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Freshwater fishing in Norway

Good things come to those who wade
It’s no secret that you get top conditions for freshwater fishing and fly fishing in Norway. You are spoilt for choice with secluded clear lakes, rivers, and streams.
A man fishing in a river in Skurdalen A man fishing in a river in Skurdalen
Skurdalen, Geilo.
Photo: Emile Holba / emileholba.co.uk

There’s an abundance of freshwater fishing spots in the forests, mountains, and national parks – in fact, pretty much all over the country. Compared to many other countries in Europe, Norway is exceptionally clean with fresh air, clear water, and lots of happy fish. And if you’re after peace and quiet and love spending time outdoors, you won’t have a hard time with finding a place all to yourself. Just remember that you will need a fishing licence.

Those hooked on fly fishing will be pleased to hear that Norway’s cold water lakes are chock-a-block with brown trout, pike, and perch. Other common species are grayling, common whitefish, and Arctic char. Salmon fishing is a chapter for itself. And thanks to the cold climate, Norway has also established itself as a premier destination for ice fishing in Europe. So grab your fishing rod and go!

A Norwegian fishing adventure is a good option if you’re on a budget. Renting a characteristic wooden cabin can offer great value for money – especially if you get together with a few friends, as they are often priced per cabin rather than per person. Many cabins have self-catering facilities, so you don’t have to eat out all the time. Instead, take the opportunity to refine your cooking skills and turn your catch into a feast.


Popular freshwater fishing destinations

So where are the best places for a fishing holiday in Norway? Here are a few safe bets to start with.

Other fishing destinations

Northern Norway is best known for its cod, but the many rivers and lakes up north offer equally great possibilities for freshwater fishing. There are numerous fishing spots in the wilderness where you can fish for trout, Arctic char, pike, and perch under the midnight sun.

In Oslo, you can get on a tram in the city centre and enter the wilderness of the Oslomarka forest just 20 minutes later. You have around 500 large and small lakes to choose from up here, as well as several cabins where you can spend a night or more.

A few hours from the capital, still in Eastern Norway, you’ll find the Hallingdalselva river with around 20 kilometres of rapids, waterfalls, and a lot of trout.

Also highly regarded are the upper reaches of the Glomma river, where Hans van Klinken created the Klinkhammer, a pattern familiar to all keen fly fishermen.

Trøndelag in central Norway is a region with thousands of lakes, rivers and streams. The Guala, Orkla, and Namsen rivers are three well-known salmon rivers in the area. With no fewer than seven national parks it offers endless possibilities for trout and Arctic char fishing in rugged mountain terrain, or grayling and pike fishing in forested valleys.

Whilst these destinations are good places to start, there are thousands of other fishing spots across Norway, particularly in more remote areas which remain pretty much undiscovered by visiting anglers and possibly even by local fishermen.

Blefjell Blefjell
Photo: Alexander Benjaminsen / Visitnorway.com

Salmon fishing

Ever since British upper-class anglers discovered the rivers in Norway in the mid-1800s, thousands of foreign fishermen have come to fish salmon here every year. It’s also very popular with the locals, and tens of thousands of Norwegians take part in salmon fishing yearly.

Wild salmon was traditionally harvested as an important food source, but today it is more of a prized fish species for recreational anglers. Due to a slow decline of salmon stock in the last few decades, strict daily and seasonal bag limits have been introduced, and more and more anglers are practising “catch and release”.

The salmon fishing season is short but exciting, lasting from the beginning of June through to September. Atlantic salmon migrates between freshwater and seawater. It spends its first years in freshwater before it migrates to seawater where it stays for one to three winters before returning to spawn. The fishing takes place during the spawning period.

Local knowledge is crucial when it comes to salmon fishing and we advise visitors to use a good guide. There are fishing opportunities for all styles, from the purist who wants to cast small flies on a floating line to harling with a Rapala minnow.

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