Nordfjord is an eldorado for angling enthusiasts. Nordfjord is "the fjord with the seven rivers", and it has been a favourite destination for British fishing lords. Lakes, rivers, the fjord, or the ocean - the choice is yours.
Nordfjord is a veritable Eldorado for angling in lakes and rivers. Fishing permits are available for salmon and trout in ten or so river systems.
Up the fjord arms and valleys you will find large, deep "fjord lakes" offering good inland fishing. These often have good stocks of trout and char. There are also many good fishing lakes and rivers throughout the region, both in lowland areas and up in the mountains.
Angling is a pleasant and useful outdoor pastime that we want as many people as possible to take part in. Our dual aim is to conserve our valuable fish resources and to ensure that everyone can enjoy a pleasant fishing trip. It is important that anglers are aware of their responsibilities and show consideration to each other, to other users of our natural resources and not least to the natural environment itself.
Coastal fishing in Nordfjord - the shortest route to the Atlantic ocean
If you are looking for good sea fishing, you cannot do any better than outer Nordfjord. Here you can catch a huge cod or the salmon of your dreams, not to mention other delicacies such as wolf fish and monkfish! The fishing in this area is rich and varied, and it is possible to catch most of the different kinds of fish that live along the coast. It is no accident that Vågsøy is the biggest fisheries municipality in Norway. In addition to the fishing it offers, the area is also very beautiful and highly varied. Bare and rugged islands and skerries form the backdrop out at the ocean's edge, while glaciers, lush green mountains and the fjord tempt visitors further inland.
Sea-angling trips are available from Vågsøy and Selje. You can take a trip on a fishing boat with a local expert, take a boat out yourself or take your fishing rod out to a headland or some rocks. The whole of the Nordfjord coast is rich in fish and there are plenty of opportunities for angling all year round. Here you will find boats that can take you out fishing.
There is great variation here - between fjord fishing, fishing in among the islands and skerries and deep-sea fishing. You can catch most kinds of fish in this area. The currents and the nutritional content of the seawater make for unusually rich fishing. The most common species of fish are cod, haddock, saithe, pollack and mackerel. A certain amount of deepwater fish such as tusk and ling are also caught in the area. In Kalvåg in autumn and early winter you can go fishing for crabs, either using crab pots or by raking them directly off the rocks.
Nordfjord has everything you need to combine a fishing trip with some of most beautiful nature experiences in Norway. Regardless of whether you come alone, or together with friends or your family, you will find what you are looking for in the way of leisure activities and outdoor pursuits in Nordfjord.
For more detailed information about fishing permits, maps and prices, make enquiries locally or get in touch with the local tourist information office or Destination Stryn & Nordfjord.
The Norwegian Directorate for Nature Management
Visit the web site of the Norwegian Directorate for Nature Management to learn more about the rules of fishing. The page provides more information on recreational fishing in rivers, lakes and the sea, and on how you can pay the national fishing fee (in Norwegian fiskeravgift). In addition, you need a local fishing licence (in Norwegian fiskekort) to fish in rivers and lakes. Norwegian Directorate for Nature Management: Recreational fishing
Hunting and trapping
By hunting and trapping we mean all forms of killing game using guns or traps.
Norway's abundant game resources laid the foundations for human settlement while much of the country was still covered in ice. In historical times, hunting and trapping were important secondary sources of food/income, and thereby an important element in Norwegian settlement patterns and lifestyle. Today, hunting is an important outdoor pursuit here in Norway.
It is important that our game resources are managed with a view to sustaining nature's productivity and the diversity of species. By remaining within these constraints it is possible to engage in hunting that both benefits agriculture and encourages outdoor pursuits.
In Norway, all game is protected unless otherwise specified in the Wildlife Act. This means that it is only permitted to hunt a few species. Hunting seasons are defined for these species in regulations. Normally, we distinguish between small game and big game, and different requirements apply to small game and big game hunters. For all hunters and trappers, there are certain conditions that have to be met before, during and after hunting and trapping.
For more information about rules and regulations contact Directorate for Nature Management or Fylkesmannen i Sogn og Fjordane - Landbruksavdelinga, Tel.: +47 57 65 51 51