Fishing and fishing tours in and around Helsinki are popular and common given the amount of water the city is surrounded by. If you want to fish, you have the choice of saltwater in the Gulf of Finland, or freshwater lake and river fishing. The rules on fishing in Helsinki’s clean waters are clear: you don’t need a permit for angling with a hook and line or for ice fishing in the winters, but for all other types you need to purchase a traveller’s fishing permit. These are easy to obtain from Schröder Sports and Leisure (Unioninkatu 23), Stockmann department store (Aleksanterinkatu 52), Töölö Sports Hall (Paavo Nurmen kuja 1 E) and the Sports Department (Viikintie 1). Once you’ve bought your permit, you need to decide where to fish. If you’re happy to guide yourself, then go and get a free map of Helsinki’s fishing from the Helsinki City Sports Department (Paavo Nurmen kuja 1 C) or from Virka Info (City Hall, Pohjoisesplanadi 11-13). However, if you’d prefer some local knowledge, Fishing Lords offers fishing outings for groups in various locations including the Gulf of Finland.