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Hosted Fishing in Sørøya | Skrei Cod Fishing | North Norway

Overview

Tour code: NOR038

Big Fish Adventures in Sørøya is exclusive to Sportquest Holidays and each year we book prime weeks targeting the Skrei Cod. When fishing in Sørøya you will benefit from our host’s knowledge whilst catching some of Norway’s largest Skrei Cod. On top of this, there are no single angler supplements to pay.

Location
Sørøya is a very unique part of North Norway and has remained untouched for many years. The area you will be staying in is a village called Hasvik, which is located next to the very small airport that you will fly into. There are several supermarkets nearby and also a bar and restaurant for you to enjoy after spending a day out on the sea. The island is surrounded by the Norwegian Sea on the north and the Sørøysundet to the south.

Fishing
The main season for the Skrei Cod is from the beginning of March to end of April however we always try and base our hosted Skrei Cod trip in the middle of March as we find that the Cod are at their biggest weights. As you move towards the middle of April the fish tend to leave for spawning, leaving behind lots of Cod around the 30 – 40lb bracket, still an absolutely huge Cod but it is the 70’s, 80’s and even the 90lb Cod that you are travelling to Sørøya for. The main way of targeting these Cod is by fishing with very large Shads called ‘Big Bobs’ lowered down to the tops of the shoals whilst on the drift. Your host will sit down with you each evening to discuss with you how your week is going, this is your opportunity to talk and ask questions with your host.

Boats
The boats we have based the holiday on are the 22ft Kværnø and are equipped with 115hp engines, state of the art sonar and GPS. 4 people can comfortably fish from the boats and they are extremely stable on the ocean.

Guides
As this is a hosted trip each angler during the week will get the opportunity to fish with the host and feed of his vast amount of knowledge leading to you having a much better experience. The host will move people around to ensure you get the most out of your experience and that you are teamed up with people who want to target the same.

For more information about this tour, contact our experienced team who will be happy to answer any queries you have. Alternatively, can request a free brochure.

Accommodation
Soroya Fishing Camp

Situated in Sørvaer, we have 5 purpose built self catering cabins, built in 2006 and each designed for up to 6 people.

The traditional wooden cabins have been built close to the waters edge and all amenities. There is a mini market, a petrol station and also sports restaurant/pub that is open most nights (No need to cook, if you do not want to).

All cabins come with 2 bedrooms + 1 bunk bed in each, 1 sleeping loft with 2 single beds and a common room with kitchenette. Kitchenette contains microwave, oven and dish washer. Bathroom with a shower as well as TV/DVD.  Wooden deck with barbecue.

Note: Each cabin comes with one boat, therfore should you wish to fish 2 people pr boat, only 2 people will share a cabin.

Board: Self catering
Rooms: 2 x twin rooms
Internet: WiFi
Power: 230 Volts
Meals: On site restaurant
Alcohol: Available to purchase
Equipment Hire: Chargeable
Shop: Tackle shop
Cash Accepted: Norwegian Kroner
Freezer Room: Walk in freezer
Filleting Area: Dedicated filleting area
Species Information
Skrei Cod
Season: March to April
Peak: March
Weight: 15lb to 104lb
Average Weight: 35lb

Itinerary

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The below itinerary is only a suggested one, as we have regular flights departing from the UK, therefore should you wish to extend your stay with either more fishing days or free days, the itinerary below can be tailored to suit.

Day 1

You will depart from the UK and arrive in Oslo. From here you will fly to Tromso.

From Tromso you will fly to 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 to your accommodation.

You are then free to unpack and get your fishing tackle ready for your very first days fishing.

Overnight Accommodation: Sørøya Cabins (Twin rooms) S/C

Days 2 & 3: Fishing Days

As this is a hosted trip both boats will head out at the same time following the guide out to the fishing marks. Once on the fishing grounds, the boats will split up a little to try and locate the bigger fish. It is very important to keep in touch informing each other on what is being caught.

Overnight Accommodation: Sørøya Cabins (Twin rooms) S/C

Days 4 & 5: Fishing Days

Due to this holiday being early on in the season and mainly Skrei Cod being the target, it is 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 Wolfish and Halibut.

Overnight Accommodation: Sørøya Cabins (Twin rooms) S/C

Days 6 & 7: Fishing Days

Each day you will head out to the Cod grounds where you will be fishing and with some help and advice from your guide will be targeting potential world record-sized Cod.

Overnight Accommodation: Sørøya Cabins (Twin rooms) S/C

Day 8

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

From Hasvik you will fly to Tromso.

You will then depart Tromso and fly to Oslo.

