Fish for Atlantic Salmon on the Neiden River in Norway, go for some sightseeing in neighboring Finland, feast on the catch of the day, and in the evenings, relax in a traditional sauna.
Day 1 – Arrival
Your guide, Atte comes to get you from the airport. On the way to your resort, Sun Side, we stop by at a grocery store to get your preferred breakfast etc. At Sun Side, you get to unpack, take a nap, eat well, have a glass of wine, or what ever you feel like. And when you’re ready, we can go fishing. The river is just beside your resort.
We start the fishing at the most famous part of the river, at the Fly-Zone. It is a 500-meter-long fast flowing rapid just below the highest fall of the river. It is so close to sea that the tide affects its lower parts. The salmon that we catch there are usually bright, and there are over 20 different salmon pools to fish from.
Day 2 – Fishing
Usually day 2 begins while we are still fishing. June and July nights have day light, so fishing is possible around the clock. We fish at various pools, and find the ones that you like the most. We can reach over 30 good salmon pools next to the road, so we don’t need to spend several hours of your trip hiking. Just enjoy the car ride and the fishing.
To protect the fish population in the river, there is a day pause every day. It lasts four hours from 15:00 to 19:00, and no one is allowed to fish during the pause. During day pause, we head to Näätämö. It is the Finnish side of the village of Neiden. There you can buy souvenirs, eat, see local life, and if you’re lucky, the reindeer are at the stores too. Drive is just 15 min.
You have the same guide for the whole trip, who drives the car, cooks the food, and knows the river like the back of his hand. Atte makes sure that you catch fish at the end of your line. The landing is pretty much up to you, but there are some basics you will be informed of.
We can fish your preferred way, but it is good to follow the guide's tips. He isn’t just a guy driving you around, he is a professional fishing guide.
Day 3 – Fishing
There are still new pools to go to. Your wishes and fly casting skills define where we fish. Some pools are wide and calm, where you need to cast up to 30 meters, but in the rapids there are a lot of small pools with various stream types. Most of them you can reach with a short line and without wading. At a few pools we need to wade deep and fast streaming water, or jump on big rocks to reach the right casting angle. Neiden river is really diverse to fish on, and there is something for everyone.
After fishing we take a traditional sauna bath, eat well, and perhaps have a couple of drinks. You can also make your own flies this or every other evening.
Day 4 – Fishing
Now you already know many salmon pools, and are getting to know the river.
The river has a large salmon population, but also grayling and pike really like it here. 1 kg+ grayling is a pretty common catch, but they won’t bite salmon flies so easily. We need small dry flies and the right pool. Pike then stalks next to grass and all over the calm parts of the river. They’re fun to fish, and at the same time you do a favor for the salmons. Pikes eat a lot of salmon cubs in the winter, so it’s good to harvest them time to time.
All the fish species here are good to eat. The water is clear, and you can drink from almost every lake and river. We eat a lot of fresh fish at the riverside, and make coffee with the river water on open fire.
The last evening is spent with fishing, food and sauna.
Day 5 – Departure
If there’s time before your flight, we can do some fishing on departure day too.
Your guide, Atte drives you back to the airport, and on the way we can stop to shop for souvenirs, and to do some sightseeing.
You can bring your catch home with you. We just freeze your fishes in as big a pieces as your luggage can take. Then pack the frozen fishes in plastic, newspaper and bubble wrap. They stay frozen for several hours. Remember to make sure that you are allowed to bring the catch into your home country. You can also choose to release your catch or give it to your guide, Atte. Some of the catch we eat during your trip, but so far the guide's catch has been enough for that.
All the flies you land fish with, you can take home with you.
Fishing for Atlantic salmon from shore with a double hand fly rod takes skill. It is highly recommended that you have some experience in fly fishing before booking this trip.
Book your flight to Ivalo Airport in Finland or Kirkenes, Norway. We recommend Kirkenes Airport, which is just 30 km from our fishing area. Ivalo Airport is 150 km away.
Voucher: You will receive a secure voucher to either print out or present on your mobile phone.
At Ivalo Airport, Finland, or Kirkenes Airport, Norway