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Vesterålen Fishing Northern Norway Kingdom Of The Whales

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Tour Code NOR025

Mixed Species Fishing

Welcome to Vesterålen, located in the north of Norway, surrounded by some of the most stunning landscapes found anywhere in the country. Known locally as the ‘Kingdom of the Whales’, it is home to a vast population of different Whales species. This gorgeous Island is north of the world-famous Lofoten Islands and the Arctic Circle. The archipelago reaches out westwards from the mainland of Norway and into the Atlantic Ocean.

Due to the popularity of our other Norway sea fishing destinations on the Lofoten Islands, we came to research Vesterålen to bring you an exciting new destination offering the same level of world-class fishing opportunities. Classed as almost weatherproof due to its location and the two massive fjords of Jörnfjorden and Eidsfjorden on its doorstep, it’s ideal for those anglers who perhaps maybe suffer from sea sickness and who don’t want to take chances on potentially losing fishing days. It’s also perfect for those travelling anglers looking for a genuinely mixed week of fishing; as a sea angling destination, it offers almost everything Norway is famous for – giant Cod, Halibut and Coalfish, Ling, Redfish, Plaice and Wolffish.

The camp has a minimum of two guides on it at all times, meaning that you will always have a guide on site who can offer advice on where to fish and what tactics to use.

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Sea Fishing Vesterålen

What makes Vesteralen good

The destination of Vesterålen in Norway found on the Eidsfjorden, a long deep fjord with depths as deep as 200mtrs and has many plateaus, peaks, and structures that will hold big Cod and Coalfish all year round. The are has proved to be an excellent area for Redfish and huge Ling. There are some tremendous sandy plateaus on the Vesteralen Norway fishing trip close to the land on the sides of this fjord, which will offer fantastic Halibut fishing along with Plaice and Dabs.

The main attraction to Vesterålen will be the species fishing you will find on offer; it is one of the best places for a wide variety of species as the pressure on these fish is very low, so the stocks of fish keep getting better and bigger.

If you continue a short distance to the west or south-west, you will find yourself in the open ocean, where there are many more peaks, channels and plateaus. The population of big Cod, Coalfish and Halibut are plentiful in this area. It’s not just the great fishing in this area that has caught our attention, its the accommodation on offer. It is of a very high standard for Norway, and we have made sure that the cabins are complete with lots of modern amenities to make your stay as comfortable and enjoyable as it could be.

What to catch in Norway

You will be fishing the North sea, and these waters are rich with life and nutrients, which makes for some incredible fishing at certain times of the year. In the cooler months, such as April and May, the Cod fishing around Vesteralen Norway fishing is excellent, and with the Skrei Cod coming close enough to reach with a short drive from this destination, it won’t be long before we see some outstanding results. As the waters warm up, the fishing changes and Halibut becomes the main fish to target. You can catch large Halibut in the fjords or the open sea; the choice will be yours.

Some of the best Halibut grounds are around 30 minutes to a 1-hour boat drive away. However, there are always colossal Halibut caught 5 minutes from the cabins. The further away spots tend to be known holding areas for big Ling, and much other fish are still worth a long journey.

The onsite guides at Vesteralen Norway fishing have found a fishing mark known locally as ‘Jurassic Park’ aptly named due to the sheer size of the fish available to catch. It’s not uncommon to see Cod over 50lb in the summer months. It’s not just the Cod that grow large; its the other species that are being caught each week, with Huge Ling, Coalfish and of course Halibut. This area is around a 1.5hr boat ride away from the lodge, but it is well worth a couple of days fishing in this area.

Best hire boats in Norway

With our partners Nordic Sea Angling, we have managed to secure the same high standard boats as we run at many of our other camps. The boats that you will be using are known for excellent handling and safety at sea. They are very sturdy even in rough conditions and can cope with heavy seas. Why not head over to our Youtube channel to see what Vesteralen is like

The boats are 23.5ft Arronnet aluminium boats and come fitted with 150hp Suzuki 4 Stroke engines, one of the most fuel-efficient engines money can buy. The boats’ electronics are also a high standard, with prominent displays on the fish finders and chart plotters. These boats are kept to a very high standard and regularly maintained. We also have a spare boat just in case of unforeseen breakdowns. There is also a guided boat at Vesteralen Norway fishing, and if booked well in advance, you can have a full week’s guided fishing; alternatively, if you wish to be more flexible with your fishing, you can simply follow the guides around for the first couple of days.

