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Monster Cod Fishing | North Norway

Overview

Tour code: NOR007  

The Skrei Cod fishing in March and April provides some of the best sport a sea angler can find and this destination is no exception. The tourist boards in Norway have dubbed this part of the world “the land of the big fish”. It is home to the current 2013 world record rod and reel caught Skei Cod at 104lb’s and for every large Cod caught there are numerous other 30 kilo Cod. It seems like fish grow to their maximum sizes around this wonderful part of Northern Norway. This camp has two guides there at all times to offer any advice you may need and you will get 1 day fully guided free of charge if you wish we can also do fully guided weeks at request.

Location
Our fishing camp in Havoysund is located in a small town and benefits many supermarkets, cafes, a bank/post office and lots of other shops where you can stock up on all your provisions for the week ahead and if you do not fancy cooking your meals, then take advantage of the hotel facilities and let someone else cook for you. You will be fishing into the Norwegian sea which is famous for its big fish which prove an attraction for UK anglers year after year.

Fishing
The fish that everybody wants to catch at this time of year is without doubt the Skrei Cod which at the right time of year reach a massive weight of up to 104lb’s. What was once a chance catch dreamt about by anglers is now routinely targeted and caught by our guests. These monster Cod run down from the Barents Sea at the start of the year to spawn on the Norwegian coast making these huge fish a viable target for anglers.

It is not only the Cod though that attract anglers here, but every year Halibut approaching 220 lb (100kg) are also landed and for every big one, scores of smaller fish are caught. In recent years the Coalfish have become more abundant around Havoysund and specimens ranging from 17 to 33lbs are no longer rare. The most popular way to fish for the Skrei Cod is to fish with rubber shads working the depths, once a shoal is found it is best to fish above them as this is where the bigger fish will be sitting. The boats at this camp are aluminium Arronets 23.5ft long with 150hp engines, these boats are extremely stable and provide an excellent fishing platform.

Guides
We have at least 2 guides present on site to help you get the most out of your stay as well as to help you catch the big ones. Our guides (subject to availability) will come aboard your boat for your first days fishing free of charge to show you the fishing marks. We can also offer fully guided weeks at this camp but please enquire when booking if you require this.

If you have any questions on the Skei Cod fishing trips we offer then contact us in the office, our experienced team will be happy to help you with any queries you have. Additionally, you can request a free brochure.

Accommodation
Havoysund Lodge

The cabins in Havoysund are of a high quality and are stylishly furnished. There are two bedrooms with two single beds, a large living room, fully equipped kitchen and a bathroom with a shower. The rooms have Widescreen TV’s with limited Norwegian channels. Each cabin also features its very own terrace that looks out on to the harbour.

Board: Bed & breakfast
Rooms: 2 x twin rooms
Telephone: Main hotel
Internet: Free WiFi
Power: 230 Volts
Meals: Breakfast in restaurant
Alcohol: Available to purchase
Equipment Hire: Chargeable
Shop: Tackle shop
Cards Accepted: Debit & credit cards
Cash Accepted: Norwegian Kroner
Freezer Room: Walk in freezer
Filleting Area: Dedicated filleting area
Species Information
Cod
Season: March to September
Peak: March to April
Weight: 5lb to 100lb
Average Weight: 30lb
Coalfish
Season: May to September
Peak: June to September
Weight: 5lb to 40lb
Average Weight: 15lb
Halibut
Season: April to September
Peak: May to September
Weight: 15lb to 250lb
Average Weight: 40lb
Plaice
Season: June to September
Peak: August to September
Weight: 2lb to 9lb
Average Weight: 4lb

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

You will depart from the UK (alternative routes available) and arrive in Oslo.

On arrival at Oslo airport take a taxi or Shuttle bus to your overnight airport hotel (taxi or shuttle bus not included).

Overnight Accommodation: Oslo Airport Hotel (Twin Rooms) B/B

Day 2

You will check out of your hotel and take a taxi or shuttle bus ride back to the airport (taxi or shuttle bus not included).

You will depart Oslo and arrive in Alta.

Once you have cleared customs, you will walk outside of the terminal building and our driver will meet you.

