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Lofoten Islands | Halibut & Plaice Fishing | North Norway  


Tour code: NOR020  

Welcome to one of the best areas in Norway, the Lofoten Islands. These stunning islands are all joined by bridges and with one main road from top to bottom, it is very easy and straight forward to navigate. The waters surrounding these wonderful islands are the perfect grounds for the mighty hard fight Halibut with many sandy bays and shallow fjords. Exclusive to Sportquest Holidays and in conjunction with Nordic Sea Angling we would like to introduce Nappstraumen. This destination is set amongst some prime fishing grounds halfway down the Lofoten Islands, with the fast array of fjords right on your doorstep and the open ocean only being a short drive away, it really is a fisherman paradise. Team this up with some of the finest accommodation you will come across and some of the best guides in Norway, you will find yourself in the best of hands and full filling that dream fishing holiday.


You will be based in an area called Nappstraumen which is found on the eastern side of the Lofoten Islands. Where our cabins are based is ideal as you can travel out in many different directions depending on wind conditions. You should be able to find sheltered fishing whatever the weather is doing. To the east of this location, you will find some great areas for Halibut fishing, sheltered bays and large shallow sandbanks will offer some amazing action. Then to the west, you will come across much deeper water where you have the chance of targeting large Cod and other deepwater species. The fjord where the cabins are located offers some very good Plaice and Dab fishing and one only needs to drive the boat for a few minutes and you will be over some cracking Plaice areas where you may even be able to see them taking your baits, which is a great experience. The onsite guides will be able to recommend fishing areas for your chosen species as the guides are located here throughout the year and know the areas very well.

The main reason why the Lofoten Islands has such fish-rich waters is it has its own climate due to its location. The gulf stream hits the Lofoten Islands bringing with it slightly warmer waters and air temperatures making the eco-system thrive. The waters will fill with baitfish feeding on all the microorganisms and in turn where you find lots of baitfish you will find predators feeding on them. Around the middle of June see’s a huge influx of Mackerel and these are super-sized Mackerel perfect size for Halibut and Coalfish to gorge themselves on and in turn, grow to huge sizes.


All the fishing you will be doing in Norway will be under drift, the motor will be on but out of gear and you will be relying on wind and current to move you across certain areas. It is important to keep an eye on the tides and time your fishing time on these. As if the boat is drifting either with the tide or wind you will not be covering any water. If you find yourself in this situation where the boat isn’t moving then simply kick the boat in and out of gear to create a little movement. This way you will start to cover some ground, you will notice once the tide picks up again, as you will not need to perform this action as much.

Most of the Halibut fishing will be done using dead baits rigged to Halibut Anti Twist rigs or shad fishing lowered to the bottom and then wound up a few meters. It is important to keep in contact with your bait and rig as sometimes the bite from a Halibut can be very finicky and the time you put your rod in the holder will be the time you get that bite you have been waiting for. The more effort you put in the more results you will get, keep trying different depths as you will be surprised by how shallow you will get hookups.

Cod fishing is a little more strenuous and normally in much deeper waters. The ideal depth is around 60-100m with shallow water nearby. The best method to catch any size Cod is to use a silver chrome Pirk lowered to the bottom then lifted up in a quick upward motion, then follow it back to the bottom. This method will catch any sized Cod but if you want to target the larger ones at the Lofoten Islands then use a 25-30cm shad.

There are many other species on offer at this location from Plaice, Wolfish, Dabs, Ling and if you are lucky some big Skate. Simply speak to the onsite guides who will help your group achieve your targets.


The Nordic Sea Angling guides who run this destination have been fishing the waters of Norway for many years and have a vast amount of knowledge and keenest for sea fishing in Norway. They are there to make sure your holidays go as smoothly as possible and want you to achieve your goals. It is even possible to arrange free days guided fishing subject to availability (please mention this when making your booking). They will come on your boat and show you their waters, techniques and more importantly how to handle a huge Halibut safely. They all speak perfect English and will be your main point of contact whilst enjoying your dream fishing holiday on the Lofoten Islands

Extra Activities

The town of Leknes is very close to the camp (10 minutes) and here you will find ten pin bowling and some very nice restaurants. There is also hiking to do in the surrounding areas where you will get some amazing views of the stunning scenery. At this location, there is a free to use people carrier for the guests to do supermarket runs and visits to the local town of Leknes, just ask your guide each time you wish to use it.

Contact Us

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Nappstraumen Luxury Cabins

The destination of Nappstraumen on the Lofoten Islands needs no introduction to the traveling sea angler. This destination is not only renowned for superb boat fishing for Halibut and Coalfish but as-well-as this there is some truly fantastic shore fishing to be had here with the chance to catch a monster halibut from the shore also a real possibility.

