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Fishing in Lake Holedalsvatnet in Hellesylt, Norway - Photo: Terje Rakke/Nordic Life
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Fishing in Lake Holedalsvatnet in Hellesylt, Norway Photo: Terje Rakke/Nordic Life

Fishing in the area of the Geirangerfjord and Trollstigen

Why not choose the famous Geirangerfjord, a UNESCO World Heritage, as your destination for your next fishing holiday in Western Norway?

The deep blue UNESCO-protected Geirangerfjord is surrounded by majestic, snow-covered mountain peaks, wild waterfalls and lush, green vegetation – an idyllic background for your fishing holiday.

There are five salmon rivers in the region: Strandaelva, Valldøla, Eidsdalselva
Korsbrekkelva in Hellesylt and Storelva in Norddal (here you can buy fishing permits).

Fjord fishing is free of charge and is available within a short distance from all villages in the area. You can catch cod, haddock, pollock, salmon and more. As an example, the fjord threshold of the Sunnylvsfjord close to Hellesylt is an excellent spot for cod fishing.

Fishing in lakes is another option. In Lake Eidsvatnet, approximately 20 minutes from Geiranger, you can catch trout up to 500 grams either from a boat or from the shore. Self-serviced boat hire by the lake costs NOK 35 per hour. If you walk a little deeper into the mountains of the area, you may catch bigger trout.

When

The season for fjord fishing lasts all year. For fresh water fishing, the main period is May-September, except for salmon fishing, which is allowed only in the period mid-June to mid-August.

Fish species

You will find the most common saltwater species such as saithe, cod, pollock, ling, redfish, catfish, monkfish, halibut, mackerel and even some sea trout and salmon in local fjords (Geirangerfjord, Sunnylvsfjord, Storfjord, Norddalsfjord and Tafjord). The rivers that flow directly into the fjords hold salmon and sea trout in the lower part, while only trout is found in the many mountain streams and lakes.

Target groups

Family, individual, smaller groups who wish to include fishing as a part of their holiday.

Hire

Some of the campsites and cabin rentals by the fjords have boats available for their customers.

Accommodation

There is a wide range of accommodation facilities, from traditional hotels to more unique design hotels like Juvet and Villa Norangsdal, as well as a lot of campsites and cabin rentals in different sizes and standards.

Some of the campsites and cabin rentals have boats, fishing equipment and freezers available for their customers. Prices from NOK 2,800 per week for small cabins. You will find a list at visitalesund-geiranger.com.

Along several of the salmon rivers in the area, it is also possible to hire cabins where a fishing permit is included. Try Hellesylt Ferie-Hytter or Gjerde Camping for example. In Valldal, prices for a basic standard cabin start at NOK 270 per day, high standard from NOK 800 per day.

Additional information

Fjordturar offer organised fjord fishing tours for groups of up to 12 people. The skipper is an experienced fisherman knowing all the right spots. Prices on request. Or for individual or smaller groups try the guided fishing tour in Geirangerfjord. Maps showing the wide variety of fishing lakes in the area are available from the local tourist offices, where you can also buy fishing permits.

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Last updated:  27 May 2014
A catch of salmon in Hellesylt, Norway - Photo: Arne Inge Tryggestad
A catch of salmon in Hellesylt, Norway
Fishing in the Geirangerfjord, Norway - Photo: Thomas Grande
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Fishing in Lake Holedalsvatnet in Hellesylt, Norway - Photo: Terje Rakke/Nordic Life

Fishing in the area of the Geirangerfjord and Trollstigen

Why not choose the famous Geirangerfjord, a UNESCO World Heritage, as your destination for your next fishing holiday in Western Norway?

Fishing in the area of the Geirangerfjord and Trollstigen

Source: Visitnorway

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