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Sandbakken Lodge Northern Norway Mixed Species Destination

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Fjord Sea Fishing Norway

Exclusive to Sportquest Holidays, Sandbakken is a camp situated in an idyllic location on the shores of the Solbergfjorden in Sorreisa, Norway. Surrounded by 1000m high mountains and protected from the open ocean by the island of Senja, it’s a destination famed for its fantastic weather-proof fishing. The waters surrounding the small nest of cabins on the edge of the fjord offer travelling anglers the chance to enjoy a brilliant week of mixed fishing, wetting a line for Cod, Halibut, Coalfish, Wolffish and a whole host of smaller species.

Thanks to the protection offered by Senja, one of Norway’s largest islands, Sandbakken is the ideal destination for anglers who prefer to avoid controlling a boat on the open ocean. Throughout the year, whatever the weather is doing out at sea, there is always somewhere to fish in the fjord. In fact, Solbergfjorden offers anglers a host of intimate bays and fish-holding features just a stone’s throw from the cabins.

With a short, direct transfer time from the airport, easy-to-use boats, and excellent mixed fishing, the camp is the ideal location for first-timers visiting Norway or those worried about sea sickness. On the other hand, it’s also perfect for seasoned anglers looking to catch various species and use their watercraft to target those bigger specimens.

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How to catch fish in Norway

Sandbakken is famous for three main species: Cod, Halibut and Coalfish. However, many other species are also on offer, including Haddock, Wolffish, Dabs and Plaice.

Resident Cod can be caught all year round, with fish between 10lb and 30lb common, with even bigger specimens landed every season. When targeting these, we recommend looking for fish-holding features such as underwater pinnacles of around 60 – 90m with deep areas on either side. All fishing gets done on the drift, and the primary tactic is to use a pirk bounced along the bottom. Pirks between 150-300 grams typically suffice, and popular colours include Silver, Silver and Blue, Green, and even Orange. If you want to target the giant Cod, a 20cm+ shad is an excellent tactic and can often account for the better fish.

Halibut fishing has been excellent over the last five years, and more fish are getting landed every season. Once again, shads are an excellent tactic for these famous giant flatfish, but so is dead baiting. A popular method is a medium-sized Coalfish or Mackerel dead bait fished on an anti-twist lead. In late July and early August, the fjord can be filled with large Mackerel, often coinciding with an increase in Halibut numbers.

Of all the species you can catch at Sandbakken, the Coalfish is among the best. From April onwards, good numbers of these fish can be found in the fjord, with specimens of over 20lb not unusual. These are generally willing to smash anything presented to them, but they do love a medium-sized lure of shad. In the right conditions, they can also get caught in the upper layers and even on surface poppers, providing some fantastic action.

Close to the camp, many of the intimate bays offer anglers the chance to target Plaice and Dabs. These are best targeted using flowing traces or flapper rigs with smaller hooks, baited with frozen black lugworm of prawns. If you tackle up with a lighter outfit for these species, it’s also possible to use the same fishing from the pier and jetty.

Self Drive Boats in Norway

The boats at Sandbakken in Norway are easy-to-use, self-drive boats. They are 18ft Silver Vikings, featuring a 40Hp, four-stroke electric start engine; they are roomy and steady at sea, ideal for up to four anglers. They’re moored outside the accommodation on the camp’s custom-built jetty. As these are all self-drive, you can fish as much or as little as you like; there are no time limits on these trips; if you want, you can fish until you drop.

There is also the possibility, subject to availability, to upgrade your boat to a 19-foot Kvernø Aluminium model fitted with a 60Hp engine, a GPS and a fish finder. At Sandbakken, one upgrade is available, so please inquire about the booking time. All boats have complete safety equipment, life jackets and a 24-hour mobile telephone number.

The destination is perfect for anglers who have never experienced Norway, as all fishing is fjord-based with minimal tide and a fair amount of shelter from any winds. The fishery is relatively straightforward, and even beginners have an excellent chance of landing many specimens. We have sent many customers on their first sea fishing trip to Sandbakken, who have loved it.

HOW MANY FISH WILL I CATCH

The number of fish you catch at Sandbakken will depend on what you’d like from your holiday. If you don’t mind what you fish for and what you catch, it’s possible to land good numbers of mixed fish from Cod, Coalfish and Haddock. However, the action will be slower if you set your stall out to target the bigger specimens or solely Halibut, but when you get the bite, you could easily hook up to the fish of a lifetime. You will discover Cod shoals that are relatively straightforward to catch, with the same comments applied to the Haddock, while the Coalfish tend to feed for relatively short periods and the Halibut only for around 1.5 hours in a tide.

