Norway is a Nordic country in Europe; it covers over 385,207 square kilometres and homes a population of over five million. It shares land borders with Sweden, Finland and Russia and an extensive coastline facing the North Atlantic Ocean and Barents sea.
Norway’s straight coastal perimeter spans 2,650 kilometres; however, add to this the vast number of fjords, islands, and bays, and the figure rises to over 25,000 kilometres. This incredible coastline is a massive part of Norway’s industry; maritime transport, fish farming, and fishing are all key. The waters around the coastline are rich and diverse, thanks to the Gulf Stream and the Arctic Ocean’s currents and the rigorously enforced fishing regulations. It’s no secret that sea fishing in Norway offers some of the best saltwater action in the world, with giant Cod, Halibut, Haddock and Coalfish, and anglers have been visiting from across the globe for many years.
Whether you’re fishing in and around the fjords’ beautiful calm waters for huge Halibut or out in the open ocean searching for mammoth Cod, you can expect some explosive and hectic sport. Off the coastline of the Northeast of the country, you will find the worlds largest population of Cod. These fish, also known as Skrei, are the biggest globally, and Norway currently holds the world record for a rod and reel caught Cod of over 100lb.
Below we have listed the main destinations for you to choose from.
Boat fishing is not for everyone and with that in mind, we have worked hard to bring you something different. This exclusive shore fishing destination will give you the opportunity to catch one of the many sizeable Halibut which frequent these waters well within casting distance, as well as a wide range of other species that Norway is famous for.
This spectacular sea fishing destination is exclusive to Sportquest Holidays and includes everything you need for an action-packed weeks fishing. Å on the Lofoten Islands is famed for its giant Cod and Halibut fishing, as well as a range of other backup species like Coalfish, Plaice and Wolffish.
When staying and fishing at Båtsfjord Brygge, you will soon get immersed in the full beauty and experience of Norway’s Finnmark coast. Situated at the end of the sheltered Båtsfjord inlet, the accommodation is just a stone’s throw away from some of the best fishing spots, which have a deep history of producing some giant Cod, Halibut and Coalfish.
Saltstraumen Brygge in Bodø offers some of the best sea fishing in Norway. From the world-famous Strait with its huge tide and shallow water which attracts many Halibut to feed to its deeper water marks famous for holding huge shoals of Cod and Coalfish. Plaice fishing is also very good due to the sheer amount of shallow bays.
Welcome to Torsvåg, this stunning location in Norway, offers sea anglers the best of both worlds. First, its location is minutes away from the fish-filled open ocean, where you will find some excellent banks that rise from the sea bed offering the perfect grounds to target Halibut. Second, this part of Norway is known worldwide for being the 'Halibut Capital'
Enjoy fishing Sørøya on one of our luxury fully guided trips each year with no single angler supplements to pay. Big Fish Adventures on Sørøya is exclusive to Sportquest Holidays and each year we book prime weeks targeting the Skrei Cod. Benefit from our host's knowledge whilst catching some of Norway’s largest Skrei Cod.
They say the most remote fishing is the best! Well, they are not wrong. Havoysund is the most northerly part of Norway you can reach and is the go-to place for and sea anglers. The sea around Havoysund is teeming with Norway’s prime species, put this with an outstanding camp and guides and you have the best fishing in Norway.
We are extremely delighted to be able to offer you a guided fishing trip to Å in Norway which is on the stunning Islands of Lofoten. This trip is guided by a Nordic Sea Angling Guide, that will be with you every step of the way helping you to get the most out of your sea fishing holiday.
Welcome to Vesterålen located in the north of Norway surrounded by some of the most stunning landscapes the country has to offer. Known locally as the 'Kingdom of the Whales' it is home to a huge population of different species of Whales, as well as abundant numbers of Cod, Coalfish, Halibut and numerous other saltwater species.
We are extremely pleased to be able to offer you yet another fantastic opportunity to fish this part of the world as a single angler or small group and would like to welcome you to Vesterålen. Located in the north of Norway surrounded by some of the most stunning landscape Norway has to offer. This destination is an excellent area for a mixed species trip.