You will then be transferred by private bus from Alta to Havoysund fishing camp. Transfer time approx 3 hours and it is included in the price.

Overnight Accommodation: Havoysund Fishing Camp (Twin rooms) B/B

 

DAYS 3 TO 5: 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.

We strongly recommend this service on your first days fishing.

Overnight Accommodation: Havoysund Fishing Camp (Twin rooms) B/B

DAYS 6 TO 8: 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 24 hours a day.

The area around Havoysund is perfect grounds for the huge Halibut and have made this camp world famous for this species, so one normally only has to drive a short distance to find the perfect ground to fish on.

Overnight Accommodation: Havoysund Fishing Camp (Twin rooms) B/B

Day 9

In the morning you will be transferred back again via private bus to Alta Airport for your return flights.

You will depart Alta and arrive in Oslo.

From Oslo you will fly to the 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. 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
03/03/2020 11/03/2020 9 8 6 £1,524 On Request Sold Out N/A
10/03/2020 18/03/2020 9 8 6 £1,524 On Request Sold Out N/A
17/03/2020 25/03/2020 9 8 6 £1,524 On Request Sold Out N/A
24/03/2020 01/04/2020 9 8 6 £1,524 On Request Sold Out N/A
31/03/2020 08/04/2020 9 8 6 £1,564 On Request Sold Out N/A
07/04/2020 15/04/2020 9 8 6 £1,684 On Request Sold Out N/A
14/04/2020 22/04/2020 9 8 6 £1,684 On Request Sold Out N/A
21/04/2020 29/04/2020 9 8 6 £1,724 On Request Sold Out 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)
  • Airport hotel
  • Transfers to and from Havoysund and Alta
  • All accommodation as per itinerary B/B
  • 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

  • Oslo airport hotel transfers
  • Fuel for boat
  • Fishing tackle
  • Personal holiday insurance
  • Lunch and Evening 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 £199 pp

  • 2 anglers sharing 1 cabin and 1 boat additional £597 pp

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 3 hrs) Oslo to Alta (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

Chartered bus Alta to Havoysund (Transfer time approx 2.55 hrs)

Questions & Answers

Where is the destination?

Havoysund is the administrative centre of the Måsøy Municipality in Finnmark county, Norway. The village is located on the small island of Havøya, but is connected to the mainland by the Havøysund Bridge. The 0.62-square-kilometre (150-acre) village has a population (2017) of 976.

Where will I fish?

The great advantage of Havoysund is that you have many sheltered fjords and open ocean fishing 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?

The open ocean either way out of the harbour is around 40 minutes boat road, this is where you will find the first drop-offs where huge shoals of Cod are located. Some of the best Cod grounds are around 30 minutes to a 1-hour boat drive away. However, there are also always very large Halibut caught 5 minutes from the cabins. The further away spots tend to be known holding areas for Cod big and small and are always worth a long journey. Some of the areas you will hear the guides talking about are south of Soroya.

What fish will I catch?

The main species to target at Havoysund will be the Halibut, it is one of the best places for large Halibut as the pressure on these fish is very low so the stocks of Halibut just keep getting better and bigger. There are also the normal species to target. However, if you are after big Coalfish then this may not be the destination for you. In the early part of the season, March an 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 Havoysund wanting to purely concentrate on the Halibut then you should expect to catch between 15–20 Halibut for the week. This may sound low but when you consider that some of these fish can be in excess of 200lb 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. There is also very good shore fishing around Havoysund.

 

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 Havoysund 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 Gatwick but we can use Manchester and Edinburgh. We then fly you to Oslo where you will have an overnight stay in a hotel as the internal flight does not line up with the UK’s international flights. The hotel is a short 5-minute shuttle bus ride from the airport. The next day there is a small flight from Oslo to Alta. Once you have arrived at Alta there will be coach waiting to take you the final part of your journey. This coach ride will take around 2.5 hours through some very scenic scenery.

What is the accommodation like?

Havoysund 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.

The other great advantage of Havoysund is that there is a hotel joined on to the cabin complex and is where you will eat breakfast each day of your holiday. There is a very nice restaurant/bar with a pool table in the hotel.

