Sorvaer Guest House is located on the south-western tip of Soroya in northern Norway, approximately 10.7 miles from Hasvik, the nearest airport. Accommodation is in either cabins or a guest house.
Cabins include two bedrooms with two bunk beds per room and a sleeping loft with two single beds. They have a fully equipped kitchen with stove, oven, microwave, coffee maker, kettle, dishwasher and fridge/freezer. Each cabin has a porch with lake view and outdoor furniture. The guest house has two floors with each floor having five bedrooms with two single beds per room. Each floor also has a fully equipped kitchen, two toilets and two showers. There is a balcony with outdoor furniture and impressive lake views. Bed linen and towels are provided and there is Wi-Fi available.
All properties are a 10-minute walking distance to the grocery store and gas station and a 3-minute walking distance to boats. The camp has a restaurant on site offering a simple menu of locally sourced food and drinks; including Macköl on tap from the World's Northernmost brewery in Tromso. Magnificent views of the mountains and sea can be admired whilst enjoying your meal in the outdoor dining area. The restaurant also has a large screen television and various events are organised including live music, buffets and football evenings.
At the jetty, there is a cleaning area under a roof with running water, cutting boards and a packaging bench. Directly adjacent is a spacious freezer room where the fish is stored at -18°C until the journey home. There are always Styrofoam boxes that are approved for air transport in stock. Other facilities at the camp include a sauna and Jacuzzi.
Boats and equipment
The standard boats used are the Arronet 23.5ft with 150hp four-stroke engine. They have a chart plotter, echo sounder, VHF radio, rod holder, grappling hooks/gaff, halibut hook, tail rope, emergency flare and other safety equipment. Boats are fully fuelled upon arrival and must be returned fully fuelled. All boats are equipped with a tracking system from Dualog that updates the latest position at 10 minute intervals.
Travel to Soroya
There is no direct flight to Soroya and two changes are generally required at Oslo and Tromso. Transfers can be arranged from Hasvik airport and take about 40-minutes. The bus usually stops at the grocery store to buy food for the first few days. It is also possible to fly to Alta and rent a car, then take the ferry from Oksfjord out to Soroya. A good option with access to a car if there is an interest in sightseeing on the island or fishing for trout on the mountain.
The weather in this remote part of the world can be testing to say the least and can change in the blink of an eye, but the fishing is world class and well worth the gamble to target the world’s biggest cod. Kevin McKie, our sea angling expert and fully qualified skipper/guide, has caught cod up to 74lb and has seen the women’s world record cod weighed in at 83lb. He has also helped anglers catch hundreds of cod to 70lb.
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Fishing around Soroya
Soroya is a fantastic destination for sea fishing, offering a stunning natural backdrop and diverse marine wildlife. It is a well-known for the skrei cod fishing, which is absolutely top class with fantastic amounts of large cod. Halibut is another popular species and really big halibut over 2m are caught every year. The fishing season starts in the middle of February and most of the fishing takes place relatively close to land, about 3-10nm from the camp, and it is usually very large fish. Skrei season lasts from mid-February to the end of April. In worse weather, fishing for halibut in places close to land is often possible, as well as good fishing for plaice and large flounder outside the harbour.
From mid-April to August, there is varied fishing with more focus on halibut, but still good cod fishing, with a chance for real large cod. The deep edges around Soroya also hold record-sized kingfish and it is also a good period for grayling, catfish, ling, haddock, plaice, sand flounder, etc. In the autumn, the main focus is on halibut, which move into shallower water when the temperature drops.
October is the month when the most 150cm+ halibut are usually landed. In poorer weather, plaice fishing is good when they gather for the upcoming spawn. The plaice are usually very thick and fully fed during September/October, a clearly underestimated sport fish that requires finesse to be tricked into a bite and fights well. The cod fishing can be fantastic in the autumn and some grounds tend to deliver very large fish over 20kg for those keen on more combined fishing.
The island’s diverse ecosystems from coastal areas to the mountainous inland also provide a habitat for a range of wildlife. Soroya is home to numerous bird species, including seabirds like puffins, guillemots, and kittiwakes. You can observe these birds nesting along the cliffs and rocky shores. The surrounding waters are teeming with marine life, including whales and seals.
The Arctic fox is a native mammal of the Arctic region and can be spotted on Soroya. Reindeer are commonly found; these semi-domesticated animals are an integral part of Sami culture and can often be seen grazing in the area. While polar bears are more commonly associated with the high Arctic regions, they are known to occasionally venture south in search of food.