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Fishing Trips in Lofoten

Experience lofoten fishing all year round.

Our fishing boat, Trio II, is 70 foot, and protected by the National Heritage Board. It has two fishing decks, and a total of six fishing stations. We use the traditional Norwegian fishing equipment juksahjul (jigger wheel), which is designed to be able to handle large fish.

On either a day or a multi-day trip, you can become a real Lofoten fisherman on board Trio II. Let us create the perfect trip for you.

Winter Fishing “Lofotfiske” – seasonal fishing in the Lofoten area – takes place from January to April. The area’s main winter fish is the “skrei”, or Northeast Atlantic cod, which travels all the way from the Barents Sea to Lofoten to spawn. If you’re lucky enough to catch a cod that weighs more than 30 kg, you’ve definitely earned bragging rights. Cod of this size are locally known as “coffee cod” and, if you catch one, the local newspaper will treat you to 1 kg of coffee as a prize.

Summer Fishing The area’s main summer fish is saithe/pollock, and we fish for it mainly in July and August. We’ll set course towards the maelstrom at Lofotodden, which has always been a popular area for saithe/pollock. This species of fish is strong, so if you’ve got a big fish, it might be good to have several people help pull it up.

Year-Round Fishing Fishing in Lofoten is a must for a lot of people who visit the area. There’s always fish in the sea, although they don’t always bite on the first try. We offer fishing trips year-round. Cod, saithe/pollock, haddock, ling, redfish, mackerel and catfish are among the fish we most often catch onboard.

Day Trips Our day trips with Trio II last for four hours. Once aboard, it usually takes 45 minutes to get to the good fishing spots. During transport you can enjoy panoramic views of the dramatic Lofoten Wall. On the way back to our base you’ll likely get to watch as the captain guts the fish that you caught. Keep your eyes open, as eagles may swoop down to get some easily accessible food.

Overnight Trips Trio II was originally a fishing boat that housed 6-7 fishermen for several months at a time. The boat can accommodate up to ten overnight guests. It has one 4-person cabin and three 2-person cabins. There are also two bathrooms, a galley (kitchen), a booth (dining area) and a lounge onboard. Just like with real Lofoten fishing, the weather, wind, and fish set our course.

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Explore with Aqua Lofoten Coast Adventure

Get close to Lofoten’s wildlife and the Lofotveggen mountain range in a RIB boat, join easygoing walks or more demanding mountain hikes, or test life as a real fisherman on a protected, historic fishing boat.

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Safari med rib, expeditions, activities in lofotodden national park.

Join us on guided RIB boat tours to hidden gems and abandoned fishing villages in Lofoten. Along the way, locals will tell you unique stories about the area. Experience the Moskstraumen maelstrom, the dramatic mountain range known as Lofotveggen, and join one of our mountain hikes.


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Fishing in Lofoten

Get a truly unique fishing experience in Lofoten. The annual Lofoten fishery gives you the chance to challenge the temperature, the weather and – of course – the big cod.

The Lofoten fishery

Let’s start at the beginning: The Lofoten fishery is a winter activity. You can fish in the summer, but if you want to experience authentic cod fishing in Lofoten, you need to visit Lofoten between January and April.

At the beginning of each year, the Northeast Arctic cod (skrei) returns to the fjords of Lofoten to spawn. It’s time for the commercial fishermen to put on their traditional sou’wester, get in their boats and head out to sea.

This has been the case for centuries. In fact, it dates back as far back as the Viking Age, when stockfish first became Norway’s largest export product.

How do you go on a fishing trip in Lofoten?

The first thing you need to do is get to Lofoten, which you can achieve by aircraft, bus or boat. When you get here, you can either fish from the shore or from a boat. If you aspire to experience the authentic Lofoten fishery, we certainly recommend going out in a boat.

Many companies offer organised fishing trips. Alternatively, you can rent your own boat and head out on your own, provided you have a boatman’s licence. However, we still recommend going on an organised tour because the guides often know exactly where the fish are.

