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Halibut & Cod Fishing | Vesterålen | North Norway

Overview

Tour code: NOR025

Welcome to Vesterålen located in the north of Norway surrounded by some of the most stunning landscape Norway has to offer. Known locally as the ‘Kingdom of the Whales’ it is home to a huge population of different species of Whales. This stunning Island is north of the world famous Lofoten Islands and the Arctic circle, the archipelago of Vesterålen reaches out westwards from the mainland of Norway and into the Atlantic ocean. Due to how popular our other destinations have become on the Lofoten Islands, has led us to research this area and try to bring you new exciting destinations that offer the same world class fishing opportunities. Vesterålen will open up some great fishing areas and is what we like to class as almost weatherproof as you have access to two huge fjords, Jörnfjorden where the camp is located and then Eidsfjorden being just a 5 minute ride away. This camp has 2 guides on it all times meaning that you will always have a guide on the camp who will be able to offer advice on where to fish and what tactics to use.

Location
The destination of Vesterålen in Norway is located on the Eidsfjorden which is a deep long fjord with depths as deep as 200mtrs and has many plateaus, peaks and structures that will hold big Cod and Coalfish all year round. This has also been a great area for Redfish and huge Ling. On the sides of this fjord there are some great sandy plateaus close to land which will offer fantastic Halibut fishing along with Plaice and Dabs. If you continue a short distance to the west or south west you will find yourself in the open ocean where there are many more peaks, channels and plateaus. The population of big Cod, Coalfish and Halibut is great in this area. The fishing area stretches all the way up to Hovden, which is a lighthouse on the north west side of Vesterålen about 25 nm away from the camp. It’s not just the great fishing in this area that has caught our attention, its the accommodation on offer. It is of a very high standard for Norway and we have made sure that the cabins are complete with lots of modern amenities to make your stay as comfortable and enjoyable as it could be

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. With our partners ‘Nordic Sea Angling’ we have managed to secure the same high standard boats as we run at many of our other camps. The boats that you will be using are known for excellent handling and safety at sea. The are very sturdy even in rough conditions and are constructed to deal with heavy seas. The boats are 23.5ft Arronet aluminium boats and come fitted with 150hp Suzuki 4 Stroke engines which are one of the most fuel efficient engines money can buy. The electronics on the boats are also a high standard with big displays on the fish finders and chart plotters. These boats are kept to a very high standard and are maintained on a regular basis. We also have a spare boat just in case of unforeseen breakdowns.

Guides
At this camp you will have 2 guides on site with 1 being at the camp during the day whilst the other is guiding on the boats. These guides will be on hand to answer any questions you may have and offer advice on any of the fishing you may need.

If you have been looking for your next sea fishing adventure then Vesterålen is the place for you as once you have fished here and stayed in the luxury cabins, been looked after by our onsite guides and caught that dream fish, you will not want to go anywhere else.

Accommodation
Vesterålen Cabin

The cabins at Vestrålen are of a very high standard which was one of the reasons why we liked this destination so much. We have for many years been looking for something a little special and these cabins seem to fit the bill and when you teem them up with some amazing fishing, you will soon find yourself in paradise.

Each of our 4 – 5 person cabins are split over two floors. They have fully equipped kitchens with stove, oven, microwave, refrigerator, freezer and dishwasher plus all the normal cooking utensils. The living room has TV and all the cabins come with free WIFI. The bathrooms are spacious with shower, toilet and hand basin.

Each of these cabins have the use of all our onsite facilities: freezer room, drying room, filleting station, tackle shop and an excellent Barbeque covered area (Logs can be bought at the camp).

Board: Self Catering
Rooms: Twin Rooms
Internet: Free WIFI
Power: 230 Volts
Equipment Hire: Chargeable
Shop: Tackle Shop
Cards Accepted: Debit / Credit cards
Freezer Room: Walk in fast freezer
Filleting Area: Covered filleting area
Species Information
Cod
Season: April to September
Peak: April
Weight: 5lb to 100lb
Average Weight: 25lb
Halibut
Season: May to September
Peak: July
Weight: 15lb to 300lb
Average Weight: 60lb
Coalfish
Season: April to September
Peak: June
Weight: 5lb to 50lb
Average Weight: 15lb
Wolffish
Season: April to September
Peak: September
Weight: 5lb to 40lb
Average Weight: 10lb
Plaice
Season: April to September
Peak: September
Weight: 1lb to 10lb
Average Weight: 3lb

Itinerary

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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 Evenes.

