Two fishers caught a halibut
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All you need to know about fishing in Northern Norway and Lyngenfjord region

Sea fishing, salmon fishing and ice fishing in Northern Norway is a dream for many fishers around the world. To catch a halibut or shiny salmon in Northern Norway makes a fishers holiday perfect. We have collected some of the most important Norwegian fishing rules and regulations for foreigners on this page. Please check the links and remember that it is the fisher's responsibility to be familiar with the up-dated conditions and regulation. This is not an official site for fishing regulations. 

Fishing and fish farming in Lyngenfjord region go far back and are still an important part of everyday life in Northern Norway. In the Lyngenfjord region, we have professional fishing fleet, salmon farming and fishing toursim entrepreneurs. Many locals also catch the fish their family eats. 

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 and changes happen quickly, so always check the official sites before fishing)

You are allowed to fish in the Fjord without a fish card 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! For more organized tours, check out “Book Now” at the top of the page. 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. Check out the accommodation places for more information.

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

It is not allowed to fish in the estuary of the Skibotnriver and Signaldalriver, due to the reestablishing of the salmon after rotenon treatment of the river.

Rules for sea fishing:

Directories of Fisheries in Norway 

Places to buy fishing equipment in Lyngenfjord

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

Skibotnelva, Kitdalselva, Signaldalselva, Balsfjordelva, Elvevollselva, Steindalselva, Lyngsdalselva and Kvalvikelva are closed due to rotenone treatment. The rivers will at the earliest open for fishing in 2025.


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.


No fishing in the river in 2024


To fish in Manndalselva the price is 150kr for 24h. Everyone has to pay a deposit on 100kr which will be returned after you'll return the catch report. Read more about fishing in Manndalen here.

You'll also have to disinfect 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: 77716105, Email:, Address 9144 Samuelsberg


No salmon fishing in 2024

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 and/or Joker, 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). Check the local rules here.

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

Svendsby 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. To buy a local fishing licence you also need to own the national fishing licence.
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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