In the north-western corner of Finland's "arm", in the only region in Finland with grand fells, one can find some of the best char and grayling waters in the country. The region is home to most of the fish species found in Upper Lapland. As a result, the area boasts several excellent trout, char, whitefish and grayling waters. Lake Kilpisjärvi is a popular trolling destination among anglers going after large char. The other most significant char lakes in the region are: Loussujärvi, Koddejärvi, Pihtsusjärvi, Toskaljärvi, Rimmajärvi and Luohtojärvi. Lake Saanajärvi, which is located near Kilpisjärvi, is also an excellent destination for anglers hoping to vertical fish for char. Open water season begins in late June – early July and ends in early September. The lakes are located at the elevation of 600 to 1 000 metres, which means the weather conditions are challenging and prone to change very quickly.
The grand fell area begins right at Lake Kilpisjärvi and there are several marked routes and tracks in the terrain. The quickest and easiest way to reach the char and grayling waters both in the summer and in the winter is either a helicopter or hydroplane ride from Kilpisjärvi. The airlift can also carry a canoe or rubber dinghy. In the winter, several tourism companies organise snowmobile transportation to the best ice fishing spots.
The size of char varies greatly in the area’s lakes. Very deep or rugged lakes are often home to dwarf-sized populations. In the larger lakes the fish sizes begin at 200-300 grams and the largest specimens can top four kilograms. Grayling and pike are found in lakes up to the elevation of 700 metres and the largest grayling can weigh up to a few kilos while the largest pike can reach sizes of over ten kilograms. Trout is found in all running waters and it grows to the size of 3-4 kilos.
Note! As of the beginning of 2017, this permit no longer grants the right to fish in the following running waters: Toriseno (up to the mouth of Vuontisjoki) (Permit area 1550), Hietajoki (up to the mouth of Puusasjoki), Palojoki (up to the mouth of Paatsikkajoki) (Permit area 1554) and Pöyrisjoki (from Lake Vuontisjärvi to Lake Pöyrisjärvi) (Permit area 1556).
All persons under 18 years of age receive a 50% discount on personal fishing permits. Persons under 15 years of age can fish under their guardian's fishing permit towards the same quota. 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.
You can buy licences directly from the online store and pay using the
most common payment methods.
Metsähallitus' fishing licences may also be purchased by phone. The service is open on
weekdays from 9 AM to 4 PM.
As of 1 January 2020, mobile permits are no longer available. This is due to mobile network operator’s decision not to provide the current service anymore.
|Kilpisjärvi||1 char / day|
|Other areas||No daily char quotas|
|Other salmonids||3 fish / day (grayling)|