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Vesterålen | Hosted Halibut & Cod Fishing | North Norway

Overview

Tour code: NOR027

Our hosted fishing trips to Vesterålen in Norway will give you the chance to catch monster Halibut, Cod, Ling and Coalfish with our expert fishing guides. Our fishing guides will offer you advice on where to fish and tactics to use to ensure you have the optimal opportunity of catching. On top of this, our host will be with you from start to finish to aid you with everything you need. Benefit from the years of fishing knowledge these guides and host have built up. Not confident of driving boats? Worried about what rigs to use? Then Sportquest Holidays hosted trips are an ideal holiday for you.

Location

Vesterålen in Norway is located on the Eidsfjorden which is a deep long fjord with depths as deep as 200 metres 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 the 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 are 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

As this hosted trip is set up at the beginning of the summer months you will be mainly fishing for Cod, Coalfish, Ling and Halibut. The main fishing ground for the very large Cod and Ling known locally as ‘Jurassic Park’ is around 1hr 30minutes from the cabins. Yes, it sounds far but once there you will soon forget the drive as the fishing at this location is unreal even in the summer months and a 50lb Cod is not uncommon. This is also the area we will target the huge Ling and once you have done battle with one of these monsters that range around the 30lb mark you will want a rest. The Halibut can also be caught in this area and can become enormous as they very rarely see any pressure whats so ever. The fishing methods for the Halibut can be using either trolled dead baits or by jig fishing from the boats. Another massive bonus about this hosted trip is that it’s not purely open ocean fishing as there are many bays and fjords that hold huge potential for big fish, there are areas between sets of mountains that are fast, boiling water which is a huge magnet to Halibut so if you don’t fancy fishing the open ocean your host will recommend some alternative areas which are much calmer. The Plaice fishing is also very underrated and around each corner, there are potential fishing areas of a sandy bottom with very little flow, perfect spots for some Plaice and Dab to be lurking.

Boats

The boats that you will be using are known for excellent handling and safety at sea. They are very sturdy even in rough conditions and are constructed to deal with heavy seas. Your host/guide will be driving the boat for you leaving you to fish and enjoy your time in Norway, the boats are 23.5ft Aironet 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

With this being a fully hosted trip you will have a Sportquest host with you at all times meaning you will have help with anything that you need from tips and tactics to landing the fish on the boat and taking photographs, your host will be driving the boat and finding the fish for you, all you have to do is catch them. Also at this camp, you will have 2 resident 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.

 

We also host an exclusive Halibut Fishing Competition in Norway every year. Spaces are limited and go fast, so make sure to reserve your teams place early and be in with a chance of winning £4000.

 

 

 

Accommodation
Vesterålen Cabin

Vesterålen resort is one of our finest locations in northern Norway with the brand new cabins located right on the edge of a fish-filled fjord, one does not have to go far to find some amazing fishing spots. The scenery just outside the cabins is breath-taking from the rear you will be surrounded by tree-lined mountains and at the front of the properties, you will benefit from stunning views across the fjord to the open ocean.

The Cabins

At this resort, there are four cabins ranging in sizes to accommodate any size groups. We have the ‘Castle’ which has been designed to accommodate larger groups for up to 8 people and is the perfect base for a group to enjoy relaxing social evenings, whilst soaking up the Norwegian atmosphere. The ‘Castle’ benefits from a large open plan kitchen/living area with very modern amenities to make your self-catering holiday the best it can be. Lots of cupboard space, enough cutlery for up to 8 people, pots and pans, plates and bowls, large fridge freezer, dishwasher and a large widescreen TV are all included in the Castle to make your stay an enjoyable experience. There are four twin bedrooms with two single beds in each room, a large shower room with toilet and washbasin and a separate toilet room also with washbasin. All towels and bed linen is supplied

The other cabins are also very carefully decorated and fitted out with very modern amenities and are more suited to smaller groups of four people. Each of the four-person cabins come with an open planned kitchen/living space with a large sofa and dining room table and 4 chairs. In the modern kitchens, you will find electric hobs with over the top extractor fans, an oven and grill, lots of cupboard space, enough cutlery for four people, plates and bowls, pots and pans, dishwasher and coffee maker. Each four-person cabin comes with a large widescreen TV and free Wi-Fi. All the cabins at Vesterålen are split over two floors with bedrooms upstairs and living space on the ground floor. In the standard cabins, you will have two twin bedrooms with single beds and one large shower room with a toilet and washbasin. Each cabin is provided with towels for 4 people and bed linen.

Food & Drink

Your stay at Vesterålen will be on a self-catering basis but we have ensured that each cabin is completely fitted out with enough utensils and cooking equipment to make your stay enjoyable and straight forward. The local supermarket is a short 7-8km drive from the cabins and is fully stocked with all produces the same as a supermarket at home. We provide every angler with the free use of the onsite car to make supermarket trips as easy as possible. Simply ask one of the onsite guides for the keys and you are free to use the car whenever you need to. If you need any help on any recipes or what food you can cook whilst away we have written a short blog with some helpful information which can be found here ‘what to Cook in Norway’

Onsite

Around this resort, you will find many amenities to make sure your stay is comfortable from an undercover filleting room with lights, filleting boards and enough space for anglers to prepare their catches. We also have a very well stocked tackle shop supplying everything you will need for your weeks fishing from braid to hooks they have everything you will need at UK prices, you can simply turn up here with no tackle and purchase everything you will need for the week plus it will not cost you any extra than buying it all from the UK and at least you will only buy items that are working.