The Cabins

These fantastic cabins have been created with the sea angler in mind giving you the chance to stay in some of the most luxurious accommodation you will find for anglers in Norway. Surrounded by towering mountains and situated right on the edge of the fish-filled fjord these stunning cabins will make your stay at Nappstraumen all the more pleasurable. These luxurious cabins overlook the impressive Nappstraumen fjord.

Downstairs you will find a large shared bathroom with a hot shower, heated floors and a washing machine. The kitchen area has touch-sensitive hobs and fan assisted oven to cook on along with a microwave. These amenities also come with all the pots, pans, trays and cutlery, along with a dishwasher. The communal area in these cabins consists of a very comfortable corner sofa, a large dining table, and stools with a smart TV. Upstairs you will find 4 rooms all holding twin beds but set out for single sleeping arrangements. As the accommodation here is set out for single rooms you will have your own space when fishing here, no being kept up at night by your room partner snoring.

Whilst staying at the Nappstraumen cabins you will have a local guide on site who will be able to assist with any issues you have. The cabins are also a short drive from the local town (10 minutes) where you can do some shopping in the local shops, eat out at one of the local restaurants or even visit the local bowling alley for a couple of games if you wish.

To dry your clothes there is a large drying room opposite which is perfect for storing your wet clothes and drying them out after a long day on the water.

Each cabin has a large wooden balcony where you can relax and take in the stunning views of the fjord on which you are situated or you can even cast a rod and target the fish that swim in front of these cabins.

Food & Drink

These cabins are solely self-catering meaning that you will be cooking your food whilst enjoying your stay.

When you head to Norway we suggest you take a coolbox with you in which to take your food. Provisions we suggest to take with you include meals like porridge for breakfast along with main meals like steak, sausages, pasta, rice and sauces (we would advise taking these types of food with you as they are available in Norway but these are fairly expensive). You have a local supermarket within 10 minutes drive from the cabins which are where we would suggest you buy fresh goods such as bread, milk, and eggs.

As well as the local supermarket the garages in and around where you will be fishing sell hotdogs and burgers, now these are not cheap but after a long day on the shoreline, these go down a treat as a snack.


Rooms: Single Rooms
Internet: Free WiFi
Equipment Hire
Shop: On site tackle shop
Cards Accepted: Debit/Credit card
Freezer Room: Walk in freezer
Filleting Area: Fish cleaning areas
Species Information
Season: April to September
Peak: April to June
Weight: 10lb to 80lb
Average Weight: 25lb
Season: May to September
Peak: June to September
Weight: 20lb to 350lb
Average Weight: 50lb
Season: May to September
Peak: June to September
Weight: 5lb to 40lb
Average Weight: 10lb
Season: May to September
Peak: July to September
Weight: 1lb to 8lb
Average Weight: 4lb


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:

Depart UK (alternative routes available)
Arrive Oslo

Depart Oslo, Arrive Bodø

Depart Bodø, Arrive Leknes

Once you and your group have arrived, make your way to the baggage collection area. The airport is very small so once you have collected your bags make your way out of the terminal building where there will be a representative from Nordic Sea Angling waiting to transfer you to the cabins. The transfer takes around 10 minutes. When the guide has dropped you off outside your cabin, they will arrange a time to pop round and give you a quick brief on your weeks holiday. You will then be free to relax and unpack.

Overnight accommodation: Luxury Lofoten Cabins (Single rooms) S/C

Days 2 to 4: Fishing Days

The onsite guide will make sure that you are completely comfortable with your boats and all the equipment that is supplied. They are there to help you get the most out of your holiday and will recommend areas for you to try for your chosen species. Some of the best Halibut grounds are only 5-minute steam from the camp. Subject to availability it may be possible to book you free days guided fishing. The onsite guide will take you out on your boat and show you around and show you first hand how to deal with large Halibut and also methods to fish.

Overnight accommodation: Luxury Lofoten Cabins (Single rooms) S/C

Days 5 to 7: Fishing Days

The area around Lofoten is fast becoming world-famous for its Halibut fishing, as at certain times of the year, the Halibut descend upon these Islands to feed up for the winter on the huge shoals of Coalfish. The Coalfish fishing is also superb here with it producing huge catches of this species to world record sizes. So if you are after a mixed fishery then you simply do not need to look any further than the Lofoten Islands. It may be possible to arrange a day trip down to Å as it is located an hour drive down the coast and you will get to experience the fishing in the world-famous stream. This journey can only be done on good weather days and you must seek the onsite guide’s permission.

