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A man holding a newly caught cod in Lofoten in Northern Norway
Cod fishing in Lofoten.
Photo: Visitnorway.com
A man holding a newly caught cod in Lofoten in Northern Norway
Cod fishing in Lofoten.
Photo: Visitnorway.com

Go on a skrei adventure

A winter visit to Northern Norway is a must for anglers and gourmets alike. The Lofoten fishery is known as the largest cod fishery in the world.

The Arctic cod is one of Norway’s best and most sustainable commodities. Between January and April, the fish migrate from the Barents Sea to the Norwegian coast from Haugesund in the south to Finnmark in the north, to spawn.

Historically, up to half of the cod have returned to the areas around Lofoten, where their parents spawned at least three or four years ago. It has made the Lofoten fishery – “lofotfisket” – the world’s largest seasonal cod fishery. In recent years, however, much of the Arctic cod have migrated even further north, to places like Vesterålen and Senja.

Winter is usually the high season for fishing in the rest of Northern Norway as well. Join a guided fishing trip, rent your own boat, or fish from land, surrounded by snowcovered mountains.

In winter, you can also go skiing, join a guided ski tour, and visit some of the many museums and charming fishing villages. Maybe you even get to see the northern lights!

You can enjoy freshly caught cod at the many excellent fish restaurants in the north. But don't worry if you can't make it to this part of the country, as chefs in big cities like Oslo, Trondheim, Bergen, Stavanger, and Ålesund also prepare cod in creative and delicate ways.

For the rest of the year, you can enjoy countless varieties of stockfish (dried cod) – a must when you’re visiting the north.

Take part in lofotfisket

If you’re into fishing, you should visit Northern Norway between January and April. This time of year, you’re almost guaranteed to reel in a tasty treat for dinner.

Learn more about the skrei

Northern Norway has several museums and cultural centres where you can learn more about the Lofoten fishery and Norwegian fishing history.

Stay in a rorbu

Staying in a charming “rorbu”, a traditional fisherman’s shack, is an ideal way to get to know the coastal culture of the north.

Taste it for yourself

During the season, you’ll find skrei on the menu at many of Norway’s best restaurants. Some eateries specialise in skrei, stockfish, and clipfish, and serve varieties of the fish year-round.

See it for yourself

Plan your skrei adventure

Join lofotfisket
Join our fishing trip and catch your own fish! Along the way you will experience the Lofoten archipelago with steep mountains, islets and sheaves. Read more
Fishing trip from Svolvær with Go2Lofoten
Join our experienced crew on board our authentic fishing boat during the traditional winter fishing. Catch your own fish, prepare it and make it for… Read more
Traditional fishing trip from Svolvær - XXLofoten
Would you like to experience the magical Lofoten Fishery with your colleagues and friends? Do you want activities like guided tour of fishing,… Read more
Hemmingodden Lofoten Fishing Lodge - for groups
Experience the Lofoten fishery with MS "Discovery". In our fast and comfortable vessel, we take you to the fishinggrounds at Lofotens inner and… Read more
Fishingtrip with "Discovery "
Learn about skrei
Lofoten Seafood Center is an interactive and full experience journey where you can understand our idea of eco-friendly aquaculture. Read more
Lofoten Seafood Center, Mortsund
The Lofoten Aquarium shows marine life from the beaches to the great depths of the ocean. Read more
The Lofoten Aquarium
The Norwegian Jekt Trade Museum in Bodø takes you on board a voyage into the exciting history of maritime navigation and trade along the Norwegian… Read more
Norwegian Jekt Trade Museum
At the Lofoten Museum you can explore authentic environments from the 1800s in a beautiful scenic setting. Read more
Museum Nord - The Lofoten Museum
An impressive reconstruction of the largest house that has been found dating back to the Viking Age. Read more
Lofotr Vikingmuseum
Book a rorbu
In the western part of Lofoten, at the mouth of Reinefjord, lies the fishing village of Reine, where the majestic Lofoten peaks and the Artic Ocean… Read more
Reine Rorbuer
Spectacular nature, silence, midnight sun, northern light, storm, breathtaking sea and mountain view, fishing boats and fishermen’s cabin - the… Read more
Eliassen Rorbuer
Our connection to nature is largely who we are. Read more
Holmen Lofoten
In Nusfjord you can find most of the buildings which were part of one of Norway's eading fish buying stations of its time. Read more
Nusfjord
Statles Rorbu- og Konferansesenter is situated in the fishing village Mortsund, in the centre of the Lofoten islands. Read more
Statles Rorbu- og Konferansesenter
Restaurants that serve skrei
Here you can sit right on the harbor and enjoy fine dining outdoors or indoors. Overlooking Bodøs piers. Read more
Bryggerikaia
The food served at Vega Havhotell is inspired by Vega, and of the Mediterranean. Use of local ingredients are an essential part, in which herbs and… Read more
Vega Havhotell
Til Elise fra Marius "From pasture to the table" a food destination located in Helgeland! This great restaurant offers inspirational courses that are… Read more
Restaurant Til Elise fra Marius
Ekspedisjonen restaurant and cafe was established in June 2003 and offers 45 seats in charming surroundings. During the summer, one can enjoy the… Read more
Ekspedisjonen restaurant and cafe
"Imprison" yourselves at Arresten. Arresten – a very special restaurant in the middle of the old part of Andenes. In this old building you can… Read more
Arresten Restaurant
We are a small intimate restaurant with 24 seats. We serve set menus based on local produce as far as possible. The menu changes every second week and… Read more
Restaurant Smak
Restaurant with table service. Located in an old store house on the quayside in central Tromsø Read more
Arctandria, Seafood Restaurant
In a stressful society dominated by kiosks and fast-food chains, we would like to offer you some of the genuine and healthy food we harvest from the… Read more
Fiskekompaniet Sjøsiden
Pay a visit to Bark Spiseri & Bar for warm smiles, a continental atmosphere and, not least, delicious meals. Read more
Bark-spiseri and bar
Places to experience the skrei adventure
Northern Norway is by far the largest and most sparsely populated part of mainland Norway and stretches from Helgeland in the south to mainland… Read more
Northern Norway
Bodø is home to the world’s strongest maelstrom Saltstraumen. The largest city in the county of Nordland is also just a boat ride away… Read more
Bodø
Lofoten is known for excellent fishing, nature attractions such as the northern lights and the midnight sun, and small villages off the beaten track.… Read more
The Lofoten Islands
The archipelago of Vesterålen is a place characterized by contrasts, from white beaches and idyllic farmlands to craggy mountain peaks rising… Read more
Vesterålen
Go kayaking and hiking in the midnight sun, or skiing and dog sledding under the northern lights. Or simply kick back and enjoy some of the most… Read more
Senja and Central Troms
From local food and mountains soaring above deep blue fjords to the midnight sun and the northern lights – discover the Arctic capital,… Read more
Tromsø
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