Once you have arrived at Evenes and collected your bags you will make your way out of the terminal building where the Fly Bus will then transfer you to Sortland. (Fly Bus transfer approx. 2 hours). When you have arrived at Sortland our guides will be waiting to transfer you the rest of the way. (Transfer approx. 50minutes).

Once you have arrived at the camp you will be shown to your cabin and then a brief talk about the camp and the boats. You are then free to relax and unpack or if you feel like it, take the boat out and explore.

Overnight Accommodation: Vesterålen Cabin S/C

Days 2 to 4: Fishing Days

We have full-time guides on hand for you each day of your holiday, which will assist in any way you wish.
On your first days fishing, subject to availability, one of our guides will come aboard your boat free of charge and show you some hotspots. This service is free and a great way to get to know the area you are fishing if it’s your first time.

Overnight Accommodation: Vesterålen Cabin S/C

DAYS 5 TO 7: Fishing Days

As you have your own boat, you can fish as much as you wish and at certain times of the year, it remains daylight 24hrs a day.

The area around Vesterålen is full of fish-holding areas and it will not take you long to find these areas. The guides at the camp will help you locate species of your choice and on some days you are more than welcome to follow the guide when he is fishing from other peoples boats.

Overnight Accommodation: Vesterålen Cabin S/C

Days 8:

In the morning you will be transferred back again via private bus Sortland in time to catch the Fly Bus back to Evenes airport.

Depart Evenes
Arrive Oslo

Depart Oslo
Arrive UK.

Prices

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Remember that Sportquest Holidays' services are completely FREE! When you book a trip with Sportquest Holidays, you never pay more than when you book directly with the lodge and flights independently. Plus what’s more if you book with Sportquest Holidays your holiday is protect by our ATOL and the Travel Package Regulations Act. To see more details CLICK HERE.

Start Date End Date Days Nights Fishing Angler Non-Angler Availability Notes
29/04/2020 06/05/2020 8 7 6 £1,467 On Request Book Now N/A
06/05/2020 13/05/2020 8 7 6 £1,527 On Request Book Now N/A
13/05/2020 20/05/2020 8 7 6 £1,467 On Request Book Now N/A
20/05/2020 27/05/2020 8 7 6 £1,547 On Request Sold Out N/A
27/05/2020 03/06/2020 8 7 6 £1,487 On Request Sold Out N/A
03/06/2020 10/06/2020 8 7 6 £1,517 On Request Sold Out N/A
10/06/2020 17/06/2020 8 7 6 £1,537 On Request Sold Out N/A
17/06/2020 24/06/2020 8 7 6 £1,577 On Request Book Now N/A
24/06/2020 01/07/2020 8 7 6 £1,557 On Request Book Now N/A
01/07/2020 08/07/2020 8 7 6 £1,547 On Request Sold Out N/A
08/07/2020 15/07/2020 8 7 6 £1,527 On Request Book Now N/A
15/07/2020 22/07/2020 8 7 6 £1,582 On Request Sold Out N/A
22/07/2020 29/07/2020 8 7 6 £1,582 On Request Sold Out N/A
29/07/2020 05/08/2020 8 7 6 £1,577 On Request Sold Out N/A
05/08/2020 12/08/2020 8 7 6 £1,567 On Request Sold Out N/A
12/08/2020 19/08/2020 8 7 6 £1,467 On Request Book Now N/A
19/08/2020 26/08/2020 8 7 6 £1,417 On Request Book Now N/A
26/08/2020 02/09/2020 8 7 6 £1,417 On Request Book Now N/A
02/09/2020 09/09/2020 8 7 6 £1,467 On Request Book Now N/A
09/09/2020 16/09/2020 8 7 6 £1,477 On Request Book Now N/A
16/09/2020 23/09/2020 8 7 6 £1,467 On Request Book Now N/A
23/09/2020 30/09/2020 8 7 6 £1,467 On Request Book Now N/A

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.

