If you love fishing and you want to go on an adventure you should definitely consider traveling to Norway, where you will find some of the best freshwater fishing in the entire world. You can fish on crystal clear lakes, in the middle of the wilderness, or in the middle of the night when the sun never falls. The fish are huge and the rivers are wonderful.
Stay in the middle of nowhere, or you can stay in the city and drive out to the lakes every day. There are so many choices to choose from and you will have an experience you will never forget. Let’s look at some of the most magical places in the country you should think about visiting.
Hardangervidda Mountain Plateau
This area is a fantastic place to fish and it’s actually one of the best places to catch trout in Europe. It also happens to have Europe’s largest stock of reindeer, so no doubt you will bump into some on your adventures. There are some cabins you can stay in if you decide not to brave the cold, but you can literally throw your tent down anywhere and start fishing straight away.
If you want to learn from some of the best fly fishers in the country you can come here to be taught. When you pick up a common fishing license you will have access to a massive 4 rivers and 18 lakes. There is no way you will have time to dig into them on the same trip. The rivers and lakes are crystal clear, plus one of the rivers is another of the best places in Europe for brown trout.
The Glomma River
This is the longest river in the country and it measures a whopping 600 kilometers. Norway obviously has a lot of great freshwater rivers full of fish, but this one is definitely the best. If you’re looking for a place to book a trip or stop to go fishing you should definitely drop in at Ostfold, Hedmark, or Villmarksriket. 3 places that you can be guaranteed to catch something special.
Gjovic, Land and Toten
Here you will find two of the largest lakes in Norway, plus a huge selection of other lakes and ponds. Each one will be full of lovely perch, pike, and trout. The best thing about this location is the fact it’s only an hour’s drive away from Oslo, so you can stay in the capital and drive out to the lakes every day. It’s prefect for people who don’t enjoy living rough on their summer vacation.
Finnmark and Trondelag
These two locations are not close to each other on the map, but they each hold one of the best salmon rivers in Norway. The Tana River and the Guana River will definitely not leave you disappointed and if you’re lucky you will spend your holiday fishing salmon out of the river weighing a massive 20kg. You probably don’t even lift that much when you go to the gym.
Finnmarkvidda Mountain Plateau
Every Norwegian fisherman dreams of the day they will come back to fish here in summer because it’s so good. Because it’s so far north the day lasts for 24hrs, so darkness ceases to exist. You’ll be having so much fun there is a chance you will forget to go to sleep. The area is known for having lots of fish including grayling, pike, trout, and common whitefish.
No ordinary experience
I don’t know how experienced you are, but I’m sure you will love Norway no matter how great a fisherman you happen to be. It’s also an amazing country with lovely summers, so don’t think you’re going to come on holiday to freeze to death. It’s definitely one of those places you want to tick of your list of places to fish.
Leo Robins is an employee at Kimberley Coastal Camp in Australia. He is in charge of looking after the Kimberley fishing charters. His hobbies include cooking and travelling to different places.