Overnight accommodation: Luxury Lofoten Cabins (Single rooms) S/C

Day 8:

In the morning you will check out of your cabin and then be transferred back to Leknes airport.

Depart Leknes, Arrive Bodø

Depart Bodø, Arrive Oslo

Depart Oslo
Arrive UK


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.

Start Date End Date Days Nights Fishing Angler Non-Angler Availability Notes
30/03/2022 06/04/2022 8 7 6 £1,638 On Request Sold Out N/A
06/04/2022 13/04/2022 8 7 6 £1,638 On Request Enquire Now N/A
13/04/2022 20/04/2022 8 7 6 £1,683 On Request Sold Out N/A
20/04/2022 27/04/2022 8 7 6 £1,683 On Request Sold Out N/A
27/04/2022 04/05/2022 8 7 6 £1,683 On Request Sold Out N/A
04/05/2022 11/05/2022 8 7 6 £1,683 On Request Sold Out N/A
11/05/2022 18/05/2022 8 7 6 £1,683 On Request Sold Out N/A
18/05/2022 25/05/2022 8 7 6 £1,638 On Request Sold Out N/A
25/05/2022 01/06/2022 8 7 6 £1,638 On Request Sold Out N/A
01/06/2022 08/06/2022 8 7 6 £1,683 On Request Sold Out N/A
08/06/2022 15/06/2022 8 7 6 £1,683 On Request Sold Out N/A
15/06/2022 22/06/2022 8 7 6 £1,683 On Request Sold Out N/A
22/06/2022 29/06/2022 8 7 6 £1,683 On Request Sold Out N/A
29/06/2022 06/07/2022 8 7 6 £1,683 On Request Sold Out N/A
06/07/2022 13/07/2022 8 7 6 £1,683 On Request Sold Out N/A
13/07/2022 20/07/2022 8 7 6 £1,683 On Request Sold Out N/A
20/07/2022 27/07/2022 8 7 6 £1,683 On Request Sold Out N/A
27/07/2022 03/08/2022 8 7 6 £1,683 On Request Sold Out N/A
03/08/2022 10/08/2022 8 7 6 £1,683 On Request Enquire Now N/A
10/08/2022 17/08/2022 8 7 6 £1,683 On Request Sold Out N/A
29/03/2023 05/04/2023 8 7 6 £1,734 On Request Enquire Now N/A
05/04/2023 12/04/2023 8 7 6 £1,734 On Request Enquire Now N/A
12/04/2023 19/04/2023 8 7 6 £1,779 On Request Enquire Now N/A
19/04/2023 26/04/2023 8 7 6 £1,779 On Request Enquire Now N/A
26/04/2023 03/05/2023 8 7 6 £1,779 On Request Enquire Now N/A
03/05/2023 10/05/2023 8 7 6 £1,779 On Request Enquire Now N/A
10/05/2023 17/05/2023 8 7 6 £1,779 On Request Sold Out N/A
17/05/2023 24/05/2023 8 7 6 £1,734 On Request Enquire Now 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.

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

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)
  • Transfers to and from Lofoten and Leknes
  • All accommodation as per itinerary
  • 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

  • Fuel for boat
  • Fishing tackle
  • Personal holiday insurance
  • Meals
  • Final boat cleaning
  • Powerboat licence (See price notes)


  • Other UK departure airports are possible (additional cost) Please call a member of the Sportquest team for further information.

  • Fishing equipment (rod, reel, line) £50 pr week
  • Survival suits £45 pr week

Price Supplements

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

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


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 hrs)

Oslo to Bodo (approx 1hr)

Bodo to Leknes (approx 40mins)

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 the 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 are dependent on the airline. We, therefore, recommend that once your flights are booked you check on the airline’s 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

Leknes to Lofoten (Transfer time approx 10mins)

Questions & Answers

Where is the Lodge?

Located in the North of Norway Nappstraumen is a stunning area capped by some huge mountains and stunning scenery. With it only being a short 15-minute transfer from the nearest airport Nappstraumen is a great destination.

Where do they fish?

The great thing with sea fishing in Nappstraumen is that you have direct open ocean fishing as well as wind-protected fjords in case the weather is against you. You can travel in many different directions depending on wind direction.

How long does it take to reach the fishing grounds?

This depends on which species you are targeting. The main Cod fishing grounds are anything from 30 mins to an hours drive from the harbour. The Halibut grounds are as close as 5 minutes from the harbour. However, there are many different areas around Nappstraumen for you to try.

What fish will I catch?