ATOL
Holidays or flights booked with Sportquest Holidays Limited are protected by the Civil Aviation Authority by our ATOL bond (Number 6371). ATOL protects you from losing your money or being stranded abroad. It does this by carrying out financial checks on the firms it licenses and requiring a guarantee, called a bond.

What's Included

  • All international flights (Based on London departure)
  • Flybus ticket (already pre-paid)
  • Transfers to and from Vesterålen to Evenes
  • 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

What's Excluded

  • Fuel for boat
  • Fishing tackle
  • Personal holiday insurance
  • All 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

  • Fishing equipment (rod, reel, line) £50 pr week
  • Survival suits £40 pr week

Price Supplements

  • 3 anglers sharing 1 cabin and 1 boat additional £230 pp

  • 2 anglers sharing 1 cabin and 1 boat additional £630pp

Price Match Promise

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.

Financial Security

Holidays or flights booked with Sportquest Holidays Limited are protected by the Civil Aviation Authority by our ATOL bond (Number 6371). ATOL protects you from losing your money or being stranded abroad. It does this by carrying out financial checks on the firms it licenses and requiring a guarantee, called a bond.

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 2.5 hrs) Oslo to Evenes (approx 1hr 30 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

Evenes to Sortland (Approx. 2hrs)

Sortland to Vesterålen Cabin (Approx. 50Minutes)

Questions & Answers

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Where is the destination?

The destination of Vesterålen in Norway is located on the Eidsfjorden which is a deep long fjord with depths as deep as 200mtrs and has many plateaus, peaks and structures that will hold big Cod and Coalfish all year round. This has also been a great area for Redfish and huge Ling

Where will I fish?

The great advantage of Vesterålen is that you have many sheltered fjords all very close to the cabins. If the wind is strong then you can simply find a very sheltered bay/fjord where you will still find big Halibut and Cod along with many other species. The best fishing grounds are normally found out in the ocean or close to mountains that protrude from the ocean floor. However, if you do not fancy fishing the open ocean there are hundreds of sheltered bays and long open fjords to try and temp one of Norway’s monster fishes.

How long does it take to reach the fishing grounds?

Some of the best Halibut grounds are around 30 minutes to a 1-hour boat drive away. However, there are always very large Halibut caught 5 minutes from the cabins. The further away spots tend to be known holding areas for big Ling as well as many other fish are always worth a long journey.

What fish will I catch?

The main attraction to Vesterålen will be the species fishing you will find on offer, it is one of the best places for a wide variety of species as the pressure on these fish is very low so the stocks of fish just keep getting better and bigger. This destination produce large Halibut and Cod along with many other species like Angler fish and Plaice. However, if you are after big Coalfish then this may not be the destination for you. This is also an area well known for its amazing Ling fishing with some very large specimens caught here each year. In the early part of the season, March and April, the Skrei Cod pack themselves around this Island but for the rest of the year, the Cod fishing is average for Norway standards.

 

How many fish will I catch?

This depends on the species you wish to target. For example, if you visited Vesterålen wanting to purely concentrate on the Ling then you may only catch a couple of fish a day but these may be over 60lb . This may sound low but when you consider that some of these fish can be in excess of 60lb then it is more appealing. The Cod fishing is very good and once the shoals are located you should expect constant action all day and the same with the Coalfish. However, the Coalfish shoals at Havoysund are not full of big ones but the average size to expect will be around 10lb.

How will I fish?

The main style of fishing will be from self-drive boats using a combination of pirks, rubber shads and bait. The exact method will depend on the species you are trying to target.

Do the guides speak English?

All our guides speak perfect English along with many other languages

Who is best suited to this destination?

The great advantage of Vesterålen is that there are always 2 full-time guides on hand to help the most or less experienced anglers. They will even jump on your boat for a day guiding you and showing you all the hot spots. They are always on hand to help out with any questions about fishing marks and are always keen to help out as much as they can to ensure you have a great experience.

What skill level is required?

There is no skill level required for the fishing as the guides will help you with everything. A little knowledge of boat handling would be an advantage but not necessary.

 

How physically demanding is this trip?

The boats are located a minute walk away from the cabins down a fairly steep bridge on to the dock. The rest of the holiday is certainly not physically demanding.

When is the best time to go?

