If you dream of giant fish, choose your fishing holiday location wisely. In Northern Norway, record catches are the rule rather than the exception.
On a fishing holiday in Northern Norway, you will no doubt hear numerous stories about giant fish. "Fiction and fables", you may mutter to yourself – but soon enough, you will realise that it is not just fairytales.
Thanks to the location just by the Barents Sea and the Norwegian Sea, there are huge amounts of fish along the northern coast. Species like cod, halibut, saithe, redfish, haddock and wolffish often grow unusually large here. In this region you can also go fishing for skrei – extra large cod that gather along the northern coast in the winter to spawn.
Apart from the chance of getting a biggie on the hook, many anglers happily travel north of the Arctic Circle for another reason.
Norway has always been closely associated with fishing, and as a result you will find a number of dream fishing destinations scattered along the coast: The North Cape, the islands of Lofoten and Vesterålen, and the large islands Sørøya and Senja, to mention a few.
Northern Norway is characterized by pristine nature with huge variations in the landscape. The rocky, almost treeless wilderness of the far north is gradually taken over by the lush green fjord and coastal landscape further south.
If you think Northern Norway is way too far away and cold for sensible human beings, think again! Thanks to the warm currents of the Gulf Stream, the climate is a lot milder than you might think – decidedly warmer than other destinations on the same latitude.
Just remember that the local weather can vary considerably from day to day. During the summer months, the temperature is often pleasant around 20 degrees Celsius – but then again, don't be surprised if you get to experience a snow shower too.
The high season runs from May to September. During the summer months, you can fish around the clock thanks to the midnight sun.
Hard-core anglers will also be interested in the winter fishing opportunities, especially the famous skrei (migrating cod) fishing that takes place from January to March.
It will be dark and cold, but you have ample chances of spotting the northern lights dancing across the sky.
See where to go fishing in Northern Norway.
Most of Northern Norway is located above the Arctic Circle and consists of the counties Nordland, Troms and Finnmark. The quickest and easiest way to get there is by plane.
NSB, the Norwegian State Railways, operates most passenger train services in Norway, and has a railway network stretching from Kristiansand in the south to Bodø above the Arctic Circle.
Hurtigruten's cruise ships go daily from Bergen in Fjord Norway to Kirkenes by the Russian border. They call at 25 ports in Northern Norway.
The quickest and easiest way to get there is by plane. SAS and Norwegian fly from Oslo to Bodø, Tromsø, Bardufoss, Evenes, Alta and Kirkenes. There are also good domestic flight connections offered by Widerøe.
Keep these rules of thumb in mind whenever you are on or by the water:
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