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COD (SKREI) FISHING CHARTER

3-Day Winter Cod Fishing Trip in Norway: A Cultural & Culinary Delight.

Join us on a thrilling 3-day winter cod fishing adventure in the heart of Northern Norway, where you'll get a chance to explore remote islands and fjords in the Tromsø region. From expert angling advice to comfortable accommodations and delectable onboard cuisine, our knowledgeable and experienced guides and crew are dedicated to ensuring that you have an exceptional adventure in the Norwegian Arctic.

Your adventure starts and ends in the charming town of Tromsø. Each day, you will venture to prime fishing spots, and by nightfall, you will find anchorage or dock at varying locations ideal for top-notch fishing experiences.  Learn about how cod has shaped the Norwegian economy and culture over the centuries and discover the story of sustainable management and adaptation that keeps cod as one of Norway's primary fish species.

 

A highlight of the trip is hunting of Skrei, a unique type of migratory codfish. Known for its firm white flesh and excellent flavor, Skrei is a prized delicacy both locally and globally. The term "Skrei" distinguishes these migratory cod from others, making them a symbol of sustainable fishing practices. Their seasonal migration from the Barents Sea to the coast of Norway offers an exciting opportunity for anglers.

 

The cold waters of Northern Norway is known for the rich variety of fish species. This region is famed for its excellent cod fishing spots, especially during the Skrei migration season. Here, fishing isn't just a sport or a hobby; it's a way of life. From venturing into untouched wilderness areas to observing wildlife, every aspect of this journey promises to be memorable.

 

Whether you're a seasoned angler or a beginner, this multi-day Skrei fishing trip offers an unforgettable experience. Apart from the thrill of fishing, you'll get a chance to immerse yourself in the local culture and relish the freshest seafood caught by you. Unwind amidst serene landscapes and escape the hustle-bustle of daily life. Connect deeply with nature and experience a slice of Norway's unique culture on our 3-day winter cod fishing trip.

Some trips stand out as superb and this definitely exceeded my expectations. Seeing other small boats out at sea with the same amount of people or more trying to fish made me so glad I was on a spacious and luxurious boat. First class service, the cleanest boat I've been on, comfy and warm lower deck. Top fishing gear, help and advise on how to catch a big fish. Can’t go wrong with this choice of boat or crew!

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3 DAYS | 2 NIGHTS

NOK 180,000 private charter
14-16 March 2025

21-23 March 2025

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All multi-day tours have our 2 resident crew + up to 2 additional crew members.

Meet Your Crew

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Kenneth Tårnes

Sea Captain

From Tromsø, Norway

Kenneth is a world class Sea Captain with the highest international designation by SOLAS, the United Nations International Maritime Organization.  As a Sea Captain, he is a licensed medic and marriage officiant. He served as a sea Captain in the Royal Norwegian Navy and since his retirement, he has continued to captain a variety of charter vessels and sailing yachts. He has sailed around the world on a 98 m sailing ship, Statsraad Lehmkuhl and in 2007, set a world record for the fastest sailing time (without engine) from Tromsø to Kristiansand in Norway. This route normally takes an average of 6-7 days and he still holds this record! Kenneth comes from a fishing family in Northern Norway and started his maritime career working on fishing boats. His local knowledge and fishing expertise is what makes our fishing trips unique with a very high probability of a good catch. Kenneth’s passion is to connect people to the ocean and the natural world with respect and in a safe environment by sharing his knowledge and expertise so the guests can see what our beautiful planet has to offer and how important it is to take care of it.  He has been the official Captain of Stella Oceana since 2019.

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Sachi Maekawa

Solo Stew/Deck Crew

From Seattle, WA USA

Sachi speaks English, Japanese, Norwegian and some Spanish. On board, she cooks, serves, cleans, helps on deck, organizes activities, guides the guests on excursions and manages the catering, provisions, and interior. She ensures that guests have the very best experience from start to finish. She is passionate about the care of the natural world and has a love of the ocean. From being on the US National Team for synchronized swimming to working at scuba diving centers, Sachi is an advocate for wild animals, marine conservation, free-diving and sustainable living. She has been the official host aboard Stella Oceana in arctic Norway since 2019.

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Frequently asked questions about this tour

Is all fishing gear provided or can I bring my own?

Fishing poles, hooks, buckets, spares and thermal suits are available onboard. Boots, gloves, hats and personal items can be purchased and prepared for you in advance if requested. If you have your own favorite deep sea fishing equipment that you want to bring with you, you are welcome to do so and you are responsible for your own equipment. ​

Can I take the fish that I catch with me? What if I don't want it?

You have the option to either take it home with you or enjoy it onboard. We do not offer air vacuumed packing or shipping services for flights or international travel. If you choose not to take the fish home or consume it during the tour, we have arrangements to serve it to other guests onboard or donate it to the elderly people in the local community who have lost someone in the fishing industry. World Sea Explorers AS is a registered tourist fishing enterprise with the Norwegian Directorate of Fisheries, so you are able to bring the allowed quota of the fish you caught when you leave Norway by submitting the proper documentation to customs.

 

What food is served onboard? What if I'm vegetarian?

Most diets can be accommodated aboard, just include this information in your booking form. The food served on board is sourced as locally as possible, providing the best quality without too many food miles! Traditional Norwegian cuisine is based largely on the raw materials readily available in the mountains, wilderness and coast. Many of the dishes are the result of what is possible to source considering the the long winters and remoteness of the Arctic region. The typical Norwegian breakfast consists of a slice of bread with a variety of sweet and savory spreads with coffee. Modern Norwegian cuisine has been influenced by globalization and lunches includes foods such as soups, pasta, pizza, bbq and burgers with a local flare. Norwegian dinners typically include carbohydrate and protein-rich foods such as potatoes, meat and fish. Norwegian desserts combine fresh, delicious forest fruits, cream, and fresh baked desserts with ice cream. A sample meal plan will be provided upon completion of your booking confirmation. 

What are the chances of seeing the Northern Lights?

Staying in the region for several nights increases your chances of seeing the awe-inspiring spectacle of the auroras dancing across the Arctic skies. The Northern Lights are a natural phenomenon, and there are no guarantees of seeing them on any specific night. Even in favorable conditions, they can be unpredictable. However, the chances of witnessing the Northern Lights through the end of March and beginning of April are relatively high for several reasons: dark nights, increased solar activity, relatively clear skies and stable weather conditions and low light pollution.

What wildlife/animals will I see?

You never know what you might encounter in the sea, but some common wild animals that we see are harbor porpoises, otters, orca, seals, white-tailed eagles, migrating birds from all over the world and a variety of arctic birds. ​

 

Will I get seasick and what if I need medical attention?

We can't guarantee that you won't get seasick, but most people don't experience this discomfort because the boat is so stable.  However, in the small chance that you do get seasick, the crew has a lot of experience and can help you so you can enjoy your trip.  Northern Norway tends to seem remote and isolated, however, we will always be sailing along the coast where help is never far away.  There are local rescue ships and the Norwegian Coast Guard is always operating throughout the entire coast.

Do we dock in Tromsø every night?

Embarkation and disembarkation is in the town of Tromsø. The anchor or docking location of the two nights onboard will not be in Tromsø and will vary depending on the weather, sea conditions, and best cod fishing locations.

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