The start of the season March/April sees a huge influx of the Skrei Cod, these are around for about 6 weeks then move back to the Barents Sea. Once the temperature starts to rise in April/May the Coalfish start to move in and along with these will come the Halibut. The Halibut will then stay around until late October. The best 2 months for the Halibut are August and September.

How will I get there?

There are several airports in the UK which we can book your flights from. The main airport is London Heathrow but we can use Manchester and Edinburgh. You will then fly to Evenes, once you have arrived at Evenes and collected bags make your way out of the terminal building where the Fly Bus will then transfer you to Sortland. (Fly Bus transfer approx. 2hrs) When you have arrived at Sortland our guides will be waiting to transfer you the rest of the way. (Transfer approx. 50minutes)

What is the accommodation like?

Vesterålen fishing camp is fully kitted out for anglers. The cabins themselves are spacious with fully equipped kitchens with all the mod cons. Also, downstairs there is a living area with sofas and a table with chairs for eating around. Each cabin has a wall mounted wide screen TV. Downstairs is the main bathroom with a walk-in shower, sink and toilet. Most of the cabins have underfloor heating in the bathrooms.Upstairs you will find two twin bedrooms with single beds, these rooms are compact but practical. There is clean bedding when you arrive along with a face flannel and a towel and these can be replaced at the reception in the hotel.

What is the food like?

As this is  a self catered holiday you will be cooking for yourself so what you eat will depend on what you cook.

Does the lodge provide fishing tackle?

You can hire top of the range fishing equipment at the time of booking your holiday. They supply Westin boat fishing rods and a variety of top-end multipliers. There are also a small number of lighter rods for Plaice fishing. Onsite there is a fully stocked tackle shop that supplies everything you will need for your entire weeks fishing. The prices on the tackle are very similar to UK prices and normally have everything in stock

Is internet and phone signal available?

There is WiFi available all around the cabins and hotel free of charge plus the telephone signal is very good whilst out fishing and you will often be able to pick up some type of internet connection whilst out at sea.

 

Are there other activities available?

This holiday is mainly aimed at the amazing fishing on offer and as this destination is so remote there are not that many other activities to be done apart from walks and the amazing wildlife.

 

How much does it cost?

We 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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Reviews

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Matt

Great holiday, stunning backdrops, good fishing and a stunning location.

Vesteralen accommodation is very comfortable, clean and overlooks a peaceful setting.

Oscar the guide provided a great service and looked after us with advice and fishing information daily.



Reply from Sportquest Holidays

Hi Matt

Thank you for the great feedback

Vesteralen really is a stunning destination that is proving itself to be a very good place to fish.

Hopefully we will get to speak soon

Tight lines

Matt

Ronald

It lived up to expectations. As others had been before. All things had been thought of

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

Great to hear from Ronald and so glad you had a lovely trip.

I will speak to you soon

All the best

Paul

Ronald

It lived up to expectations as other trip have done before. All things been thought of

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

Hi Ronald,

Thank you for your feedback form. So glad that you liked Vesteralen and managed to catch plenty of fish. Where to next?

All the best

Paul

Nick

Another fantastic trip with Sportquest. Highlights definitely were:

The location and scenery
seeing orcas in their natural environment
the company - great set of anglers
oh...and a new Halibut PB!

Only improvement suggestion would be to install wardrobes / cupboards in the lodge bedrooms - we were literally living out of a suitcase

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

Hello Nick, it was great to see you again and really pleased you managed your Halibut PB. It was an awesome fish. What about the statue, you forget to mention the statue!!

Anyway, hopefully will see you again soon

All the best

Paul

Luke

Fishing was unbelievable better than I hoped for!

Scenery Beautiful and our guide Marcus was really helpful and pleasant.

Accommodation was very clean and comfortable.

Could not fault the holiday.

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

Hi Luke

Thank you for the great feedback

It sounds like you had a great time in Vesteralen I will chat to you soon

Tight Lines

Clinton

Seeing a family of killer whales in the wild was awesome.