Subject to availability, it is also possible to book the guide for just one day. If they are available, they will take you out on the guide boat and show you around some of their productive marks, along with their favourite fishing techniques, which is a massive help.

Norway Fishing Guides

You will have two guides onsite at Vesteralen Norway fishing camp, with one being at the camp during the day whilst the other is out guiding on the boats. These guides will be on hand to answer any questions you may have and offer advice on any of the fishing you may need. If you have been looking for your next sea fishing adventure, then Vesterålen is the place for you as once you have fished here and stayed in the luxury cabins, we looked after our onsite guides and caught that dream fish, you will not want to go anywhere else.

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Best season In Vesteralen

As with many other parts of Norway, the seasons are pretty much similar. March & April will see the Skrei Cod’s arrival, then once you start to move from Spring to summer, the Halibut and Coalfish will become more active and more comfortable to find. A perfect time to fish Vesteralen is June, as this is when all the species will be available, especially the very large Ling that Vesteralen Norway fishing is famous for. If you still need more help deciding, we have written some useful blogs such as the ultimate guide to sea fishing.

The great advantage of Vesterålen is that there are always two full-time guides on hand to help the most or less experienced anglers. They will even jump on your boat for a day, guiding you and showing you all the hot spots. They are always on hand to help out with any questions about fishing marks and are still keen to help out as much as possible to ensure you have a great experience.

There is no skill level required for fishing as the guides will help you with everything. A little boat handling knowledge would be an advantage but not necessary as the guides will help with instructions. The boats located a minute walk away from the cabins down a reasonably steep bridge on to the dock. The rest of the holiday is certainly not physically demanding.

Accommodation

PLEASE NOTE our standard trips to Vesteralen utilises the Seacabin. However, we have listed all the accommodations below, as it’s possible to upgrade or pick the house that best suits your needs and group size. The corresponding pictures are of the Seacabins, while the other accommodation images can be found in the gallery.

The accommodation at Vesteralen is new for 2024 and now offers an array of lodges suitable for all different group sizes and the needs of each. All the cabins have TV, free WIFI, bed linen, towels and final cleaning gets included. There is also a hotel offering single and double rooms with private bathrooms. There is no kitchen for cooking, so dining at the restaurant is required.

The restaurant is located in the hotel building and serves an array of tasty meals; it’s ideal for those anglers who want to avoid cooking and prefer full catering. At the restaurant, it’s also possible to order lunch packages if wanted. An excellent new 2024 offer is that breakfast is now included for all guests!

Other features at the camp include an onsite car that can be borrowed at any time for trips to the shop, filleting tables, a freezer room and a drying room, and an onsite tackle shop to buy or rent tackle.

The cabins are as follows: 

SEACABIN

These cabins are used on our standard trips to Vesteralen and are suitable for groups of up to four people. They feature three bedrooms with two single beds in each. They are ideal for four instead of six, allowing for more space in the living room and the fully equipped kitchen. The cabin has two bathrooms with a shower, a couch and a dining table, and an outside wooden porch with a sea view. 

SEACABIN WITH SAUNA

These luxury cabins are suitable for groups of up to six people. They feature three bedrooms with two single beds in each. The house is very spacious and finished to a very high standard. It features two bathrooms with a shower and a fully equipped kitchen. The cabin also has a private sauna, which can be lovely after an action-packed day on the water. 

NORDLANDSCABIN WITH THREE BEDROOMS 

These cabins are larger in size and suitable for four to eight people. They feature three bedrooms with single beds in each. The house is more spacious than the Seacabins and offers two bathrooms with showers, two couches, a fully equipped kitchen, a dishwasher, and a dining table. Outside is a wooden porch with a view over the sea, mountains and boats. 

NORDLANDSCABIN WITH FOUR BEDROOMS & SAUNA 

These are the largest of cabins and are suitable for four to eight people. They feature four bedrooms, two rooms with three single beds and two with doubles. The house is more spacious than the Seacabins and offers two bathrooms with showers, two couches, a fully equipped kitchen, a dishwasher, and a dining table. Outside is a wooden porch with a view over the sea, mountains and boats. The cabin also has a private sauna, which can be lovely after an action-packed day on the water.