The sea fishing in Nappstraumen offers a huge variety of species. March and April are the perfect months for the Skrei Cod and April to September are perfect for Coalfish and Halibut. Other species can be found in this area such as the big Plaice that can be found here.

How many fish will I catch?

When you are targeting Cod the shoals are very large especially in the months of March and April and the catch rates will depend on how many you can handle catching. Halibut fishing, on the other hand, is a little slower as these are not shoaling fish, and is sometimes classed as big game fishing as its a sit and wait type of fishing and sometimes can be much more productive than others. When targeting the Coalfish, these swim round in huge shoals but will normally only feed for a short period so when they are feeding it will be one a drop.

How do they fish?

The sea fishing is all self-drive so the methods of fishing are down to the individuals. Lowering either a Chrome Pirk or small shad to the bottom and with an up and down movement to excite the Cod will normally see you catching the Cod. The same method is very productive for the Coalfish but instead of leaving the shad/pirk near the bottom, we advise you to hit the bottom then wind back to the surface and the Coalfish normally will take on the retrieve. Halibut fishing, as mentioned before, is a waiting game and you can go a few hours without contacting anything then all of a sudden you will be in for a fight of your life. The main most productive method is to fish with a dead Coalfish on a Halibut Anti Twist rig lowered to the bottom then wind up a few metres and keep it around 2 metres from the bottom and let the boat drift.


Do the guides speak English?

The guides speak perfect English and will always help you with any questions that may arise.


Who is best suited to this destination?

Nappstraumen is a great destination for all, as the accommodation is top class and of course the fishing has been set up to ensure everyone has the best experience of the North of Norway.

What skill level is required?

As mentioned previously, this destination suits all abilities as you have nice weather, protected fjords and the option of fishing the open ocean. A basic boat handling knowledge will be of some help but not necessary.


How physically demanding is this trip?

The destination is suitable for all abilities. There is a small step to get in the boats and a small walkway to get down to the boats but other than that the rest of the resort is suitable for all.


When to go?

If it is the largest of the Cod you are after then we recommend travelling in March and April, as the average weight is enormous. The Halibut and Coalfish fishing happen around the same time, which is May to September with the peak months being July and August for both Halibut and Coalfish.

How to get there?

The normal route is from the UK to Oslo then a second flight from Oslo to Bodo where you will catch a short (20 minute) flight to Leknes. This is where a representative from Nappstraumen will be waiting with a minibus to transfer you to the cabins which take around 15 minutes.

What is the accommodation like?

At Nappstraumen the cabins are new and very luxurious, maybe the best you will find in Norway. These cabins are kitted out with 2 bathrooms of which one has a lovely shower, the kitchen has very good facilities with everything you need to cook your evening meals. The lounge area has various seating arrangements and the best thing about these cabins is that they all have single rooms meaning the anglers at this camp do not have to share rooms.

What is the food like?

This camp is fully self catering although in the nearby town of Leknes you will find various restaurants and supermarkets.

Does the lodge provide fishing tackle?

Nappstraumen does offer the chance to hire fishing equipment that comes with a high-quality rod, top quality reel and braid. This is normally a 20–30lb class rod with a Shimano or similar quality multiplier.

Is internet and phone signal available?

The phone signal and Wi-Fi is very good all around the camp and it is free for customers to use. Just ask a member of the staff for the password when you arrive.


Are there other activities available?

The camp of Nappstraumen does not have specific activities set out but the nearby mountains offer lots of opportunities to go on walks and take in the local 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 accommodation and fishing for you. If you wish to book or have any questions please feel free to call our offices on 01603 407596.




A really enjoyable holiday with great fishing. Both Calle and Ross are superb guides that looked after us really well, put us on the fish and we all had a great time.

I would say that this holiday was the best I have had tp date

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

Hi Warwick, well we can't ask for more than that and it was really nice to actually get you guys out there.

Hopefully I will speak with you soon tight lines



Flights were excellent all on time . The new cabins in lofoten were A1. Boat and engines A1. Guide was very helpful. Camp has improved vastly since last visit 3 years ago.

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

Hi Martin, thanks for taking the time to send us your feedback and really glad we could get you there.

I knew you would prefer the cabins now they are the best I have ever come across in Norway.

All the best and we will catch up soon


The freezer was located in the drying room so every-time it was opened hot air went into it. The fish fillets inside the cool box did not freeze and you had to leave the fish on the shelf until it was frozen then put it in the cool box.

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

Hi Edward

Thank you for the feedback.

Tight Lines



Older Kroner banknotes without the hologram are not accepted in most places in norway.

Good holiday thank you

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

Thank you for the review John

Its great to hear you had a good holiday.