What is the food like?

The breakfast in the hotel is a continental style breakfast providing food such as cheeses, cold meats, bread, cereals, toast, boiled eggs, yoghurt, jams, pickled herrings and fresh tea and coffee. This breakfast is on a help yourself basis. If you choose to eat in the restaurant of an evening (not included) then they serve things such as burger and chips, steak, pizza, fresh fish and rack of ribs and a few different vegetarian meals are also available.

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.
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.

Reviews

Roy

At Havoysund Doug and Yurgen knew a lot and tried very hard at all times. Was surprised not to see or hear from anyone from Sportquest when we arrived or in Havoysund

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

Hello Roy, thanks for your feed back. I do not know where you guys thought this was a hosted trip. I spoke to Grant as soon as he got back to ask why he thought this was a hosted trip? We arranged for you all to have a guide who works for Nordic Sea Angling every day of your fishing but we never mentioned a member of the Sportquest team would be onsite to assist you. I think maybe you guys thought as you had a fishing guide for the whole week that it was someone from Sportquest.

Anyway I am glad you all had a good time and sorry about the weather!!

All the best

Paul

Andrew

2 Things that stopped this resort getting excellent across the board:

1. Not enough hot water
2. Coloured braid

The guides are excellent Douglas and Jurgen could not do enough to help us catch fish

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

Hello Andrew, so glad you loved Havoysund it truly is a special place in Norway. Tell me about the hot water, if there are 4 people in the cabin and they all want showers you have to be quick other wise a cold shower..... I have had many!

Glad you liked Douglas and Jurgen both very good guides

All the best

Paul

John

Great holiday

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

Thank you for the scores John

Andrew

Great holiday thank you

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

Hi Andrew thanks for the scores

Andrew

All was very good. Would have liked to get the advertised Sportsquest swag ( Beanie, Passport pouch and luggage tags)

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

Hi Andrew
Glad all was good with the holiday. I apologise for you not receiving your goods sooner, we did ensure you received them after it was highlighted to us.

Russell

We had a really bad weather, very windy, which only allowed us to reach feeding ground for 1.5 days, but still enjoyed the trip.

Sportquest & Nordic Sea Angling were superb, it was our 6th trip to Norway, I wouldn't change much!

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

Hello Russell, so glad you liked the trip and thanks for your feedback.

All the best

Paul

Stella

Dave and I did take our travel rods with some light tackle as a couple of days we could not go out due to extreme weather, therefore, we fished on concrete jetty near canary. It's still fishing!

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

Hello Stella & David

By the looks of the pictures you sent me, it looks like you guys had some great fish. Hope you enjoyed the adventure as at that time of the year Norway is like no other place.

Whats next for you guys? I will try to call you this week

All the best

Paul

(John ) Paul

Las Buitreras - Rio Gallegos - Patagonia.

We encountered low water on our last two trips to LB - I think there could be greater emphasis on ensuring that
clients cover this eventuality in the rods etc which they bring.

Airport transfers with Gaby are a no brainer and should be included in the package.

Clients should be encouraged to travel with bags that can contain rods and clothing - rod cases are a nightmare.

All staff at LB are exceptional, which greatly enhances the 'total' experience.

Slippers/slip on shoes make life much easier when taking off waders to enter the lodge.

We were very fortunate to enjoy a lot of fun with a very gregarious party.

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

Paul

Thank you for your review and your comments. As you know we are all learning more and more about the destination especially when there is low water. Lighter rods, lines and even the new vision clear floating line with clear poly tips have made an amazing difference.

We all love Gabby she is so worth every penny as it takes out all the hassle of any transfers.

Glad that you will both be joining me again next year as it was such a good team of people, I am sure next year will be just as enjoyable for everyone but this time hopefully with a little bit more water and normal weather conditions.

Thank you for your continued custom as it is always very much appreciated.

Regards Peter

Jimmy

All I can say is AMAZING

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

Hi Jimmy, thanks for sending us your feedback. I know you have been there before but after speaking to you on your return, it sounded like a much better trip than your last one with the weather being much kinder to you guys.

