Gripped Outdoors: Fly Fishing Guide and Mom Vala Arnadottir
Angler Vala Arnadottir is featured in this short film about her life as a mom and epic fly fishing guide in Greenland. The film is called My Mom Vala.
“I was born on prime time of the salmon season in Iceland in 1988, at the same time as my parents leased their first ever salmon river,” said Arnadottir.
“The season of 1988 turned out to be a bonansa year for fishing. Since then you could say I have been hooked and my parents business blossoming turning Lax-a into the biggest sporting outfitter in Iceland and Greenland and organizing trips around the globe.”
Her interest developed through the years, from loosing her first salmon on a small rod bought at the next gasoline station at the age of four.
“Walking down to the lake below our home at the age 10 and stopping at our neighbour’s, who worked at the local chocolate factory, and swap my catches for a bite of chocolate and to challenge myself looking for salmon in tougher conditions.
“I fell in love with fishing a long time ago and am most fond of that it is a never ending story, you can always improve and challenge yourself further.”
She has worked in the fly fishing industry for a long time at our family company Lax-a. And she graduated as a lawyer in the spring 2016 from University of Iceland.
“I hope to encourage women and the young generation to spend more time outdoors and in nature. But most of all, I love to see people happy and make them smile,” Arnadottir said.