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Saltstraumen Brygge Bodø Norway Wild Wonder of Europe

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Tour Code NOR041

One of the most Fish Rich Places in Norway

The Saltstraumen fishing around Bodo in northern Norway offers the travelling anglers a vast amount of different fishing areas from fish-filled sheltered fjords to the Norwegian Sea’s open ocean. You will always find a great fishing opportunity around every corner.

Saltstraumen is called one of the Wild Wonders of Europe and is world-famous for its whirlpool, one of the world’s strongest at an average speed of 10-12 knots. Saltstraumen’s depth is about 30 meters in the strait. Saltstraumen goes strongly around the full moon and new moon, often 2 to 3 days after that. During the primary tourist season, this world-famous attraction sees that around 200,000 people visit Saltstraumen, making the area one of northern Norway’s most visited attractions.

The number of different fishing areas in Saltstraumen will keep the keenest anglers busy and around each corner, you will find huge potential. Some of the best fishing areas are just a few minutes from the cabins and offers fishing for very large Cod, Coalfish and Halibut.

The famous area of Saltstraumen

Saltstraumen fishing and Saltenfjord are very famous sea fishing areas in Norway for both inshore and offshore fishing. The massive attraction to these areas is that they are not reliant on the weather; regardless of wind and conditions, you will always find somewhere to fish. When fishing around Bodo, the surrounding landscape’s unique makeup gives the saltwater angler a vast array of features and structures to target.

The Saltstraumen fishing area around Bodo isn’t famous for one specific species. Still, it is known for being a great mixed species destination due to the unique inshore and offshore fishing. So if you are a confident boat angler, then head off to the deeper waters located a short drive from the marina where you could be targeting cod well over 50lb, or try some shallow banks which hold massive shoals of the super hard fighting Coalfish. If you are mainly looking for Halibut, then there are so many different bays to try and shallow banks that cry out for a slowly drifted dead bait perfectly placed, ready for one of these enormous Halibut to grab.

Fishing Around Bodo

Once you leave the marina, you will instantly see why this area is excellent for Halibut fishing due to the shallow grounds and many different islands. Then these landscapes give way to the rich open ocean, which is a true anglers dream and is where you will find substantial Norwegian Cod stocks and busting shoals of Coalfish as they hunt down their daily baitfish. As you progress out into the deeper waters, you just never know what will take your rigs. From huge Redfish to deep-water skate and the very odd Ratfish.

All the sea fishing around Bodo needs to be carefully protected, so please abide by the Norwegian fishery rules of what you can and cannot take. Remember, there are size limits on all fish, and more importantly, there are weight limits on what you can take home. Please practise Catch and Release where possible to continue to offer this fantastic fishing for generations to come.

All of your self-drive boat fishing will be by drifting areas that look like fish-holding areas. We have hundreds of pre-programmed known fishing marks, so if the known areas are not producing, try to locate new spots as you may well be pleasantly surprised with your results.

Self Drive Boats At Saltstraumen

Saltstraumen Brygge fishing for many years has been increasing its capacity to cope with the growing demand for excellent sea fishing holidays where everything is taken care of. We have access to 36 boats in total, we have 13 x 19ft Kværno boats and 23 x 20ft Gemi boats and all the boats come fitted with very reliable 80hp Honda 4-stroke engines, which are perfect for this sized boats. Each boat comes equipped with a Garmin Plotter and sounder, a rod holder capable of holding 10 rods, and a 73liter petrol tank.

On this holiday, you will be driving the boat yourself, even though there are staff around the resort, you will need to drive the boats yourselves. When you arrive, you will be shown around by the fishing manager, who will direct you to your boat and explain fuel and other helpful information. This is your chance to speak with them to find out where it has been fishing well. They will always be on hand during your stay, so don’t be afraid to ask them for help if you need it. The staff at Saltstraumen Brygge are there to make sure you have the best time and always go above and beyond to help you have the best time; nothing is too much trouble for them.

