Halibut & Coalfish Fishing | Å | Northern Norway
This spectacular sea fishing destination is exclusive to Sportquest Holidays and includes everything you need for an action-packed weeks fishing. Subject to availability you will receive a full day guided fishing free of charge. On top of this, there is a fully stocked tackle shop on site so you can turn up with no end tackle and be rest assured that you can purchase everything you need for a full weeks fishing at very good prices. They also have a huge array of hire or hire equipment from rods and reels for Halibut and Cod fishing to lighter rods and reels for bait fishing.
This destination is located in a village called Å, in English this translates to ‘Stream’. The reason for this is because of the well-known Moskenesströmmen that is located nearby which is one of the strongest maelstroms (where two tides collide) in the world. Here the difference between high and low tides vary by almost four meters and the water can move at up to 6 knots. One moment you can be fishing in flat calm waters then when the two tides start to collide you are surrounded by boiling water. This is when the Coalfish start to feed hard because all of the baitfish get spun around and disorientated meaning the Coalfish can take full advantage of this.
This part of Norway is now made a huge name for itself with the outstanding Halibut fishing and Coalfish fishing that occurs from June onwards. The start of the season is proving to be very good for the mighty Skrei Cod and commercial boats have landed them over the huge magical mark of 88lb. The Skrei Cod come in from the Barents Sea to feed up in the nutrient-rich waters that surround the Lofoten Islands and with the boats you will be using, it’s only a short steam out to some pretty good fishing grounds.
The reason why so many anglers head to the Lofoten Islands in search of the huge species is because the fishing grounds are mostly right on your doorstep. The ‘Stream’ is located a short 15-minute boat ride from the marina so no time is lost in getting to the peak area of this location. On the way to the stream, you will also pass some pretty amazing spots for Plaice fishing. Little coves and beaches frequent the shoreline and some of these have never seen an angler so they are always worth stopping off at as you never know what you will catch.
The main draw to this destination is the Halibut and Coalfish. Last year there were more Halibut caught over the magical 2m mark than all the other destinations we offer in Norway. The Coalfish fishing is also a very big draw for many sports fishermen. Fish averaging 20lb plus are now classed as small, a 40lb Coalfish is now a reality rather than a dream with fishing techniques such as popper and lure fishing being the chosen way to attract the larger Coalfish. There is nothing better than seeing a huge black Coalfish leap out of the water with your lure hanging out of its mouth, it’s a pure adrenalin rush.
At Å we have 10 of the best fully equipped fishing boats from a Swedish company called Arronet. These boats have been carefully designed to be fast, stable at sea even in the roughest off conditions and of course for their reliability. They all come fitted with Suzuki 150hp 4 stroke engines which again have been carefully picked for the reliability, how fuel efficient they are and also how good the service is from Suzuki. All boats come with the most up to date Garmin fish finders, chart plotters and VHF radios. Each boat has the AIS system fitted meaning that our guides at the cabins can constantly monitor where each boat is at any time during the fishing days. This is with safety in mind as if there is any issue they will know exactly where each boat is.
The guides on site are there to meet you from the airports or ferry terminals and transfer you and all your luggage to your cabin. They are then on hand 24 hours a day to make sure your fishing experience is the best it can be, they even give you a full day’s guided fishing free of charge (subject to availability) where they will take you to some of their hotspots and show you how to fish for Halibut, Coalfish and Plaice. The guides all speak fluent English along with many other languages and will go out of their way to ensure your holiday runs smoothly. If you have any questions when you are away, the guides are the first port of call.
Lofoten islands is a major attraction for many tourists as the scenery is like nothing else in Norway. The local Norwegians have nicknamed this part of Norway as ‘The Jewel of Norway’ and once you have spent a short time there you will see why for yourself. At the destination, there are a few other activities on offer such as the comprehensive fishing village museum displaying 150-year fishing artefacts. There is a small bakery on site that is many years old and still produces bread and cakes as they used to all of those years ago. There are also many different trails and walks you can follow and these will take you to some of the most stunning views looking across the open ocean, mountain lakes and spectacular waterfalls.
The “Rorbu” (fisher or oarsman cabin) was formerly used by the Lofoten fishermen as a working and sleeping place. These accommodations have been renovated in the last years and adapted to the tourist requirements.
All accommodations are located next to or on the harbour. From most of the windows, you have a good view of the mountains or the sea. Nearly all cabins have a veranda outside. The buildings are listed buildings and are preserved in their original state to a large extent. Even though the cabins are rustic they are the perfect base for a weeks fishing.
These cabins are basic but very clean and very well maintained. Each cabin has a well-stocked kitchen with cooker and cooking rings, an extractor fan, a good sized fridge and cutlery. There is no microwave and some of the cabins do not have a freezer so you will have to use the main walk-in freezer. The bathroom comes with a powerful shower, toilet and sinks with a wall heater. The bedrooms have single and/or bunk beds. Bed linen and towels are included.
