The landscape of Arctic Norway is incredibly varied from jagged alpine peaks, birch covered hillsides and vast rolling plateaus. The land is a mix of fjords, rivers, lakes and waterfalls, wide valleys, extensive forests, deep canyons and mighty mountain plains.
The Neiden, Tana, Lakselv, Alta, Målselv, Beiar, Rana and Vefsna rivers are the major rivers in Arctic Norway with regards to size and fame, although the whole area north of the Arctic Circle is renowned for its large number of rivers and lakes that provide excellent sport for salmon, sea-trout, some arctic char, brown trout and grayling. This is the "top of the World" - both geographically and in fishing terms.
The productivity of the Arctic rivers is remarkable and particularly the rivers situated in the High Arctic (Finnmark) are blessed with abundance of fish. Each year, salmon weighing 23 - 25 kgs (50 - 55lbs) are regularly caught in these rivers. In reproduction terms, the rivers are regarded as the most important river for Atlantic salmon in the world.
As well as having remarkable stretches for the fly fishing enthusiast, all rivers are excellent for all-round fishing. Anglers can also try for other game fish. Due to the Arctic conditions, the fishing season is somewhat later than the rest of Norway - the best part of the season is from late June till end of August.
The contrasts in this central region of Norway are impressive - from the open coastal plains to the mountains with their high and snowy peaks. Fir and pine covered hillsides lead down to rolling fields and well-tended farms with impressive farm buildings. With its fertile soil and pleasant climate, the region has been known for generations as Norway´s food store.
Within a couple of hours drive from Trondheim Airport, fishing is available in six major rivers and a number of other rivers; the major rivers being the Namsen, Verdal, Stjørdal, Gaula, Orkla and Surna. The northernmost river is the Namsen which is the only major river, in addition to the Surna (southernmost), that do not run out into the huge Trondheim fjord.
The productivity of the Central Norway rivers is very good. A common feature is that every year salmon weighing 18 - 23kgs (40 - 50lb) are caught and the catch statistics show that 30,000 - 40,000 salmon are caught during the short 3 months season. The average weight is around 4 - 5 kgs (10 - 12 lb). In reproduction terms, they are very important for the stocks of wild Atlantic salmon.
The Trøndelag region has been famous for its rivers and salmon fishing since the 1830s. The rivers were invaded by British noblemen during the 19th century. Traditions have been maintained in the valleys.
For example, many farms have items from this period when visiting fishermen stayed with them. People in Trøndelag are famous for their hospitality and friendliness towards visitors. A week´s fishing can add pounds not necessarily related to the weight of the fish!
The fishing on Central Norway rivers starts on 1 June and ends on 31 August although some rivers start 15 May and finish 15 September due to local conditions.
|The best part of the season is normally from the start of the season till end of July although fishing in August can be extremely rewarding, particularly when the earlier run of salmon has settled in various parts of the rivers. An added benefit in August is the late arriving cock salmon, starting showing off its aggressive nature.|
WESTERN - SOUTHERN - EASTERN NORWAY
The western/southern eastern coastline has large numbers of different types of rivers, small, medium and large. Some of the most well known rivers are the Stryn, Etne, Suldal, Figgjo, Bjerkreim, Mandal, Otra, Lågen and Drammenselva river. Other rivers like the Driva, Rauma, Lærdal and Vosso have deteriorated over the last decades due to Gyrodactylus and sea lice. Other rivers, less well known, still provide salmon surprises when anglers place a line and a fly in the current.
An added value of this large area is the fishing for other game fish, particularly trout in the lakes in upper parts of the fjord valleys and mountains. Should the weather conditions not allow salmon or game fishing, fish are guaranteed when you bring your spinning equipment and try for cod, pollack or any other of the species in the fjords or near the coast.
For those who bring their car and take the ferry from the Continent to Larvik, Kristiansand or Stavanger - there is the chance to combine a fishing trip with a tour to enjoy the spectacular nature and scenery of the western/southern/eastern part of Norway. This includes the Norwegian Mediterranean (Sørlandet), the North Sea beaches of Rogaland, the fjords of Hordaland and Sogn og Fjordane and the dramatic alpine peaks and fjords of Møre og Romsdal.
The season on these rivers normally runs from 1 June till 31 August although the Suldal River ends the season 30 September.
VIDEO from some SALMON RIVERS
Salmon in Norway (1:11)
Salmon Fishing Norway (1:24)
Various Rivers in Northern Norway (3:47)
Altaelva River (4:49)
Repparfjord River (9:04)
Namsen River (7:19)
Drammenselva River (7:19)
Stryn River (2:36)
Neiden River (2:40)
Lakselv River (1:07)
Nidelva River (4:20)
Stordalselva River (6:03)
Mandal river (5:49)
Driva River (5:33)
Otra River (1:04)
Lærdal River (4:41)