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.
The coast of Northern Norway has a well-deserved reputation as one of the world's richest fishing grounds. Inland, you will also find some of Europe's best salmon rivers. Check out our offers here.
Hemmingodden Fishing Lodge is situated at the seashore in Ballstad, in the middle of the Lofoten islands. Their upgraded sea cabins all have their own shower/WC and a new, fully equipped kitchen with a dishwasher.
Set out on a fishing adventure in one of their new, good quality rental boats, or join a fishing trip on a bigger boat.
Price example: NOK 240 per person per night (based on 4 people who share a lodge in low season). Capacity: 6 units with a total of 41 beds, including 4 bunk beds. Available to rent all year.
Explore the enchanting Lofoten archipelago on your own, or hire a guide who will show you the way to the best fishing spots in the most scenic areas. Based in the village of Kabelvåg, they have a number of sturdy, safe boats with echo sounder and chartplotter.
Lofoten Rent A Boat can also help you to put together a customised package.
Boat rental price from NOK 350 (around EUR 39) for a small 14 foot boat, NOK 980 (around EUR 109) for a medium 18 foot boat and NOK 1,900 (around EUR 211) for a large 23 foot boat.
Get to know one of the oldest, and one of the best preserved, fishing villages in Norway. Situated just minutes from a number of prime fishing spots, Nusfjord has around 50 traditional rorbus (fishermen’s cabins) to rent, many of which date back to the 19th and early 20th centuries.
Cod is the most common species here, but you can also find halibut, coalfish, pollock and haddock.
Price from NOK 8,000 for a fishing trip with an experienced skipper in a commercial fishing vessel (up to 8 people per trip).
Located in Alta, Korsfjorden holiday houses offer an authentic Norwegian fishing experience on a self-catering basis. The houses are only around 500 metres from the water. Three 19-feet boats equipped with GPS and echo sounder are available to rent.
The high season lasts from April to October.
Price from NOK 10,000 per week for 5 people (15,000 including boat) or NOK 15,000 per week for 10 people (25,000 including boat). Available to rent all year.
Book a fishing holiday with Offersøy Feriesenter, and find out why the Lofoten Islands in Northern Norway is one of the most important cod fishing areas in the world.
Stay in an authentic rorbu (fishermen's cabin) or in a seaside cottage, rent a room or sleep in your own caravan.
Price from NOK 4,200 (around EUR 470) per person per week in a seaside cottage for 4 people or a rorbu for 5 people, including boat.
Situated just 30 kilometres from Tromsø airport, Lauklines offers fjord fishing, freshwater fishing, trolling, sea fishing and deep sea fishing. The rorbus (fishermen's cabins) are of a high standard and can accommodate up to six people.
Sea fishing tours are arranged on sturdy charter boats with professional guides. Six Dolmøy 230 boats with a 115 hp Yamaha motor, echo sounder and chartplotter are available to rent.
Price from NOK 4,299 per person for 7 nights (based on a group of 4 people). Boat rental available.
Stop dreaming about a record catch and head to the land of the big fish, far up north on the island of Sørøya in the county of Finnmark. With Big Fish Adventure, you can choose between a spacious summer house, an apartment with a sea view, a pleasant hotel room or a house with a private floating dock. They also provide the following:
Season: Open all year, but the main fishing season is from 1 March to 30 September.
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.
Keep these rules of thumb in mind whenever you are on or by the water:
With a coastline longer than the equator and opportunities for catching cod of record breaking proportions, chances are you will get hooked on sea fishing in Norway.
Fishing in Norway is a way to embrace the local lifestyle. Countless lakes and rivers and an extensive coastline means outstanding opportunities to catch a big one.