Went to Leknes the facilities are excellent. The fishing is weather dependent but very good in open sea areas, the local bay is available in bad weather but is not nearly as productive.

The return flights were horrendous. Up at 5 in the morning and arrived at Manchester airport 12hrs later.

A direct flight would take about a couple of hours, but unfortunately is out of the question due to remote location.

However, five takeoffs and five landings with one stopover exceeding 4hrs and another of only 40 minutes, diminished by a flight delay, left us a baggage laden half marathon between gates. It is a bit of a challenge for an old geezer like me (78) and my mate of 70 hard years who occupies a well endowed waistline and whilst predominantly liquid fuelled, he is no rocket.

Overall very good but would not choose this venue again unless I could shed a few years, a few pounds, supercharge enthusiasm and develop a craving for airport hurdling.

I would however recommend the venue to those who value good fishing, large catches, very nice fishing boats, great accommodation and excellent and very professional guide. Sportquest did a crackin' admin job, were very pleasant, supportive and efficient.

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

HI Fred, great to chat to you today and thanks for your very humorous feedback. I really wish we could give you better flight routes but these things are completely out of our hands and we always try and get the best most direct flight route for everyone. The Manchester flights are a lot more complicated than the London ones but are there if people wish to travel from Manchester.

Once again thank you for travelling with us and we look forward in helping you again next year

All the best



Unlucky with the weather as we are all 68+ years old in our party, we only fished when it was fairly calm. Enjoyed the Plaice fishing, we also had some nice cod and a few coalfish but no luck with the halibut. Boat and cabin excellent and Martin the guide is a great chap. The cost of an extra case was excessive due to the Wideroe flight so we had to cut down on gear and could not take enough fillets home (not your fault). will go again and have pictures if you want them.

Ron Sanders

Norwegian Krona have new notes. We had a lot of money from previous trips that was not spendable, it may be a good idea to add this to your advice sheet.

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

Hi Ronald

Thank you for your feedback, it sounds like you did well catching what you did.

Unfortunately in Norway the weather can prove difficult at times and if we could control it to ensure our customers had perfect weather each day we would, we hear many great things about all the Nordic guides and Martin is another guide that is keeping their reputation up as being the Number 1 company for Sea fishing in Norway.

Where are you thinking of going next?

Tight Lines


Good points.
Location and equipment (boat, engine, etc) were excellent, second to none. Fishing at this time of year was very good outside. Fantastic location + ease of access to boat. Communication with Sportquest always available.

Memorable moments.
High standard of fishing outside the sounds. Being guided to Moskenstraumen on our 1st day - fishing for Coalfish was excellent. Catching my 1st Halibut - only 2 caught one the camp that week.

Suggestions to make the holiday better.
A notice board / white board with info close to boats - weather forecast, wind directions, what areas are fishing well + for what species, catches from previous week, any trips that the guides are planning. Guides to show at the start which rigs work best for Halibut and Plaice (their Plaice rig was specific for that area). With less experience fisherman an idea of which area would give a lee from that days wind. Just general info left on a board to make life easier.

Areas where there could be an improvement.
Cabin was ok, clean, but a little tired. No real complaint, a camp after all. Don't think I would like to stay there in April. The bed linen (when we got it) was old + not much of it. Poor.

A small thought.
At the end of the week all flotation suit dumped outside walk in freezer. A cage or box needed perhaps (just didn't look professional). Also, the overflowing recycling bins in this are made the area messy.

Blessed with fantastic weather + location all enjoyed the trip!

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

Hi Martin, thanks for you excellent detailed report. Sounds like you guys had a great trip. Well done on your Halibut

I will certainly ask the guides about the information board as I agree that that is a good idea.

I will of course pass your comments on to the guides at the camp and hopefully they will take on board the points you have raised.

All the best



Thanks for a great Holiday. We had some good fishing

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

Hi Michael, thanks for your feedback. Great to hear you guys had good fishing

Tight lines



Thanks for a great Holiday

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

Hi Eric, thank you so much for your feedback. Sounds like you had a good trip

All the best



From the initial booking process through to the flights and transfers, everything went smoothly.
The accommodation and boats were first class. We had a good fishing experience.
Would we recommend Sportquest? Yes!
Will we be going again? Definitely!
A very professional company.

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

HI Richard, thanks for taking the time to fill out your feedback form.

I personally love the Lofoten islands, the landscape, the accommodation and the boats are some of the best in Norway. It really is a great experience and thank you for your very kind words.

Tight lines



Cracking holiday!
Chalet superb! Brilliant boats (local nav. chart would have been useful though).
Suggest a microwave needed in chalet.

