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The Thvera River

Welcome to Thvera River

The Thvera is the lower part of the Thvera/Kjarra river, originating in the north-western highlands of Iceland. Thvera has all the qualities that make Icelandic rivers unique in the world of salmon fishing. Crystal clear water and endless varieaty of pools fIowing along lush fields and fertile farmland. For more information Contact Us.

General information

The Thvera/Kjarra river boasts some of the highest catches of any Icelandic river. The average catch for the past ten years is just under 2800 salmon annually with the best year exceeding 4000 salmon landed. The prime season runs from the last week of June well into August and in recent years the best weeks have produced over 600 salmon between the two lodges. During the prime period on the river an angler can expect to land between four to six salmon to his rod per day.

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The Thvera river stretches for 26 km. The fishing is organised on a three or six day basis commencing mid-afternoon on the first day and finishing at noon on the last day of fishing. There are 107 named pools on the Thvera that offer the angler a vast variety in fishing, from fast moving streams in the upper river, down to the meadow pools where the river flows quietly along the flourishing fields. Most of the beats are easily accessible, with no trees to hinder casting.  Thvera river is fly only and catch-and-release, but anglers can take one grilse per rod per day. 

The first spring salmon return to the river of their birth at the end of May. As spring turns to summer the runs of salmon steadily increase until they reach their peak in July. Fishing remains consistent well into August, with fresh runs of salmon still arriving, though in smaller numbers. The season comes to an end in early September with the onset of autumn and ever shortening days.

Fishing season
Beginning of June until early September.

Prime time
Last week of June to early August.

Seven rods who fish on seven private beats in rotation. Rod sharing is welcome.

Recommended Flies

Silver Sheep, Black and Red Francis, Arndilly Fancy, Collie Dog, Green Brahan, Micro Hitch, Sunray Shadow and Small Cone Heads. Fly sizes 12 and 14 are most common.

Recommended Tackle

Single-handed rods and small double-handed rods. Floating line is the norm but good to bring sink tip if the water rises.

Thvera River History

Salmon fishing has been practiced in Iceland for centuries. Fly fishing for salmon was first introduced in Iceland by English fishermen who arrived in the country in the later part of the 19th century.

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The Thvera/Kjarra was one of the first rivers the English gentry fished on a regular basis. Many of the pools in the Thvera/Kjarra reflect this heritage. Thus pools such as Hambro, Stewart, Wilson, and The Three Princesses reveal these early days of fly fishing. The English built a lodge at the mouth of the river in 1904 that still stands, albeit unused. The lodge is still referred to as The English House. The fishermen then moved their base further up the river system to the Kjarra River in 1919 where they built a second lodge which no longer stands.

Today there are two first class lodges serving the Thvera/Kjarra. At both camps our award-winning chefs and attentive staff do their utmost to make your stay a memorable one.

Thvera Lodge

The newly renovated accommodation at Thvera lodge is luxurious and set in magnificent natural scenery. The lodge offers a large and attractive living room, a dining room and a large terrace with great views of the river and its surroundings. There are seven twin-bedded suites and seven twin-bedded rooms with a private shower.  

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There is an outdoor Jacuzzi on the terrace and an outdoor Finnish sauna where one can relax after a day's fishing. The Lodge has Wifi, TV and a music system.  

Our award-winning chefs and attentive staff will do their utmost to make your stay a memorable one.

Exquisite Cuisine

At Thvera lodge, anglers enjoy a three-course dinner prepared by a renowned team of award-winning chefs from some of the best restaurants in Reykjavik, as well as a continental breakfast in the morning and a two course lunch.  The guests are provided with the best there is in Icelandic cuisine and a distinguished selection of wines from around the world. All the meals are prepared using only the freshest ingredients.

We can cater for special needs with advanced notice. 

Our Knowledgeable Team of Guides

Our knowledgeable team of guides is headed by Andres Eyolfsson, a farmer and landowner at Thvera/Kjarra who has been guiding anglers fishing the river for decades.  All our guides have been fishing the river for many years and will do their very best to assist anglers in every way during their stay. They have a passion for fly fishing and for the river they hold dear.

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All our guides are English speaking and provide our guests with four-wheel-drive vehicles for transport along the river. Each guide is normally shared by two anglers, but a private guide can be provided upon request.

Driving to Thvera River

DistAnce from Reykjavik
97,6 km

Driving time
Approx. 1 hour, 30 min.

64°45'07"N 21°20'41"W

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