The number one summer destination for Norwegians is gradually being discovered by foreign tourists. Do it like the locals and try fishing in the Golden South, also known as the Norwegian Riviera.
Norway’s southern resorts and the Skagerrak Strait are blessed with a mild climate and plenty of sunshine. The coastline consists of numerous islands and fjords, not to mention numerous fish. The entire range of common saltwater species are represented here, and with a little bit of luck you can get a real heavyweight on the hook. Especially if you aim for pollack, ling and tusk.
A special bonus feature is sea bass, which is only really found in the southern parts of the country.
Fishing is a popular holiday pursuit in Southern Norway, but you don't have to be a hard-core angling enthusiast here. If you are new to fishing, there are plenty of guided fishing trips you can join. Or take the opportunity to get to know the locals and ask them for their best tips – they will be happy to help!
Southern Norway has plenty of facilities for families, so you can safely bring the little ones. Family members who are not into fishing can enjoy some of Norway’s finest beaches, attractions like Kristiansand Zoo and the vintage railway in Setesdal, or activities like hiking and cycling.
Stay in a cosy, traditional fisherman's cabin by the sea or rent a furnished apartment. The holiday resorts along the coast all have boats to rent. Most of them also have a shop, basic fishing equipment and bait, and can offer fish-cleaning facilities and freezers.
Cod, pollack, tusk, herring, mackerel, ling and haddock.
The high season runs from March to October, but it is perfectly possible to fish all year.
The holiday resorts and the Skagerrak coast in Southern Norway offer both individual anglers and groups exceptional fishing experiences. Families with children are also well catered for.
A new fishing and holiday resort in Southern Norway, Farsund Resort is surrounded by fjords, idyllic islands and inlets.
Located only 15-20 minutes from the open sea, there are many varied fishing and recreational opportunities on offer in stunning nature. Regardless of the weather and season, it is almost always possible to organise a fishing expedition.
Price from EUR 1,300 per week for four people, including a 22 feet, 20 hp Skager boat.
The fishing resort Bjørnevåg Ferie offers new, comfortable cabins, an exciting variety of activities and beautiful scenery.
There are over 20 species of fish in the area between Lyngdal and Farsund, for example cod, pollock, coalfish, mackerel, flounder and ling. There are boats available to rent for deep sea fishing excursions. The children have fun in the playgrounds and can go swimming or fish from the docks. The popular waterpark 'Sørlandsbadet' is located closely.
Price from EUR 950 per week in a cabin for two to four people, including boat.
Tregde Ferie is situated by the sea and offers outstanding comfort with cottages and apartments for two to ten people. Tregde has everything you need for a perfect fishing holiday, including a separate fish-cleaning area, large freezers and a shop. 15 to 22 feet long boats are available to rent.
Price from EUR 1,100 per week in a cabin for four people, including boat.
Stay at Skottevik Feriesenter for a fishing holiday with a huge variety of fish within easy reach. Located by the Skagerrak Strait, 22 kilometres from Kristiansand, there are no less than 75 species swimming in the water – including plenty of cod, sea trout, monkfish and ling.
Skottevik Feriesenter offers 22 to 28 feet long boats that are fully equipped for a sea fishing adventure.
Price from EUR 1,150 per week in a cabin for two to four people, including boat.
A great campsite for anglers on a mission, Sørlandet Feriesenter has all you need for a fishing adventure – including a barbecue grill where you can cook your catch. There are good fishing conditions for cod, pollock, mackerel and sea-trout on your doorstep.
For bigger fish, you can also venture just a little further to the fjord and the open sea by the Skagerrak Strait.
Price from EUR 1,050 per week in a cabin for two to four people, including boat. 13 to 23 feet boats are available to rent.
Check out your options in the map.
Keep these rules of thumb in mind whenever you are on or by the water:
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