If you have been looking for a fish packed holiday set amongst some stunning surroundings then look no further than the Lofoten Islands, dubbed as one of Norway's fishing jewels. The area around the camp is famous for large Halibut and Cod and one only needs to travel a short distance to find some of the best, most productive fishing grounds.
Everybody in the sea fishing world has heard of Sørøya in northern Norway and how it is home to the world record rod and reel caught Cod at 104LB, well we are extremely pleased to be able to offer, you the angler, the chance of fishing for these might Skrei Cod fishing in Sørøya northern Norway.
If you are looking for a family fishing holiday then Mefjord is the destination for you. Not only is this an anglers paradise with super-sized specimen Cod, Halibut and Coalfish coming out of the waters at various times of the year but there are also a huge variety of activities on offer to keep the whole family entertained.
A great fully guided trip to Havoysund Norway. Truly an outstanding place in Norway with it being the most northerly part of Norway you can get to, you will agree with us that the fishing is World class. It is mainly known for the outstanding Halibut fishing on offer and is ideal for single anglers wanting to experience Norway.
Exclusive to Sportquest Holidays, this lovely little nest of cabins in Sandbakken, northern Norway are set on the edge of a stunning fjord that offers anglers the chance to do battle with some of Norway’s largest species. Sandbakken is renowned as a fantastic mixed fishery and produces good numbers of Cod, Coalfish and Halibut.
Everybody in the sea angling circle has heard of how good the Halibut fishing is at Å on the Lofoten islands and with this, in mind, we have decided to run an annual Halibut fishing competition at this amazing destination located in the North of Norway. This Halibut competition is Exclusive to Sportquest Holidays and in conjunction with Nordic Sea Angling.
Aa-gård fishing camp is situated in Lavangen, in Troms og Finnmark county, in northern Norway. Thanks to the protection from the surrounding mountains and topography, the destination is almost one hundred percent' weatherproof' - whatever the weather, it's possible to fish nearly every day of the year.
Mikkelvik Brygge is protected by the large islands of Rebbenesøya and its smaller neighbour Hersoya. As a result, the coastal waters close to the camp are generally calm, whatever the weather and very few fishing days get lost throughout the season. It's famed for its Skrei Cod fishing, as well as its fantastic Halibut and Plaice fishing.
Rognsund, located in Rognsundet in the southwestern part of Seiland, is Norway's eighth most significant island and the second-largest in Finnmark, behind only Sørøya. A beautiful island destination, the sheltered waters are home to abundant numbers of Cod, Halibut, Wolffish, Ling, Redfish, and some of the very best fishing spots get found within a stone's throw of the camp.
Ever fancied going to Norway to do battle with some of the hard fighting fish that this part of the world is known for and struggled to get your friends to join, well now is your chance to come on your own and fish with like minded anglers. The waters around Lofoten Islands are a magnet to the mighty Halibut plus all the usual species.
We were exceptionally proud to be involved with the Mortimer and Whitehouse Gone Fishing Christmas Special to Norway in 2022. Being the first time the programme had ventured outside the UK, it took a tremendous amount of work to produce the itinerary and cater for the thirteen-strong production team, but it was a fantastic couple of weeks away. If you enjoyed the programme, here is more information on Paul and Bob's trip and the itinerary it followed.
Average Customer Satisfaction Score 85%
"For me this was by far the best holiday i ever had with excellent fishing from day 1 personally i landed no less than 7 halibut ranging from small pan size to a PB of 154cm photos already sent to Paul . The guides were brilliant with expert knowledge and the boats are of top quality. The accommodation is not 5 star but very comfortable and well mantained and the bonus is the breakfast is included. Overall an excellent week and i would not change anything."
"Hire rods and reels were excellent. Wanted a big Halibut - got an 82lb! Cod - 34lb! Coalfish - 30+, so I was very pleased. Great guides, great boats. Up to the minute info on what gear to take would be good - we only needed minimal tackle and took far too much."
"Great trip all round, excellent host in Paul whom is very helpful and knowledgeable. Not a single problem from booking the trip to returning home. Oh and the small matter of pulling up the biggest fish i have ever done and ever likely to with that 183cm, 86 kilo Halibut. Many many thanks Gary Winterbottom."