If you really want to make your trip a special experience, you can also add an overnight stay in unique accommodation such as a rorbu (fishermen’s cottage) – just like the fishermen did in days gone by.

Thon Hotel Svolvær honours our cultural heritage in a different – and equally unique – way. This is that only hotel in Norway that has its own fish reception and processing facility, where the guests can gut and pack their own fish.

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Fishermen’s cabins and sea houses in Lofoten

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Hotels in Lofoten

What gear do you need to fish in lofoten.

That depends a bit on you, to be honest. If you are a passionate angler, you will no doubt have full control of the gear you need.

Did you know that Lofoten has plenty to offer for passionate anglers? Read more in this guide about sportfishing in Lofoten.

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Boat rental in Lofoten


How to dress when you go on a fishing trip

It’s best to wear too much clothing rather than too little. We recommend wearing three layers and taking an extra woollen sweater in case you freeze.

– Woollen underwear as the base layer

– Wool or similar as the middle layer

– Waterproof/windproof clothing or a warm coverall as the outer layer

– Hat and mittens

For those who prefer being on land

We are aware that not everyone has the sea legs of a fisherman. If you are among those who thrive best on land, you can still get a lot of pleasure from Lofoten cod.

It’s almost impossible to exaggerate the role that fish, especially the Northeast Arctic cod (skrei), has played throughout the Lofoten archipelago – both economically and culturally. Naturally, this is reflected in the culture. Fish restaurants and museums are examples of how you can experience the influence and role of the fish without the risk of getting seasick. How about experiencing fresh fish in the Lofoten Seafood restaurant in Mortsund Vestvågøy ?

Here are some of our favourite places to learn more about the Northeast Arctic cod (skrei):

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The Lofoten Aquarium

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The Lofoten Museum

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Lofoten Seafood Restaurant

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Norwegian Fishing Village Museum Å

If you feel your stomach rumbling, perhaps it’s time to visit one of these restaurants:

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Børsen Spiseri

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Fiskekrogen Restaurant

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Restaurant Karoline

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Frequently asked questions about fishing in lofoten, which species can you catch on deep-sea fishing trips in lofoten.

The most common species are cod (skrei), saithe, haddock and herring.

When can you catch Northeast Arctic cod (skrei)?

The Northeast Arctic cod (skrei) migrates to the inner coast of Lofoten to spawn from January to April.

Do we need to bring our own gear to go on fishing trips?

All companies that operate tourist fishing trips have gear you can use. They provide fishing gear, warm thermal suits and life jackets. Remember to bring warm clothes!

Can we go fishing with a local fisherman?

No, only companies that operate tourist fishing trips are permitted to take guests on board their boat.

Can we take our catch home?

Yes, you can take your catch home if you wish. If you are travelling by air, remember to pack the fish properly and ensure you don’t exceed your baggage allowance.

Where can I store the fish before I travel home?

Ask where you are staying if they have a cold storage room or similar that you can use.

Can we rent a boat and go fishing on our own?

Yes, several companies rent out boats. Please note that the person renting the boat must be born before 1980 or boatman’s licence or equivalent.

Can we fish from the shore?

Yes, you can fish in the sea from the shore year-round. If you want to fish in lakes or rivers, you must buy a local fishing licence from the landowner during the specific fishing season that applies.

How can I get to Lofoten?

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Fishing trip from Svolvær

Join us for a fishing trip during summer on board our authentic 1917 fishing boat - MS Symra

Tour description

We welcome you to a 4-hour traditional fishing trip on the Lofoten Sea where you will both hear stories about Lofoten and try your hand at fishing itself. Our concept includes deep-sea fishing with cheat wheels together with our experienced crew.

In the summer we get fish species such as saithe, haddock, mackerel and coastal cod. MS Symra is what you associate with a traditional fishing boat, and the lady actually turned 100 in 2017. A comfortable boat that is designed for just fishing. It is protected by the National Heritage Board, and is certified for 38 passengers.

