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. 

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). 

Enontekiö Wilderness

Recreational fishing (angling)
Calendar year. Trout is protected in river and stream waters from 1 September to 30 November. All fishing in river and stream waters is prohibited between 11 September and 15 November.
Fly fishing, Lure fishing
Arctic char, Grayling, Trout, Whitefish, Perch, Pike
Natural fish stock
Campfire site, Lean-to shelter, Cottage

Buying a license

Prices:

  •  € 10 / day
  •  € 35 / week
  •  € 50 / season

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.

 

 
Permit type Number Price
Day +358 600 55 1640

€10.01 + standard mobile rate

week +358 600 55 1641 €34.97 + standard mobile rate
Day (under 18 y/o) +358 600 55 1643

€5.01 + standard mobile rate

Week (under 18 y/o)

+358 600 55 1644

€17.52 + standard mobile rate

 

You can order your fishing permit by phone from the automated number. Simply dial the number for the permit you want and enter the four digit number of the desired fishing destination. The call must be made from a Finnish mobile subscription.

Further instructions >
 

The call is charged on your mobile phone invoice.

Read the permit terms of Metsähallitus.

Please note that mobile permit purchases are limited to 200 euros a month and to 2 purchases per day per mobile phone plan.

 

Licence terms

Regional licensing terms

Calendar year. Trout is protected in river and stream waters from 1 September to 30 November. All fishing in river and stream waters is prohibited between 11 September and 15 November.
  • Once you have finished fishing, you must submit a catch report at www.tuikki.fi. All caught and released fish must also be reported. 
  • The permit also grants the right to fish in the running waters and special water areas numbered on the map where lure fishing with a provincial permit and hook and line fishing and ice fishing are otherwise prohibited by ELY Centre decision (1449/5710-2016). 
  • Note! Fishing in the Torniojoki-Muoniojoki-Könkämäeno river area requires the joint permit no. 2502. 
  • 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). Furthermore, the permit does not grant the right to fish in Lätäseno or Poroeno (Permit area 1550).
  • Before fishing in waters that run into the Arctic Ocean, one must disinfect all fishing gear to prevent the spreading of the parasite gyrodactylys salaris. 
  • Note! The use of planer boards is prohibited when trolling on Lake Kilpisjärvi. 
  • Further information: Fell Lapland Visitor Centre, Hetta, Tel. +358 206 39 7950, Kilpisjärvi Visitor Centre, Kilpisjärvi, Tel. +358 206 39 7990.  

Catch quotas

Kilpisjärvi 1 char / day
Other areas No daily char quotas
Other salmonids 3 fish / day (grayling)

 

 


 

Catch sizes

  •  Trout 50 cm. In the following river areas every trout, whether alive or dead, must be released back into the water : Palojoki, Tarvantojoki, Maljasjoki, Hietajoki and Vuoskujoki.
  •  Other water areas : trout 50 cm, grayling 35 cm.
  •  Kilpisjärvi: Lapplands ELY Centre affirmed 19.1.2017 (476/5713-2016) Enontekiö fishing areas decision that Chars fish planting is 60 cm. As well as the use of planer boards is prohibited when fishing.

Extra information

For more information on the area's nature and hiking destinations, visit http://www.luontoon.fi/retkikohteet 

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