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Fishing Arctic Char in Finnmark, Norway Photo: Yngve Ask/Innovation Norway
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10 incredible freshwater fishing areas in Norway

Freshwater fishing in Norway can be a memorable experience, and here is a selection of some of the very best freshwater fishing areas in Norway.

From midnight sun trout fishing on the Finnmarksvidda mountain plateau to crystal clear lakes and rivers at Hemsedal, even fishing in the wilderness 20 minutes from the capital of Oslo, Norway has a lot to offer the avid freshwater fishing enthusiast: 

The Finnmarksvidda Mountain Plateau

The Finnmarksvidda Mountain Plateau in Northern Norway is every Norwegian fisherman’s hot dream. The magical midnight sun gives you 24 hours daylight in during summer. The area is especially known for trout, common whitefish, grayling, perch and pike. Finnmarksvidda Mountain Plateau's surrounding areas of the Pasvikdalen Valley, the Stabbursdalen Valley and the Øvre Anarjóhka National Park, are neighbouring areas with the same qualities.

Finnmarksvidda Mountain Plateau in Northern Norway.Photo: Johan Wildhagen/Innovation Norway

Hardangervidda Mountain Plateau

Hardangervidda Mountain Plateau is a wild and energy boosting area, and one of the very best highland areas in Europe for Trout fishing. The Hardangervidda Mountain Plateau is also home to Northern Europe's largest stock of reindeer. Stay at a cabin, or put up your tent almost anywhere.

Finnmarksvidda Mountain Plateau in Northern Norway.Photo: Johan Wildhagen/Innovation Norway 

Hemsedal

Hemsedal rivers and lakes are crystal clear and hold wild brown trout in their prime. The Hemsila River is actually one of the best brown trout rivers in the whole of Europe. Some of Norway's very best fly fishers offer courses here. Hemsedal has a common fishing license valid for 4 rivers and 18 lakes.

Fly-fishing in Hemsedal, Norway. Photo: Hemsedal Tourist Board 

Salmon Rivers

About 145,000 salmon are caught in Norwegian rivers every year. Get lucky and travel back home with salmons weighing over 20 kilos. The two best salmon rivers in Norway in 2009 where Tana in Finnmark and Gaula in Trøndelag. Find more info and other salmon rivers.

Salmon jumping up the waterfall, Norway.Photo: Yngve Ask/Innovation Norway

Gjøvik, Land and Toten

Gjøvik, Land and Toten gives you two of Norway's largest lakes, Mjøsa and Randsfjorden, as well as a number of lakes and ponds teeming with fish, mostly trout, pike and perch. Gjøvik, Land and Toten is located only 1 hour and 30 minutes by car from Oslo.

A catch of a pike in the Gjøvik area, Norway. Photo: Christopher Paschmanns

The Glomma River

The Glomma River is over 600 kilometres long, which makes it the longest river in Norway, stretching from Røros in the north to Fredrikstad in the south. Among the good rivers for freshwater fish, this is one of the very best. You can find good fishing spots in Villmarksriket Hedmark and in Østfold.

Trout from the Glomma River, Norway. Photo: AhtFoto/Hedmark Reiseliv

The Dividalen National Park

The Dividalen National Park in Troms gives you the dramatic nature of Northern Norway on a silver plate. Get ready for the wilderness. Besides excellent fishing, this area along the Swedish border houses wolves, bears, wolverines and lynx.

Flyfisher by the Fjellfroskelva River in the Dividalen National Park area, Norway. Photo: Torkel Skoglund 

The Oslomarka Forest

The easily accessible forest surrounding Oslo makes the Norwegian capital unique. You can get on a tram in the city centre, and enter the wilderness of the Oslomarka Forest in around 20 minutes. There are about 500 large and small lakes in the forests around Oslo. Fishing is good in many of these, and there are several cabins where you can choose to spend a night or a week.

Family fishing in the Oslomarka Forest, Norway. Photo: Nancy Bundt/Innovation Norway  

The Villmarksriket Hedmark Area

The Villmarksriket Hedmark Area has over 2,000 lakes and rivers where you can realise your dreams of the wilderness fishing holiday. There are 22 species of fish waiting for you. The Femundsmarka Forest, the Mjøsa Lake and the Trysilevla River are among the popular places to fish in the Villmarksriket Hedmark. Villmarksriket Hedmark area is especially good for trout, perch, grayling, common whitefish and pike.

Fishing in the area of Villmarksriket Hedmark, Norway. Photo: Johan Wildhagen 

Børgefjell National Park

Børgefjell National Park is home to Norway's most endangered species: the Arctic Fox and the Snowy Owl. You can rent a cabin and stay for a while, waiting for the big catch. Børgefjell National Park is the second oldest and one of the best known national parks in Norway. It is located in Nordland and Nord-Trøndelag counties , close to the Swedish border.

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Fishing Arctic Char in  Finnmark, Norway - Photo: Yngve Ask/Innovation Norway

10 incredible freshwater fishing areas in Norway

Freshwater fishing in Norway can be a memorable experience, and here is a selection of some of the very best freshwater fishing areas in Norway.

10 incredible freshwater fishing areas in Norway

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