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Hunt for king crabs in Finnmark, Norway Photo: visitnorway.com
Dive to catch your own dinner on a king crab safari in Finnmark, Northern Norway Photo: visitnorway.com
Visitors on their way to see king crabs in their natural habitat Photo: visitnorway.com
Warm clothes and footwear are required when setting off on a king crab safari Photo: visitnorway.com
Millions of king crabs have spread west into Norwegian waters since Soviet scientists introduced them in the Murmanskfjord in the 1960s. Photo: visitnorway.com
King crabs are also known as giant crabs or Kamchatka crabs Photo: visitnorway.com
Today's catch will feed a few guests Photo: visitnorway.com
King crab safaris offer great photo opportunities Photo: visitnorway.com
King crabs can reach two meters between the claws and weigh up to 15 kilos Photo: visitnorway.com
King crab dinner between friends Photo: visitnorway.com
Ordinary crab will never be the same after you have tried red king crab Photo: visitnorway.com
King crab, home-made dressing and a glass of white wine - can dinner get better than this? Photo: visitnorway.com

King crab safaris in Finnmark

Come face to face with the red king crab in the Barents Sea outside the coast of Finnmark. Afterwards you are offered a taste of the succulent meat.

You too can join the professional divers under water if you have a divers’ licence. But most guests are content with seeing the big monster from ashore or from a boat as it is brought to the surface and put into the boiling pot. Not surprisingly really, as the red king crab can reach two metres between the claws and weigh up to 15 kilograms. A snap of its claw is enough to remove a man's finger.

A feast

Needless to say, the meal that follows the safari is an absolute feast: Succulent pieces of crab meat together with bread, home-made dressing, and for those who desire, white wine. The superb, white meat of the legs and claws is particularly juicy and has a naturally sweet taste. One leg is enough to provide a grown man with a filling meal.

The presentation is simple, but the taste is in a league of its own when it comes to seafood. Ordinary crab will never be the same after you have tried red king crab, or Kamchatka crab as it is also known.

Scientific experiment

Soviet scientists introduced the red king crab to the Murmanskfjord near the border with Norway in the 1960s. The scientists wanted to increase the yield from local fisheries. Since then, millions of crustaceans have spread west into Norwegian waters.

Facts

Where:
Finnmark

When:
The whole year

Prices:
From NOK 990 for adults and NOK 495 for children

What to bring:
Warm clothes and footwear

Good to know:

  • Book in advance
  • Cancellations may occur, so you should not stake everything on one single day

Companies offering king crab safaris:

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Last updated:  2013-04-17
Hunting for king crabs in Finnmark, Northern Norway - Photo: visitnorway.com
Hunting for king crabs in Finnmark, Northern Norway
King crab safari in Finnmark, Northern Norway - Photo: visitnorway.com
King crab safari in Finnmark, Northern Norway
King crab lunch at the Arctic Adventure Resort in Kirkenes, Northern Norway - Photo: visitnorway.com
King crab lunch at the Arctic Adventure Resort in Kirkenes, Northern Norway

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Hunt for king crabs in Finnmark, Norway - Photo: visitnorway.com

King crab safaris in Finnmark

Come face to face with the red king crab in the Barents Sea outside the coast of Finnmark. Afterwards you are offered a taste of the succulent meat.

King crab safaris in Finnmark

Source: Visitnorway

What to do in Finnmark

Join a fisherman on the fjord or experience a king crab safari, get to know Sami culture, try dog sledging or go on a snowmobile safari.

Scenic attractions in Finnmark

Experience the North Cape, the huge national parks or Finnmarksvidda mountain plateau.

Round trip from Tana to Lakselv

Driving from Tana to Lakselv takes you past famous salmon rivers and the Børselvfjellet mountains.

The Arctic

Nature rules the north of Norway, and over thousands of years, people have found ways to adapt to the Arctic climate.

About Finnmark

Finnmark

The vast county of Finnmark is the home of the Sami - Norway’s indigenous people. Experience midnight sun, northern lights and the North Cape.

Tourist Information in Finnmark

The tourist information offices in Finnmark will help you book accommodation and plan your trip.

Key facts about Finnmark

The county of Finnmark covers an area of 48,637 square kilometers and has approximately 72,000 inhabitants.

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