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Fishing trips


When you visit Lofoten it is all but compulsory to get out to sea and try your luck fishing. 

Fishing in Lofoten varies greatly with the season, and during the traditional Lofotfisket, from end of February to mid-April, we catch skrei. Our winter fishing includes sea fishing with line wheel and/or sea fishing rod, and we offer coffee on board our authentic fishing cutter.

Fisheries have been the central feature of Lofoten’s history, and have in many ways contributed to building our country. The rich seasonal Lofoten fisheries, Lofotfisket, where the skrei comes from the Barents Sea to Lofoten to spawn, have taken place for hundreds of years. Lofotfisket has provided Norwegians with essential protein rich meals at least since the Viking era. Even today Lofotfisket remains important for us, and for many visitors a traditional fishing trip at the Lofoten sea with our experienced professional fishing crew is the highlight and reason to visit Lofoten.

MS Symra is a traditional fishing cutter, and she turns 100 years old in 2017. She is protected by the Norwegian Directorate for Cultural Heritage. Symra is a comfortable boat originally built specifically for fishing in Lofoten, and she is certified for 38 passengers and has 10 fishing stations. Every year we arrange fishing trips both for eager fishermen and groups where you find both those who would like to try, and those who are experienced. Our recommendation for group is max 30 persons if the main highlight is fishing.

“When you visit Lofoten it is all but compulsory to get out to sea and try your luck fishing.”

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MS Symra is a traditional fishing cutter, and she turns 100 years old in 2017. She is protected by the Norwegian Directorate for Cultural Heritage. Symra is a comfortable boat originally built specifically for fishing in Lofoten, and she is certified for 38 passengers and has 10 fishing stations. Every year we arrange fishing trips both for eager fishermen and groups where you find both those who would like to try, and those who are experienced. Our recommendation for group is max 30 persons if the main highlight is fishing.

What will you experience?
You are invited to our main office at the pier in Svolvær port, and will be welcomed by your hosts and crew. Our crew are professional fishermen and know these seas like their own back pocket. They provide all the information you need about what you can expect from your day out, safety on board, and they will teach you how to use the fishing tools and equipment featured on board. We then sail out of Svolvær, past the Fisherman’s Wife statue, and head out to the fishing banks we know from experience can provide a good catch, with location varying depending on the season. And the catch? We show you to fillet it on board, and of course you can take it home with you if you wish.

We do our utmost to secure a trip for all our guests. In case the weather makes it difficult to arrange the trip, we always offer a good alternative, or you are offered a different date for your trip. Our goal is to give you the experience you came for! We cooperate with other boats and can offer fishing trips for 70 people at the time, or more.

This is included

- Suitable fishing kit
- Safety suit which makes you float, and waterproof work clothes
- Hot beverages
- Our experienced crew and the fishing trip

Tips and recommendations

We have made this trip suitable for those who have little or no fishing experience, but who would like to try fishing during the seasonal fishery’s winter conditions. You will receive professional guidance by our crew during the trip, and experience a taste of how Lofotfisket takes place through stories and anecdotes accompanying the activities on board.

What should you bring and wear?
The weather at sea in Lofoten can change rapidly, which is some of the charm of these isles. Fishermen have over hundreds of years learnt what is suitable clothing at sea, and we recommend the same for our guests. Please wear:

- Wool underwear, which isolates and breathes
- Fleece, wool sweater or another insulating middle layer
- Hat, mittens that you are not too precious about getting fish smell on, and boots or heavy gore-tex shoes

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