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Itinerary

TAILOR-MADE HOLIDAYS

Although the fishing days are fixed, the below itinerary is still flexible should you require additional free days to explore at the beginning or end of your holiday; we can tailor this itinerary to suit you personally. Feel free to talk to our travel consultants who can explain all options available.

Day 1:

Depart Any international Airport (See Details)

Arrive Oslo Depart Oslo

Arrive Bodo Depart Bodo

Arrive Stokmarknes

Once you have arrived at Stokmarknes and collected your bags, you will make your way out of the terminal building, where a Nordic Sea Angling representative will then transfer you to your accommodation. Once you have arrived at the camp, you will be shown your cabins and then a brief talk about the camp and the boats. You are then free to relax and unpack.

Overnight accommodation: Seacabin (Twin rooms) B/B

Days 2 to 4: Fishing Days

There are full-time guides on hand for you each day of your holiday, which will assist in any way you wish. There are many tried and tested fishing areas that are all pre-programmed into the chart plotters to make it a little easier for you if it is your first time; however, there are many areas that have not even seen any angling pressure and are well worth a go.

Overnight accommodation: Seacabin (Twin rooms) B/B

DAYS 5 TO 7: Fishing Days

As you have your own boat, you can fish as much as you wish and at certain times of the year, it remains daylight 24hrs a day. The area around Vesterålen is full of fish-holding areas and it will not take you long to find these areas. The guides at the camp will help you locate species of your choice and on some days you are more than welcome to follow the guide when he is fishing from other peoples boats.

Overnight accommodation: Seacabin (Twin rooms) B/B

Days 8:

In the morning, you will be transferred back to Stokmarknes in time to catch your return flights.

Depart Stokmarknes

Arrive Bodo Depart Bodo

Arrive Oslo Depart Oslo

Arrive UK

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FISHING Seasons

The season runs from April to September.

Cod

Season: April to September
Peak: April
Weight: 5lb to 100lb
Average Weight: 25lb

Halibut

Season: May to September
Peak: July
Weight: 15lb to 300lb
Average Weight: 60lb

Coalfish

Season: April to September
Peak: June
Weight: 5lb to 50lb
Average Weight: 15lb

Wolffish

Season: April to September
Peak: September
Weight: 5lb to 40lb
Average Weight: 10lb

Plaice

Season: April to September
Peak: September
Weight: 1lb to 10lb
Average Weight: 3lb

Ling

Season: April to September
Peak: May & June
Weight: 5lb to 60lb
Average Weight: 15lb

Package Details

Prices from
£1,867
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Included

  • All international flights (Based on London departure)
  • Transfers to and from Vesterålen to Stokmarknes
  • All accommodations as per itinerary B/B (Seacabin)
  • 6 days fishing
  • 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
  • Breakfast at the restaurant

Excluded

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

Optional extras

  • Other UK departure airports are possible (additional cost) Please call a member of the Sportquest team for further information.
  • Additional luggage
  • Fishing equipment (rod, reel, line) is available to hire.
  • Survival suits are available to hire.

Price Supplements

If your group size is smaller than four people please contact a member of the Sportquest team

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Price Notes

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

Note: If you are born after 1980, a motorboat certificate is required by Norwegian Law to operate the boat. Please contact a member of the Sportquest holidays team for further information

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Reviews

Kevin

Very good holiday to Vesteralen Norway again for the second year running, will be booking again next year. Have been happy with the service that sportsquest offer and would highly recommend them as a company.

Response from Sportquest Holidays

Hi Kevin thank you for your kind words and so pleased you love the place so much.

You guys are all booked in for next year and what a trip that will be

All the best

Paul

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Clinton

Seeing a family of killer whales in the wild was awesome.

This was my sixth trip with Sportquest and this destination was by far the most scenic

Response from Sportquest Holidays

Hello Clinton, So glad you got to experience those killer whales and it was great to fish with you once again. Vesterålen is a magical place with awesome scenery. I cant wait to get back there next year

All the best

Paul

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Carl

Had a fantastic time in Norway. Hoping to go back next year!! Only thing is it helps if you have skipper experience, ie, using equipment, drifting but after a few days we were on top of it and caught some very nice fish. Thanks Sportquest

Response from Sportquest Holidays

Hi Colin
Its great to hear you had a fantastic time and are hoping to go back.
We will give you a call soon
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Richard

