Torfastaðir Beat

Welcome to
the Torfastaðir Beat

Less than an hour’s drive from Reykjavík, the Sog is renowned for its lush and beautiful surroundings. The Torfastaðir beat is widely considered as one of the best char fishing beats in Iceland.

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General Information

The voluminous river Sog – or Sogið – is the largest spring fed river in Iceland. The water is very clear and flows from Thingvallavatn, Iceland’s biggest lake. The Sog is 19 km long of which 12 km are passable for salmon but close to the lake are three dams built in the middle of the 20th Century, Iceland’s first hydro-power plants. It flows through beautiful and lush landscape, mixed with farmland on the western bank and a birch-forest with numerous holiday-homes on the east bank. The river Sog ends its course when it mixes with the glacial milky waters of the river Hvítá.

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

The Sog is a wide and powerful river and therefore anglers need to be very careful while wading and life-wests are provided to anglers and strongly recommended.

Fishing Season

From April 1st to September 30th.

Prime Time

Mid June to early August.

Recommended Flies

Nymphs, streamers and dry flies for trout and char. Traditional salmon patterns.

Recommended Tackle

Single-handed rods, floating lines and double-handed rods.

Torfastaðir Lodge

Anglers visiting Torfastaðir are kindly invited to stay at either the Bíldsfell or Alviðra lodge. 

Both lodges are very comfortable self catering options offering made up beds and all necessary amenities. Fishing guides and a private chef can also be arranged upon request. Please familiarize yourself with house rules and fishing rules upon arrival.

Torfastaðir 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.

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

The Torfastaðir 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.

64 km.

Approx. 57min

64.030659, -20.983274

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