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Fishing salmon in Otra river, Kristiansand
Fishing salmon in Otra river, Kristiansand.
Photo: Johan Persson Friberg
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Fishing in Southern Norway

With its long coastline dotted with small islands and fjords, the Skagerrak Coast in Southern Norway offers ample opportunities for fishing. The resorts and the Skagerrak Coast are well suited for hardcore fishermen (individuals and groups) and families with children. Here in Southern Norway, we also have a kaleidoscope of opportunities for those who want to practice the art of fly fishing from land, in rivers or lakes.
Deep-sea fishing in Southern Norway

The Southern part of Norway has been popular among Norwegians for decades. Its mild climate and beautiful nature make it a wonderful holiday destination. The skerries lie protected from the sea, making fishing possible year round. The region also has several good salmon rivers, as well as inland lakes where you can fish for pike and trout.


All year, but the period from the beginning of March until the end of October is the most popular.

Fish species

In the sea you will find a large variety of fish species, some of the most common being cod, trout, coalfish, pollock, herring, mackerel, tusk, ling and haddock.

Getting there

The region is the southernmost in Norway, and this means that driving distances from Europe are short. The ferries from Hirtshals to Kristiansand is a convenient means of transportation if you travel with your own car. Kristiansand also has an international airport, Kristiansand Airport Kjevik.

Selected fishing resorts in Southern Norway

The resorts along the coast all have boats for hire, and they have shops where you can buy the most commonly used equipment and bait. Stay in fully equipped apartments or cabins near the water. The places listed below have all the facilities needed for a great fishing holiday, such as big freezers and gutting rooms. All are located a short drive from Kristiansand harbour (minimum 20 minutes - maximum. 1,5 hours).

Experience salmon fishing in Southern Norway

Fish for salmon in a river in Southern Norway and experience the scenery and excitement that will give you the memories of a lifetime.

Salmon fishing in Southern Norway

Norway has around 400 rivers. Each river has its own unique stock which over thousands of years has adapted to the river's particular conditions. Some of these rivers you will find in Southern Norway. The salmon fishing season is from the beginning of June through to September.

Salmon fishing in the Mandalselva river

The Mandalselva river is the second largest river in the Southern Norway region with 48 kilometres of salmon fishing. In addition to salmon, the river offers good fishing for sea trout and eels in the lower reaches, and possibilities for catching trout and arctic char in the upper reaches.

Nidelva river

Nidelva in Arendal has always been known as an excellent salmon river. The stretch from the sea inland to Eivindstadfossen waterfall has five zones where rod fishing is permitted for salmon and sea trout.

Salmon fishing in Tovdalselva river

The Tovdalselva river was at the end of the 19th century rated the third best salmon river in the country. In the 1880s approximately 18 tons of salmon were caught annually. Today extensive work is carried out to build up a new salmon stock for the benefit of both domestic and foreign anglers. 

In addition to salmon fishing, there are opportunities for catching trout, perch, powan, brook trout and white fish in the Tovdalselva River. See more info at

Guided fishing trips in Southern Norway

Use your own fishing guide when visiting Southern Norway; AnglerPilot is a professional fishing guide and passionate flyfisherman in the fishing paradise of Southern Norway.

Guided fishing trips

Where to go fishing in Southern Norway

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