Lake Urridavatn has an area of 1,1 km². Its greatest depth is 15 m and it is situated 40 m above sea level just east of road no. 1 and road 925 passes just south of it. The rivers Hafralonslaekur and Merkilaekur feed it and its discharge is Urridavatnslaekur. The catch consists of small lake char and brown trout. The surrounding area is excellent for berry picking latein August and early in September.
The hot springs in the lake are called Tuskuvakir. A horse shaped creature with reversed hoofs was said to inhabit the lake, but it has not been seen for quite a long time.
Fishing area: No restrictions. The best place for fishing is where the creeks enter the lake.
The distance from the capital is about 664 km by the Whale Bay tunnel and 4 km from Egilsstadir
Urriðavatn is close to Egilsstaðir, the largest town in Eastern Iceland
Distance from Reykjavík and the nearest township
Distance from Reykjavik is 664 km and only 5km from Egilsstaðir. Highways 1 and 925 run by the lake.
The lake covers an area of 1,1km2 (0.42 miles2) and rises 40m above sea level. The lake is 15 m at deepest point. The creeks Hafralónslækur and Merkilækur are its main tributaries.
No restrictions. The best place for fishing is where the creeks enter the lake.
Camping is not allowed by the lake. You can buy camping permit at Skipalaek that is close to Lagarfljot.
In the lake nemed after the brown trout, you can only catch char! The average size is about 1 pound. The reason for the name is that it used to be a great brown trout lake, but not anymore. The char can be quite nice.
Daily openings hours:
Fishing is allowed from dawn to dusk.
All bait is allowed: fly, worm and lure.
Best time of the year:
The best time is in the spring, when the ice has melted.
Littering and off-road driving is forbidden. Cardholders must sign up at Urridavatn farm and show both the Veiðikortið and an appropriate ID. Children under 14 are allowed for free, if accompanied by adult cardholder.
Contact / Landlord:
Jón Steinar Benjamínsson at Urriðavatn. Tel: (+354) 471-2060
Fishing card only costs 8.900 ISK.