I have just returned from a week in Vesteralen. What a great getaway. The accomodation was excellent. Very roomy, spotless and with all mod cons. The boats were brilliant, very sea worthy, and comfortable fishing. The fishing was slow for the first couple of days then we had a guided trip to a mark Marcus the resort guide new about that could be reached in good weather. The weather god was kind to us and after a two hour trip we settled into what was undoubtedly the best days fishing any of us had ever had. For over six hours we had fish after fish, large Cod, large Coal-fish, large Ling, you never new what was going to come up next. Wow what a day. A Big thank you must be said to Marcus for providing us with not only maps and local knowledge, but nothing was a problem for him. If we needed any advice about anything he was there. A Great Guy. The views of the Fjords were spectacular The icing on the cake was watching the Sea Eagles diving down for fish as we headed back to our cabin each evening.

Response from Sportquest Holidays

Hello Richard, thanks for your great feedback. It is a real help to future travellers.

So glad you guys had a great trip and liked Vesteralen. I am off there next June so hopefully we have the same great fishing you guys had. Where next for you guys?

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Matthew

Great location with fantastic accommodation and 'away from it all' setting.
Good fishing grounds with some limitations in adverse weather - Huge potential in Calmer conditions for Halibut, Cod and Coalfish.

The guide Marcus is fantastic. Limited by being a one man operation on site.
Recommend Blackout blinds to improve lodges during 24 hour daylight.
Self catering welcome packs. Recommend a 'basket' of Bread, Eggs, Milk, Cheese etc.
Location/fishing grounds/guides. Please send in advance to allow initial planning for the trip. (Nordic do this)
As usual, Minor points as the overall package is very good.

Response from Sportquest Holidays

Hi Matt, thanks for your feedback all the tips are very helpful for future travellers.

Sounds like you guys had a great time and caught plenty of big fish.

We do have lots of maps with fishing marks for people who require them. Perhaps we will start to send them out with the paper work. I shall suggest a welcome pack as it is sometimes very helpful especially if your flight arrives late in the day and the shops are closed so that would be a great idea

All the best

Paul

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John

Plenty of cod/coalfish and ling a couple of personal bests

No Halibut unfortunately

Response from Sportquest Holidays

Hi John

Thank you for the feedback

It sounds like you had plenty of fish but it's a shame no halibut showed for you.

Tight Lines

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Nicholas

Thanks for a great holiday

Response from Sportquest Holidays

Hi Nicholas, great to hear you guys all had a good time. Where next? I will try and speak with you all very soon

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Colin

Another unbelievable experience. Great fishing, scenery and just makes you feel alive. What more can I say!!

Response from Sportquest Holidays

Hi Colin, thank you for your review. This destination is proving very popular, I have just returned from my hosted their for the first time and absolutely loved it and so did the group. I bet you guys are counting down the days until next year

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Paul

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William

Our group enjoyed a very memorable trip with excellent accommodation and a great guide called Marcus who could not have been more helpful and actually joined us for a couple of evening meals.

He gave us great information and tips on where to fish.

Your own service has also been outstanding and we all agree that we will be returning to Norway with Sportquest at some point in the future.

Response from Sportquest Holidays

Hi William

Thank you for the great feedback, it sounds like you had an amazing time in Vesteralen.

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Matt

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David

Although the fishing was very good the travelling to the fishing grounds I thought was to long 4.5 hours one day when the sea was rough. Seeing killer whales to me was the highlight. Sometimes I just want to go fishing on a holiday at a respectable hour and not get up early in the morning to catch big fish and long distances

Response from Sportquest Holidays

Hello David, Thank you for your feedback. Yes it was a tough weeks weather and those long distances would of been half the time if the sea was flat calm. But when we got out there the fishing was worth it with two Cod pushing 50lb and those ling made the journey worth it. Those Killer whales we saw were amazing and to have them so close to the boat was even more exciting.

All the best

Paul

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Luke

Fishing was unbelievable better than I hoped for!

Scenery Beautiful and our guide Marcus was really helpful and pleasant.

Accommodation was very clean and comfortable.

Could not fault the holiday.

Response from Sportquest Holidays

Hi Luke

Thank you for the great feedback

It sounds like you had a great time in Vesteralen I will chat to you soon

Tight Lines

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Nick

Another fantastic trip with Sportquest. Highlights definitely were:

The location and scenery
seeing orcas in their natural environment
the company - great set of anglers
oh...and a new Halibut PB!

