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Soroya | Sea Fishing | North Norway

Overview

Tour code: NOR033

Soroya is known as one of the best sea fishing locations in the world with it being home to the world record rod and reel caught Cod at 104lb, with this in mind we have partnered up with Big Fish Adventures to offer UK anglers the Exclusive opportunity to venture to “the land of the big fish”.

The destination of Soroya is world-famous for the big fish that inhabit these waters, in the winter the monster Skrei cod move into the area and will provide visiting anglers with some truly amazing sport. It is not only the fantastic Cod fishing that Soroya is world-famous for but this area also produces some fantastic Halibut fishing in the Summer months with 2 metres plus fish caught here every year. A huge benefit of this destination that there are full time guides who work throughout the year to make sure you are fishing the right areas, advise on tactics, weather reports and also any other issues you may have.

Location

This destination is in a village called Hasvik on the island of Soroya which is in Northern Norway, the destination of Hasvik in Soroya is one that many anglers will have heard of. Soroya is famed for its amazing fishing and it produces some world breaking fantastic Skrei cod fishing in the early season, but be prepared for some harsh weather conditions. Once spring has broken and you start to move into the summer months, Sørøya really comes into its own and offers some truly epic Halibut fishing along with some awesome offshore fishing for Coalfish and big Cod.

This Island is a truly magical destination and one that any sea angler just has to visit, with its many fjords and access to the open sea this is a destination that can be fished in most weathers. With the airport being a very short drive away, once landed you will be at the camp in no time at all meaning no long transfers once you have arrived. The cabins are located near the local port of Hasvik where you will find supermarkets and the resorts bar/restaurant which is a great place to socialise with other anglers from around the world.

Fishing

The main season for catching enormous Skrei Cod is March and April. This is when the massive shoals of Skrei Cod travel from the Barents Sea to the spawning grounds located around the north of Norway. Sørøya is not just about the early season Cod, each year Sørøya produces giant Halibut in excess of 200lb. It is also home to many other species such as the mighty hard fighting Coalfish and the Redfish. The majority of your fishing here will be done from your boat using shads or dead-baits depending on which species you are looking to target, you can also catch Plaice and other smaller species by scaling down your tactics if you wish. For the offshore fishing for Cod the best tactics are to fish with a big silver chrome pirk lowered to the bottom and then jigged up and down. Shads also pick the bigger Cod up if you are after that trophy summer Cod

Boats

Most anglers will choose the self-drive option as this allows them to go to sea when it suits them. We have 45 boats from 19 feet, 22ft, 23ft and 25ft here is a bit of information about the new boats. The 19ft aluminium boats are spacious,  they have 50 Hp four-stroke engines and are equipped with sonar and GPS. 3-4 people can fish comfortably on board and life vests are included of course.

We also have 2 upgrade options available first the Kaasbøll 660SC is a good looking, fast and stable 22-footer, and with its delicate and sporty shape, it cuts nicely through rough seas. It has a deep V-bottom, which provides very good seagoing characteristics. This is a solid boat for people who want to move quickly out to the banks, even when the weather is a bit choppy.

The second option is the  Kaasbøll 760HT which is a large, powerful aluminium boat with a hardtop centre-console. Its modern and sporty design makes it a very desirable boat to fish from. It has a slim and deep V-bottom that makes this a boat that can withstand rough sea at high speed. With four people you’ll have more than enough space.

Both of our upgraded boats are equipped with two Garmin echoMAP 92s and the GT51-M transducer. With this rig, you will be able to use normal sonar and also down view and side view options. With this transducer, you can easily see fish down to 300-400 metres. They will also be equipped with Zipwake which is a dynamic trim-control system, that automatically calculates the weight shift on the boat and compensates for this.

What that means in practice is that the boat will remain correctly angled while driving, making the V-bottom work optimally. The system has a very good and reliable automatic mode, so you don’t have to trim it manually. The engines of the models are the trusty Yamaha F150DETX. models, we have had Yamaha on all our boats and have had very few problems during our 16 years. We are confident that this is the engine that is the best for our guests.

Guides

There are guides at the camp of Soroya who will be willing to help with any questions you may have, we can also organise days with the guide and even fully guided holidays at extra cost. Ask one of our sea fishing team in the office for more information on this.

Contact Us

If you have any questions on our Sørøya fishing trips you can contact us in the office, our sea fishing team will be happy to help you with any queries you have. Additionally, you can request a free brochure.

