Everything you need to know about fishing in Lofoten

Everything you need to know about fishing in Lofoten

Dive into the world of fishing in the Lofoten Islands. Ever since the viking age, Lofoten has been a central area for fishing. The fish that is captured here in Lofoten, are distributed all over the world and the produce are then used in products such as omega3 and bacalao. Depending on the seasons you will be able to get hold of different types of fish here in Lofoten.

Thinking about going on a fishing trip to Lofoten? Here’s everything you need to know about fishing in Lofoten! Explore the best fishing spots, learn about different types of fishing, and discover how to plan the perfect fishing trip in this spectacular Arctic destination.

Fishing in Lofoten - an Angler's Paradise

The Lofoten Islands, located within the Arctic Circle of northern Norway, are known not only for their dramatic landscapes, but also for being one of the premier fishing destinations in the world. With rich waters that have supported fishing communities for millennia, Lofoten offers an unparalleled fishing experience.

Fishing is the lifeblood of Lofoten, deeply ingrained in the local culture and economy. The islands are particularly famous for their annual winter cod fishing, known locally as "Skrei" fishing, which attracts anglers from around the globe. Lofoten’s fishing history dates back over a thousand years, and he tradition of fishing has shaped the islands, with historical sites and fishing villages that tell the tale of a maritime heritage. 

When is the best time for fishing in Lofoten during the year?

Actually, no time is better than the other, you can go fishing all year around. That is right, here in Lofoten it is fishing season all the time. The skrei fish is most common through January to April. Moving towards summer it is also possible to get a catfish, flounder or a haddock on your fishing hook. It is also likely to get cod, as well as the popular summer fish - the mackerel! The halibut is also a dream come true for many when they get it on their hook. To achieve this dream your best bet will be April to May, or September to October.

Popular Fishing Spots in Lofoten

In Lofoten, there are hotspots for various types of fish, and access to the best fishing spots might require a boat. Each area around the islands has its specialties, from the cod-rich waters of Svolvær to the halibut havens near Reine. Understanding the best spots also depends on the season, as fish migrations and weather patterns affect their availability.

What do I do if I want to go on a fishing trip in Lofoten?

To go fishing, you will most definitely need some fishing gear. Also if you want to get out on the open sea, you will also have to have a boat that can take you out on the adventure. We have multiple boats that are up for rent with a capacity to take on 5 people, with all necessary equipment on board.

Go fishing with our rental boats or guided tours

For experienced anglers, renting a boat or equipment to explore on your own can be a rewarding experience. In addition to renting out boats, we also offer guided tours that can enhance your fishing experience. You will meet fishing guides with a lot of knowledge about the fishing areas that will be able to tell you exactly where you most likely will get a catch! Opt for a guided tour for expert advice and support, which is especially beneficial for novice anglers or those unfamiliar with the Arctic conditions.

Types of Fishing in Lofoten

  • Deep sea fishing: Target large species like cod, halibut, and coalfish in the deep waters around the islands. This type of fishing provides thrilling battles and substantial rewards.
  • Shore and fly fishing: For a more serene experience, shore and fly fishing offer a chance to catch sea trout and char in the quieter, scenic backdrops of the islands’ rivers and streams.

What kind of gear is necessary to go fishing?

Here at Lofoten Havfiske we mostly fish with jigs and markongler. However, if you have traveled all the way to fish in Lofoten with your own gear, there is nothing keeping you from using it! If there is anything you are missing, you can also find gear for rental and for sale in our shop!

You will quickly discover that the boats are equipped with all necessary safety equipment, for instance GPS-tracking, throwing line, first aid kit and emergency lights. We also have everything you need to handle the fish you catch, such as hooks, claps and more! Gear up appropriately with heavy-duty rods for deep-sea fishing or lighter equipment for fly fishing. Waterproof clothing and sturdy boots are a must.

What do I do with the fish I catch?

When you get lucky and get a big catch, it might be that you do not want to eat it right away. This is completely understandable. We have a big freezer room for the fish, so lower your shoulders and relax, the fish is not going anywhere until it is time to take it home with you. Also – since we are a registered fishing camp, you are allowed to take home 18 kg of fish if you have traveled from overseas.

Try Cod Fishing in Lofoten

We hope you want to explore the thrilling world of cod fishing in Lofoten. Cod has historically been the backbone of the local economy here in Lofoten. Each year, the arrival of the Atlantic cod, locally known as "Skrei", marks an important fishing season that is vital to the community and a spectacle that draws visitors worldwide. The best time to fish for cod in Lofoten is from late February to mid-April when the Skrei make their annual migration to the spawning grounds around the islands. During this peak season, anglers can expect plentiful catches and an electrifying fishing environment, with long daylight hours nearing the Arctic spring. The waters around Svolvær, Stamsund, and the Vestfjorden area are renowned for their excellent cod fishing. Each spot offers unique challenges and rewards, suitable for both experienced anglers and beginners. You can learn more about cod fishing in Lofoten here.

Travel to Lofoten for the fishing trip of a lifetime

Fishing in Lofoten is more than just a sport; it’s an encounter with the cultural heritage in one of the world’s most beautiful settings. Known for its pristine waters and abundant cod stocks, Lofoten attracts anglers from all over the globe looking to experience the thrill of Arctic fishing. Whether you’re an experienced angler or a beginner, the Lofoten Islands offer a fishing adventure that promises to be as enriching as it is exciting. Ready your rods and reels for the ultimate fishing trip in Norway’s majestic Lofoten Islands. Remember to always check the current fishing regulations to ensure compliance with local conservation efforts.

Book your fishing adventure today!

Turn your dream of sea fishing in Lofoten into reality today! By booking a fishing trip now, you secure a spot on an adventure you won't forget. We are ready with everything to make your trip as smooth and fantastic as possible. Note: Many of our bookings come in at least a year in advance, so book today to secure your spot!