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Vetsijoki 1571

Vetsijoki River is a tributary situated in the Kaldoaivi wilderness that runs into Tenojoki. The shallow and fast-flowing river stretches for some 30 kilometres and begins in Lake Vetsijärvi. There are few quiet waters or lake-like deep spots. The difference in elevation between the upper reaches of Vetsijoki and Tenojoki River is over 200 metres. Vetsijoki is an important spawning river for salmon in the Arctic Ocean. The efforts to safeguard and grow the river's salmon stocks are based on having an adequate spawning stock and limiting the number of fishing permits. Fishing in the river is regulated with permit terms and the rules defined for tributary waters. 

There is no permanent inhabitation in the permit area with the exception of vacation homes on private lands. 

Weekly protection period: Fishing is prohibited from Sunday 7 PM to Monday 7 PM. 

The number of fishing permits is limited so make sure that there are available permits before your trip. Permits are sold for the period between 1.7.-20.8. 


Recreational fishing (angling)
1.7. - 20.8. Permits begin at 7 AM or 7 PM
Fly fishing, Casting
Sea salmon, Trout, Grayling
Natural fish stock

Purchasing a permit

Note! If you have ordered your permit by phone during the advance sale period, you must ensure that the permit is paid for in full by the due date indicated on the invoice. 

Permit quotas: 100 permit days. The daily quota is 6 permits/day. Unclaimed and unsold fishing permits are to be sold later in the fishing season. These extra dates will be published on the Erä website. 

Price: €20 / 12 hours 

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 4 PM.



Permit terms

Permit terms for the area

1.7. - 20.8. Permits begin at 7 AM or 7 PM

Lures allowed in the permit area: lure and fly. 

Permit area: The permit only grants the right to fish in the area designated on the permit area map. There are also private waters in the area that are not included in the permit. The borders of the permit area are marked on the permit area map that is printed out with the permit. 

Catch report: As per the fishing rules in effect at Tenojoki River and its tributaries, making a catch report mandatory. Read more about the report in section Catch quotas.

Weekly protection period: Fishing is prohibited from Sunday 7 PM to Monday 7 PM. 

Disinfection of fishing tackle: Fishing gear brought in from outside of Ylä-Lappi (Upper Lapland) must be disinfected before fishing to prevent the spread of fish diseases. You must be able to present a certificate of disinfection when requested to do so. The disinfection certificate may be obtained at the following tourism companies by the Tenojoki River:

Kalastajan Majatalo (Karigasniemi), Juha Lohi (Seitala), Tenon Tunturituvat ky (Tanssijoki), Tenon Kalastus- ja Eräpalvelu (Yläköngäs), Lomakylä Valle (Utsjoki), Uulan Säästö (Utsjoki), Tenon Lohituvat (Niemelä), Pub Restaurant Rastigaisa (Utsjoki), Vetsituvat (Vetsikko), Vetsikon leirintämökit (Vetsikko), Tenon Lohiranta (Niittyranta), Nuorgamin Lomakeskus (Nuorgam).

Use of bait fish and gutting fish: Bringing bait fish into the Tenojoki water system from other water areas is prohibited. The use of bait fish is prohibited in the drainage area of the Tenojoki waterway. Fish caught in other waterways must not be gutted or cleaned in the immediate vicinity of natural waters in the drainage area (Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, Decree no. 1376/2004). 

Catch quotas and catch reports

Salmon and trout 1 fish / permit
Other salmonids 3 fish / Permit

Starting in 2020, catch reports for this permit area are submitted by answering a fishing survey conducted by Metsähallitus and Natural Resources Institute Finland. You can access the survey via your Eräluvat web shop customer account (section Order history). You will also receive a reminder via email.

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
Salmon At least 30 cm 1.9.–30.11.*
Trout At least 50 cm 1.9.–30.11.*
Grayling At least 30 cm No protection period in this permit area

*During the protection period of salmon and trout fishing is not allowed in the permit area.

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

Further information

Services in the area

There are no marked trails, maintained campfire sites or free or rental cottages in the area.  

The permit area begins some two kilometres upstream from the mouth of the river at the Utsjoki-Nuorgam road. There are privately owned waters and lands in the area and traversing across these is not recommended and cars should not be parked along roads or entryways leading to private lands.