Wild and Beautiful River with best Salmon Catch per Rod in Iceland

The Selá river is one of Iceland’s largest clearwater rivers and is widely considered to be one of the best salmon rivers in the world. With its crystal clear water and deep gorges, the river is set in open country offering challenging pools which require thought and observation for even the most experienced anglers. The river is set in a sparsely populated part of Iceland, accessible by gravel road only.

With six beats spread over 36km and a season lasting from late June to late September, we are confident that our experienced guides will be able to maximise your time in this extraordinary natural setting. And with the highest catch per rod of any river in Iceland, everyone has a great chance to catch (and then release) one of our wild salmon!

The Strengur Angling Club and the Six Rivers Project was responsible for the construction of two fish ladders on this river. The first in 1970 increased the access for salmon from 9km to 26km. The second built in 2011 lengthened the capability of the river to its current 36km. This ensures a strong and sustainable future for this wonderful salmon river.

FREE PASS! Please Note: We have such high regard for the salmon that survive at sea, travel up 36km of Sela rapids, and climb 2 ladders that we give all salmon above the second Sela ladder a free pass. We want that DNA in the river!

Fishing Rules

  • 100% Catch and Release.
  • Maximum fishing time is four hours per session or eight hours per rod per day.
  • Maximum catch is four fish per rod per session or eight fish per rod per day.
  • All rods are to be guided at all times.
  • No weighted flies or sinking lines.
  • Floating lines only.
  • Maximum 2 fish per pool per session.
  • No hooks larger than size 10.
  • No fishing above the second ladder.
North East Iceland
2021 Season Catch
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River Map

A high-resolution map of the river (as seen below) is available for download, to give you a detailed breakdown of the different beats available and other important topographical information.