There are 10 fishing spots on board, and our guests must therefore expect to share their fishing spot with other fishermen on this trip. But no danger – you will probably be well satisfied before we set course back to port.

And the catch? We teach you to gut it on board, and of course you can also take it with you if you wish.

Rate 2024: 1195 NOK per person

Practical information

This trip is suitable for those who have little or no fishing experience. We can not guarantee a catch, but we do our utmost to find good fishing spots. The boat trip itself is an experience if you are interested in nature, photography and history beyond fishing. No two trips are alike.

Clothing: Dress according to the conditions, but remember that in the summer it can be cold in Lofoten. We have floating suits for loan included in the price that are disinfected between uses. Feel free to bring gloves and a hat in a bag in case of need. We have good boots for rent for NOK 75 per pair.

a cod being lifted aboard MS Symra in Lofoten

This tour can also be booked as a private trip

  • Adapted departure time
  • Combine with stops, for example in Skrova
  • Make the trip your own

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Stand a chance to see the mighty whales and catch fish when you sign up for Go2Lofoten’s fishing trip. Book this adventure today!

Lofoten is renowned for its mountains, lakes, beaches, and rivers. It is also well-known for being home to a variety of fishes. Spend a day at the archipelago on an adventurous fishing trip with Go2Lofoten. During the trip, you can catch cod, pollock, haddock, mackerel and a variety of other fishes. 

On the day of the tour, you are required to arrive at Sjømannsgata 5, 10 minutes before departure. The crew will meet you here and briefly introduce the trip, fishing gear, and safety procedures. On this deep-sea fishing trip, you will be taken on a boat around the Lofoten archipelago to witness beautiful scenery while giving freshwater fishing a try. 

In addition, you may also see sea eagles, cormorants, eiders, whales, porpoises, basking sharks, and seals. Once you arrive at an ideal spot, you will begin hunting for fish of different types, including herring, monkfish, redfish, flounder, catfish, and halibut. You can get a fresh catch of fish cut as filets and take it home for a scrumptious dinner. Enjoy refreshments like hot drinks on board.

  • Explore the stunning Lofoten archipelago on this exciting tour.
  • Grab the opportunity to watch whales, basking sharks and seals thrive in their environment.
  • Try your hand at deep-sea fishing and grab a fresh catch.
  • This tour is 3-4 hours long and is available from May to January.

It is recommended to wear warm clothes during the trip. Bring along your camera to capture beautiful memories.

  • Fishing gear.
  • Floating/ warm suit.
  • You are eligible to receive a full refund of the booking amount if you cancel your reservation at least 24 hours before the scheduled start time.

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Family friendly fishing trip

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Great for all ages

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Small group tour


This three-hour luxury fishing tour is aboard Lofoten's most spacious, stable and safe ship for families of all ages. Learn how to deep sea fish for cod, pollock, haddock, and mackerel and eat your fish onboard or take it with you. Lounge in the interior saloon and read a coffee table book, be part of the action on the main deck, or enjoy the scenery with a cup of premium tea on the top deck lounge. 

Vestfjorden, where we'll take you fishing, has a healthy and rich ecosystem of marine life that is well managed. The Norwegian Sea in the arctic is clean, fresh, and has a 95% catch rate! ​ All fishing equipment is provided and we’ll show you how to use it.

This is a great activity for small groups, families or couples who want to experience both fishing , and a nice boat trip with exclusive service on a unique luxury yacht, while getting a chance to see the Lofoten Islands from the sea.

