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Skrei Cod Soroya Norway Norways Best Cod Fishing

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Tour Code NOR038

Land Of the big Fish

In conjunction with our partners, Big Fish Adventure, we’re excited to bring you our Skrei Cod fishing package to the world-famous island of Soroya. Exclusive to Sportquest Holidays, this trip offers travelling anglers the chance to fish the fish-rich waters of Northern Norway for the biggest Cod in the world.

For those who don’t know, the island of Soroya, where our camp is based, is the most famous Skrei Cod fishing location in Europe and produces more Cod over 60lb each year than anywhere in the world. In fact, in 2013, a German angler smashed the 44-year-old world record for an enormous specimen weighing over 103lb. Throughout the years, our previous trips to the island have rewarded hundreds of anglers with new PBs and produced fish to a whopping 93lb, and it surely won’t be long before one of our customers returns home with a new world record. The question is, could it be you?

Our exclusive Skrei Cod fishing trips to Soroya only run for a short window during the early part of the season, so availability is limited. If you’d like to book a trip, contact us today. If you’d like to learn more about the incredible fishing opportunities on this famous island, head to our YouTube channel.

Best Skrei Cod Fishing

The island of Soroya, situated in northern Norway just a few miles from the mainland, is the fourth-largest island in the country and one of the world’s most famous Cod fishing hotspots. Its extreme northern location is just a stone’s throw from the migratory routes of millions upon millions of Skrei Cod, and the destination attracts anglers from all around the globe.

For those who don’t know, the name ‘Skrei’ literally means ‘to migrate’, precisely what millions of Cod do every season: journey from the Barents Sea back to their spawning grounds. The Skrei fish at our destination grow to some incredible sizes, and fish of over 50lb and 60lb are not unusual. Every season, fish to epic proportions of over 70lb and even 80lb get landed by travelling rods. So if you’ve always dreamt of breaking your Cod PB, Soroya is your destination.

The vast shoals of Skrei fish aren’t fussy and can get caught on a manner of different tactics; however, the best, most effective way is drift fishing with large shads. If it’s the very biggest fish you’re looking for, a shad fished right on top of the shoal will often produce the largest specimens. Even though the Cod aren’t known for their explosive fighting qualities, you’ll certainly know when you’ve hooked one, and the famous ‘Cod Nod’ from a hooked fish is something that all sea anglers can recognise.

Skrei Cod Fishing Season

The primary season for catching Skrei Cod in Soroya is March and April, when the most extensive run of migratory fish are present and can get targeted just a short steam from the camp. The shoals can be unbelievable at this time of year and will be like nothing you’ve witnessed. It’s not unusual to find shoals of fish stretching from the sea bed to just a metre below the surface, and they’ve even been seen clearing the water like Marlin. It truly is a spectacle that every keen sea angler needs to witness.

Due to the time of year and location of Soroya, a small island in the open ocean, the waters can be very rough at times, so anglers visiting should be aware it can be common to lose a day or two of fishing to bad weather. The on-site guides will be able to advise on the weather conditions and sea state and will ultimately deem if it’s safe to fish and in what areas. It may not be for the giant Skrei Cod, but there’s always something to target.* People’s safety always takes precedence over catching fish.

If you’re fishing for the Skrei Cod in Soroya and would like to learn more, we have a dedicated blog available here: Preparing For Skrei Cod Fishing.

Additional Tours To Soroya

If you’ve always dreamt of fishing on the famous island of Soroya in northern Noway, as well as our Skrei Cod weeks, we also offer two others. One is our standard trip, and the other is an all-inclusive VIP Package, the ultimate trip for those looking for the very best. You can see more details about each of them by clicking the links below:

Soroya Big Fish Adventure Norway
Luxury All-Inclusive Sea Fishing Norway

*Please note that, by Norwegian law, you’re not allowed to intentionally target and catch Halibut until the 1st of April each year.

Boats on Soroya

As this is our Skrei Cod fishing package, we use the camp’s slightly larger boat, the Kaasbøll 660 Fisker.*

The Kaasbøll 660 is a powerful aluminium boat that is fantastic for fishing. It is spacious and very stable in rougher conditions. Thanks to its slight V-hull and relatively flat Kiel, it can be highly effective in bigger waves when driven correctly. They are powered by Yamaha F150 engines and come equipped with various electronics, including Garmin echoMAP 92s and the GT51-M transducer. With this rig, it’s possible to use regular sonar and both Downview and Sideview. The transducers also allow fishing down to 300-400 meters.

In addition, the boats feature Zipwake, a dynamic trim-control system that automatically calculates the boat’s weight shift and compensates for it. In practice, this means that the boat will remain correctly angled while driving, making the V-bottom work optimally. In addition, the system has an excellent and reliable automatic mode, so you don’t have to trim it manually.

*Please note that a range of boats are available, from the standard Kværnø 19 FT models to the camps’ all-singing, all-dancing Apex Guide Boat. If you need help picking the perfect boat for you, you can read our blog: Sea Fishing In Soroya – Picking The Perfect Boat For Your Holiday.


The accommodation for this trip is the camp’s deluxe apartments, undoubtedly some of the finest you will find in Norway. Each house features two floors with 86 square meters and six beds distributed over three bedrooms. On the first floor, you have two bedrooms, a bathroom with a sauna and a washing and drying room. The first floor also has a terrace to sit and enjoy the stunning views.

Upstairs, there’s an open kitchen and living room with full glass frontage, offering a jaw-dropping view across the fjord. There’s also a large balcony, the perfect spot to enjoy your morning coffee. The kitchen has a cooker, dishwasher, fridge with a small freezer, coffee machine, microwave, etc. There is also a bathroom and a bedroom on the second floor.

