One of Hákon’s favourite activities is to go out on the river late in the evening during summer


Spanning approximately 57 acres, the island is located just 3 miles from the mouth of the glacial river Þjórsá. It has been in Hákon‘s family for generations and its culture is well preserved. He grew up running around the island as a child, harvesting goose and duck down and eggs from its various nesting sites, and observing the nesting ravens who return yearly to raise their young. He has explored the river from an early age and as such has an intimate understanding of its complex ecology and topography.

One of Hákon’s favourite activities is to go out on the river late in the evening during summer, shut off the boat engine and just drift out waiting for the seals to swim up to swap stories with him.


April 16, 2017

Participate in catching wild salmon in the tradition of local farmers, using a net.

The owner and inhabitant of Traustholtshólmi, Hákon, and his sheepdog Skuggi will welcome you to the island. Hákon spent his summers on the island while growing up and is now following his dream to build a sustainable and ecofriendly space using off the grid solutions.Hákon will ferry guests over the river to the island. 

There the group will go check the nets and take in the catch of the day.  After the excitement of catching the salmon we go on a tour where Hákon will tell you about the life and history of the island and its surroundings, spanning all the way from the first settlers of Iceland. 

A bonfire will be lit and wooden coals prepared for the grill. Together we’ll enjoy a three course meal which includes the wild salmon and homegrown herbs and vegetables. Sharing stories by the fire is a great way to end the day. It is not uncommon that a visiting musician performs a few songs for the guests. 

Catching salmon the traditional way

Tailored to both personal preferences and every group’s individual dynamic, each visit is sure to be special and every visitor is free to go and explore the island on their own. 

Come lie in the tall grasses and experience the true sense of seclusion and peacefulness that Traustholtshólmi has to offer.

May 30, 2016