Season: May to September
Peak: June to September
Weight: 20lb to 450lb
Average Weight: 80lb
Season: April to September
Peak: April to June
Weight: 10lb to 80lb
Average Weight: 25lb
Season: May to September
Peak: June to September
Weight: 5lb to 48lb
Average Weight: 20lb
Season: May to September
Peak: July to September
Weight: 1lb to 8lb
Average Weight: 4lb
Season: April to September
Weight: 5lb to 30lb
Average Weight: 9lb
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.
Depart UK (alternative routes available)
Once you have picked up your luggage and cleared customs, you will make your way outside of the terminal where there will be a Sportquest Holidays representative waiting to transfer you to the ferry terminal. This takes 5 minutes.
Once you have arrived at the ferry terminal you will have to make your way to the booking office to purchase your ferry crossing ticket. Please note, the ticket is not included. (Ferry crossing approx. 3hrs).
On arrival at Moskenes, you will be met and transferred to the fishing camp. (Approx 5 mins).
Overnight Accommodation: Norwegian Cabins (Twin rooms) S/C.
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.
Our guides will make sure you are fishing in the right areas for your chosen species.
Overnight Accommodation: Norwegian Cabins (Twin rooms) S/C.
DAYS 4 & 5: Fishing Days.
Our guides at this camp will be on hand each day to help you get the most out of your stay with them. It is also possible (subject to availability) that the guides will come aboard your boat and show you around, taking you to some of their hotspots. This is a free service and is a great help if it’s your first time.
Overnight Accommodation: Norwegian Cabins (Twin rooms) S/C
DAYS 6 & 7: Fishing Days.
The area around Lofoten is famous for its flatfish species, so with this in mind why not have a break from the hard fighting species of Norway and try targeting the Plaice that surround this part of Norway.
Simply find a nice quiet bay with a sandy bottom and fish away.
Overnight Accommodation: Norwegian Cabins (Twin rooms) S/C
In the morning you will check out of your cabin and then be transferred back to Moskenes ferry terminal for your crossing back to Bodo. Once you arrive at Bodo you will be met and transferred to the airport.
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3 anglers sharing 1 cabin and 1 boat additional £227 pp
2 anglers sharing 1 cabin and 1 boat additional £654 pp
Full Board Option additional £399 per person
Breakfast Only Option additional £175 per person
Breakfast and Lunch Only Option additional £225 per person
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- All international flights (Based on London departure)
- Transfers from Bodo airport to Ferry terminal return
- Transfers from Moskenes to Å
- All accommodation as per itinerary
- 6 days fishing via self drive boat
- Fishing Boat with Sonar, chart plotter (GPS), VHF & radar
- Freezer storage for your fish
- Access to professional guide for guidance
- Bed linen, towels and final cabin cleaning
- Ferry ticket
- Fuel for boat
- Fishing tackle
- Personal holiday insurance
- Final boat cleaning
Other UK departure airports are possible (additional cost) Please call a member of the Sportquest team for further information.
There is an alternative flight route which can land at Leknes via Bodo cutting out the ferry crossing. If you are interested in this option please call for an up to date price and availability.
Fishing equipment (rod, reel, line) £50 pr week
Survival suits £40 pr week
A machine-readable passport with at least 6 months before expiry. No visa for UK citizens required.
No vaccinations currently required
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There is no additional airport departure tax when leaving Norway
Flight Route & Flight Time
UK – Oslo (approx 2 hrs)
Oslo to Bodo (approx 1hr)
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.
Bodo airport to Bodo ferry terminal (approx. 5mins)
Ferry crossing Bodo to Moskenes (approx. 3hrs)
Moskenes ferry terminal to Å (approx. 5mins)
Where is the destination?
Å is located at the very bottom of the Lofoten islands in North Norway with its location only being a short boat ride to the open ocean, it is the perfect spot to reach some of the best grounds in the whole of Norway. On one side of the Lofoten islands you have sheltered fjords and on the other side is the open ocean, which is where all the best fishing grounds can be found.
Where do they fish?
There is a large area 20 minutes from the cabins called the Moskenesströmmen. It’s an area where two currents collide which creates huge boils as the tide clash making for some excellent fishing. When the two tides meet all the baitfish in the area get sucked into this and then thrown around and in turn, the Coalfish go crazy by smashing all the bait as it is disorientated. This incredible spectacle lasts for around an hour and you can experience some of the best fishing you will ever get. The main Halibut grounds are located on the edges of the stream as the Halibut hunt for any leftover baitfish being thrown from the currents meeting.
How long does it take to reach the fishing grounds?
If you planning on fishing the mainstream then it will take approx. 20 – 40 minutes depending on where in the stream you want to fish. If you want to target the Cod you will have to go around the bottom of the island and then head up the North side. This journey will take longer to reach and can be anything from 50 – 80 minutes to reach the main Cod grounds where big shoals can be found.
What fish will I catch?
The main species will be the Halibut and Coalfish, both can be caught in the same area and with a constant run of bait, the Coalfish are always obliging to feed. There are some very good Plaice grounds in the many bays that cut into the Island. The Cod grounds are on the north side of the island and they hold some big Cod and of course, you never know when you are going to get a bite from the Wolfish.
How many fish will I catch?
