Fishing at Haugastøl

Haugastøl can offeer varied and exciting fishing along the Hallingskarvet mountains, and is a good starting point for day trips or overnighting in a tent. Here you are spoiled for choice of high-quality waters and fishing. The directions to get there are pretty straight forward. You can jump on the train from Oslo or Bergen or drive.

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 enough choices; and with smaller and larger mountain waters, there are good chances for a great catch. Alle vannene kultiveres jevnlig av Geilo jeger & fisk fiskeforening dette sikrer god kvalitet og en levedyktig bestand man kan høstet godt av.

The area takes you into beautiful nature areas with a varied mountain fauna and species diversity. During the summer, the sun shines a long time before it sneaks behind the Hallingskarvet mountains.

Here are some of the waters in which you can fish:

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.


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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.  


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)

Take a Course
If you want to be a little more prepared, or unsure of how and what to fish, there are courses in both reel and fly fishing on all levels. 

See Course (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.


Information about fishing licenses

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