The Southern part of Norway has been popular among Norwegians for decades. Its mild climate and beautiful nature make it a wonderful holiday destination. The skerries lie protected from the sea, making fishing possible year round. The region also has several good salmon rivers, as well as inland lakes where you can fish for pike and trout.
All year, but the period from the beginning of March until the end of October is the most popular.
In the sea you will find a large variety of fish species, some of the most common being cod, coalfish, pollock, herring, mackerel, tusk, ling and haddock.
The region is the southernmost in Norway, and this means that driving distances from Europe are short. The ferries from Hirtshals to Kristiansand is a convenient means of transportation if you travel with your own car. Kristiansand also has an international airport, Kristiansand Airport Kjevik.
The resorts along the coast all have boats for hire, and they have shops where you can buy the most commonly used equipment and bait. Stay in fully equipped apartments or cabins near the water. The places listed below have all the facilities needed for a great fishing holiday, such as big freezers and gutting rooms. All are located a short drive from Kristiansand harbour (minimum 20 minutes - maximum. 1,5 hours).
The number one summer destination for Norwegians remains a hidden gem for foreign tourists. Do it like the locals and go fishing in the Golden South of Norway.
At the very south of Norway, there are good fishing opportunities all year round - only a short ferry crossing from the European mainland.
Norway has around 400 rivers. Each river has its own unique stock which over thousands of years has adapted to the river's particular conditions. Some of these rivers you will find in Southern Norway. The salmon fishing season is from the beginning of June through to September.
The Mandalselva river is the second largest river in the Southern Norway region with 48 kilometres of salmon fishing. In addition to salmon, the river offers good fishing for sea trout and eels in the lower reaches, and possibilities for catching trout and arctic char in the upper reaches.
Nidelva in Arendal has always been known as an excellent salmon river. The stretch from the sea inland to Eivindstadfossen waterfall has five zones where rod fishing is permitted for salmon and sea trout.
The Tovdalselva river was at the end of the 19th century rated the third best salmon river in the country. In the 1880s approximately 18 tons of salmon were caught annually. Today extensive work is carried out to build up a new salmon stock for the benefit of both domestic and foreign anglers.
In addition to salmon fishing, there are opportunities for catching trout, perch, powan, brook trout and white fish in the Tovdalselva River. See more info at lakseelver.no.
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