The best sea fishing in Norway is off the Northeastern coast; thanks to the Gulf Stream and the Arctic Ocean’s currents, the plankton mass is most significant here, and so are the numbers of fish that feed off it. In general, the further north you travel, the better it is.
Places such as Havoysund and Soroya are two of the most famous. Soroya is Norway’s fourth-largest island by area and is renowned for the monstrous Skrei Cod. Havoysund, a small village, almost as far north as you can travel, is well known for its colossal Halibut.
Slightly beneath these, you will find destinations such as Vesterålen, Nappstraumen and Å all located on the Lofoten Islands. These are superb mixed fishing destinations, and over the last few years, they’ve made a name for themselves for the fantastic Halibut and Coalfish fishing they have to offer. Each year fish approaching world record sizes get caught.
Saltstraumen Brygge in Bodo benefits from the world’s biggest maelstrom, attracting some great summer Cod and Coalfish numbers.
A little bit further south, in a very weather-protected fjord, is the lovely destination of Sandbakken, which is very good if you prefer more sheltered fishing in Norway. Just around the corner from here on Norway’s largest Island, Senja, is Mefjord Brygge which offers fjord and open ocean fishing.
The main species which attract thousands of travelling sea anglers every year is the Cod. However, Halibut have massively grown in popularity over the last few years, with anglers keen to catch and land these saltwater giants. Coalfish, Haddock, Ling, Redfish and Plaice are also on offer and grow to monumental proportions. Depending on what fish you want to catch, we have the destination for you.
Predominately, most fishing from our camps in Norway is done from a boat, either self-drive or with one of our experienced guides. The majority of our boats are 23.5ft Arronnet aluminium models and come fitted with 150hp Suzuki 4 Stroke engines, one of the most fuel-efficient engines money can buy, and a range of high standard electronics; chart plotters and fish finders. They are exceptionally sturdy even in rough conditions and built to deal with heavy seas. Depending on what destination you visit and what fish you want to catch, you’ll be fishing the open ocean, anywhere from 5 minutes to 2 hours steam from the harbour and the sheltered fjords.
If you prefer keeping your feet firmly on dry land, then a range of shore fishing is also available, guided by our guide Ross Johnson. Ross is a very well-known angler from the UK with much big fish to his name; he has guided anglers to catch fish over 200lb from the shore. Depending on what you’d like to catch, we have a range of different marks on offer, including jetty’s straight into deep water to the more extreme rock fishing marks to test your skills.
On most of our norway sea fishing holidays, anglers like to take their tackle; however, it’s also available to hire if you wish. The camps supply Westin boat fishing rods and a variety of top-end multipliers. There are also a small number of lighter rods for Plaice fishing. The majority of destinations also boast a fully stocked tackle shop on site that supplies everything you need for your entire weeks fishing.
The exception is our shore fishing camp which currently doesn’t provide terminal tackle but you can hire rods and reels. However, you will have a seat box and a tripod to use issued once you arrive at the camp.
We offer a wide range of fully guided sea fishing holidays to Norway, perfect for solo travellers, pairs of friends and even small groups. These trips are ideal for those who want to avoid the pressure of driving a boat, finding the fish or worrying about the weather, and by booking a guided trip, all these fears get alleviated. All you have to concentrate on is enjoying the fantastic fishing on offer.
Our guides are exceptionally experienced and have been fishing the Norwegian waters for many years, and all have the correct qualifications and certificates needed to guide you during your holiday.
Each day our guides will discuss with you what you’d like to fish for and the type of day you’d like to experience; whether you’d like a multi-species day, targeting everything that swims, or an out-and-out monster Halibut hunt, they can tailor it to suit you. Whatever your quarry for the day, your guide will also be on hand to advise about the best tackle, bait, rigs and lures to ensure you maximise your fishing when on the water.
As well as being excellent guides, they are also great people and many, who have been guiding for several years, have formed friendships with those anglers who visit and fish with them yearly.
The fishing season in Norway runs between March and October; however, depending on what you want to catch, there are peak months for each species. If you want the massive Skrei Cod from Soroya and Mefjord on your norway sea fishing holidays, then the peak months are March and April. If you want the huge Halibut and colossal Coalfish from Havoysund and the Lofoten Islands, then the months of June, July and August will put you in with the best chance.