The Lofoten Fishing Season Has Started

The cod fishing in Lofoten is world-renowned for the sheer quantity and quality of fish swimming around right outside Nusfjord. While January is regarded as being the kick-off, February, March and April are considered the main months for this amazing experience, which draws fishermen and spectators from all over the world.


When walking around in Nusfjord, expect to dive into the authentic experience of the fishermen that have had this fjord as their outpost for exploration and fishing throughout the centuries. With traces of settlements dating back to 425 BC, Nusfjord is considered one of the oldest fishing villages in Norway. Through our historical roundtrip you can still admire the old buildings where they made fish oil, the boat sheds, the smokery and many others.


Lofoten’s history revolves around fish, and the fishing villages like Nusfjord were hubs for travelling fishermen from all over the country that left their wives and kids home, tried their luck here. Life was harsh back then, and life in the small red cabins (rorbu) were mostly about surviving and catching enough fish to pay off dept and feed the families. In the early 1900s, Nusfjord saw its population grow to more than 1500 people during the fishing season, and walking around the harbour today it’s hard to believe the amount of people living here, not to mention the more than 600.000 fish that hung all around the fjord.


We arrange two fishing trips every day, for you to take part in the centuries’ long traditions in Lofoten. When you soar out towards the open sea with captain Jan Martin and his crew, you’ll be greeted by the fresh Arctic breeze, eagles and the chance of seeing whales and orcas. Once out on the open ocean you get to try your luck fishing for possibly the biggest fish you’ve ever caught. The world famous skrei cod swims down from the Barents Sea once a year, to mate in the Vestfjord, right outside Nusfjord.


After pulling up cod after cod you set sail back towards Nusfjord, where you have the possibility of taking part in the gutting and filleting of the fresh caught fish. When you’ve slipped out of the wear we provide you, feel free to warm up in the cozy Landhandleriet Café or relax in the cabins. In the evening you can take advantage of the ocean facing spa with wood-fired hot tubs and a sauna, reminiscing the experiences you’ve had throughout the day. It’s hard work being a fisherman.

Top 5 things to do in Lofoten in the winter

The Lofoten Islands remains one of those places where every season is unique and offers something completely different than the other. Here are our top 5 tips for a unique adventure in Nusfjord in the Winter:

1. Skrei Fishing

One of the most intense things you can experience in terms of fishing in northern Norway is fishing for Skrei. This is a particularly large cod that during the winter months takes the long migration from the Barents Sea and into the coast of northern Norway to spawn. These extremely powerful giants give you a fishing experience completely out of the ordinary when you have got them on the hook. Expect to catch some of the biggest fish of your life, as our own fishermen and captain Jan Martin take you out of Nusfjord on one of our Lofoten fishing boats.

2. Randonee

Magic on randonee. Get ready for nature experiences completely out of the ordinary. Randonee means summit skiing and can offer spectacular nature experiences around Lofoten.

3. Northern lights in winter

The Northern Lights are a magical phenomenon and nature's most spectacular light show. In fact, Norway is the world's best place to see the northern lights. People from all corners of the world travel to winter-cold Norway to experience this light phenomenon.

4. Cuisine

Lofoten is well-known for its amazing ingredients, with stockfish being the tip of the spearhead. Meat, cheese, and local vegetables are also in peak season in the winter, and in Nusfjord you get to take part in everything from harvesting to enjoying century old perfected dishes at one of our three restaurants.

5. Spa

With the active lifestyle of daytime and northern lights at night, the Arctic spa at the resort triumphs as a must-do nearly every day. Restore in the sauna or enjoy dancing northern lights in the wood-fired hot tub, as the jagged peaks around you wrap you in an Arctic blanket of relaxation.