When you are Halibut fishing you should set yourself a target of a Halibut a day. It is very similar to big game hunting and Halibut do not swim in shoals so one very large Halibut would normally be on its own and have its own little area. However, on the perfect days, you could catch any amount of Halibut and double-figure amounts of Halibut have been caught in one day.
If you chose to fish the Coalfish then the answer would be, how many can you cope with catching? There are lots of big Coalfish there and normally you will only get a rest when you put the rod down as your back is aching. This is the same with the Cod, the shoals are very large and when they are feeding you should be catching regularly.
How do they fish?
When the day is spent Halibut fishing there are several main methods, the first is fishing with bait attached to a piece of terminal tackle called a Halibut Anti Twist lead. This along with the bait of your choice is then lowered to the bottom and then reeled up a couple of metres from the bottom. It is important to keep in touch with the bottom either by watching the fish finder or lowering it to the bottom every 5 minutes then wind up a couple of metres.
The same technique is applied to shad fishing but without the need for the Halibut anti-twist lead. You need to be a little more active with the shad and give the shad some life by sweeping your rod backwards and forwards (not up and down). The bite can be very subtle so concentration is needed for this style
Do the guides speak English?
The guides speak perfect English along with lots of other languages.
Who is best suited to this destination?
This destination is a little more demanding than most of the other destinations in Norway as most of the fishing is taking place in and around the stream and boat handling whilst fishing is sometimes difficult. It does normally only take a couple of days getting used to it but make sure that you concentrate at all times as it very easy to get the boat in a spin and everyone onboard will get into a tangle. There are lots of other areas to fish around Å on the Lofoten Islands so if this area is too much for you then drop out of the stream and fish different marks.
What skill level is required?
The fishing is just like anywhere else in Norway and as long as you have a little bit of sea fishing knowledge then the rest will come naturally. If you find yourself struggling we do have guides on hand to help in any way you need them. We do also try to ensure you get at least one days worth of free guiding during your stay and the other days you are more than welcome to follow our guide
How physically demanding is this trip?
This depends on where you are fishing, if you choose to spend the majority of your time fishing the stream then it is fairly demanding on your leg muscles as the water is very choppy and keeping your balance is very necessary. All the other marks are fairly straightforward and as long as you can stand in a boat you will be fine.
When is the best time to go?
The season at Å is from April to October with the early season dates being better for the Cod and then once June comes the stream tends to start to fill with lots of big Coalfish. Once June turns to July and the Mackerel turn up the Halibut are not far behind them. Once the Mackerel turn up the Halibut and Coalfish go crazy and the mainstream fishes very well. We recommend looking at weeks where the moon is half so the tides are too big.
How will I get there?
Depending on whereabouts you are travelling from in the UK, we would normally fly people to Oslo with SAS then from Oslo to Bodo. We will have a transfer vehicle waiting to take you to the ferry terminal where you will board the fast ferry to Moskenese which is around about 5 minutes from the destination. Once you have enjoyed your mini cruise and docked there will be yet another vehicle waiting to transfer you and your luggage to your cabin.
What is the accommodation like?
The cabins at Å are kept in a traditional Norwegian way. These cabins have been standing there for many years and use to be used by Norwegian fishermen who use to fish the waters from rowing boats. There is evidence of this in the stylish décor in all the cabins. In the cabins there is a fully working modern oven with 2 hot plates, a large fridge and the entire normal cutlery range is available in each cabin.
What is the food like?
At Å there is a very nice restaurant available 7 days a week during the summer months. Also attached to the restaurant is a nice lively bar serving lovely wine and beer. The food at the restaurant is very modern and you will find something that meets everyone’s taste.
Does the hotel provide fishing tackle?
You can hire all your rods and reels and they are top of the range equipment. Most rods are Westin boat coupled with Shimano Talica reels. These need to be pre-booked to ensure that they are reserved. You can also hire top quality flotation suits but again we would recommend hiring these in advance. At most of our destinations in Norway, there is an onsite tackle shop selling everything you will need at very good prices.
Is internet and phone signal available?
In most of the cabins you will get free Wi-Fi and is very fast, but if you are in the outer cabins then it may be a little slower. If you need the Wi-Fi just walk down to the bar area where it is very quick. Phone signal around the whole of Norway is excellent and there are not many areas where you will not full bars and also 3G or 4G
Are there other activities available?
Yes, there is a local museum only a few minutes walk from the cabins. This museum shows local artefacts from the olden fishing days and local fish factories. You can also organise a couple of hours on the rib boat that will take you out on the stream at high speeds. The area you are staying in is stunning and the guides will advise you on some walking nature trails and of course, there is the restaurant that serves lovely food.
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 on our tour page.
We also offers hosted trips to Å each year, which are ideal for single anglers.
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3rd trip to Å in Norway. Guides very helpful weather was good. Boats and fishing gear are of excellent quality. Prices seem to go up on everything but thats just life. A discount for regular customers would be nice
Hello Michael, really glad to hear you loved your trip again. Unfortunately things do go up in price and its something that we can not control. Maybe next time you book something we can do you a deal.......
All the best
Great fishing as always. Take a mug for a brew cups are small in accommodation.
