Fishing on Hardangervidda

Along the National Park Route there is plenty of fishing water and fishing opportunities. Be prepared that the best fishing spots may be located a little away from the road. Trout and char are the most common fish species..

Foto: Hans-Petter Teigen

Foto: Hans-Petter Teigen

Du kan kjøpe fiskekort på:
  • The Tourist Offices at Rjukan and Rauland
  • Several hostels and sport shops
  • Several petrol stations

Fishin licence for greater areas right next to the National Park Route:

There is no common fishing licence for the waters along the National Park Route.

Fiskeplasser like ved nasjonalparkruta:

  • Fishing  by the E-134 across the Haukeli Mountain
More information: 

Fishing in Hardangervidda

Foto: Hans-Petter Teigen

Foto: Hans-Petter Teigen

Kingdom of the Mountain Trout

Few mountain areas in the south of Norway has such a varied and rich fishing opportunities as Hardangerviddda. the variation is for both the size of the waters and rivers, and the opportunities to catch fish. Trout is the domination fish species, with a few elements of char. Hardangervidda is the largest connected high mountain plateu in the world where trout rules almost uniquely.

Common fishing license / fish card for Hardangervidda?

The opportunity for great fishing is one of the many reasons that many choose to visit Hardangervidda. Excellent fishing is often repeated in the description and stories of the “dream of the plateau”. A mutual fishing licence for Hardangervidda is however far away, as there are too many freehold owners and other stakeholders involved. Nevertheless, there are good fishing opportunities across the entire plateau, often in combination with the rental of a cabin or a boat. Still, many prefer to walk in across the plateau with a tent and sleeping bag, and camp where they might find a suitable place.

Recreation or business?  

Fishing on Hardangervidda is today treated, as much of today’s hunting activities, more as a leisure activity than necessary. The recreational value is therefore perhaps just as big as the usefulness of meat and fish. Still, there are still many who conduct business fishing in the great lakes on the plateau. This is also regarded as necessary to maintain the quality of the fishing stock.  Over-population of fish is in that regard a greater problem that excessive fishing on the plateau.

Foto: Hans-Petter Teigen

Foto: Hans-Petter Teigen