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Nappstraumen Lofoten North Norway Q & A

Where is the Lodge?

Nappstraumen is located on the Island, Norway’s largest Islands. Located in the North of Norway Nappstraumen is a stunning area capped by some huge mountains and stunning scenery. With it only being a short 15 minute transfer from the nearest airport Nappstraumen is a great destination.


Where do they fish?

The great thing with sea fishing in Nappstraumen is that you have direct open ocean fishing as well as wind-protected fjords in case the weather is against you.


How long does it take to reach the fishing grounds?

This depends on which species you are targeting. The main Cod fishing grounds are anything from 30 mins to an hours drive from the harbour. The Halibut grounds are as close as 5 minutes from the harbour. However, there are many different areas around Nappstraumen for you to try.


What fish will I catch?

The sea fishing in Nappstraumen offers a huge variety of species. March and April are the perfect months for the Skrei Cod and April to September are perfect for Coalfish and Halibut. Other species can be found in this area such as the big Plaice that can be found here.


How many fish will I catch?

When you are targeting Cod the shoals are very large especially in the months of March and April and the catch rates will depend on how many you can handle catching. Halibut fishing, on the other hand, is a little slower as these are not shoal fish, so you should expect to catch on an average day 2 to 3 Halibut per boat. When targeting the Coalfish, these swim round in huge shoals but will normally only feed for a short period so when they are feeding it will be one a drop.


How do they fish?

The sea fishing is all self-drive so the methods of fishing are down to the individuals. Lowering either a Chrome Pirk or small shad to the bottom and with an up and down movement to excite the Cod will normally see you catching the Cod. The same method is very productive for the Coalfish but instead of leaving the shad/pirk near the bottom, we advise you to hit the bottom then wind back to the surface and the Coalfish normally will take on the retrieve. Halibut fishing, as mentioned before, is a waiting game and you can go a few hours without contacting anything then all of a sudden you will be in for a fight of your life. The main most productive method is to fish with a dead Coalfish on a Halibut Anti Twist rig lowered to the bottom then wind up a few metres and keep it around 2 metres from the bottom and let the boat drift.


Do the guides speak English?

The guides speak perfect English and will always help you with any questions that may arise.


Who is best suited to this destination?

Nappstraumen is a great destination for all, as the accommodation is top class and of course the fishing has been set up to ensure everyone has the best experience of the North of Norway.


What skill level is required?

As mentioned previously, this destination suits all abilities as you have nice weather, protected fjords and the option of fishing the open ocean.


How physically demanding is this trip?

The destination is suitable for all abilities. There is a small step to get in the boats but other than that the rest of the resort is suitable for all.


When to go?

If it is the largest of the Cod you are after then we recommend travelling in March and April, as the average weight is enormous. The Halibut and Coalfish fishing happen around the same time, which is May to September with the peak months being July and August for both Halibut and Coalfish.


How to get there?

The normal route is from the UK to Oslo then a second flight from Oslo to Bodo where you will catch a short (20 minute) flight to Leknes. This is where a representative from Nappstraumen will be waiting with a minibus to transfer you to the cabins which takes around 15 minutes.


What is the accommodation like?

At Nappstraumen the cabins are new and very luxurious, maybe the best you will find in Norway. These cabins are kitted out with 2 bathrooms of which one has a lovely shower, the kitchen has very good facilities with everything you need to cook your evening meals. The lounge area has various seating arrangements and the best thing about these cabins is that they all have single rooms meaning the anglers at this camp do not have to share rooms.


What is the food like?

This camp is fully self catering although in the nearby town of Leknes you will find various restaurants and supermarkets.


Does the lodge provide fishing tackle?

Nappstraumen does offer the chance to hire fishing equipment that comes with rod, reel and braid. This is normally a 30–50lb class rod with a large Shimano multiplier.


Is internet and phone signal available?

The phone signal and Wi-Fi is very good all around the camp and it is free for customers to use. Just ask a member of the staff for the password when you arrive.


Are there other activities available?

The camp of Nappstraumen does not have specific activities set out but the nearby mountains offer lots of opportunities to go on walks and take in the local  wildlife.


How much does it cost?

We offer the complete package including all flights and transfers. To view all available weeks and prices click the ‘Dates & Prices’ on the tour page.


Alternatively, if you wish to arrange all your own travel we can book just the lodge and fishing for you. If you wish to book or have any questions please feel free to call our offices on 01603 407596.

1 comment

  1. Philip Helmore

    Hi Paul, I’ve been looking at the trips that you offer with great interest for some time. Having visited the Lofoten Islands on a non fishing trip, that area of Norway certainly appeals and Nappstraumen looks ideal. I would also like to catch some Haddock as well, can you catch Haddock at this destination? Is Nappstraumen better for bigger groups or would it work for a small party of two?
    Look forward to hearing from you.

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