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

Hi Leonard, thanks for taking the time to fill out your feedback. Nappstraumen is an awesome place. Hope you all managed some new PB's. We are trying to put in place microwaves and hopefully next season will see all new ones

Tight lines



All transfers were great!
It was devastating to see certain parties at the camp keep every single fish being caught, regardless of size or weight. This is being done on an industrial scale with all fish vacuum packed, labelled and dates for re-sale.
You will have no camp left if this is not addressed urgently or when word gets out.
Would not return for that reason.

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

Hi Justin, thanks for your feedback

Unfortunately the taking of the fish is out of our hands. The boarder controls are tightening up now so hopefully it will soon stop.

Sounds like you had a great trip and caught plenty. You will like Vesteralen next year

Tight lines



Thanks for organising this trip. It all went very well and was lovely first trip to Norway. I managed a couple of very nice sized Halibut, loads of Cod to 35LB and a mid 30 Coal fish.

cabins were what we expected and the guides and boats were perfect.

Thanks Sportquest

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

Hi Mel, thanks for your feed back form and so glad you enjoyed your first experience of Norway. I spoke to Alan the other day and he loved it

Hopefully we can help you guys out in future trips

All the best



The accommodation was as we expected, but had to ask for towels (which were provided) and for dish washer and TV to be repaired, which were not.
Received guided day on day 5 of holiday, after which we were much better equipped to take best advantage of holiday. This information should have been given much earlier. None of this spoilt what was a fantastic week of fishing - we still had a great time!

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

Hello Les, thanks for the feedback on this destination. The points you have raised are why we do these feed back forms. i will pass on your comments to the camp owner and hopefully these issues will be addressed straight away. Sorry they were not sorted out for your stay (hopefully you had a deck of cards with you??)

So glad the week overall lived up to what you were expecting and by the sounds of it the fishing was also good

All the best



The best part was the fishing it was great! Catching 23 kg Halibut.

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

Hi John, thanks for your feedback so pleased the fishing was good for you guys and we look forward to helping you out next year.

All the best



Fantastic weeks fishing, aided by good weather.
The boat and camp manager were great. The toilet/shower with underfloor heating and constant hot water was fantastic.
Sleeping arrangements diabolical!

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

Hello Arthur, sounds like you guys had a great weeks fishing at Lofoten. Thank you for your feedback on this destination.

So sorry about the sleeping arrangements. As soon as you called us we done everything in our power to sort this out and hopefully the situation improved after this?

I like you comment about the underfloor heating, this is something I also love and have a constant supply of hot water is not always the case in Norway on smaller destination so is a massive plus.

Thanks once again

All the best



Would go to Norway again, but earlier in the year. May - July for better fishing.

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

Hi Nicholas, Thank you for your feedback.

May - July would be better for Cod fishing but the time of the year you went is very good for Halibut.

I did hear the fishing was good and the weather was also very kind to you guys.

Hopefully we will catch up soon and we can get some dates fixed for you guys to time in for the run of big Cod

All the best



JUNE1st -8th. This year we were not as lucky with the weather as we would have liked but we didn't lose any fishing time. Fishing in the sheltered waters was a little limited to smaller fish when the weather offshore was restrictive. The Arronet once more proved itself a really hardy boat which rode out the rough seas really well and enabled us to fish in conditions that most sub 10m boats just wouldn't. We manged several "firsts" with some great coalfish sport in particular. Camp was very well positioned and well equipped. The cabin was more basic than the others we have visited.

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

Hi Rupert, thanks for taking time to fill out your feedback form.

Such a shame about the weather, it has been like that all over Norway. I totally agree the boats are awesome in rough conditions

Glad the Coalfish played ball and hopefully I will get to see some pictures soon.

All the best and speak soon



The camp and fishing was really good, the camp guide was excellent.
the boats were epic.
The cabin could have done with a bit more storage for our clothes, there was only one very small wardrobe for two of us and no cloths hooks in the bedroom or bathroom.

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

Hello Howard, sorry for not replying sooner but have been away guiding. So glad you guys had a great time in the Lofoten Islands. It is one of my favourite places in Norway

I also love the boats and personally think that the guide onsite there is first class.

I have forwarded your comment about storage for clothes as you are not the first person to say this so hopefully they will look at resolving this issue. This is what these customer feedback forms are for, so we can act on anything that is not up to your satisfaction

What is for you guys next year?

