Whether you are already hooked on fly fishing or planning to cast your first nymph in the river, Hemsedal in Eastern Norway is a worthy destination.
Right through Hemsedal runs the Hemsila river. (Hemsedal, you may think, the skiing resort? Exactly, the one that goes under the nickname the Scandinavian Alps).
Outside the skiing season, the mountain tops form a magnificent backdrop for fly fishers - the crystal-clear water is teeming with fish, so you are unlikely to return empty-handed. In Hemsila you can expect to get trout between 500 grams and 3 kilograms on the hook. The record catch is an impressive 6.8 kilograms.
Fishing licenses can be bought at inatur.no. Please note that there are only six fly-fishing and worm-fishing licenses available per day. For updated prices, rules, maps and more, vist Hemsedal Fishing Association's website.
Apart from Hemsila, a fishing license ("fiskekort" in Norwegian) gives you access to three other rivers and no less than 18 lakes. Fly fishing courses and guided excursions are available, as are boat rentals and fishing equipment. A recommended day excursion is a trip to Holselva river, 45 minutes away by car, where you can catch big trout.
From 1 June until 16 September, Hemsedal offers all kinds of unique fishing possibilities.
The mountainous area of Hemsedal is located halfway between Oslo and Bergen, and only one hour from the Sognefjord.
The Eldorado of fly fishing is about 200 kilometres (about three hours) from Oslo, 290 kilometres (about four hours) from Larvik and 268 kilometres from Bergen.
Go by train from Bergen and Oslo to Gol and take a bus or taxi to Hemsedal from there.
If you arrive by air, Oslo Airport is the nearest large airport. There are direct transfer buses from Oslo Airport to Hemsedal, but it must be booked in advance.
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