This was my sixth trip with Sportquest and this destination was by far the most scenic

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

Hello Clinton, So glad you got to experience those killer whales and it was great to fish with you once again. Vesterålen is a magical place with awesome scenery. I cant wait to get back there next year

All the best

Paul

David

Although the fishing was very good the travelling to the fishing grounds I thought was to long 4.5 hours one day when the sea was rough. Seeing killer whales to me was the highlight. Sometimes I just want to go fishing on a holiday at a respectable hour and not get up early in the morning to catch big fish and long distances

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

Hello David, Thank you for your feedback. Yes it was a tough weeks weather and those long distances would of been half the time if the sea was flat calm. But when we got out there the fishing was worth it with two Cod pushing 50lb and those ling made the journey worth it. Those Killer whales we saw were amazing and to have them so close to the boat was even more exciting.

All the best

Paul

William

Our group enjoyed a very memorable trip with excellent accommodation and a great guide called Marcus who could not have been more helpful and actually joined us for a couple of evening meals.

He gave us great information and tips on where to fish.

Your own service has also been outstanding and we all agree that we will be returning to Norway with Sportquest at some point in the future.

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

Hi William

Thank you for the great feedback, it sounds like you had an amazing time in Vesteralen.

Tight lines

Matt

Colin

Another unbelievable experience. Great fishing, scenery and just makes you feel alive. What more can I say!!

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

Hi Colin, thank you for your review. This destination is proving very popular, I have just returned from my hosted their for the first time and absolutely loved it and so did the group. I bet you guys are counting down the days until next year

Tight lines

Paul

Kevin

Very good holiday to Vesteralen Norway again for the second year running, will be booking again next year. Have been happy with the service that sportsquest offer and would highly recommend them as a company.

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

Hi Kevin thank you for your kind words and so pleased you love the place so much.

You guys are all booked in for next year and what a trip that will be

All the best

Paul

Nicholas

Thanks for a great holiday

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

Hi Nicholas, great to hear you guys all had a good time. Where next? I will try and speak with you all very soon

Tight lines Paul

John

Plenty of cod/coalfish and ling a couple of personal bests

No Halibut unfortunately

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

Hi John

Thank you for the feedback

It sounds like you had plenty of fish but it's a shame no halibut showed for you.

Tight Lines

Matthew

Great location with fantastic accommodation and 'away from it all' setting.
Good fishing grounds with some limitations in adverse weather - Huge potential in Calmer conditions for Halibut, Cod and Coalfish.

The guide Marcus is fantastic. Limited by being a one man operation on site.
Recommend Blackout blinds to improve lodges during 24 hour daylight.
Self catering welcome packs. Recommend a 'basket' of Bread, Eggs, Milk, Cheese etc.
Location/fishing grounds/guides. Please send in advance to allow initial planning for the trip. (Nordic do this)
As usual, Minor points as the overall package is very good.

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

Hi Matt, thanks for your feedback all the tips are very helpful for future travellers.

Sounds like you guys had a great time and caught plenty of big fish.

We do have lots of maps with fishing marks for people who require them. Perhaps we will start to send them out with the paper work. I shall suggest a welcome pack as it is sometimes very helpful especially if your flight arrives late in the day and the shops are closed so that would be a great idea

All the best

Paul

Richard

I have just returned from a week in Vesteralen. What a great getaway. The accomodation was excellent. Very roomy, spotless and with all mod cons. The boats were brilliant, very sea worthy, and comfortable fishing. The fishing was slow for the first couple of days then we had a guided trip to a mark Marcus the resort guide new about that could be reached in good weather. The weather god was kind to us and after a two hour trip we settled into what was undoubtedly the best days fishing any of us had ever had. For over six hours we had fish after fish, large Cod, large Coal-fish, large Ling, you never new what was going to come up next. Wow what a day. A Big thank you must be said to Marcus for providing us with not only maps and local knowledge, but nothing was a problem for him. If we needed any advice about anything he was there. A Great Guy. The views of the Fjords were spectacular The icing on the cake was watching the Sea Eagles diving down for fish as we headed back to our cabin each evening.

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

Hello Richard, thanks for your great feedback. It is a real help to future travellers.

So glad you guys had a great trip and liked Vesteralen. I am off there next June so hopefully we have the same great fishing you guys had. Where next for you guys?

Tight lines Paul

Carl

Had a fantastic time in Norway. Hoping to go back next year!! Only thing is it helps if you have skipper experience, ie, using equipment, drifting but after a few days we were on top of it and caught some very nice fish. Thanks Sportquest

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

Hi Colin
Its great to hear you had a fantastic time and are hoping to go back.
We will give you a call soon
Tight Lines

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