 

 

 

Accommodation
Soroya Cabins

The destination of Soroya is one that needs no introduction, renowned as a big fish hotspot, Soroya is a fantastic destination to visit. With a run of huge Skrei here in the winter months and the ever-present big Halibut here during the summer months, this is one destination that every sea angler has to fish at least once in their lives.

The Cabins

The accommodation at Soroya is made up of some fantastic Norwegian cabins that sleep up to 7 people (single beds and bunk beds). These are self-catering units with all the mod cons needed to ensure that your Norweigian fishing trip to Soroya goes as smoothly as possible. The kitchen and living room are open space meaning that in your downtime you will have loads of room to cook and relax after a hard day catching monster fish.

The kitchen area has a refrigerator, stove, microwave oven, coffee machine, kettle, dishwasher, and anything else you may need for simple cooking.  This apartment has a TV set with a channel package and wireless internet. These cabins have spacious living areas and bathrooms all in all creating the perfect place to rest your head after a long day out at sea.

Alternatively, you can upgrade to the new cabins, called the BFA resort, each house has two floors over a total of 86 square metres, and six beds distributed over three bedrooms. On the first floor, you have two bedrooms, a bathroom with shower and washing and drying room. The first floor also has a terrace heater so you can sit and enjoy the stunning view even during the cold days!

If you walk up the stairs the open kitchen and living room welcomes you and if you turn your head right you get a jaw-dropping view with the whole wall being made out of windows! There is also a balcony you can enjoy your morning coffee on.

The kitchen has a stove, dishwasher, fridge with a small freezer, a coffee machine and a microwave etc.

There is also a bathroom and a bedroom on the second floor.

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 driving distance 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 boat, these go down a treat as a snack.

 

Rooms: Twin
Internet: WiFi
Equipment Hire: Onsite tackle shop
Shop: Tackle shop
Cards Accepted: Debit / Credit Card
Cash Accepted: Norwegian Kroner
Freezer Room: Walk in Freezer
Filleting Area: At the top of the marina
Species Information
Cod
Season: March to September
Peak: March & April
Weight: 5lb to 65lb
Average Weight: 20lb
Skrei Cod
Season: March & April
Peak: March & April
Weight: 15lb to 104lb
Average Weight: 35lb
Halibut
Season: May to September
Peak: July to September
Weight: 20lb to 450lb
Average Weight: 80lb
Plaice
Season: May to September
Peak: September
Weight: 1lb to 10lb
Average Weight: 4lb
Coalfish
Season: May to September
Peak: July
Weight: 2lb to 45lb
Average Weight: 10lb
Redfish
Season: April to September
Peak: September
Weight: 1lb to 18lb
Average Weight: 5lb
Haddock
Season: May to September
Peak: July & August
Weight: 1lb to 12lb
Average Weight: 4lb

Itinerary

The below itinerary is only a suggested one, as we have regular flights departing from the UK, therefore should you wish to extend your stay with either more fishing days or free days, the itinerary below can be tailored to suit.

 

Day 1:

Depart London Heathrow
Arrive Oslo

Depart Oslo
Arrive Tromso

Depart Tromso
Arrive Hasvik

Once you have picked up your luggage and cleared customs, you will make your way outside of the terminal where there will be a representative from Big Fish Adventures waiting to transfer you to your accommodation.

You are then free to unpack and get your fishing tackle ready for your very first days fishing.

Overnight accommodation: Standard Sørøya Cabins (Twin rooms) S/C

Days 2 & 3: 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.

There are so many different areas around Sørøya from close in excellent Halibut marks to areas unexplored in the open ocean.

Overnight accommodation: Standard Sørøya Cabins (Twin rooms) S/C

Days 4 & 5: Fishing Days

Our guides at this camp will be on hand each day to help you get the most out of your stay with them. If you let us know well in advance it is even possible to book either a single day’s guided fishing or even a full week of guided fishing.

Overnight accommodation: Standard Sørøya Cabins (Twin rooms) S/C

Days 6 & 7: Fishing Days

The fjord outside of your accommodation is a great area if the weather is rough and you can normally find some very good fishing for Halibut, Wolfish and even some huge Plaice.

Overnight accommodation: Standard Sørøya Cabins (Twin rooms) S/C

Day 8:

In the morning you will check out of your cabin and then be transferred back to Hasvik airport for your return flight.

Depart Hasvik
Arrive Tromso

Depart Tromso
Arrive Oslo

Depart Oslo
Arrive London Heathrow

Prices

Remember that Sportquest Holidays' services are completely FREE! When you book a trip with Sportquest Holidays, you never pay more than when you book directly with the lodge and flights independently.

Start Date End Date Days Nights Fishing Angler Non-Angler Availability Notes
23/09/2020 30/09/2020 8 7 6 £1,504 N/A Enquire Now N/A
30/09/2020 07/10/2020 8 7 6 £1,479 N/A Enquire Now N/A
07/10/2020 14/10/2020 8 7 6 £1,489 N/A Enquire Now N/A
01/03/2021 31/03/2021 8 7 6 £1,604 N/A Enquire Now N/A
01/04/2021 30/04/2021 8 7 6 £1,634 N/A Enquire Now N/A
01/05/2021 31/05/2021 8 7 6 £1,629 N/A Enquire Now N/A
01/06/2021 30/06/2021 8 7 6 £1,729 N/A Enquire Now N/A
01/07/2021 31/07/2021 8 7 6 £1,629 N/A Enquire Now N/A
01/08/2021 31/08/2021 8 7 6 £1,649 N/A Enquire Now N/A
01/09/2021 30/09/2021 8 7 6 £1,599 N/A Enquire Now N/A
01/10/2021 31/10/2021 8 7 6 £1,584 N/A Enquire Now N/A
01/03/2022 31/03/2022 8 7 6 £1,699 N/A Enquire Now N/A
01/04/2022 30/04/2022 8 7 6 £1,729 N/A Enquire Now N/A
01/05/2022 31/05/2022 8 7 6 £1,724 N/A Enquire Now N/A
01/06/2022 30/06/2022 8 7 6 £1,824 N/A Enquire Now N/A
01/07/2022 31/07/2022 8 7 6 £1,724 N/A Enquire Now N/A

Price Notes

Prices are based on four adults sharing transfers, fishing and standard cabins for accommodation (unless otherwise stated) and are correct at the time of going to press. Subject to time of year or date and currency fluctuations, these prices may fluctuate slightly due to flight price increases or fuel surcharge.

ATOL
Holidays or flights booked with Sportquest Holidays Limited are protected by the Civil Aviation Authority by our ATOL bond (Number 6371). ATOL protects you from losing your money or being stranded abroad. It does this by carrying out financial checks on the firms it licenses and requiring a guarantee, called a bond.

What's Included

  • All international flights (Based on London Heathrow departure)
  • Internal flights
  • Transfers to and from Cabin to Hasvik
  • All accommodation as per itinerary (standard cabin)
  • 6 days fishing via self drive standard 22ft boat
  • Fishing Boat with Sonar, chart plotter (GPS) & VHF
  • 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
  • All meals
  • Final boat cleaning

Options

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

  • Additional luggage can be added, please enquire about up to date prices.
  • Upgrade to the New Big Fish Resort 6 person cabins (Please enquire at the time of booking)
  • Welcome pack – Milk, juice, bread, eggs, ham, cheese, salad, fruit, coffee and tea (Please enquire at the time of booking)

Price Supplements

  • If your group size is smaller than 4 people then please contact a member of the Sportquest 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

Visa

A machine-readable passport with at least 6 months before expiry. No visa for UK citizens required.

Medical Requirements

No vaccinations currently required.

Please Note

All details of visa and medical requirements are correct at time of press however please check these requirements for changes.

Departure tax

There is no additional airport departure tax when leaving Norway.

Flight Route & Flight Time

UK – Oslo (approx 2.5 hrs) Oslo to Tromso (approx 1hr 55 mins) Tromso to Hasvik (Approx 1hr 18 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

Hasvik to Cabins (approx 10 mins)

Questions & Answers

Where is the lodge?

The cabins are located on an Island called Sørøya, which is in the very north of Norway. It is a small rocky island with the highest point only being 659 metres above sea level. The coastline is very jagged and has numerous fjords that cut into the island from the open ocean.

Where do they fish?

The cabins are far North, next to the Barents Sea, with the fishing grounds right outside the window. The proximity to the Gulf Stream gives us ice-free ports, and despite the harsh climate, deep-sea angling conditions are usually good. You have many fjords to fish and with the cabins being located at the end of a fjord, this gives fishing in rough conditions a much better chance.

How long does it take to reach the fishing grounds?

The Skrei fishing grounds can be found as close as 15 minutes and up to 45 minutes from the harbour. Some of the closest Halibut grounds are only a couple of minutes away but better areas are around 40 minutes away.

What fish will I catch?

The main draw to Sørøya is the huge run of Skrei Cod. These grow to huge sizes and a 50lb Cod caught here is not seen as a big fish. Another species that you will be targeting is the super large Flatfish, the Halibut. These can grow well over 400lb. You will be able to target the Coalfish but it’s not renowned for the really big ones. The Plaice fishing is also very good along with Wolfish and the fairly rare Grey spotted Wolfish.

How many fish will I catch?

If you decide to travel to Sørøya when the Skrei Cod run is happening, March and April. Normal times of the year you can expect to catch around 20 Cod a day. The Halibut fishing, on the other hand, is a little slower but remember you are targeting trophy fish and these tend to spend the majority of their time alone.

How do they fish?

The main way of fishing in Norway is by drift fishing using either lures, baits or pirks. You can also troll at a very low speed for the Halibut and Coalfish. Alternatively, you can fish with baits suspended behind an anti-twist lead ready for the Halibut that live here. If you wished to fish for the Plaice and Dabs the suggested tactics would be drifting smaller baits on or near the bottom baited with worm or prawn baits.

Do the guides speak English?

All our guides in Norway speak many different languages including fluent English.

Who is best suited to this destination?

For the Skrei season (March/April) you will need to be fairly fit as the days tend to be long and the weather is normally cold. The summer season is suitable for all levels of fitness and age.

What skill level is required?

There is no skill level required for fishing in Norway. General knowledge of boat fishing would be helpful but not necessary as most of our Norway destinations have guides onsite to help you get the most out of your holiday.

How physically demanding is this trip?

On the whole, you do not have to be physically fit for this holiday but you need to be able to stand and fish from a boat all day. It is a very short walk to the boats.

When to go?

The main Skrei season runs from March to April but please be aware that it is likely you will lose fishing time due to bad weather, but when you get out you soon forget about the lost days. If you want to target the Halibut and many of the other species then May until October.

How will I get there?

The best route to get to Soroya is via London Heathrow with SAS. This route will cut out the need to overnight in Oslo, we will be able to get you there in one day. If it is from other UK airports you will need to speak to a member of our staff for further details.

What is the accommodation like?

At this destination, we have two different styles of accommodation. The one we have based the itinerary on is the standard 4 person self-catering cabins. These are very roomy, have their own kitchens with all mod cons plus two twin bedrooms with single beds. There is an upgrade available if you would like to stay in the hotel or even the New Big Fish resort cabins which were built in 2019 located right near the airport. The hotel is a full board option. These rooms in the hotel are spacious and come with 2 single beds.

What is the food like?

The food in the hotel and restaurant is very fresh. It is cooked from locally sourced produce. The food shops locally have all the same goods in them as you would find in any UK supermarket.

Does the lodge provide fishing tackle?

Big Fish Adventures offer complete fishing tackle hire packages and you can hire flotation suits. There is also a fishing tackle store where you can purchase all the terminal tackle pieces that you will need.

Is the internet and phone signal available?

The phone signal all over Norway is very good, even in the remotest of areas. The Wi-Fi is available around the camp and is good for emails, social media and making video chats.

Are there other activities available?

The Island of Sørøya is fairly remote so the only other activities on offer are walking and visiting the local pub.

How much does it cost?

Sportquest Holidays offers you the complete package including all flights and transfers. To view all prices & availability click the “Dates & Prices” Tab above.

Alternatively, if you wish to arrange all our own travel arrangements Sportquest Holidays can book just the lodge and fishing for you.

Blogs

Reviews

Rene

Super experience for my son and myself.

Had a great time and this will be an annual event for us.

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

Hi Rene

Many thanks for your excellent feed back Rene.

Tight Lines

Matt

Stephen

The hotel was a great option. Food, drink hospitality first class. Armed the proprietor would love to see somebody from Sportquest. He is very proud of his operation and would love more english.

New housing, dock and boats represent large investment. We all took far too much equipment, its all there at UK prices. The fishing was made difficult by the weather.

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

Hello Stephen, so glad you liked the set up. The guys over there have made huge investments and by the sounds of it, it shows. I would love to go over there right now but a little too busy, it will have to wait until March 2020 when I am running a hosted trip after the Cod.

All the best

Paul

Iain

Fishing out this world people running big fish adventures spot on on very helpful and there if needed

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

Hello Iain thank you for taking the time to send us your feedback. Soroya is a true big fish destination offering some of the best cod fishing in Norway. They kept us informed on how you were getting on and by the sounds of it, it went very well

Tight lines

Paul

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