Inland fishing

Fishing licence

A fishing licence is required for everyone resident outside of Finnmark, except those younger than 16. Are you aged between 16 - 20, you may get a free licence.

The family licences are valid for spouses or partners and children under the age of 20.  

Are you studying, on military service or an immigrant with a temporary residence permit in Finnmark? Fishing is free of charge, but we encourage you to get a free licence.

Anglers must always bring their fishing licence when fishing. The fishing licence must be presented upon control. It is sufficient to present the licence on your phone (PDF or print screen).

Fishing permit prices 2021:
Type of permit Price in NOK
Day permit 95,- per day
Day permit family 145,- per day
Annual permit 815,-
Annual permit family 1090,-


Activation and catch report

Day permits are activated upon purchase.

Seasonal permits must be activated before fishing. To activate, log in to NatureIT using the license number and password in the top right-hand corner of your fishing license. You can also activate your fishing license via SMS. Send <fefofiske> space <fishing zone> to 1963. For example: "fefofiske SVA51" to 1963. Your fishing license will be activated the same day you send the SMS.

Activate your permit for the fishing zone where you plan to fish. Even if your permit is activated for one zone, it remains valid for the entire Finnmark Estate. If you fish in a different zone than the zone you specified upon activation, you can change zone when you submit your catch report.

Catch reports are submitted at NatureIT. Log in by using the license number and password on the upper right-hand corner of your fishing permit.

Disinfection and disease

All fishing gear must be dried, frozen or disinfected before being moved to other watercourses or other parts of the same watercourse. This also applies to boats and other objects that may carry infection.

It is the responsibility of the angler that gear does not carry infection. A disinfection certificate is not required for inland fishing at the Finnmark Estate. 

Do not move fish to other watercourses without permission. Do not wash or gut fish in watercourses other than where you caught it. Do not empty water into a watercourse other than where it was collected.  

Disinfection stations in Finnmark (click to find contact information):

Fishing zones

The Finnmarkseiendommen fishing permit is valid on most of the Finnmark Estate, with the exceptions described below.  

Pikefossen fishing zone consists of the Kautokeino River, Mázejohka and Láhpojohka, and are defined as separate fishing zones which require a specific fishing permit. This licence is not valid for the rest of Finnmark Estate.  NB! The general licence for Finnmarkseiendommen is not valid in the Pikefossen fishing zone.

The Pasvik River is located on the Russian border. Only Norwegian citizens are allowed to fish on the Norwegian side of the river. Fishing permit, activation and catch report is mandatory for everyone fishing in the Pasvik River. 

Čabardašjohka in Guovdageaidnu / Kautokeino is managed by Kautokeino JFF. Fishing permits can be purchased at the Circle K gas station in Guovdageaidniu / Kautokeino. 

General regulations

Residents outside of Finnmark may only fish with rod and hand-held line. Otter boards are permitted in lakes only.

Fishing with stationary lines:

  • each angler may use up to 10 hooks in areas with restrictions on net fishing
  • in areas without net fishing restrictions, there is no limitation on the allowed number of hooks used

In watercourses where anadromous species (salmon, sea trout and sea char) are present, restrictions for anadromous fishing also apply to inland fishing.

Use of non-motorized boats, canoes and kayaks are unrestricted. If you are using a motorized boat, please check current regulation with the municipality you are visiting. Requirements concerning drying or disinfection also apply to boats.

Inland fishing is permitted throughout the entire year.

It is strictly forbidden to use live fish as bait. Using dead fish from the same watercourse as bait is permitted.

Private property in Finnmark

Fishing permits are only valid on the Finnmark Estate.

Fishing fee

You do not need to pay the governmental fishing fee for inland fishing. The governmental fishing fee only applies when fishing for anadromous species (salmon, sea trout and sea char). To pay the fishing fee, please visit the Norwegian Environment Agency's website