Laxahylur, a promising name for a good looking pool on a good salmon river! Photo by Jón Eyfjörð Friðriksson.
Faskrud is a lovely river in the west of Iceland. It is one of the rivers of Dalir, just north of the Borgarfjordur-rivers. Rivers of Dalir have excellent reputations and some of them are among Iceland’s best. In the smaller river category, Faskrud is certainly one of the better known rivers.
It starts in the moorlands connecting the Dalir to Hrutafjordur in the northwest. Various small lakes and streams get together and slowly make their way westward. The river reaches a canyon and in it we find Katlafossar, as so often in Icelandic rivers, a falls that stops the runs. From then on the river varies from low canyons to more open stretches with the typical cut bank pools. It is well suited for fly fishing although bait and spinning are allowed. Spinning should though be put in the backburner if the water is low.
This is a self catering river with two to three rods according to the time of season. The lodge is a former farmstead slightly south of the road bridge over the river. It has ample space, a barbecue and a sauna in the garage. Close by, a few kilometers west lies the village of Budardalur so restocking supplies is easy.