All the best and speak with you guys soon



Just returned from Lofoten and had an excellent time.Sometimes it was a fish a drop with haddock,coalfish to 20lb and lots of double figure cod to 37lb.We did not manage to catch any halibut and Jonathon the guide said that the water temperature was a bit high and that the halibut were out in deep water.If i went again to target the halibut i would either go in may or october. Jonathon the guide on site was excellent and nothing was to much trouble. Although i took my own rods and reels the quality of tackle on hire is excellent with shimano talica 10 reels and westin rods and also a well stocked tackle shop.The arronet boats were great and could reach speeds of up to 30 knotts and can also handle a big sea.I would certainly go back to Lofoten.

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

So pleased you guys had a good time and shame about not catching a Halibut at least it gives you something to go for next year.

I totally agree with the tackle hire on site, i now never take my gear as i know the hire tackle is such great quality and yes the boats are also top quality.

Look forward to helping you in the future

All the best



Long journey, but good scenery when we arrived at Norway. First days fishing, it rained all day. Managed to get out to the north on instruments as we could not see much land due to rain and low cloud. It was worth it, as we boated 29 cod, most 15lb to 20lb and Spencer had the best, a fish of 39lb. This gave us our quota of cod fillets for the three of us for our trip.

Second day we targeted the plaice. Plenty of fish, and we kept 10 fish each for filleting, and returned the rest along with some smaller dabs and codling. We tried for plaice later in the trip, and recommend changing the hooks for circles, as we found all the fish were lip hooked and easy to return. Must say, the plaice are still rather thin this time of year.

The weather was quite windy the rest of the trip, but when we got out, we had a few decent cod ,but failed to make contact with any halibut, although several were caught by other boats. The coalfish were scarce for us, just one of 10lb.but we did not target them specifically.

All in all, a good trip with excellent accommodation, 1st class rod and reel hire, and good advice from the guides.

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

Hello Ron

Thank you for taking the time to fill out your feed back form.

Looks like you guys had a great trip and managed to find some quality fish, shame about the Halibut not playing ball but thats fishing. Glad you went for the Plaice as Lofoten is one of my favourite areas to fish for the Plaice.

Hopefully will speak to you soon

All the best



Hi Paul,
Ok feed back is better than the last visit I made to napstrumen, again had some issues with the flights as you well know.

Fishing was a lot better, still needed to do a 45 minute steam to find good sized cod, biggest landed was 40 lb, most around 10 -20 lb. No halibut landed but had some cracking takes including one in the first 30 minutes of fishing that snapped a brand new rod and then 70 lb braid . Good numbers of plaice up to 3 lb and 2 at 5.5 lb.

Accommodation was better as we had one of the new cabin's on the right hand side, but there was no microwave ( not such a big deal) , no kettle (major issue) , kettle was sorted by our brilliant guide (his personal kettle) and as the week progressed we ended up with no cutlery as it was cheap plastic that snapped as we used it. When we approached the guide about this he returned with the following msg from the lady in charge, she leases the cabin from someone else and they have no control on how the cabin is stocked with item's. Also it would have been nice if the beds were made up on arrival and the sheets actually fitted the beds lol ! This isn't really criticisms just thought you should know.

Guide was Jonathan and have to say he was bloody great, on the ball when it came to advice and weather report's, and had a great sense of humour and understood British sarcasm brilliantly , I hope he is there for your hosted trip.

No doubt we will be going for a 6 year

cheers mark

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

Hello Mark

Sounds like you guys had a great time and caught plenty, such a shame to have a bad end to such a good holiday. Airlines are a law unto them selves and make it very hard to actually sort things out.

I have emailed the owners of the camp you stayed at and hopefully my words may make sense to them about the plastic cutlery and mentioned that metal ones are not exactly expensive! I have been to so many Norway camps and hardly any of them have kettles and when i mention it they say "You english, thats all you think about" in a jokingly way

Jonathan is a very good guide and seems like he gets on very well with every one and it will nice to meet him when i go out there in June

Anyway, thanks Mark for your feed back and look forward to helping you next year

All the very best



I took 4 fishing friends to nappsraumen fishing camp on the lofoten isles in Norway, one off which was a 73 year old who had never flown before and who's bucket list wish was to catch a large cod (over ten pounds ) job done!!! What a fantastic week. We had the large cabin with plenty of space and a bedroom each, spot on. On day two, one off my friends lofty, fell over a flotation suit and dislocated his arm, Martin one of the guides took us to hospital and after a lot of exrays and pain he had it all sorted !! (Thanks Martin you were fantastic) Many thanks to Paul and Mel at sportquest for all your help and guidance for the holiday of a lifetime, if you are thinking of using sportquest to book your holiday I can recommend that you have made the right choice ( tight lines )

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

Hello Trevor

Sounds like you guys had a great trip, except the dislocated arm. So happy that the guides looked after Lofty and hope he did not loose to many days fishing

Thank you for you very kind words and i shall pass them on to Mel and glad it was a holiday of a lifetime thats what makes this job so good is when we hear words like that

All the very best and if you ever want to go back give me a shout



Great fishing, good boats but the accommodation facilities were a let down

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

Hello Mat, glad to hear the fishing was good and that every one managed to get amongst the fish. I have emailed the lodge about the facilities and just waiting to hear back.

