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Torsvag Havfiske, Vannareid

Torsvag Havfiske, Vannareid

Located in the rich waters of North Norway just a short ferry and road transfer from the city of Tromso, Torsvag is rightfully known as the halibut capital of Europe. You will also catch big cod, coalfish, wolf fish and haddock. Dave Lewis rates Torsvag as THE NUMBER ONE destination in Norway.

Boats moored in the harbour at Torsvag/
Cabin of a boat from Torsvag fishing centre/
Anglers fishing in baot around Torsvag/
Lounge of a slef-catering property at Torsvag fishing centre/
Angler holding a cod caught near Torsvag/
Angler holding a large halibut caught near Torsvag /
Angler holding a cod caught near Torsvag, north Norway/
Boats lit at night in the harbour at Torsvag /
Two anglers fishing from a boat in north Norway/
Boat used at Torsvag fishing centre in north Norway/
Two storey self-catering house at Torsvag fishing centre/
Northern lights in the sky over a house at Torsvag/
Angler holding a cod caught in north Norway/
Self-catering apartments at Torsvag fishing centre/
Two anglers each holding a coalfish caught at Torsvag/
Three anglers fishing from a boat at Torsvag/


Torsvag is a very well managed fishing centre with an excellent fleet of 20 Arvor self-use boats and relatively sheltered fishing in this sought after region. From late May into early August the sun never sets and you enjoy 24 hours daylight. In September with a clear sky it is possible to enjoy great fishing and see the northern lights. These rich waters border the outer group of islands and have huge natural stocks of fish. Torsvag is open from the middle of March to mid October. A car is available to borrow for visiting the local shop. A nominal charge to cover fuel is paid locally. Please notify the camp prior to use.

There are a number of accommodation options from cottages sleeping up to 8 people to apartments sleeping up to 4 people.
The Lighthouse, a 100 year old building recently renovated, is located within walking distance of the harbour. It has three rooms with twin beds and one room with double and single bed. There are two bathrooms with shower and a kitchen with cooker, microwave, fridge and dishwasher. The living room has television and Wi-Fi and there is a garden with garden furniture. Boats - 2 x 23ft Arvor Deluxe
The self-catering apartments are located just 30m from the boats and all have two bedrooms with two single beds in each room. There is a bathroom with shower; living room with television and the kitchen has cooker, microwave, dishwasher and fridge. Boat - 1 x 21ft Arvor
Apartments 7 and 8, built in 2010 are both situated just 30m from the boats. Both have a bathroom with shower; living room with television and kitchen with cooker, microwave, fridge and dishwasher. Apartment 7 has two bedrooms with two single beds in each and apartment 8 has three bedrooms; two twin bedded rooms and one room with a single bed. All apartments have Wi-Fi and there is a common gas barbecue and grill hut in the camp. Boat - 1 x 23ft Arvor Deluxe
Torsvag House is a large five bedroom house with wonderful views overs the fjord. It has four bedrooms with two single beds in each and a bedroom with a single bed. There is a bathroom with tub, shower and toilet plus a separate toilet. The kitchen has a cooker, microwave, fridge and dishwasher and there is a utility room with washing machine and dryer. The house is located at the other side of the harbour and exclusive use of a car is included (excluding diesel charge). Boats - 2 x 23ft Arvor Deluxe
Buroy Sundhouse is located at Buroy Sund and again has wonderful sea views. It has four bedrooms with single and bunk beds in each and a bathroom with shower. There is a living room and separate dining room and the kitchen has a cooker, microwave, fridge and dishwasher. There is a room in the basement with freezer, washing machine and dryer. Again use of a car is included (excluding diesel). Boats - 2 x 21.5ft Arvor

Holiday durations are generally for 7 or 14 nights, Wednesday to Wednesday. However they are flexible; just avoid arriving on a Saturday or Sunday as ferry times are restricted.

Torsvag have a fleet of Arvor 215 & 230 boats, all well maintained and regularly serviced. These boats feature quality Lowrance chart plotter and echo sounder, 100PS Turbo Diesel Volkswagen engine, cabin, rod holders, fish box and fish landing hook. Life jackets and safety gear are provided. Take your own freezer bags but polystyrene thermal boxes can be purchased for 150 NOK (about £14 that will easily hold 15kg of frozen fillets).