Note: All the fish caught must be reported after each fishing session. The camp owner will demonstrate the best way for you to do this on arrival. 

Accommodation

The cabins are purpose-built, self-catering ones on the water’s edge. Imagine waking up to the waves hitting the jetty and birds singing outside your bedroom window, surrounded by mountains. The open-planned kitchen and dining area in these cabins contains a small oven, a microwave, a coffee maker and a refrigerator. It also has a bathroom with a shower, a toilet and a four-person sauna. Every cabin has a large fridge perfect for storing food and keeping everything fresh. All cutlery will be supplied, including small cups, glasses, plates, bowls and small plates.

Each bedroom has clean sheets, a duvet set, one small towel and one large towel. If you run out of anything during your stay, ask the owners, and they will replenish.

When you arrive at the shore from a long day out fishing, you can prepare your catch at our outdoor filleting station, and then why not cook your fresh catch on the free-to-use BBQ (charcoal not provided) with travelling mates or perhaps some new friends?

There is also a well-stocked tackle shop on-site if you need any items whilst fishing. Just ask the camp owners, and they will be able to help.

Self Catering Cabins

The holiday is solely a self-catering holiday. There are no amenities at the camp where you can buy hot food. The local supermarket is 8 kilometres away in Sørreisa, and for a small charge, the camp owner will take you there in their car. Here, you will be able to buy your weekly provisions. You also have the opportunity to hire bicycles if that takes your fancy more, and you can cycle in to grab smaller items that will fit in a rucksack.

If you wish, if you’d like to explore more of your surroundings, it’s possible to hire a car from Bardufoss Airport. If you prefer to be more active, hiking close to the camp and even picking a range of blueberries, cloudberries, and raspberries in the forest is possible.

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Itinerary

TAILOR-MADE HOLIDAYS

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.

Day 1:

Depart UK (alternative routes available)

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Oslo Depart Oslo

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Bardufoss

After you have cleared customs, a representative from Sandbakken will greet you. The transfer takes approximately 30 mins. Once you arrive at the camp, the owners will show you around the cabin and give you a very quick briefing on the boats and the equipment supplied. After this, you are free to fish.

Overnight Accommodation: Norwegian Cabin (Twin Rooms) S/C

DAYS 2 to 4: Fishing Days

As you have your own boat, there is no time limit to how much or how little you wish to fish and even at certain times of the year, it remains daylight for 24hrs. The fishing can be as close as a couple of minutes steam from the cabins. We provide all our anglers with very detailed charts of the surrounding fjord with marks highlighted that we have had great success from in the past.

Overnight Accommodation: Norwegian Cabin (Twin Rooms) S/C

DAYS 5 TO 7: Fishing Days

The camp owners will ensure that the fuel containers for the boats are full, so after each day on the water, you can refuel ready for your next trip out. There are still many marks that we have yet to fish so why not explore, as there are new marks around every corner. This part of Norway is very sheltered and its very rare for you to lose any days fishing due to bad weather. There is normally a fjord or bay you can reach that is very sheltered from any wind.

Overnight Accommodation: Norwegian Cabin (Twin Rooms) S/C

Day 8:

In the morning a representative from Sandbakken will transfer you back to the airport ready for your departure flight back to the UK.

Depart Bardufoss

Arrive in Oslo Depart Oslo

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FISHING Seasons

The season runs from March to September.

Cod

Season: March to September
Peak: April to May
Weight: 5lb to 90lb
Average Weight: 10lb

Coalfish

Season: March to September
Peak: March to May
Weight: 5lb to 40lb
Average Weight: 10lb

Plaice

Season: May to September
Peak: September
Weight: 1lb to 5lb
Average Weight: 2lb

Halibut

Season: March to September
Peak: April to August
Weight: 6lb to 160lb
Average Weight: 20lb

Package Details

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Included

  • All international flights (Based on London departure)
  • Transfers to and from Sandbakken and Bardufoss
  • All accommodation as per itinerary
  • 6 days fishing via self-drive boat
  • Fishing boat
  • Echo/fish finder
  • Boat safety equipment
  • Life jackets
  • Bed linen, towels and final cabin cleaning

Excluded

  • 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.
  • Additional luggage can be added, please enquire about up to date prices
  • Tackle hire is available
  • A flotation suit is available to hire
  • Boat upgrade to a Kvernø Enquire (Subject to availability)

Price Supplements

If your group size is smaller than the standard 4 people please contact a member of the Sportquest Holidays team who will give you an up to date price

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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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Reviews

Richard

An excellent trip, the weather was abnormally cold which seems to have reduced fish numbers. We still caught loads of cod to 15llbs. a 15lb Wolf fish and managed to loose two Halibut. The coal fish were all small and less abundant. On the wildlife front we saw Fish Eagles , Porpoises and Raindeer. The accommodation was very good and the people were lovely. A trip to remember.