NOK 2,200 (Adult)

NOK 1,700 (Child)

10:00 - 13:00 (10am-1pm)

17:00-20:00 (5-8pm)

From Svolvær

-3 hour fishing trip in the Lofoten islands

-Fishing equipment

-Add yo ur self-caught fish to a vegetable soup with bread

- Coffee, tea, hot chocolate, fresh arctic water & cookies

-Your fish cleaned, cut and bagged t o take with you

-Access to toilets

-Blankets & pillows for comfort and relaxation

-English speaking host and guide

-Local Norwegian fisherman 

-Former Norwegian Navy Sea Captain


We depart Svolvær harbor, the main town of the Lofoten Islands. As we cruise Lofoten and out to Vestfjorden, watch for dolphins and eagles from our top deck lounge. The exact location of each fishing tour will depending on the weather and tide. Once we are out in Vestfjorden, we will begin your fishing adventure. Grab a rod and listen up. We’ll teach you how to cast, jig and reel in your line. Norway offers some of the best cod fishing in the North Atlantic because they have managed their fisher and exports very well. Did you know there are two types of cod in Norwegian waters? If your jigging is good, you may catch either a coastal cod or a Norwegian-Arctic cod, locally called Skrei. Skrei means "wanderer", referring to the 1000 km journey the cod makes each year from the Barents Sea to the coast of Northern Norway. The Lofoten Islands are one of the most important spawning grounds for Norwegian-arctic cod. Your captain and first mate will share stories about their fishing adventures, the history and biology of the Norweigan cod, and answer any other questions you may have about Norwegian fishing. Leaving our fishing spot for the day, as we set course for home port, we'll clean and filet your fish so you can take your catch and enjoy it at your next meal. Enjoy a hot vegetable soup with fresh bread while admiring the beautiful scenery. If you catch a fish, it can be cooked and added to your soup. Ready to go on a Fishing Tour in Norway?


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Frequently asked questions about this tour

How long is this tour?

Our cod fishing tour is about 3 hours long. The cruising and fishing time depends on the size of the group, the catches, the winds and the currents.

Is there a minimum number of participants for the tour?

Yes, we have a minimum of 8 guests for this tour. We always strive to do a Fishing Tour many days a week within the season, but if there are too few people booked, we will reschedule your tour to another day or provide you with a full refund. We cancel because it is both financially and ecologically unsustainable to do a fishing trip with groups any smaller. We appreciate your understanding and flexibility. ​

What happens if it is raining all day?

Our Deep-sea Cod Fishing Tour will continue rain or shine. . If the weather conditions are unsafe (high winds or storms), we will cancel the tour and either reschedule or provide a full refund. Sailing Yacht Stella Oceana, our ship, has warm indoor spaces so you can opt to stay warm and dry in between fishing spots.  If you wear warm layers and waterproof clothing, you'll easily be able to enjoy the whole tour outside.

What is available for food?

A local root vegetable soup with fresh herbs and bread is prepared for all guests.  If you catch a fish, you can add your fresh fish to the soup.  Our food is sourced from local farmers and establishments.  This means some items are only available seasonally and everything is of high quality and optimal freshness.  All of our food is lovingly prepared by the crew.  We are able to accommodate most dietary restrictions. ​ Coffee, tea, hot chocolate, water and cookies are included in the price and available throughout the tour.

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

You can choose to either take home the fish that you catch or eat it onboard during the tour. We do not offer air vacuumed shipping services for flights or international travel. If you choose not to eat or take home your fish, we will either serve it to other guests onboard during the tour, or we will donate it to the elderly people in the local community.

What wildlife/animals will I see?

You never know what you might encounter in the sea, but some wild animals that we see are dolphin, porpoises, orca, minke whales, eagles, puffins, and a variety of birds. Of course, on this adventure, the chance of seeing a cod fish is also quite high! ​

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. ​

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Norway’s Lofoten Islands are a dream destination for fishing fanatics! Nestled amongst Arctic beauty, the islands boast world-class catch and a surreal experience. Fjords and deep oceans are home to cod, halibut, and coalfish that attract fishers from around the world.

Expert guides provide tailored tours to meet every angler’s desires. Sea fishing here is an adventure! Its unique geography, climate, and marine life make the Lofoten Islands a top spot. Home to some of the world’s largest populations of Atlantic cod, these scenic islands are the place to be!

