The number one summer destination for Norwegians is gradually being discovered by foreign tourists. Do it like the locals and try fishing in the Golden South, also known as the Norwegian Riviera.
Norway’s southern resorts and the Skagerrak Strait are blessed with a mild climate and plenty of sunshine. The coastline consists of numerous islands and fjords, not to mention numerous fish. The entire range of common saltwater species are represented here, and with a little bit of luck you can get a real heavyweight on the hook. Especially if you aim for pollack, ling and tusk.
A special bonus feature is sea bass, which is only really found in the southern parts of the country.
Fishing is a popular holiday pursuit in Southern Norway, but you don't have to be a hard-core angling enthusiast here. If you are new to fishing, there are plenty of guided fishing trips you can join. Or take the opportunity to get to know the locals and ask them for their best tips – they will be happy to help!
Southern Norway has plenty of facilities for families, so you can safely bring the little ones. Family members who are not into fishing can enjoy some of Norway’s finest beaches, attractions like Kristiansand Zoo and the vintage railway in Setesdal, or activities like hiking and cycling.
Stay in a cosy, traditional fisherman's cabin by the sea or rent a furnished apartment. The holiday resorts along the coast all have boats to rent. Most of them also have a shop, basic fishing equipment and bait, and can offer fish-cleaning facilities and freezers.
Cod, pollack, tusk, herring, mackerel, ling and haddock.
The high season runs from March to October, but it is perfectly possible to fish all year.
Keep these rules of thumb in mind whenever you are on or by the water.
Find more information on our page about water safety.
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