Response from Sportquest Holidays

Thats great to hear, Sandbakken is a stunning place with excellent wildlife. Sounds like you managed to find some good fish and hope the guys at the camp looked after you

Once again thank you for travelling with us and hopefully you will choose Sportquest in the Future

All the best

Paul

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BRIAN

First of all is the ease of booking the holiday you require.
travel arrangements are excellent
holiday description in brochure is first class, accommodation and fishing just as described
we liked the freedom to fish when and for how long you want plus the owners of the camp in Sandbakken Norway treat the guests like friends

Response from Sportquest Holidays

Hello Brian, Glad to hear you had yet another great trip to Sandbakken and thanks for your kind words. We strongly believe that the information in both our website and brochure is a true reflection on the destination.

The owners of the camp are some of the kindest and friendliest hosts you could ask for.

Hopefully the same again for you next year

All the best

Paul

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Peter

Let me start by thanking Paul at Sportquest Holidays for recommending such a good camp as the amenities were excellent and the fishing was to match! I heard lots of stories and read lots of articles about how amazing the fishing was in Norway and I wasn't disappointed. I've been back two weeks now and have already booked up to go again in September.

Response from Sportquest Holidays

Hi Peter, i am so glad fishing in Norway was so very good for you. The stories you read in the press always excites people and sometimes pushing their expectations a bit too high.

When we talk to people like your self who have never been before we try to give them as much information as possible, i know you may forget some of it but the important bits stick in your head.

plus where you and your group have booked for in September is awesome especially for Halibut, good luck boys and hope you come all with new PB's

Regards

Paul

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David

Caught my fist halibut (22lbs +),my wife caught her first 10lb + Cod.Fantastic time.cannot fault it.Will be going again next year.

Response from Sportquest Holidays

David, so glad you both had a great time and congratulations on your personal bests, I look forward in help you both to another great sea fishing destination. Kind Regards Paul

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Anthony

Easy place to get to and good fishing, thanks for everything.

Response from Sportquest Holidays

Tony, thanks for your comments and I was so pleased that the holiday was all as planned. Hope to see you back soon. Paul S

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Steve

Norway fishing is most definitely challenging but rewarding!

I have just returned form my weeks fishing in Norway booked with Sportquest Holidays and what can I say the fishing in Norway is like no other. Before leaving England the weather in Norway was excellent and the fish were crawling up the line, unfortunately this all changed just hours before we arrived the weather had a turn for the worse and the temperature dropped, and to top it all off the snow melt had made the Norwegian seas more coloured then ever. However I am happy to report even with the conditions against us the fishing was awesome, we spent a lot of time motoring around trying to find fish and for the first few days as all we managed was smaller fish ranging from 1-5lb (not a bad size however not what I went to Norway for.) Not to worry I was not to be defeated and kept up the hard work and boy did this pay off. Finally I found the fish with a little help from the locals, we started to land cod after cod after cod and this time they were bigger. The average size was around 8-10lb with a few magical fish mixed in including cod to 28lb and halibut to 20lb.

Once we had found the fish we never looked back everyday was extreme fishing and there was more cod than we knew what to do with, not forgetting countless wolfish, lyng mixed in. All in all this trip was unbelievable even with the locals saying we couldn’t have had worse fishing conditions we had at least 600 fish between my boat of 3. After being to Norway and experiencing the fishing first hand I would like to offer a few pointers to increase your fishing experience. > silver (chrome) perks are a must with some small red worms up the trace. Try to fish at night even though it doesn’t get dark the fishing was still better early hours of the morning. Fish shallow water the fish are in surprising shallow water I would recommend 5-40m no deeper. (15-20m seems to be the magical marks). Always listen to the local lets be honest they know the waters like the back of their hands and will put your on fish. I would like to say thank you to Sportquest Holidays for a smooth well run set up the service and the information was spot on.