Do I need Experience

Some boat handling experience would be an advantage. However, it is not necessary. The boats are very easy to use, and you will get a little introduction when you arrive. The primary fishing skills required, some boat fishing knowledge will help you catch more fish, but not necessary as there are many YouTube videos on the Sportquest Holidays YouTube Channel that will help with advice.

Beginners to experienced anglers will be welcome at this destination. The owners will make you feel very welcome as soon as you arrive. Having a little boating knowledge will help you more, but it is not necessary.

What Other Activities Are There To Do In Bodø

Bodø & Salten is a paradise for nature and outdoor recreation enthusiasts. You can climb high mountains, hike in scenic national parks and go kayaking in azure blue seas. The region is also a perfect destination for culture enthusiasts, food lovers and thrill-seekers. Given the wide range of activities, attractions and places of interest, the Salten region has something for everyone – young and old, families, groups of friends and couples.


Saltstraumen Brygge is located in an ideal location to take advantage of the fantastic sea fishing in Norway that is on offer. Each Cabin built using quality equipment-making for an enjoyable stay and one that should be relaxing while taking advantage of the Bodø area of Norway.

What Are The Cabins Like In Bodø?

At saltstraumen fishing, we have numerous cabins catering for pretty much any size of the group. We have eight-person places right down to two-person houses, and each one is of an excellent standard.

Each Cabin is only 20 metres from where the boats moored, making it a great location if you don’t like walking. You will also notice that it is only 200 metres from one of the wild wonders of Europe, and that’s the Saltstraumen located right in front of the cabins. All the Cabins are bright and pleasant. Just outside each Cabin, you will find some excellent facilities, including a BBQ area, seating, tables and a shelter that overlooks the Saltstraumen area.

What Is In The Self Catering Cabins at Bodø?

The standard four-person cabins have two bedrooms with two beds in each room. The beds come with fresh, clean linen each week. You will find an oven, grill and hob in the spacious kitchen area—enough cutlery for four persons and lots of other equipment, including pots and pans. In the living room, there are widescreen TV with many channels and a comfortable sofa area. Each of our Cabins come with Free WIFI for you you to keep up to date with the news or share all your lovely fish pictures. Each Cabin comes complete with a roomy shower and a fully equipped bathroom perfect for a group of 4 people. Each Cabin will come with fresh towels enough for the size of the group staying there.

Where Can We Eat In Bodø?

Like many other Norway Sea Fishing holidays, it’s on a self-catering board. In each Cabin, there are cook facilities like you have at home. There are local shops and supermarkets that you can purchase all your weekly food items. There are restaurants nearby so if you fancy going out for dinner you will need to book a taxi.

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The below itinerary is flexible should you wish to lengthen or shorten your trip with additional or fewer fishing days; we can tailor the below itinerary to suit you personally. Feel free to talk to our travel consultants who can explain all options available.

DAY 1:

Depart UK (alternative routes available)

Oslo Depart Oslo


Once you have arrived you will be transferred to Saltstraumen Brygge by private vehicle. The rest of the day will be free to unpack and get your fishing equipment ready for the week.

Overnight accommodation: Saltstraumen Cabin (Twin room) S/C

DAYS 2 TO 4: Fishing Days

Over the next few days will be targeting many different fish species from Cod, Coalfish and Halibut. There are many other species available are Bodø and lots of microspecies.

These are self-drive boats and need to be looked after during your week. It is your responsibility to keep your boat fuel topped up during your stay. A little tip is to wash your boat down each day and then at the end of the week, it will be much easier to wash down.

Overnight accommodation: Saltstraumen Cabin (Twin room) S/C

DAYS 5 TO 7: Fishing Days

Saltstraumen area offers some of Norway’s best sea fishing opportunities for Halibut and Coalfish. If you fancy targeting Cod simply drop out to the deeper areas and see what you can catch.

Over your 6 days of fishing, you are free to fish for as long or as short as you wish. We do not have time limits on when you can go out or come in. The boats you will be using are perfectly built to cope with the surrounding waters and if you are a little unsure of the controls when you arrive just ask the resort manager and they will show you some basic controls.

