Enontekiö Wilderness 1551
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.
Purchasing a permit
The number of angling permits in the Enontekiö Wilderness permit area is limited. Please check the availability of permits prior to your trip.
The need for an angling permit is determined by the type of waters and the number of rods and lures you intend to use. Read more in the When do you need an angling permit section of the permit terms.
In the Enontekiö Wilderness angling permit area, the customer can choose between a validity period of 24 hours, 7 days or a calendar year. Season permits, which are valid for the entire calendar year, are sold until 1 July. The prices of angling permits are as follows:
|Permit validity||Permit price|
|24 hours||10 €|
|7 days||40 €|
|Calendar year||60 €|
Persons under 18 years of age can buy the angling permit at half price.
Persons under 15 years of age may fish under the angling permit and within the fishing quota of an adult belonging to the same party, without needing to purchase an angling permit of their own.
A family may purchase a family permit, which costs twice as much and has a fishing quota twice as large as an individual angling permit. A family consists of children under 18 years of age and their parents or legal guardians as well as married and common-law couples.
Where to purchase A permit
You can pay licences using the most common payment methods in the online store (verkkokauppa.eraluvat.fi).
Metsähallitus' fishing permits may also be purchased by phone. The service is open on
weekdays from 9 AM to 3 PM.
With the Eräluvat app, you can purchase angling permits easily and quickly. You can pay with a debit or credit card. Read the instructions for using the app.
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.
Permit terms for the areaCalendar year. The river and stream waters are protected between 1 September and 15 November, so fishing is prohibited during that time.
When do you need an angling permit
The need for an angling permit is determined by the type of waters and the number of rods and lures you intend to use.
An Enontekiö Wilderness angling permit 1551 is needed when you fish
- with more than one rod,
- in running waters or
- in special still waters where general fishing rights do not apply.
This means that fishing with a lure is permitted in running waters when you purchase an angling permit: simply paying the fisheries management fee does not grant the right to fish with a lure. However, hook and line fishing and ice fishing are prohibited in running waters regardless of whether the person has an angling permit or not.
Fishing with a lure is also permitted in special waters when you purchase an angling permit: simply paying the fisheries management fee does not grant the right to fish with a lure. Angling and ice fishing are permitted in special waters when you purchase an angling permit. Special waters are marked on the PDF map of the angling permit area and as a restricted area in the map window on this page and in the Excursionmap.fi service. The following are considered special waters:
- Lake Luohtojärvi
- Lake Toskaljärvi
- Lake Rautujärvi of Spálloaivi
- Two ponds located southwest of Lake Ailakkajärvi (Marjajärvi and Bearačielggejávri).
General fishing rights apply to other still waters included in the permit area. This means that you do not need to purchase an angling permit or pay the fisheries management fee for hook and line fishing or ice fishing. Lure fishing with one (1) rod is also permitted in these still water areas for persons who have paid the fisheries management fee or who are under the age of 18 or over 65.
Water areas that are not included in this angling permit
The following waters located in Enontekiö have their own angling permits, so the Enontekiö Wilderness angling permit 1551 does not grant the right to fish in them:
- Könkämäeno and Muonionjoki rivers (permit area 2502)
- Lätäseno, Poroeno and Toriseno rivers (permit area 1550)
- Hietajoki river up until the mouth of Puusasjoki river and Palojoki river until the mouth of Paatsikkajoki river (permit area 1554)
- Ounasjoki and Käkkälöjoki rivers and Pöyrisjoki river between Lake Vuontisjärvi and Lake Pöyrisjärvi (permit area 1556).
The Enontekiö Wilderness angling permit does not grant the right to fish in private waters.
Fishing in Kilpisjärvi Lake
The Enontekiö Wilderness angling permit grants the right to fish in Lake Kilpisjärvi only in Finland.
According to the agreement between Finland and Sweden, the use of planer boards is prohibited in Lake Kilpisjärvi.
In Lake Kilpisjärvi the minimum catch size for char is 60 cm.
Fishing gear and bait
The use of natural bait is prohibited in the Enontekiö Wilderness angling permit area regardless of whether the bait is alive or dead. The ban does not apply hook and line fishing in still waters.
A maximum of eight (8) rods may be used when trolling.
There are such lakes in the surroundings of Valkamapää Fell that belong to Tenojoki waterway. These are lakes Rautujärvi (Rávdojávri), Kotasijajärvi (Goahtesadjávri) and Haukijärvi (Hávgajávri). Also lakes Čoahpejávri, Saarijärvi (Suolojávri), Salmijärvi (Šalmmijávri) and Jágonajávri, which are located in Käsivarsi Wilderness Area, south of Kahperusvaarat fells, belong to Tenojoki waterway.
All fishing gear brought to these lakes from other waterways must be completely dry upon arrival or they must be disinfected at a disinfection station before you start fishing.
If the same fishing gear is used to fish in waters that run into the Arctic Ocean, all gear must be disinfected to prevent the spread of the Gyrodactylys salaris parasite.
The maximum number of fish that an angler may catch is indicated in the table below:
|Area||MAXIMUM CATCH in 24 HOURs|
|Kilpisjärvi||1 char or 3 other salmonids|
|Other areas||3 salmonids|
In this quota table, salmonid means trout, char and grayling. There is no catch quota limit for other fish species.
Catch sizes and protection periods
The following catch sizes and protection periods for fish species are in effect for this permit area:
|Species||Catch size||Protection period|
|Trout||At least 50 cm||In rivers and streams 1 Sept–30 Nov. (All fishing in rivers and streams is prohibited 1 Sept–15 Nov.)|
|Grayling||At least 35 cm||Grayling do not have a protection period in this permit area, but all fishing in rivers and streams is prohibited 1 Sept–15 Nov.|
|Char||At least 60 cm in Lake Kilpisjärvi||Char do not have a protection period in this permit area, but all fishing in rivers and streams is prohibited 1 Sept–15 Nov.|
Metsähallitus recommends anglers to release all trout back into the water in Rivers Tarvantojoki, Maljasjoki and Vuoskujoki.
Anglers must observe the catch sizes and protection periods specified in the Fishing Decree for other fish species.
Water temperature has a significant impact on the survival of salmonids after they are released. When water temperatures approach +20 °C, you should use judgement before you decide to fish for salmonids. In waters warmer than this, fishing for salmonids should be avoided. In such situations, it is advisable to focus on species that are more resistant to heat, such as zander, pike and perch. See guidelines for responsible fishing.
More information about the Enontekiö Wilderness and fishing there is available in the following Metsähallitus service points:
- Fell Lapland Visitor Centre (Nationalparks.fi) in Enontekiö. Their telephone number is +358 206 39 7950.
- Kilpisjärvi Visitor Centre (Nationalparks.fi) in Kilpisjärvi. Their telephone number is +358 206 39 7990.
You can search for hiking destinations in this area at Nationalparks.fi.