I will be returning next year hopefully next time to some better conditions.

Response from Sportquest Holidays

Hi Steve, as i mentioned before you left, don't think you have to fish in stupid depths of water to catch the biggest fish. Always keep your options open and if the fishing is tough like it sounded then you have to try everything. Good on you for not giving up and sounds like you done the best thing to ask a local person.

In my experience the locals know a lot and are more than happy to help you

Like we have said lots of times, we can not control the weather the weather controls us

Regards

Paul

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Paul

More Cod than we knew what to do with. Thank you for our best ever sea fishing trip ever.

Response from Sportquest Holidays

This is a great destination especially in April. You get a huge run of Coal fish and big ones at that and then when they stop feeding the big cod show up and it just seems like these go on for ever

Thank you for your pictures and i am pleased it was your best ever sea fishing trip

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Paul

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Jason

It was well worth the trip, great new destination, everything boats etc was in top condition and the best part was the fishing. We caught Cod, Coalfish and even Halibut all on perks.

Response from Sportquest Holidays

Hi Jason, we worked very hard to find such a destination that offers everything for the most keen sea fisherman and all this for a very good price

The surrounding fjord is packed with fish of all different species and is just waiting for you to tempt them up.

Thanks Jason and speak to you soon

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Antony

A must trip for any sea angler, would highly recommend to anyone. See you again next year thank you so much.

Response from Sportquest Holidays

We will back you up on that Antony it is a great place and the hosts make it all that much better

Regards

Paul

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BRIAN

just returned from Sandbakken Fishing Lodge 2nd--9th July, what a fantastic week my two sons and I had, this was our third visit, the weather was great mid to high 20's for most of the week so we mainly fished through the night when it got slightly cooler, we had plenty of fish, cod to 20lb halibut to 23lb coalfish to 20lb wolf-fish to 16lb and lots in the 8-14lb range.
although we didn't see Kristian this trip Merete looked after us very well.
anyone thinking of going to Sandbakken I would recommend it

Once I get the pictures from my sons I will pass them on

Response from Sportquest Holidays

Hi Brian

Many thanks for your feedback. I am so glad you love this camp and for it to be your third trip that says it all.

Sounds like you had some great weather and the fishing was good for you and your sons. Would love to see the pictures and will pass your kind comments on to the guys who run this camp.

Look forward to helping you again next year

All the best

Paul

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Aaron

Sandbakken lodge Norway.
Firstly i would like to thank Paul Stevens and the Sportquest team for all of their help and assistance in setting up this memorable holiday.
Our journey began with the 4 hour drive from Shropshire to Gatwick airport, once at Gatwick we experienced our first few lessons to remember for next time (this being our first fishing trip abroad) we soon realised we had far too much baggage, which was confirmed after the holiday was over as we all had at least 3 sets of clothing each that we had not worn during the stay, yes there was cold times once on the boat but we all used our preferred items of clothing on every trip out, mine being savage gear all in one fleece suit with fleece jacket, cargo trousers and floatation suit, neck tube and russian style hat. Lesson 2 is check the pockets of the clothing you are taking, one of us packed there shooting jacket in their hand luggage forgetting that in the inside pocket was their skinning knife, after a full search and confiscating the "concealed weapon" we were allowed to board the plane.
Once at sandbakken we were overwhelmed by the views and was eager to get fishing. Bags were dumped in the cabin, rods set-up and off we went, first drop and my wife was in to a 12lb Cod, wow is this how the holiday is going to continue.. unfortunately not, the next 2 days we experienced the strongest winds they have had for 4 years, we still managed a few hours in the evenings but had to stay close to shore with the wind behind us, once the winds had stopped we found ourselves false hooking most of our catches, why were the fish not feeding ?
We spoke to some of the locals who advised us to fish early hours of the morning using smaller Pirks 200-300g instead of our 400g + we was also informed that the majority of larger fish had left the fjord 2 weeks ago but should be returning soon..
Best catches of the week was 16lb Coalfish, 15lb Cod, 15lb Wolf fish. (all caught by the female members) Plenty of fish in the 8 - 12lb range which was great sport on our lighter tackle.

The only other advice I would like to give is make sure you take out the best insurance available, as we had to pay 10,000 kr for damaged to the propellor and hull of the boat, damage was caused during rough waters which forced us to stay within 20 meters off the shore line, we quickly came into shallow waters that was not marked by any bouys or depth markers. Currently going through the claims process but my advise would be go for best insurance and read the small print.

