Woman fishing on a boat

Fishing in Tromsø

Fishing in Norway has been part of the culture for over a thousand years, and still is for many. Northern Norway has some of the world’s richest oceans and Tromsø is the biggest fishing municipality in the county of Troms, as well as one of the biggest in the country. In the late 19th century Tromsø became a base for many polar expeditions for overwintering trapping of seal, whale, and polar bears. Our city was known as “the gateway to the Arctic”. 

Surrounded by ocean, and close to rivers and mountain waters, the Tromsø-region is an exciting part of Norway for all sorts of fishing. Go salmon fishing in Målselva under the Midnight Sun during summer, or deep sea fishing on the ocean during winter. The options are many and is sure to make you feel like a true Norwegian. 

Fjord and sea fishing 

As you now know, fishing is an important part of the local lifestyle in Northern Norway. At the harbor in Tromsø you will find a range of fishing boats that will take you out to sea both summer and winter. Catch cod, pollock, mackerel, haddock and halibut in the fjords surrounding Tromsø. If you go on tours your guides will take you to the best spots, and you will almost always be guaranteed success. The nature experience might be worth the tour itself, and in addition to the fresh air and colored skies (depending on the season) you might get lucky and meet sea eagles and small dolphins. During winter we get the most beautiful “blue hour” as the sun goes down, which is a perfect time for fishing. Some say the colder the water, the bigger the fish.. In summer you can go out at night and enjoy fjord and sea fishing under the Midnight sun. 


Remember to get a fishing license!

Remember that you need a fishing license if you want to do freshwater fishing in waters and rivers in Norway. You can buy the license with local landowners and fishing organizations, or online at inatur.no. You will also find them in selected stores and sports shops. 


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