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River Äkäsjoki 2570

The Äkäsjoki River is located nearby the beautiful Pallas-Yllästunturi National Park and Äkäslompolo, which is the biggest village in the area. All services you might need are easily reachable in Äkäslompolo.

Main target species of this area is grayling, which can be found in all parts of the river. The Äkäsjoki River is also known for its seatrout. Latest scientific surveys show that Äkäsjoki district is the most important reproduction site for seatrout in the water system of River Tornion-Muonionjoki.

In Äkäsjoki area you will find both easy-access fishing spots and more remote places for those who prefer peaceful locations.

You can check the real-time temperature of the water in the Äkäsjoki River during the snow-free season in the SensorMonitor service (


River Äkäsjoki

Recreational fishing (angling)
June 1 - September 20
Casting, Fly fishing
Grayling, Whitefish
Natural fish stock
Lean-to shelter, Campfire site

Purchasing a permit

In Äkäsjoki angling permit area, the customer can choose between a validity period of 24 hours, 7 days or the entire season. The prices of angling permits are as follows:

permit validity permit price
24 hours 15 €
7 days 30 €
The entire season (June 1–September 20) 40 €

Persons under 18 years of age can buy the angling permit at half price.

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 (



Metsähallitus' fishing permits may also be purchased by phone. The service is open on
weekdays from 9 AM to 3 PM.


Kittilä: Kittilän liikenneasema Oy (service station)
Kolari: Sieppijärven Sähkö-Pekka Ky / Hansport (fishing store)
Äkäslompolo (Kolari): Yllästunturi Visitor Centre Kellokas (


Permit terms

Permit terms for the area

June 1 - September 20

Permit sales

Fishing permits might be unavailable if the recovery of released fish becomes uncertain due to fishing conditions, for example high water temperature.

Water areas that are included in this angling permit

Äkäsjoki joint permit area includes joint ownership association and Metsähallitus water areas in the main channel of The Äkäsjoki River. The permit area begins at the outlet of Lake Äkäsjärvi and ends at Muonionjoki River. Please note that not all waters in the main channel of The Äkäsjoki River are part of this permit area! Anglers must check the borders of the joint permit area on the permit area map or on service.

Fishing gear

Only one barbless hook (with a maximum of three hooks in it) per lure can be used.

When fly fishing, use of multiple flies (droppers) is not allowed.

Catch quotas

In Äkäsjoki angling permit area catching more than two (2) salmonids during a 24-hour period is prohibited.

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:

Fish species Catch size Protection period
Trout All sizes of fish must be released Completely protected
Grayling At least 30 cm and at most 35 cm No protection period in this permit area

Fishers must observe the catch sizes and protection periods mandated in the Fishing Decree for other fish species.

Further information

Fisheries management

Development of the sea trout population in The Äkäsjoki River is monitored via annual electric pulse fishing, which especially provides information about the density of young trout in the river. Trout spawning nests in The Äkäsjoki River are also surveyed and development of the average size of grayling is monitored. 

Fishing regulations have been updated for the fishing season 2019. All trout need to be released, only barbless hooks are permitted, only one hook per lure can be used, graylings must be between 30 and 35 cm (smaller/bigger need to be released), and the daily catch quota is two salmonids per day. Purpose of these fishing regulations is to improve sustainable fishing and especially strengthen the trout and grayling populations.

Impact of water temperature on fishing

You can find out the real-time temperature of the water in the Äkäsjoki River during the snow-free season in the SensorMonitor service ( Read the Guidelines for responsible fishing to know more about how you can take high temperatures into account when fishing.