In Northern Norway, the fish bite best in winter. Get an easy catch when skrei (migrating cod) appear by the coast, go ice fishing or try king crab fishing.
Some of the worlds best deep-sea fishing waters can be found off the coast in Northern Norway. Many people stay for weeks in the small fishing villages while trying their luck at sea.
In March every year, passionate sea anglers and happy amateur fishermen from all over the world come to the Lofoten Islands to take part in the World Championship in cod fishing, landing giant cods of up to 30 kilos. Northern Norway is called "the cod capital of the world", and for a good reason - Lofoten has had the biggest cod fishing industry in the world for many generations.
But the off-season in Northern Norway is not "just" about cod - it is also about the spectacular northern lights above your head, exciting whale or king crab safaris, and mile after mile of skiing adventures.
Join a winter fishing tour with a local skipper at Offersøy Feriesenter. Offersøy is known as the “gate to Lofoten and Vesterålen”, which means a perfect location for exciting trips at sea.
Offersøy, situated at the southern tip of Norway’s largest island Hinnøya, was a prosperous fishing village already 200 years ago.
Today it is a charming family friendly holiday resort with rooms, cottages, rorbuer (traditional fishermen’s cabins) and holiday houses to rent, as well as a camp site.
Experience the area for yourself at the best time in March or April, when migrating Atlantic cod (skrei) from the Barents Sea come to spawn in the Vestfjorden.
From 15 March to 30 April 2018, Offersøy Feriesenter welcomes groups who are interested in winter fishing. A 27-feet fishing boat with a skipper is available to rent, as are several 17-feet boats with 50 hp engines, echo sounder and chartplotter.
Accommodation is arranged in rooms, cottages or rorbuer with self-catering facilities. Meals may be added at an extra cost.
Price from NOK 4,900 per person for 3 nights (based on 4 people sharing a rorbu with ready made beds) including two fishing trips with a local captain, fishing rods and fisherman suits and transport to and from Evenes airport.
Do you want to wrestle the big whopper? Big Fish Adventure on Sørøya is the place for everyone who takes deep sea fishing seriously.
The stories from the island are so wild you won’t believe them until you have experienced them yourself. Don’t be satisfied with small fish – come to Big Fish Adventure for the big catch, any time of year!
From NOK 33,400 per week in a house for six people, including two 19 feet, 50 hp boats.
In Lauklines in May, huge shoals of cod of 3 to 10 kilos (6 to 22 lb) feed on sand eels over the shallow sandy areas outside the fjord. Last year, the fish finder showed cod stacked from the surface all the way to the bottom.
Another spring highlight is the arrival of the coalfish in May and June. The coalfish range from 3 to 10 kilos (6 to 22 lb) and the most effective baits are soft bait shads and small coalfish. The Lauklines area also offers good fishing for wolf fish, haddock, tusk, redfish and enormous flatfish.
The biggest halibut tend to appear in the autumn, and you can catch them on soft shads at about 50 metres. During the autumn months you can also enjoy light tackle fishing for plaice weighing around 2 kilos (4.4 lb) on average. The largest plaice measured in at 3.96 kilo (7 lb). Be ready for a long and tough fight.
During the summers, some 50,000 tourists descend on Nusfjord. In sharp contrast to the busy tourist season, the winters offer peace and quiet in the village while life under the surface at sea is buzzing with activity.
The village of Nusfjord is one of the oldest fishing villages in Norway and one of the best preserved. To experience the village to the full, stay in one of the 50 traditional rorbus (fishermen's cabin). There are also modern and well-equipped rorbus.
Soak up the special atmosphere of a traditional fishing village against the backdrop of gorgeous, white mountain tops – it is ideal for everyone who longs for a calm, cosy fishing holiday. Cod is the most common species, but you can also find halibut, coalfish, pollock and haddock.
If you’re after halibut or catfish, then Korsfjorden near Alta is the place for you. The best time to visit is between April and October, but there is also plenty of cod, pollock and haddock all year round.
In the autumn, you can go on a combined hiking and fishing trip to the mountain lakes, and in the winter, you can enjoy the northern lights flickering on the night sky. You can also try toboggan or a traditional Norwegian kick sledge.
19 feet boats (55 hp or 90 hp) with GPS and echo sounder are available to rent from April to October.
Price from NOK 2,250 per person per week (minimum 4 people). The offer is available between September and December.
Hemmingodden is located in Ballstad, the largest fishing village in the Lofoten islands. Join the hunt for cod during the seasonal “Lofotfiske” together with experienced, local fishermen – and you can expect to hear a good story or two from them too. It is also possible to rent one of the sturdy boats and go fishing on your own.
On land, you can see the fish being handled, parted and hung on drying racks. The northern lights often brighten up the sky at night.
From 20 February and until after Easter you can catch skrei (cod) right outside the harbour in Ballstad.
Keep these rules of thumb in mind whenever you are on or by the water: