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Sandbakken Lodge | Cod & Coalfish Fishing | North Norway


Tour code: NOR002  

Exclusive to Sportquest Holidays, we bring you a very sheltered and exciting fishing trip to North Norway. Containing a lovely little nest of cabins in the fantastic destination of Sandbakken. Set on the edge of a stunning fjord that offers anglers the chance to do battle with some of Norway’s largest species. These include Coalfish, Halibut and Cod. Fishing at this location is perfect for those that are not as confident about controlling a boat on Norway’s vast open seas. This destination is exceptionally weather-protected, which means when the winds are blowing on the open sea, you will still be able to get out and get some fishing done. There are many little bays, and fish-holding features close by that will provide you with some fantastic fishing in North Norway. This is especially true in April when the destination of Sandbakken gets a terrific run of big Coalfish.


Sandbakken Fishing Resort has an idyllic location on the shores of the Solbergfjorden in Sorreisa beneath 1000m high mountains. Solbergfjorden, which is protected from the open sea by the Island of Senja, which is one of Norway’s largest Islands and gives you a tremendous amount of protection from the open ocean. This North Norway fishing destination is also effortless to get to with the transfer time from the airport being short and on main roads. The fjord is located directly outside the cabins where you will mainly be fishing with depths from 5m – 150m. This part of the fjord gets a huge run of Coalfish around April and can run into May. Once these Coalfish have dispersed the Cod will start to feed and each year there are Cod over 50lb caught. Head over to our YouTube channel to see what the fishing in North Norway is really like.


Be prepared when fishing North Norway as this area is well known for its record size Coalfish, huge Cod, Haddock, Halibut and Wolfish. The best time for the main run of Coalfish is April this is when large shoals of hungry Coalfish turn up and these ravenous fish are eager to smash shads and lures. In this month the average size is around 20lb which is far greater than the rest of the year. The cod fishing is good all year round as this is fjord fishing and the Cod you will be targeting are the resident Cod not migratory. When fishing at Sandbakken we would suggest looking for fish-holding features such as pinnacles of around 60 – 90m with deep areas either side, this is normally a good starting area for the Cod.

All of your fishing will be done whilst drifting, the drift at this area when the wind is low is very slow so it is a good destination to go to if you are not used to controlling a boat under drift. The main tactics for the Cod will be using silver chrome pirks around the 300g size. If you want to target the larger Cod then use a 20cm+ shad lowered to the bottom instead of the pirk. Halibut can be caught on both shads and dead baits slowly drifted behind the boat.

Another great reason to visit Sandbakken is the many bays you will find that is a great place to target the resident Plaice and Dabs. These fish are best targeted using baited rigs with smaller hooks, rigs such as flappers and flowing traces are the norm here with worms and prawns being the ideal baits. You can also try and target Halibut if you wish using fish baits on anti-twist leads, these must be fished at a depth above the bottom and fished on the drift, the Halibut will rise off the bottom and readily gobble down these baits resulting in arm wrenching action. We also host multiple fishing trips to Norway, you can view these tours here. If you have any questions about our hosted and non-hosted trips, get in touch.


The fishing at Sandbakken is conducted from our self-drive boats. All of which are Silver Viking 18 feet, with a 40Hp, four-stroke electric start engines. The boats are very roomy and steady at sea ideal for up to four anglers. The boats are moored right outside the accommodation on our custom-built jetty. As these are all self-drive, you can fish as much or as little as you like, no time limits on these trips, if you want, you can fish until you drop. We have an upgraded boat available at an additional price. You can upgrade your boat to a Kvernø Aluminium 19 feet, 60Hp engine and fitted with a GPS and a fish finder. All boats come with full safety equipment, life jackets and a 24hr mobile telephone number for any difficulties while fishing.

Other Activities

As this destination is fairly remote, other activities are limited. There are some beautiful walks around the surrounding hills and nearby mountains. There are a couple of bicycles to hire at the resort and these can be organised when you arrive. The local town, Finnsnes, is a short 30-minute drive. Here there are many shops, restaurants and bars.

Contact Us

For more information about fishing North Norway, contact our experienced team on 01603 407596. They will be happy to answer any queries you have. Make sure to explore all our Sea Fishing Holidays and all our destinations available in Norway. Remember, you can also request a free brochure.




Sandbakken Lodge

The destination of Sandbakken is one that those wishing to fish Norway on a budget really must look into visiting. With this destination being one that is based within a fjord it is ideal for beginners.

The Lodge

Our cabins are purpose-built self-catering cabins situated right on the edge of the water. 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 4 person sauna. Every cabin is equipped with a large fridge which is perfect for holding your food and keeping everything fresh. All cutlery is supplied including small cups, glasses, plates, bowls and small plates.

Each bedroom is supplied with clean sheets, duvet set and some small towels. We advise taking your own large towel. If you run out of anything during your stay just 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 (fuel not provided), together with travelling mates or perhaps some new friends. The prepared meal can be enjoyed with delight, accompanied by soft sounds of waves hitting the shore and the midnight sun.

We also have a well-stocked tackle shop on-site if you need any items whilst fishing.

Food & Drink

This is solely a self-catering holiday there are no amenities on the camp where you can buy hot food. We would strongly suggest taking a coolbox with you as an extra bag and filling this with your food for the week ahead, you can then bring fish fillets back in this coolbox. Food I would recommend taking with you would be things like sausages, steak rice and pasta, Norway is an expensive country and the main things I would recommend buying here are fresh foods like eggs and bread.

The local supermarket in the town of Finnses is around 30 minutes drive away and for a small charge, the camp owners 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 is something that takes your fancy more and you can cycle in to grab smaller items that will fit in a rucksack.

If you would like to know more about Sandbakken, please feel free to contact our experienced team who will be happy to answer any queries you have. Alternatively, you can request a free brochure

Board: Self catering
Rooms: 2 x twin rooms
Internet: WiFi
Power: 230 Volts
Equipment Hire: Chargeable
Shop: Tackle shop
Cash Accepted: Norwegian Kroner
Freezer Room: Chest freezer
Filleting Area: At lodge
Species Information
Season: March to September
Peak: April to May
Weight: 5lb to 90lb
Average Weight: 10lb
Season: March to September
Peak: March to May
Weight: 5lb to 40lb
Average Weight: 10lb
Season: May to September
Peak: September
Weight: 1lb to 5lb
Average Weight: 2lb
Season: March to September
Peak: April to August
Weight: 6lb to 160lb
Average Weight: 20lb


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 in 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 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) R/O

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) R/O

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) R/O

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
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
20/04/2022 27/04/2022 8 7 6 £1,165 On Request Sold Out N/A
27/04/2022 04/05/2022 8 7 6 £1,185 On Request Enquire Now N/A
04/05/2022 11/05/2022 8 7 6 £1,230 On Request Enquire Now N/A
11/05/2022 18/05/2022 8 7 6 £1,185 On Request Enquire Now N/A
18/05/2022 25/05/2022 8 7 6 £1,230 On Request Enquire Now N/A
25/05/2022 01/06/2022 8 7 6 £1,140 On Request Enquire Now N/A
01/06/2022 08/06/2022 8 7 6 £1,140 On Request Sold Out N/A
08/06/2022 15/06/2022 8 7 6 £1,140 On Request Sold Out N/A
15/06/2022 22/06/2022 8 7 6 £1,155 On Request Enquire Now N/A
22/06/2022 29/06/2022 8 7 6 £1,225 On Request Enquire Now N/A
29/06/2022 06/07/2022 8 7 6 £1,130 On Request Enquire Now N/A
06/07/2022 13/07/2022 8 7 6 £1,130 On Request Enquire Now N/A
13/07/2022 20/07/2022 8 7 6 £1,130 On Request Enquire Now N/A
20/07/2022 27/07/2022 8 7 6 £1,180 On Request Enquire Now N/A
27/07/2022 03/08/2022 8 7 6 £1,180 On Request Enquire Now N/A
03/08/2022 10/08/2022 8 7 6 £1,180 On Request Enquire Now N/A
10/08/2022 17/08/2022 8 7 6 £1,170 On Request Enquire Now N/A
17/08/2022 24/08/2022 8 7 6 £1,180 On Request Enquire Now N/A
24/08/2022 31/08/2022 8 7 6 £1,180 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 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
  • Welcome catering pack
  • 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.

  • Additional luggage can be added, please enquire about up to date prices
  • Tackle hire £85 pr week
  • Flotation suit hire £80 per week
  • 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

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 3 hrs) Oslo to Bardufoss (approx 45 mins)

Baggage Allowance

Your actual allowance is based on both which airline you are flying with and also what class of seat you are travelling in. Normally in 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

Bardufoss – Resort (approx 0.5 hrs)

Questions & Answers

Where is the lodge?

Sandbakken Fishing Resort has an idyllic location on the shores of the Solbergfjorden in Sørreisa beneath 1000 m high mountains. Fishing Solbergfjorden, which is protected from the open sea by the Island of Senja, this is one of Norway’s largest Islands and gives you a huge amount of protection from the open ocean.

Where will I fish?

The main fjord you will be fishing is called Solbergfjorden this is around 1 mile long and has some fantastic fishing grounds and some may not have ever seen any fishing pressure. You can venture around these areas in your boat finding little bays and fish-holding features that could provide you with some fantastic sport.

What fish will I catch?

The main species found in this area of North Norway are Cod, Coalfish and Halibut. There are also the very aggressive looking Wolfish, Haddock and lots of different flatfish such as Plaice, Dabs and Rays. These will all be targeted on many different methods but will all be fished for on a drift.

How many fish will I catch?

This all depends on what you want from your holiday. If you do not mind what fish you catch then you will catch a lot of fish anything from 10 – 30 fish a day on average, but if you only want specimen sized fish then the action will be slower as the larger ones are always harder to find but once located you can catch a fish of a lifetime.

How will I fish?

All of your fishing will be done on the drift, drifting over shallow sandy bays to drifting over sheer underwater mountains coming up from 300m to 20m these areas are very good fish-holding areas and after you work out which side the fish are sitting you could be in for the best days fishing of your lives. You can use shads and pirks if you wish to target the Coalfish, Cod and Halibut or alternatively you can fish baits on the bottom using a plain lead which is perfect for plaice and Dabs.

Do the owners speak English?

The owners of the cabins and boats speak perfect English meaning that you will have no problems with communication.

Who is best suited to this destination?

It is a perfect destination for anglers who never experienced Norway before as all of the fishing is fjord based with very little tide and a good amount of shelter from strong winds. The fishing itself is fairly straight forward and even beginners stand a very good chance of landed a very large fish.

What skill level is required?

This destination is suited to all levels. We have sent many customers on their very first Norway sea fishing trip to Sandbakken and they have loved their visits.

How physically demanding is this trip?

This holiday is suitable for all abilities as there is little amount of walking. The only demanding part about this holiday is whether or not you can keep up with the fishing as it can be frantic at times.

When to go?

The season opens up in April to September and the fishing is good throughout the season.

How to get there?

There are normally two flights involved to get to Sandbakken then a small 20-minutes private transfer to the cabins.

What is the accommodation like?

The cabins at Sandbakken are located right on the edge of the fjord and benefit from stunning views across the fjord to the Island of Senja. Each cabin has two twin rooms, a bathroom with walk-in shower, kitchen area, sauna and living room. You also get a private balcony in front of the cabins that look across this beautiful fjord.

What is the food like?

All our cabins at Sandbakken are self-catering.

Does the lodge provide fishing tackle?

Fishing equipment is available to hire. Please speak to a member of the Sportquest team for information on prices.

Is internet and phone signal available?

At the cabins, there is very good phone signal plus free WIFI.

Are there other activities available?

As this destination is fairly remote, other activities are limited. There are some beautiful walks around the surrounding hills and if you are feeling really energetic there are walks up to the nearby mountains. There are a couple of bicycles to hire at the resort and these can be organised when you arrive. The local town is a 30-minute drive in the car and is called Finnsnes where there are many shops, restaurants and bars.

How much does it cost?

We offer the complete package including all flights and transfers. To view all prices and availability click the “Dates & Prices” tab above.
Alternatively, if you wish to arrange all your own travel arrangements we can book just the cabin and fishing for you.




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

Reply 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


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.

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

Thank you for the great feedback John

Tight lines



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.

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

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.

Tight Lines



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.

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

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

Tight lines



Thanks for a wonderful holiday

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

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

All the best Paul


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.

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

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


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

Reply 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


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

Reply 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



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.

Reply 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



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

Reply from Sportquest Holidays


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.


Down side was the return flights.

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

Reply from Sportquest Holidays


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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Reply from Sportquest Holidays


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.



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.

Reply 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



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

Reply 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



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.

Reply 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



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

Reply 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



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

Reply 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



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.

Reply 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



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..

Reply 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



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

Reply 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



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

Reply 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




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.

Reply 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


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

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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




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.

Reply 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




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.

Reply 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




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

Reply 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



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

Reply 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




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

Reply 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


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

Reply 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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