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Family Cod & Halibut Fishing | Mefjord | North Norway

Tour code: NOR024
Overview
Category: Family Fishing, Sea Fishing

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 specimens coming out of the waters at various times of the year but there are also a huge variety of activities to keep the whole family entertained such as hiking into the local mountains where you may encounter some of Norways most spectacular wildlife including Reindeer and Eagles. Mefjord is also renowned for its Northern lights shows, the lack of artificial light here makes seeing these wonders of nature a very big possibility.

Location

Being located up in the Arctic Circle the destination of Mefjord is a beautiful little Norwegian fishing village, steeped in history. This camp is set in some of Norway’s most picturesque scenery. Surrounded by mountains you will never tire of the views you will wake up to day after day. In winter these mountains are covered in snow and offer the chance for some phenomenal photograph opportunities. Come summer time the mountains change into a sea of greenery as the new fresh growth appears creating a vibrant view that just has to be seen.

Fishing

You will be fishing the North sea and these waters are rich with life and nutrients which makes for some incredible fishing at certain times of the year. In March and April the Skrei Cod flood these waters to breed creating some of the best big cod fishing that you will find anywhere in Norway. These Cod reach astronomical sizes with fish being in excess of 70lb and the chance of a 90lb+ fish being a possibility. These fish are caught by drifting over the shoals and using shads to entice them to smash your rod over and give you a fight from a Cod like would never have experienced before.

As the waters warm up the fishing changes and Halibut becomes the main fish to target. These enormous flatfish can be targeted in the fjords or the open sea with some monster fish lurking beneath the waves that can be caught using either trolled dead baits or by jig fishing from the boats. One of the best things about fishing in the summer in Norway is the fact you can fish in the midnight sun. This is where the sun does not set properly leaving just twilight.

Boats

There are 20 boats parked at the two floating bridges. The boats you will using are 19ft Kværnø aluminium boats equipped with 50 hp four stroke engines, GPS, chart plotter and fish finder. The boats are very good and safe for the conditions that are on the far side of the island, towards open ocean. The boats are also equipped with AIS (Automatic Identification System) to improve security and safety. This makes sure we can follow your boat’s position from the land and send a rescue boat in case of an emergency.

Guides

If you would like a little more comfort at Mefjord we can organise special custom-made packages for guests who enjoy the comfort and extraordinary experience of big fish hunting, especially cod and halibut fishing on Senja. Our V.I.P, fully equipped 36 ft Big Boat is especially recommended for a greater experience. We can offer you three different levels of experience on board this stunning boat.

  • The Deluxe Fishing Experience Silver – Big boat rental (36 feet), Experienced captain and fishing guide.
  • Deluxe Fishing Experience Gold – Includes the above but also comes with all fishing equipment, flotation suits and a filleting service.
  • Deluxe Fishing Experience Platinum – Includes the above with 24/7 Exclusive services and priority VIP assistance and Helicopter airport transfers
  • This deluxe fishing boat is capable of taking up to 12 people but only 4-5 fishing at once. All the above can be booked and you must speak to a member of the Sportquest Holidays team for any additional costs.

Other Activities

Mefjord is also a brilliant destination to travel to if you enjoy spotting wildlife. You will have the opportunity of seeing sea eagles swooping down to take fish from the water and reindeer wandering the local area looking for their next meal. When out at sea you will be captivated by the many Puffins and Gannets that you will see diving for baitfish on the water, these beautiful birds will provide many a great photo opportunity if the fishing slows down. If you are very lucky you may encounter the humpback whales that come into the area to feast on the huge shoals of baitfish that appear at certain times of the year.

If you have any questions on our Mefjord sea fishing trips contact us in the office, our experienced team will be happy to help you with any queries you have. Additionally, you can request a free brochure.

You can see all our sea fishing holidays in Norway here.

Accommodation
Mefjord Lodge
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Each of our large cabins has a small terrace over looking the sea and benefits of stunning views. Our cabins have a living room equipped with cable TV and free WiFi. There are two bedrooms, the first ground floor bedroom has two bunk beds and the loft bedroom has two single beds. The kitchen is fully equipped and the bathroom is spacious and roomy with a shower.

At this destination, there are many other activities to take part in during the evening such as a fully dedicated BBQ area which you can hire. There is also an outdoor wood-fired hot tub, a sauna and a solarium all hireable for a small fee and is a great way to relax after a hard days fishing.

