Activity Attractions


What tastes better than self-caught, pan-fried mountain trout, simmered
in sour cream? Chances are good to get a bite. You can choose between 90
fishing waters and rivers, located from 445 to 1,523 meters elevation.

There are many fishing spots; from small, idyllic ponds to large, open lakes in the mountains, as well as good stretches for fly fishermen at the Holselva River at the very bottom of the municipality. Most waters have trout; but in some, there is also char. The fish size is preferably between 100-1,000 grams; but each year fish up to 3 kg are caught.
Fishing is a fine activity for the smallest in the family, and can teach them to appreciate nature. Remember that fishing for children and youths under 16 years is free. More information on fishing can be obtained by contacting the Geilo Tourism Information Center or the sports stores in Geilo. The hiking maps over Geilo and Hallingskarvet show the fishing areas. The sportfishing season starts when the ice melts to September 30th.

Sportfishing is an important part of the Norwegian outdoor culture. In Geilo, you can choose between the fishing possibilities in rivers and mountain lakes. Fishing is suitable for everyone, and is relatively easily accessible—not least here in the mountain municipality in upper Hallingdal.

Normally, prices for a dat-card are from NOK 50 to 70. Children under 16 years fish for free.

Minnows in a trout lake is a tragedy. The use of live bait is prohibited, also the release of Minnows is prohibited.

Fishing Tips
Remember that the ice melts late in the high mountains. Lakes up in the high-alpine areas, like Skorpa and Hallingskarvet, are often not ice-free before way out in July. In addition, if the late
summer and autumn have been cold, the fish won’t bite. Concentrate instead on the lakes that are located in more low-lying regions.

Access to nutrients are often limited in the high mountains; and, therefore, the water is almost crystal clear. This means that the fish can be easily frightened.
Pay attention when you move along the bank (the trout can be found very close to the
shore), and don’t use a heavier line than necessary. If you use a colorful multifilament, it is
a good idea to tie on a leader with a more «invisible» monofilament line.

Lures give consistently the best results, especially in the high mountains. Colors and varieties don’t mean everything— the presentations is more important. Herring lures are always effective,
because they are long-casting and go deep. In shallower waters, where distance isn’t
as important, the traditional spoon lures, wobblers, and spinners are good.

On warm days, with lots of insects on the water surface, the fly imitations could be a good choice. If you aren’t a dedicated fly angler with a fly rod, etc, toss floats and flies work just as well. Variations of the Streaking Caddie almost always work as an all-round fly in most of the lakes in Hol Municipality.

Mild, cloudy weather, with a light breeze, is a good starting point for the fish to bite. Don’t be swayed by categorical advice and tips. The big ones have a tendency to show up
when you least expect them to do so.

The eight rules for anglers
Think safety in all you do as an angler.
Treat the fish with respect.
Show moderation
Leave no trash or traces.
Show respect for others using the nature.
Know you first aid.
Get home safely
Be a proud angler.

Fishing at Hardangervidda
Enjoy small and large lakes, rivers and streams, the Hardangervidda plateau offers great fishing experiences.
The Hardangervidda Plateau is the largest mountain plateau in Europe where trout is the main species. Wheter you are on a vaccation with family or an experienced angler that wish to spend the day fishing in the mountain, there are many alternative trips that will suit you. Remember to buy a fishing licencens at Some of the lakes are private and closed for fishing.