The permit area 1554 Palojoki-Hietajoki will be removed in spring 2024. As of April, it will be replaced by two new angling permit areas: 1436 Hietajoki och 1440 Palojoki. The pages for the new areas will be published in March.
Permits for 2024 become available on 9 April 2024 at 9 a.m.
Palojoki-Hietajoki angling permit area includes two rivers: Palojoki River up until the mouth of Paatsikkajoki and Hietajoki River up until the mouth of Uijajoki. To fish in Palojoki River, you need to purchase an angling permit for zone 1. To fish in Hietajoki River, you need an angling permit for zone 2.
Purchasing a permit
The number of angling permits is limited. Please check the availability of permits prior to your trip.
Zones and number of permits
Zone 1 covers Palojoki River up until the mouth of Paatsikkajoki River. There are 250 fishing days available for this zone. There is no daily quota.
Zone 2 covers Hietajoki River up until the mouth of Uijajoki River.There are 250 fishing days available for this zone. There is no daily quota.
Palojoki-Hietajoki angling permit costs 15 euros per 24 hours.
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.
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.
Permit terms for the area1 June–31 August
Lower stretches of Palojoki River and Hietajoki River are private and they are not part of this permit area. Anglers must check the water areas that are included in Palojoki-Hietajoki 1554 angling permit area on the permit area map on this page.
Angling permit Palojoki-Hietajoki 1554 does not entitle you to fish in other waters of the area. Those waters are included in angling permit area called Enontekiö Wilderness (1551).
The maximum number of fish that an angler may catch is indicated in the table below:
|maximum catch during 24 hours
|Salmon or trout
|Grayling or whitefish
There is no catch quota limit for other fish species.
Catch surveys are sent to anglers after the permit expires. All caught fish must be reported, also those that were released.
Catch sizes and protection periods
The following catch sizes and protection periods for fish species are in effect for this permit area:
|At least 50 cm
|At least 30 cm
|No protection period in this permit area
|At least 60 cm
* During the protection period of trout and salmon, all fishing in the permit area is prohibited.
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.
Further information about fishing in Palojoki River and Hietajoki River is provided by the following Metsähallitus visitor centres:
- Fell Lapland Visitor Centre in Hetta (nationalparks.fi). Their telephone number is +358 206 39 7950.
- Kilpisjärvi Visitor Centre in Kilpisjärvi (nationalparks.fi). Their telephone number is +358 206 39 7990.