Apart from the plentiful marine life, the islands offer experiences like nowhere else. As twilight descends, witness the ‘midnight sun.’ Additionally, hand-line fishing lets you savor a genuine experience while catching your favorite fish.

Pro Tip: Plan ahead and book well in advance – availability can be limited especially during peak season! Make the most of your trip to Norway’s Lofoten Islands!

Fishing in the Arctic Waters of Lofoten Islands

Venturing into the marine expanse of Lofoten Islands promises exhilarating fishing experiences amidst stunning Arctic scenery. From polar cod to halibut, the waters offer diverse opportunities for catches. Wielding rods and tackles in this pristine environment presents a unique challenge and the thrill of hooking gargantuan sea monsters such as haddock and cod.

Charter vessels take guests out into the open seas, providing convenience for novice and experienced anglers. Necessary equipment and instruction from experienced captains and crew are provided. Those who prefer solo excursions can use wharves or beaches accessible from various locations onshore.

The archipelago features bountiful biodiversity and traditional fisheries. Natives are friendly among fishermen, allowing integration into local culture. Best timing for a trip is between February and April , when numerous fish species migrate through the region. Renting cabins alongside fjords or opting for fishing lodges can add further convenience to expedition planning while ensuring proximity to prime fishing sites.

Fishing in Lofoten’s icy oceans is an unforgettable experience. Aficionados can appreciate Arctic beauty while reeling in remarkable catch varieties, augmented by regional culture.

Understanding the Riches of Sea Fishing in Lofoten Islands

Lofoten’s Sea Fishing is an epitome of Arctic Beauty & Monster Catch. The Island’s rich resources provide a unique and mesmerizing experience for fishing enthusiasts, making it the ideal destination for fishing enthusiasts searching for an extraordinary catch.

The sea around Lofoten Island is home to an abundance of fish, such as Arctic Char, Haddock, and Cod , that are traditionally caught by hand-line fishing . The Island’s natural sea reserves, geographical location, and climate, coupled with skilled fishermen, make it perfect for fishing with guaranteed success.

Lofoten’s Sea Fishing is one of the most ancient fishing practices that has remained largely unchanged for centuries. The Island’s location on the migratory path for many types of fish makes it a hub for seafood. Furthermore, the fishing industry provides an array of delicacies and generates significant revenue for the local economy.

Lofoten’s fishing history dates back to the Viking times, where the locals used to salt and dry their fish to refrigerate. This tradition has continued over the years, and today, it’s considered one of the most significant exports for Norway. The Island’s fishing history and traditions are an integral part of its culture and continue to attract visitors worldwide.

Looks like I’m going to need a bigger boat – or a smaller fish – to capture the wide variety of fish species found in Lofoten Islands.

The Abundance of Fish Species in Lofoten Islands

Lofoten Islands are known for their year-round sea fish variety. Waters around the archipelago host many commercial fish species, making it perfect for fishing pros and hobbyists alike.

The table below shows some of the most commonly caught fish in Lofoten Islands:

Fishing fanatics can enjoy various methods like longline, hand-line, netting, and baited traps; all thanks to the abundance of fish species in Lofoten Islands. Not only is fishing an economic base, it is also a popular tourist attraction in Northern Norway.

For centuries, fishing has been essential for the locals of Lofoten Islands, even from the Viking era. Norwegians still practice traditional fishing, building rorbuers – small wooden huts over water – to store fishing gear and house fishermen during their sea expeditions.

Ready to reel in some fish and get a little chilly? The perfect time to fish in Lofoten Islands is now!

The Best Time for Sea Fishing in Lofoten Islands

Fishing fanatics visiting Lofoten Islands should choose the best season to fish. Knowing when to go sea fishing in Lofoten Islands will help them catch a variety of fish. Here’s a table with info on the ideal time to catch different kinds of fish:

High tide and the right water temperature are also helpful. Weather and wind direction also matter for the type of fish caught. To get the most out of your trip, hire a local guide who knows about sea fishing. The fish there are so huge, they make Moby Dick look like a guppy!