Overall an experience of a lifetime, no regrets apart from wishing I was still there..
Once again thanks to all of the sportquest team..

Response from Sportquest Holidays

What a great report thanks for taking the time to write this. Sandbakken is a great lodge and very good fish filled fjord right on your door step. Shame about what happened with the boat, its not the first time and i am sure i will not be the last. So glad everything worked out ok in the end and you managed to enjoy your last days.

I shall pass your very kind words on to all in the office

All the best

Paul

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Reuben

I love using sportsquest as you have no worries at all everything taken care of

Response from Sportquest Holidays

Hello Reuben

We love making your dreams come true. Hope you had a fab time at Sandbakken again this year and you know where we are for next year. Look forward to taking you guys to Havoysund next year

All the best

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Colin

Thanks Sportquest Holidays for helping us make our minds up on where to go in Norway. There are so many camps out there but once we had explained what we were after Paul in the office pointed us in the right direction. We managed all the species we went for, not as big as we thought but that is fishing

Paul can you ring us as we would like to try some where else next year

Response from Sportquest Holidays

Hi Colin

Paul is out in Norway guiding at the moment but will get him to call you when he returns.

By the sound of it you had a good time and got on alright with the boats. The problem with going mid summer is that the big fish are out to sea but we do not class 30lb cod as small that cod Steve had was a lovely looking fish and thank you for all the photos

Once again thank you for travelling with us and i am sure Paul on his return will help you with your next trip

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Peter

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Nathan

The fishing was rubbish, the biggest we had was a 10lb cod lots of fish showing on the finder but just couldn't get them to bite. Really could of done with some help but no one around to give us advice on where to go or when to fish.

In hindsight we should of gone on a hosted trip as it was our first time. The cabins were good and very warm transfers etc went well

We will be calling soon to see what room you have next year on the hosted trips

Response from Sportquest Holidays

Hi Nathan

Sorry you had a bad trip, when i first went out to Norway it had a fairly similar experience with only managing small fish. i guess people have such high expectations of Norway that every drop down they are going to pull up 40lb Cod and sadly fishing isn't like that no matter where you go in the world.

I would love to have you on one of my hosted trips it certainly helps to have a guide with you then all you have to worry about is hooking and landing that fish of a life time.

Give me a call when you are free and i shall see what i can offer you

All the best

Paul

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Kenneth

The fishing was very good. I would leave the holiday as it is. Would go again!

Response from Sportquest Holidays

Hi Kenneth, thanks for your feedback form. Sandbakken is a great place the owners are always very helpful and the fishing is good. Hopefully the weather was also on your side

Any plans for next year? I will try and catch up with you soon

All the best

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Jonathan

Great time at Sandbakken! Fantastic place, people and fishing. Cod to 37lb, coalfish to 26lb, a couple of small halibut, redfish, haddock, torsk, wolfish and mackerel. We were joined in the fjord by whales on more than one occasion. Would recommend to anyone. Excellent, 10/10.

Response from Sportquest Holidays

Hi Jonathan, thank you so much for your feedback and very pleased you guys had a excellent time. Sandbakken is an awesome place, the people that run the camp are brilliant. Sounds like you managed to tick a few fish of your species list and would love to see some pictures if you have any?

I will try and catch up with you soon

All the best

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William

Overall a brilliant holiday. The automated check in was a bit awkward, but soon mastered. The only part of the info that may be improved was the fishing marks i.e. what time of the tide and direction to fish them.

Response from Sportquest Holidays

Hello William, thank you so much for taking the time to fill out your feedback forms. These are very useful for future travellers.

When I first used the automated checking it was very hard work but becomes a lot easier the more times you use them.

We are constantly updating our fishing information in customers paper work and Norway is going to get a big make over soon giving such information as techniques for certain species etc and hopefully tides, watch this space!

All the best

Paul

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Desmond

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Des

Thank you for travelling with us and also for your feedback scores on both the destination and Sportquest Holidays services.

Also please to see that you would both use our services again and recommend us to friends.

I look forward in dealing with you and your group again some day soon.

Peter

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Brian

Down side was the return flights.

Lost a fishing day due to early pick up. Too long between flights.

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Brian

Thank you for your feedback, glad you enjoyed the trip.

Just need to clear something up, you did not lose any fishing time as there is NO fishing on Wednesday which is the return day. All the boats have to be cleaned and returned back on Tuesday night before customers arrive again on the Wednesday.

