Fishing in the Åland Islands and the border rivers in Lapland

Special regional characteristics must be taken into account when fishing in the Åland Islands and the rivers Tana, Neiden and Tornio. All boats and canoes and all fishing gear and equipment brought to the water bodies in northern Lapland must be completely dry or disinfected before they are used in the waters.

Åland Islands

Fishing in Åland is regulated by the province’s own Fishing Act. In Åland, permission from the holder of the fishing right is required for all types of fishing, including angling and jigging, but no fishing management fee needs to be paid.

To protect nesting birds, lure fishing from the shores is prohibited between 15 April and 15 June. The rules concerning the minimum sizes of fish also differ from those applied in other parts of Finland.

River Tana

Fishing in the River Tana fishing district is regulated by a common agreement between Finland and Norway and the related fishing rule.

The Finnish Centre for Economic Development, Transport and the Environment in Lapland and the Norwegian County Governor of Finnmark may jointly decide on the fisheries issues concerning tourists if it is necessary due to the state of fish populations and practising of fishing. Negotiations with Norwegian authorities are usually held each January. Matters discussed include the fishing periods for tourists, closed areas and prices of fishing licences.

River Neiden

A separate quota-based fishing licence must be purchased for the River Neiden recreational fishing district. The fishing season lasts from 1 June to 20 August.


Further information

Tapio Hakaste, Ministerial Adviser 
Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, Luonnonvaraosasto, Erätalousyksikkö 0295162152