Where to next year? Hopefully we will catch up soon

All the best, Paul

Justin

Sportquest Holidays Team. Thanks for all your help as we would never been organised enough to do this ourselves. Everything was as you said and more. The journey there was a killer but we understand that the best places are always the hardest to go to. We all managed large Halibut and caught some great Cod along the way. We will look at Havoysund next year as every one at Soroya were talking about it.

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

Hi Justin, we got there eventually having a couple of your group coming from other sides of the world was a little tricky but it sounds like it all went like clock work. Yes agree the journey getting there is a little painful but the fishing makes up for it.

Would love to see your pictures of the Halibut you guys caught? We have sent you a memory stick if you wouldn't mind popping some pictures on that then we can make a blog for you.

Speak to me about Havoysund, I love the place

Until then, Tight lines Paul

Barry

Hello Paul, unfortunately we only managed to get a couple of days fishing due to wind but when we got out there boy the fishing was good. The guides let us follow them one day and tooks us to a very good area for Halibut and first drift my brother caught a fish measured at 195cm it was huge in fact the biggest fish any of us had ever seen. We then off Cod fishing and was simply blown away with how good the fishing was.

Perhaps next year we should go a little later in the year, what do you think?

We have some great pictures for you and even have our brand new hat on in some of them..... All our best Barry and team

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

Hi Barry yes we were aware of the bad weather as you went just after our hosted trip there and we also got hit by the storms and lost days fishing. Like you say though once you can get out there it more than makes up for it.

Really looking forward to seeing the pictures of the huge Halibut and please pass on my congratulations to your brother, what a fish!

I will call in the next couple of days to discuss next trip for you guys.

Once again thank you and speak soon, Paul

Carl

Going to Soroya is a real adventure and would highly recommend it to any one. The coach journey on to the Island is a little scary due to me being scared of heights. The cabins are very nice and have great views. The boats are very good and some of the most stable i have been on, i want one for this country

We all had big fish too many to remember and it was great having the bar onsite

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

Hi Carl. I travel to this Island a lot and i also love the journey see some great views and yes a little scary if you are scared of heights

Well done on your big fish would love to see the pictures if you get the chance

All the best

Paul

Stuart

This destination is like Panama but colder…. The fish just grow massive we had large everything. Big Cod Big Halibut and Plaice like i have never seen before.

The sea was a little rough at times but not un fishable. Having guides there are another great help as they keep you informed of what the weather is doing and where the fish are being caught

Thanks Sportquest we will 100% be going back

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

Hi Stuart, i know what you mean about comparing it to Panama! The Island is great people very friendly and the fishing is out of this world

We will keep you the same dates for next year

Regards

Paul

Henry

My Cod there was a lot of fish there, i think one day we drifted over a shoal of Cod that stretched from Norway back to England..... it just never ended we all landed fish up to 60lb's with so many fish around the 20kg mark. to sum up if you want to catch huge cod then this is the place

Top marks to Sportquest Holidays for this camp, simply the best

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

Very funny, play on words…. It is truly an awesome sight when you can see the Cod just under the surface. When i fish there some of the shoals are 80mtrs thick and stretch for what feels like for ever

How did you get on with the Big Bob shads? i told you they were big

Regards

Paul

Roger

When you had said the Cod fishing was good at this time of year, i didnt believe quite how good it was going to be. We had so many Cod over 30lb's that we lost count, the biggest was 58lb's. the smile on my two sons faces said it all. i think one day we tried to keep count but by lunch time we had caught over 50 cod between 3 of us and then i think every one was so tired that we stopped counting. the fishing grounds were very close to the cabins which was great as we could just pop back for some lunch and a quick nap

Many thanks for pointing us in the direction of such a well organised camp

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

I am pleased you chose Soroya, it is by far the best place to go Cod fishing. i take my hosted trip there each year and catch so many huge cod

Did you like the view from the cabins? what an awesome place Soroya is, a little unforgiving if the weather turns nasty but a couple of hours later and you are back on the water

Can not wait to see the pictures

Tight Lines

Paul

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