Around the resort, you will get free access to the Wi-Fi which is a great way to post your pictures so friends and family can experience your journey. There is also a large container where you will replenish your boat fuel from, simply ask the guides each day for however much fuel your boat needs and they will issue you with 25ltr containers to carry down to your boat. There is a little trolley supplied to help you carry the fuel to the boats, the fuel you use will then be written down in a book which you will then pay for at the end of your stay. There is also a large walk-in freezer room with plenty of storage space if you are taking fish home with you, you can also purchase polystyrene fish boxes to carry your fish home in.

 

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
Halibut
Season: May to September
Peak: July
Weight: 15lb to 300lb
Average Weight: 60lb
Cod
Season: April to September
Peak: April
Weight: 5lb to 100lb
Average Weight: 25lb
Coalfish
Season: April to September
Peak: June
Weight: 5lb to 40lb
Average Weight: 15lb
Redfish
Season: April to September
Peak: August
Weight: 2lb to 18lb
Average Weight: 6lb
Ling
Season: April to September
Peak: June
Weight: 10lb to 45lb
Average Weight: 20lb
Wolfish
Season: April to September
Peak: July
Weight: 5lb to 20lb
Average Weight: 9lb
Plaice
Season: April to September
Peak: September
Weight: 1.5lb to 8lb
Average Weight: 3lb
Dab
Season: April to September
Peak: September
Weight: 0.5lb to 2lb
Average Weight: 1lb

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 Evenes

Once you and your host have arrived at Evenes and collected your bags you will be transferred to Sortland, which will take 2 hours. When you have arrived at Sortland a representative from Nordic Sea Angling will be waiting to transfer you the rest of the way, which will take around 50 minutes.

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. Our host will then come round to each cabin and give you a little run down on tackle, setting up the tackle and answer any questions you may have.

Overnight accommodation: Vesterålen Cabin (Twin rooms) S/C

Days 2 to 4: Fishing Days.

Your host will be there to help you tie rigs, set up rods and also help on taking photographs. Each days fishing your host will check to see what everyone’s targets are and help you tick off your desired species. Our hosts have a vast knowledge of fishing in Norway and will be on hand to help you.

Overnight accommodation: Vesterålen Cabin (Twin rooms) S/C

Days 5 to 7: Fishing Days.

This hosted trip has been put together to help single anglers or small groups travel to these parts of the world. You will be fishing with like-minded anglers and is a great way of meeting other travellers in the same situation as yourself.

At the end of each day, your host will visit each cabin to make sure that you are getting the most out of your holiday.

Overnight accommodation: Vesterålen Cabin (Twin rooms) S/C

Day 8:

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

Depart Evenes
Arrive Oslo

Depart Oslo
Arrive UK

Prices

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.

Start Date End Date Days Nights Fishing Angler Non-Angler Availability Notes
02/06/2021 09/06/2021 8 7 6 £1,860 On Request Enquire Now N/A
16/06/2021 23/06/2021 8 7 6 £1,860 On Request Enquire Now N/A
23/06/2021 30/06/2021 8 7 6 £1,860 On Request Enquire Now N/A
08/06/2022 15/06/2022 8 7 6 £1,909 On Request Enquire Now N/A
15/06/2022 22/06/2022 8 7 6 £1,909 On Request Enquire 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
  • 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 £45 pr week

Price Supplements

  • As this is a hosted holiday there are no single angler supplements

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 the 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 are dependent on the airline. We, therefore, recommend that once your flights are booked you check on the airline’s 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

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. Your host will be driving the boat and according to tides and conditions will find the best place to fish at that time. 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. The entire group have to decide whether they wish to travel out to the ‘Jurassic Park’ as there has to be a minimum of two boats to travel out there. These grounds are around 1.5hr journey but well worth it.

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 produces 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?

Your host/guide will advise on the best tactics to use on the day depending on which species you are looking to target. The majority of your fishing will be done using rubber shads/pirks fishing at a specific depth for the fish you are looking to catch. You may also fish with bait depending on what species you are wanting to catch.

 

Do the guides speak English?

Your host will speak perfect English as do the guides at the camp.

Who is best suited to this destination?

The great advantage of hosted Vesterålen is that you will have a host with you at all times to help you with everything you may need. Also, there are always 2 full-time guides on hand to help the most or less experienced anglers. Both the hots and the guides 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.

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 widescreen 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. There is a large supermarket around 7km away from the cabins, your host will arrange transfers when needed.

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 offer the complete package including all flights and transfers. To view, all available weeks and prices click the ‘Dates & Prices’ tab above.

Blogs

Reviews

Larry

What a week thank you and to get to see those whales just about put the cream on the cake. I can not believe how close the guides got us to the whales you could smell them!!!! An unforgettable experience

Ron

Hello Sportsquest, the highlights were the massive Halibut I caught with a little help from the guide. Those fish do hang on and was a real pleasure to see her swim back down. Please pass my thanks on to Paul and the Swedish guide. This was a first for me and I am sure next time there may be more of us, I was a bit of a guinea pig for our fishing club. Speak to you soon

Tim

Both myself and my Dad had a great time shame about the weather on a couple of the days but that's fishing. Could you dropbox me the pictures you took of that huge Ling? Thanks Paul for looking after both of us we will be back

Ben

Little disappointed with how far the fishing grounds were, I suppose it would have been a bit quicker if the weather was better. All round a good holiday but that big Halibut alluded me again until next time. Thanks for all your help and especially Alice for being so understanding with my flight needs

Patrick

What a great location. Stunning scenery excellent fishing and great boats. Thanks Paul for being so patient with me and teaching me some knots. Will be back next year for sure

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

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

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