Norway is opening up! Get the latest travel information
close
Dynamic Variation:
Offers
x

There was not an exact match for the language you toggled to. You have been redirected to the nearest matching page within this section.

Choose Language
Toggling to another language will take you to the matching page or nearest matching page within that selection.
Search & Book Sponsored Links
Search
or search all of Norway
A man who has caught a fish in Austnesfjorden in Lofoten in Northern Norway
A man who has caught a fish in Austnesfjorden in Lofoten in Northern Norway
Winter fishing in Austnesfjorden, Lofoten.
Photo: media-army.de / www.visitnorway.com
Winter fishing in Austnesfjorden, Lofoten.
Photo: media-army.de / www.visitnorway.com

Winter fishing in Norway

The season of the biggest catch
The colder the water, the bigger the fish. With fresh winter air and waters teeming with fish, Norway is a dream destination for ice fishing, fjord fishing, and deep-sea fishing.

Summertime may be travel time, but for the biggest fish, you should visit Norway in the winter, when there is more space for you and less fighting with others for the best fishing spots.

For a fishing adventure like no other, go to Northern Norway between January and April, where you can take part in the famous skrei (migrating cod) fishing in picture-postcard scenery.

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 just waiting for something to bite into.

Ice fishing is also one of Norway’s most popular winter activities, as the country is 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 a cold but eventful day outdoors, it is common to wind down in a steaming sauna or snuggle up in front of an open fire.

To increase your chances of maximising your catch, join a guided fishing trip or consider to hire an experienced local guide or professional fisherman. It is also safer, especially if you want to go sea fishing.

Apart from the obvious advantages of fishing, winters in Norway also mean good chances of spotting whales and experiencing spectacular natural phenomena like the northern lights.

You can also go skiing, snowmobiling and dog sledging – and come face to face with the red king crab on a king crab fishing expedition. And speaking of a big catch – the tasty beasts can measure up to two metres from claw to claw and weigh up to 15 kilograms!

Think reasons, not seasons

Spring awakening

Norway connoisseurs already know that there are many fishing and outdoor adventures on offer in March and April, both in the fjords and by the coast.

Especially in Norway's central and northern parts, 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, this is the time to try.

Southern Norway also has excellent fishing possibilities in the spring – especially for everyone who enjoys looking for ling and sea trout in the fjords or the sea. Fishing tourists rarely return from a fishing excursion empty-handed.

The Norwegian spring weather is usually fairly mild, stable and dry. In many regions, 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.

Golden autumn

The autumn months of September and October are also great for a fishing holiday in Norway, as 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 Norway (Trøndelag) 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 opportunities to catch some handsome ling.

Quiet, sunny autumn weather with double-digit temperatures is not rare – and you can sometimes experience the phenomenon called Indian summer, both in the south and in the north.

The first snow usually falls sometime in October in Northern Norway and at high altitudes, but in many parts of the country, 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.

Safety on the water

Follow the rules of the sea, and make sure you know what they are. Think safety at all times. Respect the sea and the weather.  Wear life jackets or other flotation devices. 

Make sure you are rested and sober. Be considerate, and remember that safety, the environment, and the well-being of everybody is a common responsibility.

Read about how to stay safe

Safety on the water

Follow the rules of the sea, and make sure you know what they are. Think safety at all times. Respect the sea and the weather.  Wear life jackets or other flotation devices. 

Make sure you are rested and sober. Be considerate, and remember that safety, the environment, and the well-being of everybody is a common responsibility.

Read about how to stay safe

Get to know the Arctic cod

More on fishing in Norway

Find more fishing offers

Filter your search and check out the offers below.

×
  • Filters
    Filter Your Search
    TripAdvisor Symbol
    • Show More
    • No available filters
    • Show More
    • No available filters
    General
    Accessibility
    Age limit
    • Show More
    • No available filters
    Discount
    • Show More
    • No available filters
    Effort level
    Landscape
    • Show More
    • No available filters
    Price range
    Season
    Accommodation
    Camping
    • Show More
    • No available filters
    Hotel facilities
    • Show More
    • No available filters
    In-room facilities
    Ski resorts
    Outdoor Activities
    Activities
    • Show More
    • No available filters
    Alpine Skiing
    Biking
    Canoeing & kayaking
    Cross-country skiing
    Fishing
    • Show More
    • No available filters
    Hiking
    Wildlife safaries
    • Show More
    • No available filters
    Winter activities
    • Show More
    • No available filters
    Plan Your Trip
    Getting here
    • Show More
    • No available filters
    Services
    • Show More
    • No available filters
    Taste Norway
    Norwegian cuisine
    Pubs & Bars
    Restaurant & café
    • Show More
    • No available filters
    Things To Do
    Activities
    • Show More
    • No available filters
    Activities for kids
    • Show More
    • No available filters
    Beaches
    Shopping
    • Show More
    • No available filters
    Theme park
    Clear Filters
  • View
  • Sort By
Filter Your Search
TripAdvisor Symbol
  • Show More
  • No available filters
  • Show More
  • No available filters
General
Accessibility
Age limit
  • Show More
  • No available filters
Discount
  • Show More
  • No available filters
Effort level
Landscape
  • Show More
  • No available filters
Price range
Season
Accommodation
Camping
  • Show More
  • No available filters
Hotel facilities
  • Show More
  • No available filters
In-room facilities
Ski resorts
Outdoor Activities
Activities
  • Show More
  • No available filters
Alpine Skiing
Biking
Canoeing & kayaking
Cross-country skiing
Fishing
  • Show More
  • No available filters
Hiking
Wildlife safaries
  • Show More
  • No available filters
Winter activities
  • Show More
  • No available filters
Plan Your Trip
Getting here
  • Show More
  • No available filters
Services
  • Show More
  • No available filters
Taste Norway
Norwegian cuisine
Pubs & Bars
Restaurant & café
  • Show More
  • No available filters
Things To Do
Activities
  • Show More
  • No available filters
Activities for kids
  • Show More
  • No available filters
Beaches
Shopping
  • Show More
  • No available filters
Theme park
Clear Filters
Back To Top

Take advantage of top offers

See our selection of companies that work hard to make you happy all through your trip.

Get inspired

We have collected some articles you might also like.

Your Recently Viewed Pages

Back to top