Fishing in Norway is a way to embrace the local lifestyle. Countless lakes and rivers and an extensive coastline mean outstanding opportunities to catch a big one.
Norway offers a myriad of possibilities for fishing adventures, both for freshwater and deep-sea fishing. Inland, for example in Hemsedal and Gjøvik, you will find some of the finest spots for freshwater fishing, especially fly fishing. Thousands of lakes, rivers and streams are waiting to be explored for wild trout, salmon, grayling, pike, powan and arctic char, to name a few common species.
Or you can head to the wild, rugged and largely unspoilt coastline for great chances to get your dream catch on the hook. Thanks to the cold and clear waters and a strong focus on sustainability, the Norwegian seas have abundant stocks of many fish and shellfish. The ocean is literally brimming with a variety of big ones like cod, haddock, plaice, pollack, redfish, ling, tusk, halibut, mackerel and saithe.
The length of Norway's coastline is an impressive 101,388 kilometres, which would circle the world two and a half times if stretched out.
This explains why the sea has been the very basis of existence for the people of Norway. Even though fishing has developed into a large, modern industry, angling is still important to the Norwegian lifestyle.
So if you want an authentic outdoors experience in Norway, plan a fishing holiday. Visit during the summer season and try your luck around the clock under the midnight sun, or brave the winter cold to take part in the famous skrei (migrating cod) fishing or ice fishing under the northern lights. Fish tend to get bigger in cold water, which is why a winter adventure may be exactly what you are looking for.
Please note that it is forbidden to fish cod in the Oslofjord all year round. In addition, cod fishing is prohibited from 1 January to 30 April in 14 defined areas where the cod spawn, from Lindesnes to the Swedish border.
Keep these rules of thumb in mind whenever you are on or by the water:
Find more safety tips on Norwegian Maritime Authority’s website.
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