The mattress are flat so not the best seep but if you fish all day you dont feel the pain.
Only 2 pans in accommodation need more as 4 people in there.
Hi Michael, thanks for the feedback and glad you guys enjoyed it again. The fishing is on fire at the moment. Great little tip about the cups. I always have a mug with me when i go there as the cups, like you say, are tiny and you end up having to make lots to just get a good cups worth.
I will mention to them about the pots and pans as I have noticed it before.
All the best
One of the best fishing trips so far - and we have some crackers in Florida. The Coalfish fishing was outstanding in A. We were catching them up to 35LB on quite light spinning gear. And the Halibut??? Top fish over 200LBs!! And our final day we had a quadrupal hook up..... Outstanding Many thanks
Hi Rob, thank you so much for your feedback. I told you guys you would love it.... The fishing there is some of the best in the whole of Norway and so glad you guys got to experience it.
GT's next!! I have the perfect destination for you guys, Madagascar....
Tight lines and speak soon
Info supplied was great. Great fishing equipment / Boat and fishing
Daily Briefings from Guides to discuss weather / tides and potential fishing areas.
Taxi at airport / ferry more visible
Accommodation - Would be nice to have a tv (when get in at night or when cant get out)
and a toaster / microwave
Thanks for your feedback and some good points raised. I completely agree the equipment / boats and fishing is world class in Norway.
I have mentioned a few times to the owner of the cabins about the TV and microwave being added but they have always said that they want to keep the cabins rustic and away from the modern world. I can kind of understand where they are coming from but as you mentioned it would be nice to have this to use if you so wish. Hopefully one day they may change their minds.
They are going to put in place some better signage on the transfer / taxi as this has been mentioned a couple of times and a very easy thing to fix
Let me know when you have decided about some dates and we can get something fixed in place.
No Sportquest rep to transfer us to the harbour so we grabbed a taxi. as it turned out he was there but was looking for Nordic Angling anglers.
All the best
Thank you for the feedback.
We will put this forward to the staff at Nordic Sea Angling and suggest that the transfer is looking out for Sportquest Holidays too
Weather windy every day / lost 3.5 days fishing. But despite that we had a wonderful week. Met three fantastic blokes/ Enjoyed every minute / pity about the weather.
Thank you for the feedback it sounds like despite the weather gods trying their hardest to put a dampener on your week you had a good time.
That is what our hosted trips are about, fishing with like minded anglers all in it for the same thing and it is always nice when you return home having made new friends.
We had 3 days fishing because weather can't be helped. First day fishing 1 fish caught between 4 people expect a lot better.
Not many fish caught al holiday been to a lot better places in Norway
Guide was very good but fishing was rubbish
We were aware of the weather whilst you were out there but unfortunately as you say it cannot be helped, it looks like you made the best of a bad situation though.
As you know when fishing for halibut you are fishing for a specimen fish and not a shoal fish which does mean that the fishing can be slow and sometimes it can only be 1 fish to the boat some days whereas other days it can be a lot more productive.
Hopefully I get to speak to you in the near future.
The trip to Å, Lofoton, Norway was organised by my wife. The only problem was the transfers in Bodo. We had no idea where to meet the taxi at either transfer and there was no means of recognising the transport.I know that taxi drivers the world over aim to deal with any job as quickly as possible. However, Having been left to get our own taxi from Bodø airport to the ferry, we arrived with only a few minutes to spare.
The return transfer from the ferry to the airport was equally as chaotic. We followed regular Lofoton fishermen, who were Norwegian I think, who led us to a taxi with a trailer. there was no Sportquest insignia or request as to which company we were travelling with. We just got in the car.
My concern was that if anybody else had followed the Norwegian Fishers, we again would have been stranded. I suggest a more rigorous system for holiday makers identifying their transport, or a voucher system thus ensuring the taxi driver only got paid for transferring the correct passengers.
By the way, everything was excellent.
Hi Mark, thank you for your feedback and yes it is something we need to address. The problem is the transfer guy is picking people up from several different companies across Europe so having a board up would not work.
The transfer guy is normally stood right outside the terminal doors, but maybe he was running late. So sorry for the mix up and glad you still managed to have an excellent time
All the best Paul
Lofoton and Å were excellent. André, our guide was very helpful, attentive and took us to some great spots for fishing. Taking food in the cool boxes worked well. The stop over Oslo hotel put our frozen fish in their big freezer. We would definitely return; but think we'll try the trip to Iceland in a couple of years. My husband already mentioned the problem with Bodo transfers. (It would have been more efficient if you had noted that I mentionedI didn't have a reception for mobile phone at home ie leave messages on landline & only use mobile for holiday, then I wouldn't have missed your calls.)
Hi Claire, thank you for taking the time to fill out the feedback forms. So please you both had a fantastic holiday (shame about the transfer) I have put a big note at the top of your profile saying about the landline
All the best and speak soon
An amazing adventure. Beautiful place. I cannot fault anything about the trip.
Marcus the guide looked after us as well. Fishing was great; many, many Cod up to 39 pounds, large Coalfish, Ling and on my last day managed a 49 pound Halibut! Acomodation was lovely, and a lovely atmosphereat the camp. (Maybe a little more instruction and advice about using equipment i.e sounder and GPS. I felt the guide is used to more experienced clients.)