Only improvement suggestion would be to install wardrobes / cupboards in the lodge bedrooms - we were literally living out of a suitcase

Response from Sportquest Holidays

Hello Nick, it was great to see you again and really pleased you managed your Halibut PB. It was an awesome fish. What about the statue, you forget to mention the statue!!

Anyway, hopefully will see you again soon

All the best

Paul

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Ronald

It lived up to expectations as other trip have done before. All things been thought of

Response from Sportquest Holidays

Hi Ronald,

Thank you for your feedback form. So glad that you liked Vesteralen and managed to catch plenty of fish. Where to next?

All the best

Paul

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Ronald

It lived up to expectations. As others had been before. All things had been thought of

Response from Sportquest Holidays

Great to hear from Ronald and so glad you had a lovely trip.

I will speak to you soon

All the best

Paul

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Matt

Great holiday, stunning backdrops, good fishing and a stunning location.

Vesteralen accommodation is very comfortable, clean and overlooks a peaceful setting.

Oscar the guide provided a great service and looked after us with advice and fishing information daily.



Response from Sportquest Holidays

Hi Matt

Thank you for the great feedback

Vesteralen really is a stunning destination that is proving itself to be a very good place to fish.

Hopefully we will get to speak soon

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Matt

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Jamie

Amazing people, amazing fishing , amazing boats,
Just brilliant experience and can’t wait for our next adventure

Response from Sportquest Holidays

Hi Jame, thank you so much for your feedback. Its very important to the Sportquest Staff and also the onsite guides to see if there is any improvements needed. And also thank you for your report on our Sea Fishing Holidays Facebook

Until next time, tight lines Paul

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Anthony

It's fair to say that it is a long journey. Once at Heathrow, aircraft to Oslo, another flight to Evenes then into the local Bo Taxi for a three hour Road Trip to Vesteralen Fishing Apartments/ lodge. Including the trip to Heathrow from Lincolnshire we had been on the road about nineteen hours.

On arrival at the fishing Lodge, we were greeted by Jogen and Alex the guides and shown to our very comfortable, warm and well equipped apartments overlooking the Fjord and the dock with the boats we were to be using for the next 5 days. Then followed a full briefing on the boats, safety equipment, refuelling and cleaning, we were then kitted out with anything we needing rods, reels, floatation suits and the like. With all of our group of 4 having good levels of boating experiance the boat handling didn't hold any concern for us, however we opted to nominate one person as skipper to save any confusion on the boat.

I won't go into a day by day blow by blow account of our fishing, suffice it to say that with the best advice from both Alex and Jogen on methods and lures, the next five days of fishing was an absolute blast. All four of us on the boat caught Halibut the largest for us was circa 65+lb. the tally being 8 to the boat with others lost. The Coalfish and Cod were exciting and numerous up to around 15lb with larger fish a the 25lb range. In all we caught Ling, Haddock, Cod, Coalfish, Halibut, and the odd Sh£$fish.

Individually, in our group of 4, we all fish, and have reasonable fishing experience, but went to Vesteralen with no preconceived ideas as to what to expect, other than what we had seen on TV (Mortimer and Whitehouse) and YouTube. As a fishing destination we all agree that Norway is a must do, and we will be doing it again next year with Sportquest.

A bit of advice.

Catering
Its self catering take food, packet soups are great for the flask during the day. Pasta, rice, bread, biscuits, food shopping in Norway is expensive. Norland pils is the best and cheapest beer, you won't be able to buy beer after 8pm in the local supermarket and you can not buy wine and spirts in the supermarket at all.

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Slim down you tackle box, I was certainly guilty of taking to much gear I didn't use. What I did use was, Westin Sandy Andy's 300gr 28cm, Shads 300gr, for Halibut, 150gr Perks for Cod, Coalfish & Wolfish, Small multiple sand eel rigs for bait fish, 8oz plum weights. The Kinetic Dragon 80gr perk in blue/silver was brilliant for coalfish. 130 and 80lb mono for leaders. Mustard quality, Swivels,Berkley McMahon Ball Bearing Cross-Lok Snap Swivels 175lb & Seadra Solid Ball Bearing Swivel #8 300lb, Hooks 3/0 & 5/0 circles and 1/0 & 1 trebles What's the best colour for shads and sandyandy's, the answer there isn't one IMHO! The camp has a well stocked tackle shop and the prices are comparable with UK

Listen to the guides, Alex and Jorgen have a wealth of knowledge to offer.