From Oslo you will fly back to the 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
18/03/2020 25/03/2020 8 7 6 £1,587 On Request Sold Out N/A
25/03/2020 01/04/2020 8 7 6 £1,587 On Request Sold Out N/A
17/03/2021 24/03/2021 8 7 6 £1,641 On Request Book Now N/A
24/03/2021 31/03/2021 8 7 6 £1,641 On Request Sold Out N/A

Price Notes

Prices are based on eight 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)
  • Internal flights
  • Transfers to and from Cabin to Hasvik
  • All accommodation as per itinerary
  • 6 days fishing
  • Fishing Boat with Sonar, chart plotter (GPS) & VHF
  • 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.

  • Welcome pack – Milk, juice, bread, eggs, ham, cheese, salad, fruit, coffee and tea (Please enquire at the time of booking)

Price 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 Tromso (approx 1hr 55 mins) Tromso to Hasvik (Approx 1hr 18 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

Hasvik to Cabins (approx 10 mins)

Questions & Answers

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Where is the lodge?

The cabins are located on an Island called Sørøya, which is in the very north of Norway. It is a small rocky island with the highest point only being 659 metres above sea level. The coastline is very jagged and has numerous fjords that cut into the island from the open ocean.

Where will I fish?

The cabins are far North, next to the Barents Sea, with the fishing grounds right outside the window. The proximity to the Gulf Stream gives us ice-free ports, and despite the harsh climate, deep-sea angling conditions are usually good. You have many fjords to fish and with the cabins being located at the end of a fjord, this gives fishing in rough conditions a much better chance.

How long does it take to reach the fishing grounds?

The Skrei fishing grounds can be found as close as 15 minutes and up to 45 minutes from the harbour. Some of the closest Halibut grounds are only a couple of minutes away but better areas are around 40 minutes away.

What fish will I catch?

The main draw to Sørøya is the huge run of Skrei Cod. These grow to huge sizes and a 50lb Cod caught here is not seen as a big fish. Another species that you will be targeting is the super large Flatfish, the Halibut. These can grow well over 400lb. You will be able to target the Coalfish but it’s not renowned for the really big ones. The Plaice fishing is also very good along with Wolfish and the fairly rare Grey spotted Wolfish.

How many fish will I catch?

If you decide to travel to Sørøya when the Skrei Cod run is happening, March and April. Normal times of the year you can expect to catch around 20 Cod a day. The Halibut fishing, on the other hand, is a little slower but remember you are targeting trophy fish and these tend to spend the majority of their time alone. 

How will I fish?

The main way of fishing in Norway is by drift fishing using either lures, baits or pirks. You can also troll at a very low speed for the Halibut and Coalfish.

Do the guides speak English?

All our guides in Norway speak many different languages including fluent English.

Who is best suited to this destination?

For the Skrei season (March/April) you will need to be fairly fit as the days tend to be long and the weather is normally cold. The summer season is suitable for all levels of fitness and age.

What skill level is required?

There is no skill level required for fishing in Norway. A general knowledge of boat fishing would be helpful but not necessary as most of our Norway destinations have guides onsite to help you get the most out of your holiday. 

How physically demanding is this trip?

On the whole, you do not have to be physically fit for this holiday but you need to be able to stand and fish from a boat all day. It is a very short walk to the boats.

When is the best time to go?

The main Skrei season runs from March to April but please be aware that it is likely you will lose fishing time due to bad weather. If you want to target the Halibut then May until October.

How will I get there?

The best route to get to Soroya is via London Heathrow with SAS. This route will cut out the need to overnight in Oslo, we will be able to get you there in one day. If it is from other UK airports you will need to speak to a member of our staff for further details.

What is the accommodation like?

At this destination, we have two different styles of accommodation. The one we have based the itinerary on is the standard 4 person self-catering cabins. These are very roomy, have their own kitchens with all mod cons plus two twin bedrooms with single beds. There is an upgrade available if you would like to stay in the hotel. This is a full board option. These rooms in the hotel are spacious and come with 2 single beds.

What is the food like?

The food in the hotel and restaurant is very fresh. It is cooked from locally sourced produce. The food shops locally have all the same goods in them as you would find in any UK supermarket.

Does the lodge provide fishing tackle?

Big Fish Adventures offer complete hire fishing packages and you can hire flotation suits.

Is the internet and phone signal available?

The phone signal all over Norway is very good, even in the remotest of areas. The Wi-Fi is available around the camp and is good for emails, social media and making video chats.

Are there other activities available?

The Island of Sørøya is fairly remote so the only other activities on offer are walking and visiting the local pub.

How much does it cost?

We the complete package including all flights and transfers. To view all prices & availability click the “Dates & Prices” Tab above.

Alternatively, if you wish to arrange all our own travel we can book just the lodge and fishing for you.

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Reviews

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Stephen

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.

Reply 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

Paul

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