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FISHING IN THE BARDUFOSS REGION

Welcome to our fishing paradise!

The Bardufoss region is a paradise for salmon fishing – and all other types of fishing! The fantastic Målselva River is one of the most attractive salmon rivers in Norway, and it has been caught salmon here up to 26 kg! The Målselva river is also one of the best rivers for sea trout and it has a large population of grayling. 

Rundhaug Gjestegård is a legendary salmon hotel which disposes its own salmon fishing zones just outside the hotel door. In addition, the Bardufoss region has rich populations of arctic fish species like trout, arctic char and more. The sea is close, where you can go sea fishing. There’s an option for all! 

The Bardufoss region is a paradise for salmon fishing – and all other types of fishing! The fantastic Målselva River is one of the most attractive salmon rivers in Norway, and it has been caught salmon here up to 26 kg! The Målselva river is also one of the best rivers for sea trout and it has a large population of grayling. 

Rundhaug Gjestegård is a legendary salmon hotel which disposes its own salmon fishing zones just outside the hotel door. In addition, the Bardufoss region has rich populations of arctic fish species like trout, arctic char and more. The sea is close, where you can go sea fishing. There’s an option for all! 

We gladly help you tailor your stay – please contact us!

Book beats on inatur.no, search for “Rundhaug Gjestegård”. Book online here.

We remind all our fishing guests from 18 years of age to purchase the national fishing fee.
Click here to read more about the fishing fee.

EXCLUSIVE SALMON FISHING

Are you dreaming of a fishing experience a little out of the ordinary? We offer highly attractive beats above the Målselva Falls, and combined with accommodation at the fishing hotel Rundhaug Gjestegård, everything is set for exclusive salmon fishing! Rundhaug Gjestegård celebrates 115 years this year, and has since its opening in 1905 been a beloved fishing hotel for enthusiasts from all over the world. The hotel’s restaurant serves local dishes and is focused on quality and local flavours. Maybe you would like your dinner served on the riverside? The fishing season is open from June 15 to August 26. Fishing equipment (not fly fishing rods) kan be rented at Rundhaug Gjestegård. A knowledgeable fishing guide is also available for booking!

FISHING LICENSES IN THE "HOTEL ZONE"

The salmon hotel Rundhaug Gjestegård disposes fantastic salmon beats above and below the Rundhaug bridge in Målselv. You can buy fishing licenses by calling our reception: (+47) 77830570, sending us an e-mail to booking@destinationsnowman.no or by filling out ur website’s contact form. You can also book an appointment to meet our staff in the hotel reception at Rundhaug Gjestegård to buy your fishing licenses. Payment by “Vipps”, invoice or over the counter in our reception. Above the Målselva Falls the fishing season opens on June 15 and closes on August 26. 

See our overview of fishing beats in the “hotel zone” below. Beats are booked on inatur.no.

RUNDHAUGØRA

One of our most attractive zones. Stretches from Rundhaug Bridge and ca. 250 meters downstream. Varying streams and depth. One area of deep water. Has a lean shelter with bonfire.

KIRKESNESØRA ØVRE

Great zone, ca. 250 meters long with pebbles. Shallow waters, perfect for fly fishing. Has a narrow area in the zone with strong currents.

KIRKESNESØRA NEDRE

Great pool in the Målselva River with a length of ca. 250 meters. Shallow waters, pebbles. Excellent for classical fly fishing. Waders are recommended.

BAKKEHAUGØRA

Top zone, in close proximity of Rundhaug Gjestegård. The river makes a turn from stream to deeper waters. Ca. 300-400 meters walk to the beat. Waders are necessary.

HEIMNESØRA

Zone in the Målselva river close to Rundhaug Gjestegård. Has a small bar. Narrow, high current. Waders are needed at high water levels. Short walk from parking lot. Easily accessible beat.

HOLMEN

Zone approx. 350 meters long close to Rundhaug Gjestegård. Great beat, but not recommended for fly fishing due to vegetation and encroahments. Opposite fishing is practiced in this zone.

TVILLINGNESØRA

The river makes a turn in to a deep and still pool. Excellent for both fly fishing and worming. Opposite fishing is practiced. Day licences only!

TVILLINGNESET

Straight stretch upstream from Tvillingnesøra close to Rundhaug center. The pool is deepes upstream and transforms into a stream before the river turns.

KJERKESELVKJEFTEN

This zone is placed by the mouth of Kirkeselva. In this zone you can fish for salmon, trout and grayling. The river is deep along the riverside and is suitable for both fly and worming.

BOAT FISHING IN MÅLSELVA RIVER

The middle part of Målselva river has a tradition of fishing for salmon by boat, called “dorging” or “trolling”. The boat has low speed whilst the fishing line hangs from the rod outside of the boat. Only the most experienced salmon fishers knows where to find the fish! We recommend boat fishing with guide. The fishing season starts on June 15 and lasts until September 15. 

Please fill out our contact form to book boat fishing!

FISHING IN THE "LICENSE ZONE"

The well-known Målselva Falls and the fish ladder is situated in the middle of the Målselva watercourse, about 15 minutes from Rundhaug Gjestegård. It is a very scenic area and has always been a beloved fishing zone. The settlers in Målselv arrived 200 years ago, and the Målselva Falls provided food. Later came foreign tourists for angling! Today the basin below the falls is rented out to a norwegian celebrity for four weeks of July. The zone below the basin is called the “license zone” and is the preferred spot for many salmon fishermen. The best period for fishing in this zone is from the season opening on June 15th until the middle of summer. This zone has rotating fishing from the Målselva Falls and downstream, and daytime and nighttime licenses are sold here. We will take care of your fishing license, assuming there are vacant licenses. 

Report you interest for fishing in the “license zone” by contacting us here!

SEA TROUT IN THE LOWER MÅLSELVA RIVER

The lower part of Målselva River is a paradise for fishing sea trout! This is one of the best zones for sea trout in Norway! You are allowed to use lures, fly, spoons and worming with sinkers up to 30 grams. There are a lot of nice spots with facilities such as lean shelters, benches and bonfire sites. Fishing linceses are available, or you can hire our guide to show you our favorite spots. You can rent a boat or hire a boat with guide. The lower Målselva river is located approximately 30 minutes from Rundhaug Gjestegård, and you can rent accommodation near the fishing zone.

Report your interest for fishing sea trout by contacting us here! 

Read more about sea trout fishing in the lower part of Målselva river here.

FISHING FOR TROUT, GRAYLING AND ARCTIC CHAR

There are endless opportunities for freshwater fishing in the Bardufoss Region – it can be hard to pick just one! When it comes to lakes we can recommend Lille Rostavatn which has a large population of char and trout. Boat can be rented. The same goes for Fjellfrostvatnet, Devdisjavri and Takvatnet. Of our rivers we can recommend the Bardu River, which by many is referred to as one of Norway’s best trout rivers. In addition, the Bardu River has a great population of char! The Målselva River is a great option if you would like to fish for grayling, or by the outlet of the Målselva River: sea trout. In Øvre Dividal National Park, which is located about 1 hour from Rundhaug Gjestegård, you will find a great selection of rivers and small lakes with rich populations of fish. You can hire a guide which will take you to our favorite lakes and rivers. Or you can purchase a fishing lisence and take on your own adventure. Some of the fishing sites are available by car, however in most cases you must expect a short or longer hike. 

Report your interest for freshwater fishing here! 

Read about and purchase the “Norgeskortet” here.