From what you have said it sounds like you had a great time with some cracking fish.
Where to next is the big question??
Great holiday thank you
Thank you for your review
Just back from our third visit to 'A'. Fantastic place, fishing superb. day 1 we managed to get out and managed 3 Halibut, haddock, Cod, Dabs and a nice Coley. Unfortunately the weather wasn't good on the rest of the week so made fishing very hard. We managed to get out on the last day and landed 6 Halibut. We had arranged a competition with the guide boat and his French guests and we beat them 2nd year in a row. England 2 Swedes 0 Haha. Alexander the guide here is superb as is Martin in Nappstrumen. We can't thank them enough for all the advice and tackle required to catch Halibut. Really nice guys and made our holiday all that more special. Will definitely go back to 'A'. Flights and luggage:- I think a mention to all guests flying to Oslo, check that your luggage is being transferred as we were lucky to get ours again after losing it last year. Cabins could definitely do with a Microwave, Toaster and Possibly a T.V. for days when no fishing. Apart from that they are superb. Boats and tackle are first class.
Thanks for the feedback on your holiday. Å really is a fantastic place and it is great to hear you caught some fish. Well done on beating the guide boat, those guides are at the top of their game and are all really great guys who will do anything to help the customers catch more fish. With regards to the luggage going through Oslo we do strongly talk about this in everybody's final departure paperwork. Its nice to hear you will be going back to Å in the near future.
All the best
All very good. Will go again next year. When we go again can we have 1 hat per person. Had to toss coin for who got hat. I lost. The boats were excellent. All in all 10/10
Cheers - Thanks. Brilliant service.
Great to hear you had a good time at Å, we will certainly make sure you receive your hats next time.
Moskenesströmmen - Coalies amazing fishing!
Would prefer Heathrow and a flight in the morning + afternoon. One day travelling if possible.
Hi Paul, when you booked the holiday they didnt offer the flight route that they do now. Now it is travelling in one day from Heathrow so much better.
The fishing at Å is amazing and something every sea angler should experience
All the best
Flights and connections excellent and minibus. Shads waste of time, a lot of money spent by my party and not required. Surface lures a must, take 5 - 10 with large trebles, upgrade link to 65LB with 80LB leaders. Coalfish so powerful, incredible fun 100%
Fuel costs, £80 each boat per day, some groups moaning about costs. £500 for the fuel bit of a surprise for some. Guides top, good boat skills, use of van excellent. Second pillow would be good.
Best bit, seeing all my mates hooked up to Coalfish 'incredible' + my halibut
Better than we all expected.
Great photos had by all. Will collect photos to put on USB for you
Hi Tom, thanks for taking the time to fill out and send back your feed back form.
Sounds like you guys had a great time and caught plenty of those huge Coalfish.
Thats strange you say about the shads being a waste of time as when I went there in June they wouldn't take anything else apart from shads..... deadbait rigs just didn't work but I guess the fish feed differently day to day. We do try and recommend as much information as we can and to be honest I am now starting to suggest people just buy their tackle from the onsite tackle shops, that way people don't take the wrong items
Good bit of advice about the surface lures, I would also always recommend removing hooks and split rings that come fitted on any lures.
The fuel bill is an average fuel bill. With it being £125pp based on 4 people on the boat I don't think is that bad for 6 days fishing.
Well done on your Halibut Tom I know you wanted one.
Have fun on your next adventure and we will catch up soon
All the best
Excellent week, guides are very good and provide a very professional services. Boats in top condition with good performance. We had a lucky week weather and winds wise. I think it could be a long week if you where unlucky to get a week of windy weather and could not get out to sea.
Hi Chris, thanks for taking the time to fill out your feedback form. All of the reviews are very important to future travellers.
Sounds like you guys had a brilliant time over at Å and experienced some of the finest Coalfishing Norway has to offer. I totally agree with you about the guides, they are very good at their jobs and will go out of their way to make your week go well.
Where to next for you guys? I will try and catch up with you all soon
All the best
Brilliant trip to Å Lofoten June 2017.
Will be back soon.
Hi Barry, thanks for your form and hopefully you are having yet another good holiday!
Å on the Lofoten Islands is amazing and a place any sea fishing angler should visit. Sounds like your whole group of 16 had a great time and hopefully we will be able to organise something for you guys soon
All the best
Nice place, great Coalfish fishing. "No Cod" !!!
Hi Patrick, I heard about the Cod fishing not being great. Its a shame as 3 weeks before you got there I was there and the Cod fishing was really good.
Glad you liked the location it is very special place.
All the best
Good all round fishing +++
Hi James, thanks for your feedback and it was great to chat with you. Sounds like you guys had some good fishing, shame about the Cod fishing.
All the best
Camp Å, Lofoten - great venue!
The best fishing for me is the Coalfish we caught them on rapala's towed at 3 knots. Also on poppers on the surface best to 18 kg. What a way to fish!
