Fishing at Haugastøl


Haugastøl can offer varied and exciting fishing along Hallingskarvet mountain and is a good starting point for day trips or overnight stays in tents. Here you can enjoy fish of high quality. The road here is quite straight forward. You can jump on the train from Geilo, Oslo or Bergen or take the car. If you arrive by train, your trip starts at the Haugastøl station. If you drive, you park at the station or turn off on the Fjellvegen road, which will take you a few meters higher in elevation. You will find parking by the Tjørnagravtjørni lake; but get there early, as there are a limited number of parking spots.

The route is well-marked from the station and further up. You will meet a fork in the road at the Tjørnagravtjørni lake/parking lot, which is also the first lake where one can fish. The Geilo Hunting and Fishing Association also has a small rental cabin here. Both roads further on take you to fishable areas, but with a slightly longer hike to the first water if you choose to keep left. 

There are plenty of fishing waters to choose from, from smaller to larger lakes and good opportunities for great catches. All the waters are regularly cultivated by Geilo hunt & fishing association, this ensures good quality and a viable stock from which you can harvest well. The area takes you into beautiful natural areas with a varied high mountain fauna and species diversity. In summer, the sun lingers for a long time before it sneaks behind Hallingskarvet mountains.

Here are some of the fishing waters

Trout of good quality in all sizes. Store Bjørnabu has the largest fish, and inner Bjørnabu has the most fish. It takes 45 min to og from Fjellvegen, north of Haugastøl.

Trout of good quality in all sizes.

Trout of good quality and size.

Trout of good quality and size.

A little too many trout, in all sizes. A little slim.

A little too many trout, but good quality.

A little too many trout, in all sizes. A little slim.

Fishing only from the west side. Trout of good quality in all sizes.

Trout of good quality and size.

The river down to Raggetjødne
Trout of good quality in all sizes.

Trout, char, and whitefish of varying quality.

Ustekveikja to Karistølneset
Trout, char, and whitefish of varying quality.

The waters up toward Bergsmulen
Trout and char of unknown quality.

Fish with Reel or Fly?

Reel or fly, both are guaranteed to produce a catch.


If you want to fly fish, we recommend having a selection of flies for over and under the water, so that you can vary your fishing and adapt to the weather conditions. Also bring with you an extra rod that is a little stronger, in case of wind. Classification #6 or #7, with a corresponding line in slow or fast intermediate, can also be smart to have in addition to the original floating line. 

When it comes to the choice of fly rod, most people will use a classification #5. It will work great; but if you have to bring a pole, we recommend classification #6. If you don’t have one, don’t let that stand in the way for your trip. These are recommendations, and the most important thing is to try your fishing luck and enjoy nature.  


With a reel, you can fish well and varied in all waters. Lures, spinners, wobblers, or floats are recommended. Fill the tackle box with these, and preferably two of each variant. Based on the size of the waters, you can use everything from light rods that are 7-9 feet in length with a casting weight between 5-25 grams, and a little a little stronger variants that are 9-11 feet in length with a casting weight between 10-40 grams.  


Practical information about fishing


Book a guide

A good tip for everyone who wants to fish is to use a guide. The guides are locally known and tailor your trip to your wishes.

See Guided Fishing Trips (coming)

Go Back

The area is worth exploring, so it is recommended to return several times during the season.
It might work out 100% the day you are there; but if it should turn out to be the opposite, go back as soon as possible. In this way, you get to know the area better, and your chances of catching fish increase considerably.


Wherever you go, remember to never make tracks. Don’t throw fishing line or anything else into nature. What you bring in, you bring back, and show respect for nature and wildlife.