Hopefully they will take note of what i have told them and they will act upon this information

All the best



Amazing fishing holiday.Would highly recommend Sportsquestholidays.

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

Thanks for your kind words. Really pleased you guys had a great trip and caught plenty. The large cabin you guys stayed in is awesome.

Ever want to go back just call me

All the very best




Reply from Sportquest Holidays

Hi John, it was a great pleasure to finally meet you and hear many fishy stories from you. From talking to you on the phone, i was a little shocked that you wanted to go to Norway as you normally travel to much warmer places, however hoped you enjoyed the trip and may see you again one day.

Our apologies about the suit and have passed these comments on the the owner of the camp. It was wrong to have assumed there were suits big enough and like i mentioned to you that these suits do go up to Giant size and all the other camps have them and yes i should of checked for you but i truly thought that a triple xl suit would fit you.

Thanks for your feedback

Kindest regards



The weather was very mild during our week (late Sep) and Norway had experienced an unusually warm summer. Locals told us that the water temperature was too high and the halibut fishing would be better when it had fallen below 11 degrees. Sadly, this was true for us. We had decent cod and big coalfish and some fun catching plaice but the halibut eluded us.

The fishing is quite close to the camp but without venturing too far we ran up a bill of £350 for fuel. Visitors should be aware that the transfer from the airport is three and a half hours.

For those interested in the wildlife we saw a whale, dolphins and sea eagles.

The free provision of the minibus to go supermarket shopping in Leknes (10 mins) was very useful.

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

Hi John

Glad you had a good time even after all the flight issues you had…. Shame about the Halibut but better luck next time.

I agree with you, the fishing is very close by and normally a fuel bill of around £350 for the week is split between 4 anglers making it around £85 per person which for Norway prices isn't to bad

The area around Lofoten is rich with wildlife and even if the fish are not biting then there is always something to look at

Where next then John?

Hopefully will catch up with you soon



What a great trip, was much more than we ever imagined. From the fishing to the guides that are on hand 24hrs a day. We would like to send our thanks to head guide, Fredrik, who helped us old gits get on to the fish every time he took us out. The halibut fight so hard and with out his help and guidance we would of never landed these huge fish

Thanks from the Old Gits

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

Thanks Old gits!…….. i shall pass your regards on to Fredrik and i agree he is one of the best guides i have fished with in Norway

Halibut do pull hard and if its a big one takes great skill to land




When we contacted Sportquest Holidays and enquired about going to Norway for some Halibut, we never realised that they fought so hard. we only managed to land a couple each and thats because they were on the small size. we hooked so many Halibut that we couldnt stop, they just seemed to pull so much line from our reels!

We will be back next year once we have been to the gym....

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

Peter, tell me about it i have also hooked Halibut that have almost spooled me. Lofoten has some superb Halibut fishing and all very close to the camp.

Once you have built your arms a bit more give me a call




We contacted you about a destination that was very good for Plaice and you kindly recommended your Lofoten Cabins. we have been a few times before to different places and never experienced Plaice fishing like this any where in Norway. You were spot on with recommendations of what tackle etc to take and the other plus about this place was the guides that are at your disposal 24hrs a day

Thanks for all your help

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

I remember talking to you in great detail about the best destinations for Plaice and i think this one is my personal favourite. The guides at the camp are also spot on with their advice

It was our pleasure to help you and your party




Thanks for such a great trip, we will book for next year highly recommended

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

Glad you liked it Leon, and they have roughly the same dates left for next year if you are up for it?

Speak soon




Brilliant Cabins, excellent guides and superb fishing. A big thanks to the guys in the office for all your help at such short notice, a little cold but i guess thats Norway

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

Hi Tony, i totally agree the cabins are great and did you get a chance to look around the 10 bed cabin? it may of not been finished when you were there but it looks very modern




The fishing and boats we excellent, the accommodation is a little basic but a great trip.

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

Thank you for taking the time to talk on the phone, glad you had a good time fishing, sorry that you found the accommodation basic, may be I did not explain this properly as all the cabins in Norway are just basic log cabins. We do offer some other fishing destinations in Norway with hotel accommodation, but again this does tend to be on the basic side. Regards Paul

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