Overnight accommodation: Saltstraumen Cabin (Twin room) S/C

DAY 8:

At a pre-arranged time you will be collected and taken back to Bodø airport for your return flight

Depart Bodø

Oslo Depart Oslo

Arrive UK

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The season runs from March to October.


Season: March to October
Peak: March & April
Weight: 5lb to 75lb
Average Weight: 15lb


Season: May to October
Peak: July to September
Weight: 10lb to 450lb
Average Weight: 40lb


Season: March to October
Peak: July to October
Weight: 5lb to 50lb
Average Weight: 18lb


Season: March to October
Peak: July to October
Weight: 1lb to 8lb
Average Weight: 2.5lb


Season: March to October
Peak: March to October
Weight: 5lb to 20lb
Average Weight: 9lb

Package Details

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  • All international flights (Based on London departure)
  • Transfers from Bodo to Saltstraumen Brygge
  • All accommodation as per itinerary
  • 6 days fishing via self-drive boat
  • Fishing Boat with Sonar, chart plotter.
  • Freezer storage for your fish
  • Access to professional guide for guidance
  • Bed linen, towels and final cabin cleaning


  • Fuel for boat
  • Fishing tackle
  • Personal holiday insurance
  • Meals
  • Final boat cleaning
  • 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.
  • Fishing equipment (rod, reel, line) is available to hire.
  • Survival suits are available to hire.

Price Supplements

If your group size is smaller than the standard 4 persons, then please contact a member of the Sportquest Holidays team who will be more than happy to help

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Dates, Prices & Availability

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From To Duration Price Availability
01/05/2024 31/05/2024 8 £1,540 Enquire Now
01/06/2024 30/06/2024 8 £1,540 Enquire Now
01/07/2024 31/07/2024 8 £1,540 Enquire Now
01/08/2024 31/08/2024 8 £1,540 Enquire Now
01/09/2024 30/09/2024 8 £1,260 Enquire Now
01/10/2024 31/10/2024 8 £1,460 Enquire Now
01/11/2024 30/11/2024 8 £1,460 Enquire Now
01/03/2025 31/03/2025 8 £1,500 Enquire Now
01/04/2025 30/04/2025 8 £1,500 Enquire Now
01/05/2025 31/05/2025 8 £1,580 Enquire Now
01/06/2025 30/06/2025 8 £1,580 Enquire Now
01/07/2025 31/07/2025 8 £1,580 Enquire Now
01/08/2025 31/08/2025 8 £1,580 Enquire Now
01/09/2025 30/09/2025 8 £1,260 Enquire Now
01/10/2025 31/10/2025 8 £1,500 Enquire Now
01/11/2025 30/11/2025 8 £1,500 Enquire Now

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.

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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We had a fantastic week in Saltstraumen, on my boat we landed 2 Halibut over 100cm as well as a whole host of smaller ones. The mixed Cod and Coalfish fishing was brilliant too. We're already looking for some new dates to go back next year!

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The mixed fishing on offer was simply amazing, it matched the stunning scenery and comfortable cabins. During our week we landed good numbers of fish every day, including Cod, Halibut and Coalfish. Saltstraumen gets a massive thumbs up from me.

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Saltstraumen... what a place! The fishing was absolutely fantastic! Me and my group had a great week and landed loads of fish with an absolute mixture of species, from Cod, Coalfish, Halibut, Wolffish and Plaice.

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Spent a week in saltstraummen, from the minutes we arrived we could see it was a special, will world class fishing 30 seconds from the accommodation its hard not to stay out late into the day.

The scenery and wildlife was special, within 10 minutes of fishing on our first day we had eagles overhead and fishing in the fjords was really special.
The fishing didnt disappoint, cod, coalfish, halibut, ling, and plenty of them!

We will defined be going back!!

