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A man holding a newly caught cod in Lofoten in Northern Norway
A man holding a newly caught cod in Lofoten in Northern Norway
Cod fishing in Lofoten.
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Cod fishing in Lofoten.
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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 local fishermen from the family business Go2Lofoten out on the legendary Lofoten Cod fishery! Read more
Fishing trip with Go2Lofoten – 100% Local family business!
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Traditional fishing trip from Svolvær - XXLofoten
Join local fishermen from the family business Go2Lofoten out on the legendary Lofoten Cod fishery! Read more
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Fish and fascinating sea creatures from the waters surrounding Lofoten. 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
Get to know the history of the Lofoten fisheries at one of the best-preserved manor houses in the region. Read more
The Lofoten Museum
Kaare Espolin Johnson was known for his distinctive depiction of Northern Norwegian coastal culture. At Galleri Espolin you can immerse yourself in… Read more
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Holmen Lofoten
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Cultural-historical accommodations in Svolvær. Modernised in 2005. Read more
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Restaurants that serve skrei
Here you can sit right on the harbor and enjoy fine dining outdoors or indoors. Overlooking Bodøs piers. Read more
In the village of Utskarpen, between Mo i Rana and Nesna, Elise and Marius established a culinary attraction that is drawing a steady stream of… Read more
“To Elise from Marius” – from farm to table
During the summer, one can enjoy the evening sun out at Nyksund port. The restaurant serves fresh fish from Nordland, homemade cakes and various… Read more
Nyksund Ekspedisjonen
We are a small intimate restaurant with 18 seats. We serve set menus based on local produce as far as possible. The menu changes every second week. 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
In Northern Norway, spectacular experiences await. From the scenic coastline and activities like fishing, hiking and mountaineering, to the northern… Read more
Northern Norway
Bodø is home to the world’s strongest maelstrom, Saltstraumen. The largest city in Nordland is also just a boat ride away from the old… Read more
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
Get ready for an Arctic adventure with whale watching, cool museums, hiking and snowshoeing. In Vesterålen, you can combine wow experiences with… Read more
Go hiking and kayaking under 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
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