Response from Sportquest Holidays

Hello Anthony, wow that is an excellent feedback and thank you so much and some very useful and helpful information in there for future travellers.

These feedback forms are very important to our staff and also the onsite guides to see if there are any improvements that we and them need to make.

Until next time, tight lines Paul

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Geoff

Catching my first Halibut was a memorable experience. The sheer power of the fish made for a great fight, it measured in at around 120cm/50lbs, not bad for the first Halibut !
Hosts Jorgen and Alex were very knowledgeable and helpful, they guided us to some good spots for Cod Coalfish, Haddock and Halibut, we all caught some good fish. The elusive Wolffish did beat us but will be there next time.

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Hello Geoff, firstly thank you so much for taking the time to send us your feedback. These are so important to us as it gives us great pleasure to hear about peoples adventures, also for the onsite guides so they can see that they are doing a great job and finally for future travellers.

A huge well done on the Halibut and dont they hang on!!

Where to next Geoff?

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Dave

This was a trip of a lifetime for me and it went beyond all my dreams. As a regular boat angler I was truly spoilt with the quality of fish that our group caught. 3 halibut 110 to 123 cm approx 50lb cod to 34lb, coalies,haddock, red fish,ling ,and torsk. As a mixed fishery Vesteralen didn't disappoint . From tackle hire,accommodation and guides. The only negative was a bit more detail on gps/fish finder operation as it was a bit strange at first but once we figured it out was OK.Transport arrangements went smoothly and would highly recommend this venue to other anglers.

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Hi Dave, so pleased to hear that you guys had a brilliant time. I was keeping up with all your facebook posts and looks like you enjoyed the experience. The briefing the guides give us normally fairly quick as there is a lot to go through. Thanks for your time filling this out and look forward to helping you in the near future

Tight lines, Paul

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Anthony

On the whole very good. We all really enjoyed the trip.
It would be good to have some tackle recommendations prior to leaving the UK. DB Angling have some great guides so maybe a link to their site.
I think the Guides on-site need to give more of a briefing on the boats and also the navigation channels that one needs to stick to.

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Hi Anthony, thank you for your feedback its very helpful for us and future anglers thinking of such a trip and glad you enjoyed the holiday.

Did you not get your Pre-trip information? There is a very detailed tackle list in there which is specialised for each tour and when new tackle that comes out that works we update them.

Once again thank you for your feedback and look forward to assist you in the near future

Tight lines, Paul

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Ian

Another great trip to Vesteralen, it’s a stunning setting, even managed to see a few Moose’s this time on the journey from and to the airport. Fishing was a bit harder this year than previous years but that can happen anywhere. We all managed to catch plenty of big Coalfish, Cod, Haddock plus a few smaller Halibut, not the big Halibut we had caught on previous trips. As a bonus we did see the Orcas, which is always nice to see. The first 4 days was windy but we still managed to find shelter, the final 2 days was flat calm and warm. One big bonus, no rain, first time ever 🥳🎣🍻

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Hello Ian, thank you so much for your feedback. These are so important not just for us but people looking for their future trips.

Looks like you had some great experiences along the way and shame the fishing was a little slow, but like you say thats fishing.

Where to next year? Any plans yet hopefully we can catch up soon

Tight lines, Paul

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Keith

Easy booking process, beautiful location, very good accommodation, excellent guides, highly recommended.

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Hello keith, great to hear from you and thank you so much for your feedback. I totally agree with you its a great location and made even more special by the guides.

All the best, Paul

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Peter

The fishing guides were excellent, very helpful throughout, there put us on some excellent fishing grounds , with a good variation of fish. Accommodation was clean , boat were clean and to a very high standard, made for a very enjoyable trip for all our group of 10.

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

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Carl

Thanks for a great holiday

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Thank you for your feedback

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Stephen

Was a great holiday..Good accommodation.. few issues with the cooker but soon sorted..the fishing was very good out at at sea but very poor in the fyord
We were most fortunate with the weather so wasn't much of an issue for us..but if weather was bad I could see dissapointment for people going vesterelan..the camp itself and the guides are both excellent..very helpful with marks and tips amongst other things...I would recommend vesterelan but would tell people good weather defiantly required

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Glad you got the cooker sorted. Thank you for your great feedback.

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