Two fishers caught a halibut
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All you need to know about fishing in the Lyngenfjord region

Fishing has long traditions in the Lyngenfjord region. The combination of fishing and farming was common for many families back in the days.

If you would like to try your luck fishing in our region, in the sea, the rivers or the lakes, please check the rules and regulations below. (Mistakes might occur)

You are allowed to fish in the fjord without fish licence but you cannot fish with net. Generally, you can just choose a good spot along the beautiful coast roads in Lyngenfjord and try your luck! You can rent boats in some of the accommodation places. Many accommodation places are specialized in fish tourism and they have rooms for fish cleaning and all the equipment that you need for an ultimate fish trip.

Fishing in the sea is free for everybody and it is not necessary to have a fishing licence.

Saithe, cod, haddock, halibut and many other species can be found in the deep fjord. The best season for fishing is between March and October but it is possible to fish the whole year around, thanks to the open water. Different fish demands different equipment.

Places to buy fishing equipment

There are several places in the Lyngenfjord region where you can buy fishing equipment. Here are some suggestions:

  • Elektro-Sport, Strandveien 10, Lyngseidet
  • Coop, Verksvegen 9, Birtavarre
  • Joker Skibotn 
  • Blomsterboden, Skibotn
  • Coop, Olderdalsvegen 39, Olderdalen
  • MX Sport Nord-Tro, Fosseng 2, Storslett

Fishing regulations in Norway

  • Foreign visitors may only use handheld tackle when fishing in the sea. Tourists are not permitted to make use of nets, pots, traps, lines etc.
  • Tourists are permitted to take up to 10 kg of fish out of the country, but if you fish under the direction of a registered tourist fishery business you can bring up to 20 kilos. (Note that you have to leave Norway for seven days before you can come back and take a new export quota out of the country.) (NB! from 1.1.2021 it will change to only 18 kg) Read more on export quota 
  • Registered fishing camps are obliged to report catches to the fisheries authorities. Please contact the fishing camp to report your catch
  • You must keep a distance of more than 100 metres from the closest fish farm when fishing. All boat traffic shall keep a distance of at least 20 metres from fish farms and moorings for fish farms.
  • Foreign tourists are not permitted to sell the fish they catch.
  • Release all halibut above 2 metres long
  • Eel and spiny dogfish are preserved species in Norway.

Source: Directories of Fisheries in Norway

Skibotnelva, Kitdalselva, Signaldalselva, Balsfjordelva, Elvevollselva, Steindalselva, Lyngsdalselva and Kvalvikelva are closed due to rotenone treatment. They will earliest open in 2023.


No fishing in the river due to rotenone treatment

If you wish to fish in the river of Skibotn it's required that you have the receipt from the national licence (statskort). You also have to buy a local fishing licence that cost 150kr for 24h, and 250kr for a whole season.

Since the salmon-parasite Gyrodactylus Salaris have been discovered in the river, it's required to disinfect your fishing equipment before you leave the town, latest the day the fishing-licence  runs out. To be sure that these rules are to be followed, you'll have to pay a deposit of 500kr, which will be returned after your fishing equipment have been disinfected. The disinfection cost 60kr. Fishing-licences can be bought at Strandbu Camping, and from Reidar Nilsen (phone +47 404 08 308).


No fishing in the river due to rotenone treatment

To fish in Signaldalselva you have to pay a deposit, just like in Skibotn, to prevent the Gyrodactylus Salaris parasite. The fishing-licence costs 200kr, deposit 500kr, and desinfection 60kr. You'll get the deposit back after the desinfection of the equipment.

Everything can be bought at Grillbaren in Hatteng at 4pm every day.Grillbaren: phone: +47 77 71 49 99


It's not allowed to fish in Kitdalselva.


To fish in the Kåfjord river you need a fishing-licence. This licence can be bought at the Joker store in Birtavarre. Fishing is only allowed from the E6 bridge and down to the sea. The allowed time to fish is between 06.00-02.00.

Joker store: Tlf: +47 77 71 69 90, Address: Stig Pettersens veg, 9147 Birtavarre


To fish in Manndalselva the price is 150kr for 24h. Children under 16 years for free. (2020)

Read more here.

Everyone has to pay a deposit on 100kr which will be returned after you'll return the catchreport.

You'll also have to desinfect your equipment to avoid the Gyrodactylus Salaris parasite to spread to other rivers. This can be done at the Manndalen gas station, Statoil. The licence can also be bought at Joker in Manndalen.

Tlf: +47 77 71 61 05, Email: [email protected], Adress 9144 Samuelsberg


For fishing in the Reisa river, you can buy fishing-licence at (Go to Fishing->Salmon fishing->Troms->Nordreisa). This will list alle the different licences for Reisaelva, which one to buy depends on the zone in the river where you fish. More detailed information can be found on the webpage

Before fishing in the river you have to desinfect your equipment to avoid the spreading of the Gyrodactylus Salaris parasite. You can disinfect your equipment at Kronebutikken, Sørkjosen - Halti Tour, Storslett and Sappen school camp.

Oksfjord river

For fishing in the Oksfjord river, you can buy fishing-licence at (Go to Fishing->Salmon fishing->Troms->Nordreisa).

Mistakes may occur

Fishing on stateowned property

In order to fish on stateowned property, you need the licence from statsskog, which can be bought online at Here you can also see which area in the region is stateowned.

Fishing in the Lyngen Alps

Svensby Grunneierlag (Landlord organisation) owns the area from Jægervatnet to Tyttbærvika and they charge for the fishing. It costs 200kr for a 3 day licence, and 300 for a season-licence. The licence can be bought from Svensby Grunneierlag. Prices and contactinformation for 2018 can be found here (norwegian text only). The licence covers the following lakes: Trollvatnet, Fiskevatnet, Barheiavatnet and Langvatnet.


For fishing in Jægervatn, you can buy fishing-licence at (Go to Fishing->Salmon fishing->Troms->Lyngen). The price is 150kr for 24h and 450,- NOK for a week. Before you fish for salmon or trout you need to pay a fishing fee to the state. 

From wednesday at 18.00 until thursday at 18.00  it is not allowed to fish.


Fishing liscence is sold locally at the shop in Oksfjord.

An overview of where to disinfect your fishing gear

Guided fishing tours and boat rentals

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