Hello Conan, Sounds like you guys had a great week and glad to hear that the coalies played ball. They are awesome fish and fight so hard. I personally think that Å is one of the best places for huge Coalfish.
Hopefully we get to see your pictures soon
Tight lines and thanks for your feedback
Would prefer Gatwick option and connecting flights very poor - long waits unacceptable really. Not good.
Hi Charles, thanks for your feedback. Unfortunately for this destination there is no way of taking flights from Gatwick unless you overnight in Oslo. We where ever possible try and book the most direct flights possible but we can only book what is available.
I believe you had some great fishing and you all caught some very large Halibut.
Hopefully we can catch up soon and tight lines
The fishing was excellent, great location.
Would advise any new angler to the area to book a guide on their first trip out. Local knowledge is a great help.
Highlight, catching colefish, two/three 20lb+ fish every drift. largest colefish 36lb
Would visit again
Hi Graham, thanks for your feedback. It is very important for us and the camp owners to know that we are getting things right.
This destination is awesome and the fishing is some of the best in Norway. Well done on that huge Coalfish
Guides and staff at Å were very good, organised and very polite.
Fishing was great!
We had two experienced boat handlers on our self - drive boats, but the "stream" could be a problem for the beginners / novice.
Thanks for your feedback and comments as it is very much appreciated.
I agree with your points as that stream current can be difficult. But if you are just sensible most people are fine.
Glad you and your group all had a good time.
I look forward in helping you all out again soon.
Thank you for sending in your feedback scores on the trip, looks like you had a good time.
You can comment if you so wish on the trip.
We look forward in dealing with you again in the near future.
No Bar / Restaurant open till mid May, so self-catering was only option for whole week!
We had a guide for our first day (Eric) who was brilliant. Meant we could fish the rest of the week knowing how and where to fish. We got afloat every day and caught lots of Cod to 19.5 kg and had 10 Halibut to 100 cm.
Catching Halibut is particularly good sport, they are very powerful fish.
All guides were very knowledgable, friendly and helpful.
Use of van was helpful.
Boats excellent and reliable.
We all thoroughly enjoyed the trip and all had P.B. fish.
Hello Colin, thank you for taking the time to send us your feedback. It is very helpful to future anglers.
Sorry we forgot to mention about the restaurant not opening until middle of May, hopefully you all managed to eat well. I was keeping track with our guides making sure you were catching and they all said you were having a good time.
Well done on the big Cod and especially the Halibut and yes they are great sport and absolutely pull your arms off.
Will be good to have a catch up soon.
All the best
For us worst part was getting to Heathrow airport.
Shame we couldn't fly from Norwich or Stansted.
Flights as expected and accommodation basic, but all that was needed for the holiday.
Plastic bags (small) to bring fish back would be good to mention.
Thanks for your feedback and also comments and tips for future customers. We can always look at alternative flights but it has such a huge impact on the cost and also duration / travel time of the holiday it is normally more effective to just travel to Gatwick.
I look forward in having you all again on another Sportquest Holidays sea fishing adventure.....
Tight Lines Peter
The trip was very well organised and the guides were exceptional. Spoke very clear English and very knowledgable.
Hi Thomas, thanks for your feedback. These forms are very important to us and the guides to make sure that everyone is doing the best they can.
Sounds like you guys had a good trip and caught plenty.
Hopefully we can help you out again next year
All the best
Great trip! Only disappointment - lost ALL luggage on way out, so didn't get cases until 2PM next day, which meant we lost most of our first days fishing, so maybe some discount when we book again for next year.
Hi Mark, thanks for your feedback. The problem is at the moment Oslo airport are trialling a new system where certain flights from around the world do not need to pick up their luggage when they arrive at Oslo. Unfortunately London flights to Oslo is such flights that they are trying this new system and with new systems there is always problems.
We have had a few people turn up to Norway and bags have not turned up. I believe that they work very hard to get the bags to you which I believe turned up the day after you arrived.
With regards to losing a days fishing, it maybe worth getting in touch with your insurance company and see what they say. If you need anything for your insurance company then get in touch
All the best
Second visit to A lofoten islands
Fantastic this time round as it was the 1st
PB for all of us on trip with halibut and plaice !!
Guides on site Martin and Alexander superb which made the trip a success with there expert knowledge and guiding
I have to say though we challenged them to an England vs Sweden fish off and for once unlike the football in recent years we beat them 1-0
And took great delight in playing them our national anthem before we set off the next morning 😃😃👍🏻Has some good laughs with these guys
All round superb place to fish
Accommodation adequate definitely worth a visit
Hi Wayne, thank you so much for your detailed feedback. They are a great help for future travellers and also very important to us as a company to ensure everything is how it should be.
The Plaice and Halibut fishing just seems to be unreal at this destination and so glad you managed one this year!! And yes Martin and Alexander are great guides and I have fished with both of them, highly recommend them to anyone.
A Huge congrats on the win I will rub his nose in it when I next see him.
All the very best
First day was spoilt as all of our luggage did not arrive until the next afternoon.
The kitchen was poorly equipped compared with last year.
Pictures already sent by Wayne and are on your website.
