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Winter fishing in Northern Norway Winter fishing in Austnesfjorden, Lofoten
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Winter fishing in Northern Norway.
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Low-season fishing in Norway

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Cod it be magic

Fresh air and plenty of crystal clear waters teeming with large fish – no matter the season, Norway is a real wonderland for outdoor enthusiasts in general and anglers in particular.

Lots of space, lots of fish

Summertime may be travel time, but for the biggest fish and the cheapest accommodation you should visit Norway in the spring or autumn. Low-season means more space for you and less fighting with others for the best fishing spots. Thanks to the Gulf Stream and warm air currents, the coastal areas and fjords remain virtually ice-free even in winter, and the waters are brimming with big fish that are just waiting for something to bite into.

Other activities

During the winters in Norway you have a good chance of spotting whales and experience spectacular natural phenomena like the northern lights. You can also take part in a king crab fishing expedition. Other recommended winter pastimes in Norway include downhill and cross-country skiing, snowmobiling and dog sledding.

Ice fishing in the lakes

Ice fishing is one of the most popular winter activities in Norway, not the least in the northern parts of the country which are dotted with thousands of lakes. Every year, enthusiasts of all ages bring their fishing rods and set off to find their own lake full of trout or char. At the end of an eventful day outdoors, it is common to wind down in a steaming sauna or snuggle up in front of an open fire.

Low-season fishing offers

Check out our low-season fishing and accommodation offers below, many of which offer private boat hire, equipment and fish-cleaning facilities.

 

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Spring awakening

Norway connoisseurs already know that there are plenty of fishing and outdoor adventures on offer in March and April in the fjords and by the coast. Especially in the central and northern parts of Norway you can experience true fishing magic, as the coast fills up with spawning cod. If you dream about catching a real whopper of a fish for once, this is the time to try.

Southern Norway also has excellent fishing possibilities in the spring – especially for everyone who enjoys looking for cod, ling and sea trout in the fjords or the sea. It is very rare that fishing tourists return from a fishing excursion empty handed.

Hot tip: To increase your chances of maximising your catch, consider hiring an experienced local guide or professional fisherman. It is also safer if you want to venture far into the unknown.

The Norwegian spring weather is usually fairly mild, stable and dry. In many regions of Norway, the months of March, April and May are even the driest of the year. Since the direct distance between the southernmost and northernmost point of Norway is almost 1,700 kilometres, the weather varies a great deal in different parts of the country.

The southern and western parts of Norway are often very spring-like already in April, whereas you can still enjoy winter fishing in the northern parts of the country.

Golden autumn

The autumn months of September and October are also great for a fishing holiday in Norway, because at this time the water is teeming with all the saltwater fish species you may wish for. Even summer guests like mackerel and hake hang around in some places well into October. In Central and Northern Norway, the autumn months offer good chances of catching giant saithe and halibut. In the middle of Norway and down south you have ample chances of catching some handsome ling.

Quiet, sunny autumn weather with double digit temperatures is not rare – the phenomenon called Indian summer can indeed be experienced sometimes in Norway, both in the south and in the north. In the north and at high altitudes, the first snow usually falls sometime in October. In many parts of Norway winter does not start until November. The change from autumn to winter lasts for a few weeks in the south and the middle of the country, whereas this transition often takes only a few days in the north. The transformation from the warm and sparkling colours in the autumn to a magic winter wonderland is bound to make a long-lasting impression on visitors to the area.

Another advantage of spring and autumn is that anglers and travellers can book cabins, cottages and boats at shorter notice – a couple of months or even weeks in advance. In addition, rates are usually considerably lower than in the summer.

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