Board: Self Catering
Rooms: 2 x twin rooms
Internet: Free WiFi
Power: 230 volts
Meals: Onsite restaurant (not included)
Alcohol: Available to purchase
Equipment Hire: Chargeable
Shop: Tackle shop
Cards Accepted: Debit / Credit Cards
Cash Accepted: Norwegian Kroner
Freezer Room: Walk in freezer
Filleting Area: Dedicated filleting area
Northern Lights Apartment Mefjord
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These high-quality apartments have been built with the fisherman in mind with them being located right by the floating docks. They are very modern and come equipped with all the mod cons to make your stay as enjoyable as possible.

These are ideal if your group is larger than 4 and can accommodate up to 8 people. There are 5 bedrooms (3 single bedrooms, 2 twin bedrooms) with the option for an extra bed for an 8th person. There is a lovely decorated spacious living room with a couple of different seating areas. The kitchen comes complete with all amenities from a large fridge freezer to big cooking facilities.

Each of the apartments has access to a spacious terrace overlooking the ocean offering stunning views of the Northern Lights and at the right time of the year, a great Whale viewing point.

Board: Self catering
Rooms: Twin rooms
Internet: Free WiFi
Power: 230 volts
Meals: Onsite restaurant (not included)
Alcohol: Available to purchase
Equipment Hire: Chargeable
Shop: Tackle shop
Cards Accepted: Debit / Credit cards
Cash Accepted: Norwegian Kroner
Freezer Room: Walk in freezer
Filleting Area: Dedicated filleting area
Species Information
Cod
Season: March to October
Peak: March to May
Weight: 10lb to 90lb
Average Weight: 30lb
Halibut
Season: May to September
Peak: June to September
Weight: 20lb to 350lb
Average Weight: 60lb
Coalfish
Season: May to September
Peak: June to September
Weight: 5lb to 40lb
Average Weight: 15lb
Plaice
Season: May to September
Peak: July to September
Weight: 1lb to 8lb
Average Weight: 4lb
Wolfish
Season: March to October
Peak: March to October
Weight: 5lb to 15lb
Average Weight: 7lb
Suggested Itinerary

Although the fishing has set weeks, we have daily flights departing from the UK, therefore should you wish to either extend your stay with additional days at the beginning or end in Norway, the itinerary below can be tailored to suit.

DAY 1:

Depart UK (alternative routes available)
Arrive Oslo
Depart Oslo
Arrive Bardufoss

After you have cleared customs, our holiday representative will greet you.

Transfer takes approx 1.5 hrs.

Once you arrive at the camp, our representative will show you around the cabin and give you a very quick briefing on the boats and the equipment supplied.

After this you are free to fish.

Overnight Accommodation: Norwegian Cabin (Twin Rooms) R/O

DAYS 2 & 3: Fishing Days.

As you have your own boat, there is no time limit to how much or how little you wish to fish and even at certain times of the year, it remains daylight for 24hrs.

The fishing can be as close as a couple of minutes steam from the cabins. We provide you with many different GPS marks to try as far as 20 km from the camp.

Overnight Accommodation: Norwegian Cabin (Twin Rooms) R/O

DAYS 4 & 5: Fishing Days.

There are chart plotters on all the boats with preprogrammed fishing marks. These are updated regularly

There are still many marks that we have yet to fish so why not explore, as there are new marks around every corner.

Overnight Accommodation: Norwegian Cabin (Twin Rooms) R/O

DAYS 6 & 7: Fishing Days.

It is your responsibility to refuel the boats after each day of fishing.

There is at this camp a BBQ area which you can hire for a small fee that comes complete with seating area and coal for you to cook your fresh catch.

Overnight Accommodation: Norwegian Cabin (Twin Rooms) R/O

DAY 8:

In the morning our representative will transfer you back to the airport ready for your departure flight back to the UK.

Depart Bardufoss
Arrive Oslo
Depart Oslo
Arrive UK

Dates & Prices

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We are so confident that our packaged prices are the best available and offer great value for money.

If, however, you find an identical holiday available with any other fully bonded Tour Operator at a lower price, we will match that price.

Price Notes

Prices are based on four adults sharing transfers, fishing and accommodation (unless otherwise stated) and are correct at the time of going to press. Subject to time of year or date and currency fluctuations, these prices may fluctuate slightly due to flight price increases or fuel surcharge.