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Been looking at a trip to Norway for last few years
Finally managed to get there this year as part of my 50th birthday celebrations,wish I’d of gone sooner,
Fantastic experience and the scenery is breathtaking,plenty of fish everyday and kept us busy,no real monsters,the biggest been a 22lb cod
Only downside was the walk to the supermarket and
The strange alcohol laws so I’d recommend taking some and if possible hiring a car
Thanks sportsquest team 👍

Response from Sportquest Holidays

Hi Richard, thanks for taking the time to send us your feedback its extremely important to us so that we know that everyone involved are doing their job.

Hopefully you may not leave it as long for your next visit!!!! And yes it is a huge walk across that bridge. I dont know if you knew, but Kurt will take you round there for a small fee...... a little late now I know, but for next time

Tight lines and speak soon, Paul

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Thank you Sportquest for making my trip to Saltstraumen an absolute dream. From the initial enquiry to Sportquest to the end of the holiday. They were very helpful. The information on the website to the videos on YouTube really do paint the picture of what to expect, and I must say that my expectations were smashed.

The fishing was great and we had a good mix of species. They aren’t monsters but there are plenty of them and will give you a great fight. Although saying that we did land some big hard fighting coal fish. My advice to anyone going out is to do some research and find out what areas fish well on certain tides. It took us a few days of exploring and asking the camp manager before we started to dial in on where the good fishing was to be had.

We hired rods for the trip, but if I was to change anything, I would book a rod tube on to the plane and take my own gear. The rods supplied were a bit stiff (30-50) so you lost a bit of the fight. The camp was happy to exchange my rod for a 20-30 and that was a much better rod to use. I would recommend that anyone travelling with their own equipment take a light spinning rod for the small coal fish while you wait for the right tides to target the big fish. They are great sport on light gear, plus a small coal fish is a great bait for halibut.

The accommodation was really tidy and modern. Comfortable twin rooms and a large communal area with plenty of seating, plus a deck to sit on and sort tackle and plan the next trip out. Most importantly the shower was decent and had decent pressure and enough hot water for 4 people to take a shower one after the other.

The area we stayed in was stunning and Saltstraumen is a very pretty area packed with wildlife. White tailed eagle’s often visited the boat hoping for an opportunity easy meal and dolphins were seen daily. We were very lucky one evening to have a Minke whale circle the boat for around 20 minutes, which was incredible. The Maelstrom it’s self is a sight to behold and I can see why people travel from across the world to see it.
The local shop is a 20 minute walk away, and we were even fortunate to spot a Moose on the way home one evening. It was just another thing that added up to making it a special holiday.

One of the things I thought about before I went was the food prices in Norway, which I know can put people off. But I must say that I found it to be ok. Yes it is a bit more expensive than UK prices, but my advice would be to avoid well know brands and make your selection carefully. The local store in Saltstraumen has its own brand of value item products, which are miles cheaper than branded goods. Beer is not too bad in price as long as you stick to Norwegian brands and that it is below 5%. Note that in Norway you cannot purchase alcohol between 8pm on a Saturday until 8am on a Monday! We found that out when we were there, but a very kind camp guide “lent” us some beer to tide us over.

Overall my friend expectations were smashed and I have done nothing about think of the trip I have just had. Even though I was broken from fishing so much! We certainly made the most of the 24 hour daylight! And we simply fished from morning to evening and they back out after dinner for several hours before heading back to camp for a couple of hours! So, exhausted but very happy fishermen!! Will definitely be back.

Thank you Sportquest

Response from Sportquest Holidays

Hello Sean, wow now that is a feedback. Thank you so much, real information like this is 100% what we like to see. This is going to be a huge help for future anglers looking for their next adventure.

Tight lines, Paul

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A good trip thank you. Fishing was not as good as some other trips I've been on but I appreciate that can vary from week to week/ year to year. Accommodation was very good, spacious, well equipped, clean and tidy. Other facilities on site were excellent with good friendly staff available any time.
Sportquest staff were very good, quick to respond to queries, available when required on the phone and generally helpful at all times. Thanks (esp) to Laura and Paul for clear and prompt communications and advice.
All travel arrangements worked very well with no problems at all.

Response from Sportquest Holidays

Thank you for your feedback. Great to hear you had a good time.

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