Please note at least one person in the group must have boat operation experience. If born after 1/1/1980 and operating a boat of 25hp and above he/she will be requested to supply an ICC, International Certificate of Competence. This must include coastal navigation to be valid in Norway.

Camp Facilities:
The camp has a large room for fish filleting and huge freezer room, the best we have seen! There is an information centre and tackle shop where you can hire tackle and get excellent fishing information. Water charts are supplied and diesel is available on-site, serviced by camp staff. The camp has a comfortable lounge / dining room where breakfast, lunch and dinner can be booked with notice, requires a minimum of 6 people. Opening times are from 09:00 to 19:00 or 16:00 depending on day of the week. A grocery store is nearby that offers free delivery or pick up.

Fly to Tromso via Oslo and either hire a car or take the pre-organised road and ferry transfer to the lodge. (There is a short ferry crossing from Hansnes to Vannoy, sails at two hourly intervals most days). Car rental is simple; turn right out of the airport, over the bridge, turn right and head out on the 863 road to Hansnes a one hour easy drive. The ferry from Hansnes to Vannoy takes 50 minutes and has a comfortable lounge, cafeteria and toilets. Head off the ferry turn left and in 20 minutes you arrive at Torsvag Fishing Centre, it couldn't be easier or more scenic. You can shop at the major shopping centre close to the airport, at Hansnes or close to Torsvag.

There are three prime seasons. Huge Barents Sea cod arrive March and remain until late April. This is the time to target those 40 to 100 monster cod. They can be caught as close at 500 metres to the harbour. Lots of shallow areas create the perfect feeding and spawning grounds without the need to travel any great distance.
May to late September is the ideal time to enjoy longer days (and nights under the midnight sun late May to early August). You will find excellent and prolific sport for cod, halibut, bigger coalfish, haddock, wolf fish and red fish at this time of year. Big coalfish in the 20 to 40lb range are caught here in summer. Expect cod into the 20, 30, 40 and 50lb class. Halibut are common from 10 to 100lb plus and fish in the 200lb range are caught each season and often released.
September to mid-October is absolute prime for most species but particularly those big halibut.

Best halibut – 426lbs; best cod - 76lbs; best coalfish (measured not weighed and released estimated at over 50lbs!)


NEW SPECIAL OPTION: 7 nights' in a beautiful house, use of car rental in the resort, 5 days fully skippered big boat fishing. Transfers from and to Tromso Airport. Stunning location. Amazing fishing with a top skipper/guide for very big coalfish, huge catches of big cod and the halibut capital of Norway!!
Price £1414 per person (based on a group of 6). Flights not included.
Many other combinations of dates/durations possible.

7 nights’ accommodation in apartment (1-6) plus 21ft Arvor boat 4 adults - £508 per person
7 nights’ accommodation in apartment 8 plus 23ft Arvor Deluxe boat 5 adults - £522 per person
7 nights’ accommodation in Torsvag Lighthouse plus 2 x 23ft Arvor Deluxe boats 8 adults - £564 per person
7 nights’ accommodation in Torsvag House plus 2 x 23ft Arvor Deluxe boats 8 adults - £510 per person
7 nights’ accommodation in Buroy Sund House plus 2 x 21.5ft Arvor boats 6 adults - £618 per person

Private road and ferry transfers for those not wishing to have car rental are an additional £146 per person. You can arrange for the taxi to collect you from either the airport or from your hotel in Tromso if travelling up the day before.

Please note a refundable damage deposit has to be paid in cash on arrival - NOK 3000 (310 Euro) per housing unit and NOK 3000 (310 Euro) per boat.

All prices include boat insurance, cleaning, linen and towels. Boat diesel is not included.

It is also possible to hire:
Flotation suits: 100Nok per person per day. Life vests are always included.
Rod and reel: 250Nok per person per day

Flights from the UK are not included. You have a choice of SAS (our recommended airline) or Norwegian, both fly to Tromso via Oslo.

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