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Price Supplements

3 people sharing accommodation & boat additional £240 pp

2 people sharing accommodation & boat additional £500 pp

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What's Included & Excluded
Included
  • All international flights (Based on London departure)
  • Transfers to and from Mefjord and Bardufoss
  • All accommodation as per itinerary
  • 6 days fishing via self drive boat
  • Fishing boat
  • GPS
  • Chart Plotter
  • Echo / fish finder
  • Boat safety equipment
  • Life jackets
  • Bed linen, towels and final cabin cleaning
Excluded
  • Fuel for boat
  • Fishing tackle
  • Personal holiday insurance
  • Meals
  • Final boat cleaning
Options

Other UK departure airports are possible (additional cost) Please call a member of the Sportquest team for further information.

Additional luggage can be added, please enquire about up to date prices
Rod & Reel hire £120 pr week
Flotation suit hire £100 per week
Boat Cleaning £50

Restaurant:

Breakfast starting from £14 pp
Lunch pack (Take away) starting from £14 pp
Dinner starting from £28 pp
Dinner (two course) starting from £35 pp
Full Board starting from £70 pp per day

Tour Notes

Visa

A machine-readable passport with at least 6 months before expiry. No visa for UK citizens required.

Medical Requirements

No vaccinations currently required

Please Note

All details of visa and medical requirements are correct at time of press however please check these requirements for changes.

Departure tax

There is no additional airport departure tax when leaving Norway

Flight Route & Flight Time

UK – Oslo (approx 3 hrs) Oslo to Bardufoss (approx 45 mins)

Baggage Allowance

Your actual allowance is based on both which airline you are flying with and also what class of seat you are travelling in. Normally in economy it is 1 checked bag, Premium Economy / Business 2 checked bags, First 3 checked bags. In addition to your checked bags you are also allowed 1 cabin bag and either 1-laptop bag or ladies handbag. The actual size and weight limit for bags is dependent on the airline. We therefore recommend that once your flights are booked you check on the airlines website for the up to date allowances.

If your itinerary includes private light aircraft or helicopter flights we will advise you on your baggage and weight allowance.

Transfer Time

Bardufoss – Resort (approx 1.5 hrs)

Questions & Answers

Where is the Lodge?

Mefjord Brygge is located on the Island of Senja, Norway’s largest Island. Located in the North of Norway Senja is a stunning Island capped by some huge mountains and stunning scenery. With it only being a short 1-hour transfer from the nearest airport sea fishing Mefjord is a great destination.

Where do they fish?

The great thing with sea fishing in Mefjord 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 directly in front of the fjord where the cabins are located, around a 15-minute drive. The Halibut grounds are as close as 5 minutes from the harbour. However, there are many different fjords around the Island of Senja for you to try.

What fish will I catch?

The sea fishing in Mefjord 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 smaller species can be found in this area such as the Scorpionfish, Plaice, Dabs and the lesser-caught Tadpole fish.

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 hotel manager and staff all speak perfect English and will always help you with any questions that may arise.

Who is best suited to this destination?

Mefjord is a great destination for all, as the accommodation, restaurant/bar, boats 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 but at low tide, the gangway to the floating dock can be fairly steep. 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 Bardufoss. This is where a representative from Mefjord Brygge will be waiting with a minibus and trailer to transfer you to the cabins which takes around 1 hour.

What is the accommodation like?

At Mefjord Brygge we have three different styles of accommodation, the Northern Lights Apartments that are for larger groups of up to 8 people or groups of 4 who are looking at having single rooms. We also have the standard 4 person cabins, which are the most popular with sea anglers. Lastly, we have the Houses which are a lot more traditional and are located a little further away from the boats.

What is the food like?

It is possible to have full board at this destination, which is a huge bonus. The breakfast is a continental style breakfast. At lunch you will get a choice of sandwiches and snacks to take out fishing and then in the evening you will get a cooked meal. The evening meals are stunning and a huge selection is on offer from whale steaks to pizza.

Does the lodge provide fishing tackle?

Mefjord Brygge 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?

Mefjord is the perfect destination for the most active of families with guided mountain walks (3 different difficulty levels), excellent cycle routes (maps and bikes provided at extra charge), snowshoe walking tours up some of Norways most stunning scenic routes, Northern Lights safari, Sea Eagle safaris, Arctic boat Whale safaris and mountain skiing guided tours. If you would like a day off from these energetic activities we can arrange a guided tour to Tromso so you can spend the day looking round some lovely museums and do some shopping.

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’ tab above.

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.

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