Hi Steve, its a real disappointment when bags are delayed in getting to you. I have had it happen to me and there is nothing worse, but really glad the fishing made up for this and you guys soon found yourselves some good Halibut and Plaice fishing.
Thanks for the pictures and I hope to make a report out of it soon
All the best
Your bags can now go to your destination, no need to pick them up in Oslo.
This is the second time I have been to Å in Norway and each time I have caught bigger Cod! 32 lb this time!
When you land at Leknes, go to supermarket and get enough bread + milk for your stay, as it is cheaper than local supermarkets!
Thanks for your feedback it is always a pleasure to have you guys.
Until next time keep fishing
For me the Coal fishing was excellent sport, they were so strong. I don't think guides have enough time to see everyone, so if on the first morning they took all the new people on their boats around to all the spots for different fish, this would give you the best idea of where to fish and save you a lot of wasted time and effort going to the wrong places. Once we got half a day with a guide, it all came together and on the last day there was at least 8 boats in the same location for Halibut.
Hello Adam, than you for taking time to send us back your feedback form. These are a very honest way of giving people some first hand experiences of where they are looking at travelling.
Sounds like you guys hit it big time with the Coalies and managed some monsters. I agree with you about the guides taking every one around on the first day but sometimes this is impossible as different people have different fishing schedules and some people want to go out as soon as they arrive. I will certainly mention it to the guides and maybe something for the future.
This year Å has fished its head off and hopefully you guys got the experience you were looking for and you would consider using our services again soon.
All the best
The best part, for me, was catching fish that I can't catch in England! Catching my first halibut was brilliant! I suggest that having more time with the guide at the beginning of the holiday would have been of benefit, as we didn't see him until a few days into the holiday. It was only for a short time - Martin the guide still has't e-mailed our photos. Could you chase this up please?
Hi Paul, great to hear you guys had great trip and caught plenty of fish you can not catch at home. The first ever pull from a Halibut is an awesome feeling.
I take on board what you have said about the guide being more available. With their only being a limited amount of guides its very hard for them to see every one. They do try to split their time
I believe you now have your photos and he apologies for the delay but he has been very busy.
All the best
Getting the right week for fishing weather wise
Awesome scenery and fishing
Everybody friendly and made welcome
Hello Colin, thanks for the feedback and by the sounds of it, it went very well and you all had a great time.
Good to see you guys have booked for next year, all 16 of you I am sure the guides will love to have you all back
The Lofoten Islands are stunning and some where every sea angler should visit.
I bet you guys are all counting down the days already
Really good trip all round
Nice people, very good boats. Accommodation good, but beds & rooms rather small for sharing
Hi Barry, thanks for your feedback its very important for us to know how trips went and also for future travellers.
Glad you loved your trip and I totally agree the boats are the best boats in Norway. Sounds like the fishing was very good as well.
The accommodation in Norway in general is all on the small size unfortunately.
I would love to organise the same trip for you guys next year. i will get in touch with you all very soon
all flights & transfers superb. Fishing guides great. Great fishing
Only big let down was the room only 1 bed very small and basic we did order a double room
Hi Conan, We are very sorry for the mistake with the accommodation, when we send through our bookings we get allocated a cabin that would fit the size of group. I had requested a two bedroomed cabin and I think between English and Norwegian there was a slight misunderstanding and you ended up with a two bedded cabin instead of a two bedroomed cabin.
For your booking next year I have made it very clear that you want two separate bedrooms that will sleep 4 people so you both can have a separate bedroom.
The pictures and video were brilliant of you guys catching those huge Coalies and looking forward to receiving many more pictures from you guys.
All the best
Awesome trip back again next year
Thanks Adrian, I love this destination the fishing for everything is great. Thanks for the pictures and videos I especially like the big Halibut that just wouldn't stay at the surface
All the best
Fantastic holiday from start to finish. 3 flights out and back with no problems at all. Lofoten such a magical place the fishing is just a bonus. First days fishing we saw killer Whales which came within 20 feet of our boat a real pleasure and fantastic pictures
Hi Wayne thanks for your feedback form it is very useful for future anglers wanting first hand experience of the destinations we offer. I have been to Å a few times now and love the place, its stunning surroundings are awesome plus like you say the fishing is a bonus.
We would be more than happy to get some dates fixed up for you guys next year. Just let me know
All the best
Excellent time, shame about how cold it was but I guess thats normally for April. We managed to find lots of big Cod but not much else. Great trip and thanks
Thanks Ray, we love this camp as we know the fishing is good. April is a funny month sometimes it can be minus and other times it maybe over 5 degrees. The Cod fishing in April around these Islands is fantastic and something we will be doing more of in the future. Thanks for your feedback and we will speak soon
Hello Melanie thank you so much for helping me put this trip together for our family. We really wanted some where that was not so remote as other places and this resort on the Lofoten Islands was perfect. The non anglers of the trip went on some stunning walks and even visited a museum which was unexpected. The fishermen had a great time and we had to put up with all the stories each evening. A great tip is to buy some coal from the supermarket and have BBQ on your terrace of the cabin. We had a BBQ one night at 2am in the bright sunshine... felt very strange.
