Alviðra Beat

Welcome to
the Alviðra Beat

The river Sog – or Sogið – is Iceland’s largest spring fed river and originates in Thingvallavatn, Iceland’s biggest lake. Less than an hour’s drive from Reykjavík, the Sog is famous for its lush and beautiful surroundings. It is also famous for its big salmon and has for decades been popular with anglers.

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General Information

The voluminous river Sog – or Sogið – is the largest spring fed river in Iceland. The water is crystal clear and flows from Thingvallavatn, Iceland’s biggest lake. The Sog is 19 km long, 12 of which are passable for salmon. Close to the lake are the first three hydro-power plant dams ever built in Iceland. They were built in the middle of the 20th Century. The Sog runs through beautiful and lush landscape, mixed with farmland on the western bank and a birch-forest on the east bank. The river Sog ends where it meets the glacial milky waters of the river Hvítá.

For many decades the Sog has been popular among Icelandic anglers. It is famous for its big salmon and also holds large and powerful char. The pristine and clear waters of the Sog, including various pools and long,exciting runs, are ideal for fly-fishing with double handed rods.

The Sog is a wide and powerful river. Anglers must therefore therefore wade with caution and life vests are highly recommended. 

Fishing Season

Trout from April 1st to May 31st.
Salmon from June 24th to September 24th.

Prime Time

Mid July to early August.

Recommended Flies

Black and Red Francis, Collie Dog, Black Sheep, Dimmbla, Green Highlander, Sunray Shadow, cone heads and tube flies.

Recommended Tackle

Double-handed rods: Floating & sinking lines. 

Alviðra Lodge

Anglers are offered accommodation in a spacious charming and newly renovated self-catering lodge close to the middle of the majestic Alviðra beat on the Sog.

The lodge offers three double rooms, a spacious open living room with dining area and a well-equipped kitchen, and a shared bathroom with a shower. A veranda on the south side of the lodge has a grill and dining area. Lifevests for anglers are provided and recommended as the river is broad and deep in parts and the current can be strong. Fishing the Alviðra-beat of Sogið is especially suitable for smaller fishing parties.

Cleaning of the lodge can be provided upon departure. Fishing guides and a private chef can also be arranged upon request. Please familiarize yourself with house rules and fishing rules upon arrival.

Alviðra Beat FAQ

We welcome rod sharers on all our rivers as well as non fishers. We can also offer our guests extra rooms depending on availability

Yes, disinfection must be carried out by a veterinarian from the country of embarkation and a certificate of disinfection presented to local custom officer upon arrival to Iceland. If a certificate cannot be obtained, the fishing equipment must be handed to customs officers upon entering the country for immediate disinfection at owner’s expense.

Alternatively, rental gear and tackle can be arranged with sufficient notice. Flies can also be purchased to be ready upon arrival.

We kindly ask our guests to adhere to the check in schedules specified here on the website or in the brochures in order for our staff to be able to adequately prepare the lodge for your arrival.

In Iceland English is widely spoken by the locals and can be referred to as a second language.

71.6 km.

Approx. 58 min

65°28’29.8″N 20°31’22.1″W

The Alviðra beat is quite easily accessible from the road. However it is worth noting that the Sog is a very big river with strong currents and wading it should only be done with extreme caution. Life jackets are provided at the lodge and we encourage their use.

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