Sad News as Salmon Conservationist Orri Vigfusson Passes Away

July 03, 2017

'It is with great sadness we learnt today that our friend Orri Vigfusson has passed away. There has been no finer champion of Atlantic salmon and he leaves a unique legacy that bound together countries all around the North Atlantic with the common aim of protecting this iconic animal. Our thoughts are with his family and friends.'

 Mark Bilsby, River Director


The Sad Passing of International Salmon Conservationaist Mr Orri Vigfússon  


The North Atlantic Salmon Fund (NASF) announces with great sadness, the passing of our founder and Chairman Mr. Orri Vigfússon. 

Mr Vigfússon succumbed to lung cancer at Iceland's national hospital in Reyjavik yesterday July 1st 2017 only nine short of his 75th birthday. Mr. Vigfússon has for 27 years, tirelessly fought for the survival and restoration of the wild Atlantic salmon through the North Atlantic Salmon Fund earning him the admiration days and respect of environmentalists all over the world.  He was recognised internationally for his vital conservation work and was awarded with numerous distinguished awards.  He is survived by his wife Unnur Kristinsdóttir, 2 children and 3 granddaughters.


The funeral service will be held in Reykjavík at Hallgrímskirkja, July 10th at 13:00.