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Fjord and sea fishing

The place to be for a record-breaking fishing adventure
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.
An old fishing boat on the sea in the Tromsø area
Photo: CH / visitnorway.com

Norwegians are sometimes said to have seawater 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 for rent along the coast.

Catch a fish all year round

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, fishing in winter, 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) appear 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’s far from the only one. 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’ll find all the details you need for your next sea fishing adventure below.

Choose your fishing destination

Get close to the coast
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… Read more
Fishing in Møre og Romsdal
The resorts in Trøndelag are often crowded – in the water, that is. Fishing enthusiasts can rest assured that there is more than enough… Read more
Fishing by the Trøndelag coast
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… Read more
Sea fishing in Northern Norway
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… Read more
Sea fishing in Southern Norway
Go fishing in winter
The colder the water, the bigger the fish. Join fellow outdoor enthusiasts on a fishing adventure in Norway, with fresh winter air and waters teeming with fish.
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No matter the season you will find the fishing adventure of your life in Møre og Romsdal - surrounded by the amazing landscape of Fjord… Read more
Winter fishing in Møre og Romsdal
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… Read more
Winter fishing in Northern Norway
The abundant off-season fishing opportunities in Southern Norway offer anglers a uniquely quiet atmosphere, pristine lake and sea waters, countless… Read more
Winter fishing in Southern Norway
An array of fish species approaching the shore, breathtaking scenery with fjord, islands and islets and tranquility away from the crowds.… Read more
Winter fishing in Trøndelag
Numerous lakes, pristine waters, vast wilderness area and cosy accommodation. Gjøvik is a winter paradise for ice fishing enthusiasts. Read more
Ice fishing in Gjøvik
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    What’s so special about Norway’s coastline?

    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.

    Rest well, rise early

    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 the traditional fishermen’s cabins rorbuer. Flick through our selection of offers below.

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