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Region: North Iceland
Coordinates: 65.6496756° N 19.5685996° W

This is a small volume two rod river, flowing into a large lake, Miklavatn. The Saemundara has been on a roller coaster ride for the last two decades. Years ago, some local businessmen leased the river and dumped vast hordes of smolt and parr into it. It transformed the river and for a few years up to 350 salmon were taken there in a single season. As the fishing stepped up a gear, the farmers at the lake became immensely interested in “Trout fishing” and put out more and more nets. In a few years the Salmon runs had disappeared and the leasers lost interest. Recently, a new group of leasers have rallied but before they did, they bought up the lake netting rights. The last two summers have been up and coming, in 1998 some 140 salmon were beached plus several hundred sea char. River Saemundara has an excellent self catering lodge, a former farmstead