Friday, 4 December 2015

Sea Fishing in Norway

Norway's wild and unspoiled coastline provides optimal conditions for sea fishing all year round.

Fishing boat on sea, Reine, Norway

During lazy summers within the Arctic Circle, you can enjoy fishing under the midnight sun. Winter also offers great opportunities with the annual World Championship in Cod Fishing in the Lofoten in March. 


Norway, especially Northern Norway, is considered a "cod fishing capital of the world". 

Happy angler

However, local sea waters are abundant with many other species like black and silver flanked saithe, haddock and wolffish. Try to catch a halibut – the king amongst flatfish. In recent years, anglers manage to catch halibuts up to 100 kg! 


In summer, explore the sea around Kristiansand – the number of fish species there is just beyond imagination! In winter, the hugest cod swim along the coasts of Finnmark and Troms. 

Fjordkysten is suitable for fishing all year round. Here you will find traditional villages where fishing is still the main income for the locals. Join a guided tour, and they will show you the best fishing spots. 

Man fishing in the fiord, Gratangen, Norway

Molde and Romsdal are famous for their variety of fish species and many good spots for angling. Here, you will find the Atlantic Road that allows easy access to many small and large islands. Fjords and inlets are well protected from winds, and you can go fishing there with relatively small boats all year round. 

Trøndelag, with its multiple islands and varied coastal scenery, offers ideal conditions for all anglers, regardless of their skill and experience. In addition, it is one of the best places in the world for salmon fishing. 


In Norway, there are plenty charter skippers, but if you have enough experience, you may hire a boat. The weather in Norway is changeable, so regularly check the forecast and take local advice. Be prepared for the cold: temperatures in winter oscillate between 0 and – 8 degrees Celsius. 

Fishing-boats at dawn, Norway

If you are fishing with an experienced skipper on a licensed craft, you can rely on them to take the necessary precautions. Most boats are supplied with safety equipment. You will have a demonstration how to use it before fishing. 

As a minimum, you should have onboard: lifejackets for each passenger, spare fuel, two anchors (one spare with a chain and warp of adequate length), ample rope, oars or spare engine, compass, first aid box, VHF radio, lights and emergency flares. 

In Norway, most boat stations have permanent moorings alongside a dock but it is advisable to know how to land on a beach in an emergency. 

Fishing boat by dock, Reine, Norway

Before sailing inform someone ashore of your plans and approximate time of return and take clothing suitable for all possible conditions. 

Once at sea, keep everything tidy within the boat – it will help to avoid accidents. Do not stand up when the boat is moving. Use the radio regularly to listen to the weather forecast, especially if you are a long way out. Look out for the sea mist and for signs of bad weather and keep your anchor cable ready to slip in an emergency. 


Cod, Norway
  • Foreign tourists are only permitted to use hand-held tackle for angling. 
  • Tourists are permitted to take up to 15 kg of fish or fish fillets and one (whole) trophy fish out of the country. This restriction does not apply for tourists who buy directly from commercial anglers. 
  • You must keep a distance of more than 100 meters from the closest fish farm when fishing. 
  • Foreign tourists are not permitted to sell their catch. 
  • Eel and spiny dogfish are preserved species in Norway. 
  • If an undersized fish is caught, it must be carefully freed from the fishing gear and released into the sea again. The exception is if the fish is dead or will obviously not survive. 

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  1. Excellent sharig

  2. Hey Nils Jensen,
    This is a fantastic article you have written here on Sea Fishing in Norway. I read in detail as fishing is my hobby. I think your article will help me a lot for enjoying fishing very well. Thanks for your nice article.