Sørlandet Blogg

Arkiv - May 2016

Lake fishing in southern Norway

Fishing Southern Norway. Photo: Anglerpilot

The lowland lakes of southern Norway.

Lakes, lakes everywhere. There is actually more water than land – well almost.

In Norway there are over 450,000 lakes with southern Norway littered with untouched pristine lakes housing extensive wild fish stocks. Very rarely visited by either the tourist or local fisher, the chances of having a lake to yourself more the norm than a rarity.

Fishing southern Norway Photo: Anglerpilot

Inflatable boat for lake fishing in southern Norway Photo: Ryan Marchese Anglerpilot

If you’re a fisher, regardless of experience level, there is something for every taste. Free rising brown trout (Salmo trutta), the colourful American brook trout (Salvelinus fontinalis), the coldwater loving and elusive arctic char (Salvelinus alpinus), the easy to catch perch (Perca flavescens), the ferocious pike (Esox lucius) and in a few lakes other coarse fish like the golden orfe (Leuciscus idus), tench (Tinca tinca), common carp (Cyprinus carpio), etc.

“There are over 450,000 fishable lakes in Norway”

There are many resources to both find information, buy fishing licenses (which are very inexpensive), as well as stocking up on the necessary baits and fishing tackle. Local tourist information offices, sports shops or even better local fishing shops are places to head to. If you would like to be guided or learn more about fishing or even learn the art of flyfishing, you can always hire a fishing guide/instructor for the day.

Fishing Southern Norway. Photo: Anglerpilot

Ryan Marchese with a trout in southern Norway. Photo: Anglerpilot

When it comes to equipment, mostly lighter rods from 2.1-2.7m with 3-4kg line are the way to go. Worms are a very effective bait either beneath a float or on the bottom with a lead weight. Artificial lures with a copper and red colour always a winner.

If you’re into flyfishing, then use 2.7m #5-#7 rods. Flies vary from month to month. Black is always a good early season choice then midge, ant, caddis imitations and damsel/dragonfly nymphs a must in your fly box. Goldheads nymphs are also effective.

The vast majority of lakes are open for fishing all year round, though the best times from the middle of April through to early November. One can also ice fish during the winter months, but if you’re not experienced in this or with somebody who is, enjoy other winter activities instead. A little tip is if the water is very warm or cold, fish deep. The fish retreat to stable climes of the deep in extreme temperatures.

So now that you now what can be found, it’s up to you to catch them. Rig up your rods, make yourself a picnic and head to the water. If it’s warm, remember your towel and bathing gear. Taking a dip if the hot weather warms you past insanity or the fishing is slow, sheer bliss.

Fishing Southern Norway. Photo: Anglerpilot

There are plenty of fish to be found in Norway’s lakes. Photo: Anglerpilot

We love our prisitine nature and would like to keep it that way. So remember to take your rubbish home with you, respect nature and it’s animals. Waste fishing line is best burnt or cut into short lengths so that animals don’t get entwined, trapped and starve to death. Fishing with live fish is strictly forbidden!

Tightlines, Ryan.

Ryan is a professional fisherman in Norway and a guest blogger on the Visit Southern Norway blog. His credentials are below

Ryan Marchese / CEO AnglerPilot – IFFF and EFFA certified Flyfishing Guide/House of Hardy Pro Team Member
ryan@anglerpilot.no / +47 90915846



Skateboarding in southern Norway

Flipside skatepark

Skateboarding in Norway

It is not a widely known fact, but skateboarding was illegal in Norway. Actually, it was the only country in the world that had such a law. This was in affect from 1977 – 1989 but of course there were “rouge skaters” out there that did it anyway. In Kristiansand for example, many built skate ramps in their barns. When the law was abolished in 1989, there was an instant skateboarding boom – where cheap skateboards could be bought anywhere – even at local petrol stations.

“skateboarding was illegal in Norway”

These days, there are skate parks in almost every suburb. These are usually located next to a football field – which is also an extremely popular sport in Norway.

My kids are 5, 8 and 10 and they all like to have a go on the skateboard. They are also big on going on their scooters or “sparkesykkel” as they are called here. It is safe to say that there is an equal population of skateboard riders as there are scooter riders.

Vision Skatepark in Kristiansand

Vision is an indoor skatepark in Kristiansand that is open all year round. In the winter months – it is packed with kids that cannot skate or use their scooters outside. There us a large bowl, jumps, half pipes and loads of ramps. There is a store where equipment can be purchased, toilet facilities and chairs for chilling out and having some food. You can find out more information about Vision Skatepark here.

Flipside skatepark Farsund

Flipside is Scandinavia’s largest indoor skatepark. It is located by an old airport and is in an old hanger building. Volunteers work there and keep it well maintained. The place is seriously massive. Bowls, ramps, soft fall foam area – it has everything a skater would need.

There is also a canteen (usually open in the summer months) toilets etc. Equipment can also be rented (but contact them to make sure they have what you need)

Next door to the skatepark is a go karting track and paintball area. In the summer there is a “Flipside Camp” where attendees play music, games etc.  You can find out more information about Flipside skatepark here.

Arendal Skatehall

In 2014 a new skatehall was opened in Arendal in the centre of town on “Landbryggen”. It opening hours are Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5pm – 8pm and Saturdays from 12pm – 3pm. Here is a link to the Arendal Skatehall facebook page and an article on the skatehall on Visit Norway. (both in Norwegian)

Outdoor skate ramp Bystranda Kristiansand

There is an outdoor skatepark at the beach in Kristiansand. It has a few ramps and a play area next to it. The Scandic Kristiansand Bystranda Hotel and Aquarama pool is also located there.

Outdoor skatepark in Tveit Kristiansand

Tveit is an area next to the airport in Kristiansand. The local Kristiansand Brett Klubb (board club) got financing from the Kristiansand kommune (government) to fix up the old skatepark, so it now has new skating concrete and some ramps. It is very popular with the local kids. One of the local skaters, “Tom Tom” Erik Ryen, is a professional skateboarder currently living in California. He is a hero to the skaters in Kristiansand. Here is his Instagram account.

Like I said though, there are outdoor skateparks everywhere – so you will have no problem finding one. Good luck!

Adam Read @ Visit Sørlandet