A coastline longer than the equator and the sea brimming with record-sized cod, salmon and halibut – chances are you will get hooked on sea fishing in Norway.
Norwegians are sometimes said to have saltwater in their veins. As a nation, Norway has always lived off the sea. The whole coastline – from Southern Norway through Fjord Norway on the west coast and all along the coast up to Kirkenes in Northern Norway – is dotted with villages where fishing is still an important part of the local lifestyle. For the most genuine holiday experience, many visitors stay in one of the cosy rorbuer (traditional fishermen’s cabins) that are available to rent along the coast.
Contrary to what you may think, sea fishing can be enjoyed all year. The summer months are the prime season when both locals and visitors make the most of the warm temperatures and light evenings. Go above the Arctic Circle to get the ultimate outdoors adventure under the midnight sun.
On the other hand, the low season in spring and autumn has the advantage of less crowds and better prices for accommodation and services.
The winter months offer fishing opportunities of a different kind. The cold, dark climate is compensated by frequent sightings of the northern lights and, most importantly, by outstanding opportunities for cod fishing. Between January and March, huge amounts of skrei (migrating cod) appears along the coast to spawn – this may be your best chance to get a record-breaking cod on the hook.
The World Championship in cod fishing, which takes place in Lofoten every year in March, attracts both advanced, ambitious anglers and amateurs who come to soak up the merry atmosphere.
And by the way, even if cod is the most common species in these waters, it is far from the only. At the end of the day, we bet you will post proud selfies of your freshly caught sea trout, or halibut, or salmon, or perhaps a haddock, plaice, mackerel, monkfish, ling, tusk… we could go on but you get the point! Enough said – we hope that you will find all the details you need for your next sea fishing adventure below.
Norway is blessed with an exceptionally long coastline where a huge number of species thrive and grow large. The secret is found in the warm currents of the Gulf Stream, which lead to a high production of plankton, which in turn attracts huge shoals of hungry sea creatures. In combination with rigorously enforced fishing regulations, populations of many species are in fact on the increase.
In these times, when fighting pollution is a major global issue, Norway stands out with its clean sea waters.
Norway’s famous fjord area happens to be one of the best places in the country to go fishing. Check out the Romsdalsfjord or go sea fishing by the Atlantic Road.
The resorts in Trøndelag are often crowded – in the water, that is. Fishing enthusiasts can rest assured that there is more than enough fish for every visitor.
If you dream of giant fish, choose your holiday location wisely. In Northern Norway, record catches of cod and other species are the rule rather than the exception.
The number one summer destination for Norwegians is gradually being discovered by foreign tourists. Do it like the locals and try fishing in the area known as the Norwegian Riviera.
If you want to get that dream catch, you'd better rest well and rise early. The many accommodation options along the Norwegian coast include hotels, campsites and rorbus (traditional fishermen's cabins). Flick through our selection of offers below.
Enjoy the homely atmosphere at Kvernepollen Rorbuer, located only 50 minutes’ drive from Bergen. There are 18 charming, modern rorbuer (fisherman’s cabins) with private terraces to rent.
Kvernepollen welcomes visiting fishermen from all over Europe, who come to experience the rich fishing grounds of the Norwegian Sea. Meet like-minded fishing enthusiasts and get inspired by the stories of previous’ guests and their record catches. Fish-cleaning facilities and freezers are available.
The boats are modern 19 feet vessels with 50 hp engines, equipped with fishing maps, GPS and echosounder – all of which increase the chances of landing your dream catch. Two of the boats are adapted for wheelchairs. Transport to and from Bergen Airport can be arranged.
Sea fishing can be enjoyed by most people, but there are a few things you need to know before heading out to sea. Get all the essential information about fishing licenses, regulations and safety here.
Learn about current fishing trends and common species in Norwegian waters from an expert, and find the facts you need about sea fishing rules and regulations.
Keep these rules of thumb in mind whenever you are on or by the water:
The incredible film was shot from a rib at Lofoten this weekend. Now it’s spreading all over the world.
Almost immediately after it tosses and turns in the water, it’s ready to be served on your platter. In Northern Norway, they are totally hooked on the fresh delicacies of the sea.
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.
If it’s peace and quiet you are after, you can do much worse than exploring the many seemingly endless lakes and streams in Norway with a fishing rod in hand. In many cases, you will have the place all to yourself.
Travelling to Norway has never been easier. There are direct flights from many places around the world, and if you live closer by, you can take a boat, a train, or a bus – or even drive.
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.