One fantastic feature of these accommodations is that they are just metres from the boats.

Food & Drink

The cabins are solely self-catering, meaning that you will be cooking your food whilst enjoying your stay. If you need any extra food or supplies, there is a local supermarket. If you didn’t want to cook every night and fancied eating out, the camp also has a hotel with a restaurant a short walk away and it’s also possible to arrange a full board package.

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Although the fishing days are fixed, the below itinerary is still flexible should you require additional free days to explore at the beginning or end of your holiday; we can tailor this itinerary to suit you personally. Feel free to talk to our travel consultants who can explain all options available.


Depart Any international Airport (See Details)

Oslo Depart Oslo

Arrive Tromso Depart Tromso

Arrive Hasvik

Once you have picked up your luggage and cleared customs, you will make your way outside of the terminal where there will be a representative from Big Fish Adventures waiting to transfer you and the group to your accommodation. You are then free to unpack and get your fishing tackle ready for your very first days fishing. If you’ve hired any equipment, this can be arranged when you have arrived. (Time dependant.)

Overnight accommodation: Luxury Sørøya Cabins (Twin rooms) S/C

Days 2 to 4: Fishing Days (FRIDAY TO SUNDAY)

Over the next 6 days of  fishing, you will be targeting the giant Skrei Cod that the island of Soroya is famous for. As this holiday is during the early part of the season, Skrei Cod are the main target. It can be difficult to target other species, however, if the wind prevents you from reaching the main Cod grounds then it is possible to fish closer in and try for other species.

Overnight accommodation: Luxury Sørøya Cabins (Twin rooms) S/C

Days 5 to 7: Fishing Days (MONDAY TO WEDNESDAY)

Each day you will head out to the Cod grounds where you will be fishing and targeting potential world record-sized Cod. It is important to release the big fish and the simple way of doing this is to stop reeling in once you see your cod in the water, let it release all its bubbles then once it starts to fight back then you can simply reel it up the last remaining few meters and lift it out. Be as quick as possible with regards to weighing and taking pictures then once you have finished making sure that you put the fish back in the water headfirst, forcing air through its gills.

Overnight accommodation: Luxury Sørøya Cabins (Twin rooms) S/C


In the morning you will check out of your cabin and then be transferred back to Hasvik airport for your return flight.

Depart Hasvik

Arrive Tromso Depart Tromso

Arrive Oslo Depart Oslo

Arrive Home

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The season runs from March to April.

Skrei Cod

Season: March to April
Peak: March
Weight: 15lb to 103lb
Average Weight: 40lb

Package Details

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  • All international flights (Based on London departure)
  • Internal flights
  • Transfers to and from Cabin to Hasvik
  • All accommodation as per itinerary
  • 6 days of fishing
  • Fishing Boat with Sonar, chart plotter (GPS) & VHF
  • Freezer storage for your fish
  • Access to professional host for guidance
  • Bed linen, towels and final cabin cleaning


  • Fuel for boat
  • Fishing tackle
  • Personal holiday insurance
  • All meals
  • Final boat cleaning
  • Extra bags (For this route can not be prebooked or paid for in advance)
  • Powerboat licence (See price notes)

Optional extras

  • Other UK departure airports are possible (additional cost) Please call a member of the Sportquest team for further information.
  • Rod and reel hire is available upon request
  • Flotation suits can also be hires upon request
  • Welcome pack - Milk, juice, bread, eggs, ham, cheese, salad, fruit, coffee and tea (Please enquire at the time of booking)

Price Supplements

If you’re group size is smaller than the standard four, please contact a member of our team.

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Dates, Prices & Availability

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From To Duration Price Availability
20/02/2025 27/02/2025 8 £1,938 Enquire Now
27/02/2025 06/03/2025 8 £1,938 Enquire Now
06/03/2025 13/03/2025 8 £1,938 Enquire Now
13/03/2025 20/03/2025 8 £1,938 Enquire Now
20/03/2025 27/03/2025 8 £1,938 Enquire Now
27/03/2025 03/04/2025 8 £1,938 Enquire Now
03/04/2025 10/04/2025 8 £1,938 Enquire Now
10/04/2025 17/04/2025 8 £1,938 Enquire Now
17/04/2025 24/04/2025 8 £1,938 Enquire Now
24/04/2025 01/05/2025 8 £1,938 Enquire Now

Price Notes

Prices are based on four adults sharing transfers, fishing and the BFA Resort for 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.

Note: If you are born after 1980, a motorboat certificate is required by Norwegian Law to operate the boat. Please contact a member of the Sportquest holidays team for further information

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The hotel was a great option. Food, drink hospitality first class. Armed the proprietor would love to see somebody from Sportquest. He is very proud of his operation and would love more english.

New housing, dock and boats represent large investment. We all took far too much equipment, its all there at UK prices. The fishing was made difficult by the weather.

Response from Sportquest Holidays

Hello Stephen, so glad you liked the set up. The guys over there have made huge investments and by the sounds of it, it shows. I would love to go over there right now but a little too busy, it will have to wait until March 2020 when I am running a hosted trip after the Cod.

All the best


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It was the best sea fishing I've ever experienced and the Cod were the biggest I've ever seen. The weather kept us in for a couple of days, but the days we could get out more than made up for it. I landed numerous Cod over 30, 40 and 50lb! By the end of the week, we were unhooking 20lb fish by the side of the boat... absolute madness and crazy fishing!

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I'd heard lots about Soroya and lots about the Skrei Cod fishing, but I still wasn't sure what to expect and I don't think anything could have prepared me for what I experienced. The Cod fishing was simply insane, some of the shoals on the fishfinder spanned from the bottom to a few feet below the surface and on our boat, we landed Cod to over 60lb!

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