The angling permit grants you the right to fish in waters controlled by Metsähallitus that have been divided into separate permit areas. Some of these areas are small river- and lake-specific angling destinations while others are larger waterways.
The permit must be acquired separately for each permit area. You can check the allowed fishing methods and other area-specific rules and regulations from the permit terms of the desired area.
The use of more than one rod (e.g., in trolling) is possible certain permit areas, including the following: 2410 Western Lapland, 3410 Eastern Lapland, 5411 Ostrobothnia and Kainuu, 7412 Sea areas and 7413 Southern Finland.
Several angling permit areas are home to especially valuable native and/or stocked fish, such as trout, grayling, char or rainbow trout. The services in and around these special destinations are also often more comprehensive than those found in other fishing areas. These destinations might have free wilderness cabins, campfire sites, lean-to shelters, suspension bridges, trails, duckboards and piers for the anglers to enjoy and use. Some of the special destinations have been purposefully preserved as natural wilderness destinations.
NOTE! The former angling permit that covered the entire country has now been divided into permit areas. Read more here!
The purchase of a permit is always an investment in nature, as the proceeds are used for the management of Finland's fishing waters.
Depending on the area, angling permits are sold for different durations (e.g., 3 hour permit, 1 day permit, 1 week permit and season permit). A family permit is also available for most destinations. The family permit costs twice as much and its fishing quota is twice as large. In this context, a family consists of children under 18 years of age and their parents/legal guardians. Married couples and couples in a civil union may also purchase family permits.
Angling permits may be purchased in many ways. Find the one most convenient for you.
You can buy permits directly from the online store and pay using the most common payment methods.
Metsähallitus' permits may also be purchased by phone. The service is open on weekdays from 9 AM to 4 PM.
Mobile permits are available for most fishing destinations (Note! Family permits are not available as mobile purchases). The call must be made from a Finnish mobile subscription. Permits for all fishing destinations may be purchased from the same service numbers. During the call, you enter the four digit code of the desired permit area. This may be found on the permit area's description page, for example. When ordering a week permit, you also enter the permit's desired starting date.
Please note that mobile permit purchases are limited to 100 euros a month and to 2 purchases per day per mobile phone plan.
Phone numbers for adult permits:
+358 600 55 1639 - 3 hour permit (valid immediately)
+358 600 55 1640 - 1 day permit (valid immediately)
+358 600 55 1641 - 1 week permit (enter the permit's starting date)
Phone numbers for youth permits (under 18 y/o):
+358 600 55 1642 - 3 hour permit (valid immediately)
+358 600 55 1643 - 1 day permit (valid immediately)
+358 600 55 1644 - 1 week permit (enter the permit's starting date)