Thank you for helping us Mel and we will be using you again next year.
Love from us all
Hi Rachel, thanks for your feedback it is so pleasing to read reviews like this and hope people feel the same. Having a bbq at that time of the night sounds amazing. Paul in the office has mentioned before about that museum and mentioned it was little bit strange but fun!
Look forward to speaking with you in the future
Paul & Mel, thanks for organising this for us it was really a trip of a lifetime. As you know we saved very hard for this and you made it run so well. Sebastian the guide worked hard for us making sure we caught as many different species. Thanks and we will sort some pictures out for you to do a blog
All our best
Kev, thank you for taking the time to fill out your feedback form. I shall send on your kind comments to Sebastian he will be very happy. If you want us to look at something for next year give us a call.
Glad it lived up to your expectations
All the best Paul
Great trip thanks for organising at short notice
Hello Peter, thats what we are here for. Glad you liked it and look forward to helping you in the future
Hello Paul, thanks for setting up this trip for our sea fishing group. Having to organise 12 people must of been a night mare for you. Every body commented on how well the trip ran with all transfers on time and guides to meet us at the camp. Only negative thing would be when you have a booking of 3 cabins is to try and get all three together as two of the cabins were next to each other but the other one was right the other side of the resort. Fishing was brilliant and we all managed some huge fish and a huge to Sebastian for pointing us in the right direction. We will be in touch for our next years trip
Hi Bert it was a challenge to get every ones details and money but we have great staff in the office who are use to it. We have already checked about what happened regarding the cabins not being together and the fact that the camp was full might of been the issue. Next time we will 100% make sure your cabins are next to each other.
Sebastian is a great guide, his humour is brilliant. I will try and get Paul to call you next week as he is in Norway as we speak.
Thanks for using Sportquest
What a disaster trip, the weather was not on our side and we lost two days fishing. Even though we found things to do around the camp it was still very sole destroying. When we did get out the fishing was good, unfortunately we did not connect with any Halibut but the Cod fishing was good and we had them to just short of 50LB. Do we get any money back for missing days? Would appreciate a call at some point to discuss this
Hello Bradley, I am so sorry to hear about the weather, May can be like that sometimes and is something we can not control. Unfortunately the camp does not offer any money back due to the weather. At least you did manage to get out eventually and caught some big Cod. Perhaps if you want some very good Halibut fishing then look at our hosted trip to Havoysund
I will still call you over the next couple of days
Hi Paul, when we first contacted you we did not have a clue where we wanted to go but with your guidance we soon found ourselves on our way to the Lofoten Islands. What a place scenery is stunning. The cabins were a little basic but served a purpose comfortable, warm and quiet. The restaurant and bar is a massive bonus as was a great place to go at the end of the day and brag about our fish.....
Very well organised and say hello to Sebastian the guide. Pictures will follow shortly
Hello Tony I thought you would like the Lofoten Islands. I have been many times and love the fishing the scenery and the camp. And yes the bar is expensive but thats Norway for you
Looking forward to seeing your pictures
Hi Paul, thank you for organising this holiday for myself and Robert even though Robert didnt get to fish this time. The area was fantastic and we spent most simply walking and taking in the stunning scenery. We got to see 3 Orca whales and a minky whale and all from the land as we did not have a boat
We choose to take the full board option at the hotel only to find that we had to pay for starters and deserts. Not a major problem as it was only Bob who wanted starters but something that others should know. Also i personally think that Half board would of been better as there are other places to eat lunch and being tied to having lunch at the resort was not practical
The room was a little basic but soon got use to it and the only other problem was in the hotel room there was no toilet. This was located at the end of the hall way so it made it a little different and something that took a little while to get use to.
Apart from that it is a lovely area for anglers and non anglers and once again thank you Sportquest for yet another lovely holiday
Mr and Mrs Dyer
Good to speak with you earlier and get your feedback. Sounds like you had a good time and walked a lot. I have taken on board what you have said about the hotel and will make sure people are aware of the toilet situation that is in the hotel.
As you know i stayed in the cabins the week before and they were lovely perhaps if you want to go back there then possibly look at staying in the cabins but eating in the restaurant.
We also saw whales which i am so pleased you also got to see them, people pay a lot of money to see whales and sometimes do not even get to see them. Bob, shame you did not get to fish but next year i am sure you will make up for it
Look forward to organising your trip next year
All the best
What a stunning part of Norway, round every corner was another fantastic view. we got some great photos. Darren my husband and our son spent most of the time fishing or talking about fishing. We all had a brilliant time, highly recommended
Thank you Sally it is stunning and bald the boys done well with their fishing
one day that will stay with me for the rest of my life. i had a 50kilo Halibut and 22kilo Cod and a 4kilo Haddock all in one day. the other guys were so jealous they have said i can not go next year but i hope they were only joking. Thanks sportquest and thanks Paul in the office
Hi Bill, good to hear from you and a very big well done to Jason for his Halibut. Fish like that are very special and not forgetting the Cod, you would need a lot of chips with that bad boy
I am sure Bill that they didn't really mean that and i think Soroya should be your next callâ€¦â€¦