THE WINTER FAIRYTALE

WORLD CUP COD FISHING 2021

THE FISHING FAIRYTALE

The year 2020 went down in the history books as "Annus Horribilis" - and the World Cup in cod fishing was unfortunately canceled, like so many other events this year. This does not mean the cod has stopped biting. This does not mean that we have stopped fishing. We are starting with new courage, new fishing luck and a new World Cup in cod fishing 2021!

This is the most beautiful event of the winter and the ultimate boys' trip for companies or in private.

We have a program packed with activities from  early morning  to late night. There is limited capacity - so contact us soon if you want to know more about the popular winter day in March 2021. We work closely with our partner Risvær Brygger, where all our accommodation and base during the WC in Skreifiske 2021 is.

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PHOTOS FROM PREVIOUS WORLD CUPS

THE HISTORY ABOUT THE LOFOTEN FISHERY

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FOLLOWING the history of cod is a fascinating journey through the creation of the nation of Norway. Via saga, legislation and court protocols, old account books and ordinances dating back to the 1000s, a clear picture emerges.

 

It was the cod that gave us the strength and finances to establish a church, government, royal power, government and eventually a separate Storting.

The cod made it possible to build the nation stone upon stone.

Without it, people would not have lived in northern Norway. Bergen, Ålesund and Kristiansund had not been.

And what about Oslo and the rest of southern Norway?

Tithing from cheese, butter, and grain might have kept a village king and a church or two. But not to build an entire kingdom.

Without the cod, there would have been no Vikings either.

Their main weapons were not swords, spears and bows, but the cod that the people along the coast had learned to dry in the absence of salt.

Absolutely crucial as a commodity, but also as a ship supplier.

Because in the stockfish, they had nutritious food with almost unlimited date stamping that made it possible to survive long journeys to Greenland, Russia and the far south of Europe. Even to America, 500 years before Columbus.

 

THE FIRST stockfish exporter we know was named Torolf Kveldulfson.

In 870, according to Egil's saga, he traveled to Lofoten with his large ship, filled it with stockfish and sailed to England where he exchanged cargo with necessary goods.

The Hanseatic League, which had its own fleet of warships (Hansa used to mean "armed merchant caravans"), dominated trade in large parts of northern Europe.

The stockfish became one of the most important products after they had established themselves in Bergen towards the end of the 13th century, which is illustrated in the coat of arms.

 

There the stockfish takes up half the space, it even has a crown. To this day, the same coat of arms adorns the Hansa Pilsen.

In the 1560s, around 200 yachts sailed annually from northern Norway to Bergen with stockfish, cod liver oil and roe that were sold to land in Europe.

This trade represented an average annual value of 105,000 specials.

A sum three times greater than Norway's total government finances during this period.

 

For AT LEAST A THOUSAND years, right up until the beginning of the 20th century, fishing took place from open boats, preferably the largest Nordland boats, five-seater boats and eight-seater boats. It came out with sails or oars.

In the 1920s, a large part of the fishing fleet was motorized, which made it possible to manage with smaller crews on board the boats.

But the participation during the Lofoten fishing was still great until many years after World War II.

In 1860 24,000 men participated, the peak year was 1895 with 32,000 athletes.

From 1990, the participation has been between 2000 and 4000. But the total catch quantity has not been reduced. Today, a shark fisherman is ten times more efficient than his professional brothers in earlier times.

Modern equipment and larger boats have made it possible for the coastal fleet to fish not only the entire coast, but also out in the open sea where large catches are made before the cod come to Lofoten.

 

LOFOTFISKET is still an important seasonal fishery that attracts fishermen from Finnmark in the north to Mandal in the south, and is still a fascinating sight.

Especially in March and early April. Then there is a bustling life on the fish farms along the entire Lofoten wall and huge amounts of fish are hung on rocks to dry.

During June, the fish is taken down from the reefs, sorted into eighteen different qualities and exported to several countries around the world.

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SPACIOUS CABINS

Spacious fisherman cabins 85 sq.m with two bedrooms and a loft. Heated floors in bathroom and first floor. Laundry machine and tumble dryer. Well-equiped kitchen and dinner table for 8 persons.

REAL FISHING

We start the great Lofotfishing at dusk, from Risvær, to get the best fishing spots at sea. We'll bring breakfast and lunch on board - and will enjoy the meals on board.

AFTER SEA

After a long day at sea we set sail back to Risvær for sauna, after sea and a great meal - and a warm bed.

LOCAL FOOD

Our excellent chef prepares delicious meals from local ingredients - and we can guarantee you a great experience food-wise!

WINTER LOFOTEN

In Lofoten you can see the northern lights almost every cloudless night throughout the winter, and Lofoten is also regarded as one of the safest places in the world to see this beautiful phenomenon.

REAL FISHING

Starting from Risvær. We head out to the Lofot Sea in the early morning. We find the best fishing spots - and wait for the cod to bite.

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"FISHING IS ALL THAT MATTERS"

LET'S GO FISHING AS       

VESTFJORDGATA 30           

N-8300 SVOLVÆR           

+47 91 54 11 42 / +47 90 50 70 88

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