Lakselva, Norway

This river has proved itself as one that, for those seeking a monster, cannot be missed. While other rivers may produce more fish, the Lakeslv is a river on which every cast is genuinely exciting.

The Lakselva is about 100km long and is in the county of Finnmark in northern Norway. The Lakselva is close to the famous Alta. The Lakselva typically catches a consistent eight tonnes of salmon a year.

Oldero Lodge works exclusively with us in the UK and runs a 12-14 week season from mid June until late September.

The river is divided into four beats, each of which has ten public rod licences each day. The ten day rods simply divide themselves up on a first come first served basis on the available water on their beat.

Oldero can offer as private a fishing experience as is possible on the Lakselva. They own some parts of the river and lease other parts from landowners on an annual basis. This gives rods a much greater element of privacy compared to those who are fishing on public water.

Oldero owns their Home Pool which you can walk to in three minutes from the lodge. This is the only double banked water on the whole river. It is about 350m long with four or five known taking spots. The Home Pool is the first stopping point for fish from the sea and is a first-class pool for running fish as well as residents.

In addition to the Home Pool, rods fishing from Oldero Lodge have access to privately leased single-banked water on Beats 1, 2 and 4. The lodge deliberately lease first-class water often including known big fish pools such as the famous Swimming Pool. There is ample water for guests to fish.

Lakselva is known for its large salmon; they typically average 14lbs in weight.

The Lakselva itself is a generally clear running river and is easily covered with a 14-15 foot rod in the early season and a 12-14 foot rod later in the season. It is hard to imagine that salmon of 20lbs, 30lbs and larger run such a manageable sized river.


Oldero Lodge is set on a privately owned island about 1.5km from the sea. The airport is just five minutes away from the lodge.

The lodge has six simple but comfortable twin bedded rooms with six bathrooms. There is a separate building which has the kitchen and dining/lounge area and another lavatory. There is an outside fire pit, with sofa and chairs under a gazebo where people meet and drink. The lodge has a chef, lodge manager and three guides for the six rods. The lodge has wi-fi.

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Fishing the Lakselva provides, without question, the best chance of landing a seriously big salmon.  More 40lbs fish are landed from this river every year than practically any other and in the past few years it has outfished the mighty Alta.

Price guide

Prices start from £6,800 per person for seven nights and six days fishing excluding flights.

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