Hope that clears things up as you will have had all the fishing as advertised on our website and your paperwork.

Regards Paul

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Martin

I cant fault any of the holiday. The best part was catching my biggest ever fish!

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Martin

Thank you for your feedback and scores as it is very much appreciated.

We look forward in having you all gained with us on one of our destinations.

Any questions at anytime just call me in the office.

Regards Paul.

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William

Fishing slow at first, but did have a couple of very good days with some big Coalfish after getting some info from some other German guests.

Response from Sportquest Holidays

Hi William, thanks for your feedback. The fjord you fished fishes very well for big Coalies and the runs of fish are huge. Shame about the first couple of days but at least it all turned round in the end.

All the best

Paul

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Shaun

The fishing was not worth going for and fished very poorly. We have been to a lot better areas.

Response from Sportquest Holidays

Hi Shaun, sorry you guys had such a tough weeks fishing. I spoke with the owners after you had got back as they were concerned that you guys did not have a great trip and they said that it hadnt been fishing great for the last couple of weeks. It is strange as I have been there many times before and the fishing has never let me down. Can be a little slow sometimes but thats fishing.

Hopefully this hasnt put you off using our services in the future.

All the best

Paul

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Neil

Superb fishing and location. Suggest accommodation beds could be bigger and host could be better prepared, ie have a stock of food essentials & beers.

Response from Sportquest Holidays

Hi Neil, thanks for your feedback. Sandbakken is a lovely location. I have been many years in a row and the bed thing is like that across the whole of Norway no matter where you travel to

Once again thank you and speak to you soon

Tight lines Paul

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Anthony

I was lucky to bewith a 5 person party who had previous experience of Norway and the fish camp, so I was given plenty of info. There was another party there from the UK who had never been before and we had to give them help as there didn't seem to be much coming from the guide.

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Hi Tony, thanks for the feedback. It is hard when you very first go to a destination and was lucky that you travelled with some people you had previous experience. I remember the first time I travelled to Norway is was a very scary place but with more years under your belt it gets easier even when you go to new places.

All the best Paul

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Timothy

Thanks for a wonderful holiday

Response from Sportquest Holidays

Hi Tim, thanks for your words and giving us a score

All the best Paul

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Lee

Fishing very slow at first but once we found fish you could not fail. Had three halibut on light lure rods and small shads great sport and some cod on same tackle. Shame Coalfish were not about struggles to catch on the big lures. My team do a lot of catch and release I think they do need some decent landing nets on the boats had a good time thanks.

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Hi Lee, so glad you guys had a good time and managed to find the fish. With it being your third time there I bet it feels like a second home. Well done on your Halibut on light tackle, they are so much fun on light gear.

I wish more people would practise catch and release as those fish are the future of the sport. Hopefully get to speak with you all soon

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Paul

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Stephen

Visit to Sandbakken

Stunning views, good weather, great boat and host.

Fishing was only very average, could do with more information on type of tackle before leaving the UK.

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Hi Steven

Thank you for your feedback, Sandbakken is a beautiful place to visit and the camp owners are very nice people as you have mentioned.

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Matt

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John

Excellent holiday.

Fish sizes were not a disappointment.

Watching a Sea Eagle take a fish from the fjord was amazing.

Mackerel worked a treat.

Bring a cushion to sit on while on the boat.

Very good boats.

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Thank you for the great feedback John

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Matt

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Kevin

Superb Holiday with everything covered from Start to Finish. All instructions and travel details where spot on.

If you forward on a memory stick I would be happy to load up all our photos and send back

Response from Sportquest Holidays

Hi Kevin, thank you for taking the time to send us your feedback. So glad you liked Sandbakken its a great place with stunning surroundings.

I will get a stick out to you as soon as we can and would love to see your pictures.

All the best, Paul

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Terry

This is the second time will be in for this location not much is changed since the last time we went. We did have one day where we could not get out due to the weather. But this is understanding and can’t be helped. The only issue we had. When we got to Oslo getting through customs what is a nightmare and we had to run to get through the next flight which luckily they just held the plane for another five minutes and we would’ve missed it.

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Hi Terry, thank you for finding the time to send us your feedback and so sorry that you nearly missed your flight, sometimes things like this are out of our control a bit like the weather. Sandbakken is a lovely destination and with regards to 'not much has changed' and we always say why try and fix something that isnt broken.

Tight lines and hopefully we can catch up soon

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