or double-handed rods using floating lines with small to medium size flies. Most common flies are Red & Black Frances, Blue Charm, Red & Green But, Snaelda, Sunray Shadow and other tradition Icelandic flies. Fly fishing, spinning is allowed.

Some years ago the Sog had a total catch of about 400-500 salmon but has improved greatly since the fishing nets were bought out of the river Hvita which Sog runs into. Since then the catch numbers have increased with 700 salmon being caught in 2009 and a record breaking season in 2010 with more than 1300 salmon and the 2011 season closed with approximately 1000 salmon. Sog has a very good stock of Arctic char and every year char of size 8-9 pounds are caught.

Sog is surrounded with photoscenic areas and the most popular tourist attractions in the south of Iceland such as the volcano Mt. Hekla, lovely lava fields, Glacier Langjokull, the famous Geysir, the waterfall Gullfoss and the National Park at Thingvellir.

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Tel: +44 (0) 1573 470612