The Monster Fish of Lofoten Islands

The Lofoten Islands are home to some of the world’s most monstrous and impressive fish. These colossal creatures attract anglers from all over the world, hoping to reel in a big catch.

These monster fish not only provide a thrilling fishing experience but also contribute to the local economy through fishing tourism. The Lofoten Islands offer a unique blend of arctic beauty and abundant sea life, making it an ideal destination for anglers.

It is important to note that sustainable fishing practices are encouraged to maintain the delicate balance of the ecosystem.

According to the Norwegian Environment Agency, the Atlantic Halibut population in the waters surrounding the Lofoten Islands has increased in recent years, thanks to a series of conservation measures .

The Atlantic Cod, a Popular Monster Fish in Lofoten Islands

The Atlantic Cod , a massive sea monster, is a staple of many Norwegian delicacies. It’s popular amongst locals and tourists for its size, weight, and fighting ability. This fish is highly sought after by anglers due to its challenge to capture.

The Atlantic Cod inhabits the dramatic landscapes of the Lofoten Islands, surrounded by mountains and islands. Fishing expeditions often take visitors out to witness these sights while attempting to catch this giant.

This fish can reach up to six feet long and weigh up to 200 pounds , making it an apex predator of the deep seas. Its meat has unique properties that make it suitable for various culinary styles and preservation methods.

Legends surround this monster fish, including one where it protected a village during a winter storm. Such stories attract visitors from all over the world looking to experience this unique part of Norwegian culture. Fishing enthusiasts and monster lovers, the Lofoten Islands await!

Other Monster Fish Species Found in Lofoten Islands

The waters near the Lofoten Islands are home to some huge fish . Here’s a table of other monster fish that live in this area:

Not only do they have famous Atlantic cod & halibut, but wolffish too! These fish have such unique appearances & behaviors.

Pro Tip: Bring strong gear & the right bait for each type of fish you’re after. Go get ’em!

Planning Your Fishing Trip to Lofoten Islands

Planning Your Ultimate Fishing Adventure in Lofoten Islands

Lofoten Islands are an angler’s paradise, and proper planning can make your fishing trip much more enjoyable. First, research the best time to visit and target the type of fish that you want to catch. Next, choose a reliable charter service and communicate your expectations clearly. Plan your gear and clothing according to the weather and fishing location. Always follow the rules and regulations of the local Fisheries Authority for sustainable fishing practices.

To ensure a successful fishing trip in Lofoten Islands, it’s crucial to plan ahead. Consider the weather, season, and type of fish you want to catch. Learn about local regulations, fishing gear, and suitable clothing. Choose a reputable charter service with good reviews. Proper communication with your guide is essential for a successful trip.

Unique to Lofoten Islands are the deep fjords, pristine waters, and incredible marine wildlife. Experience the thrill of catching Cod, Halibut, or Skrei, but also respect and enjoy the beautiful surroundings. Explore the culture and culinary traditions of the region for an all-around adventure.

Lofoten’s fishing industry has been essential to the local economy for centuries. Cod fishing has sustained the islands for over a thousand years. Today, Lofoten remains a vital fishing hub and tourist attraction for a reason. The local community’s connection with the sea is deep-rooted, and visitors can learn much about the fishing traditions and history of the region while experiencing the thrill of its waters.

Finding the right fishing charter in Lofoten Islands is like searching for Nemo in a sea of options, but with a little research, the catch of the day can be yours.

Choosing the Right Fishing Charters in Lofoten Islands

Fishing fans dreaming of a getaway to the gorgeous Lofoten Islands should think about some crucial points when picking the perfect fishing charters.

  • First, guarantee that the charters have experienced and informed guides.
  • Second, find out what type of fishing experience suits you best, as some charters specialize in different types of fish and techniques.
  • Third, compare prices and make sure you get a great deal for your money.

To land a successful fishing excursion in Lofoten Islands, it is a must to consider special factors like weather patterns, seasons, tides, and more.

Picture yourself setting out on a charter with an inexperienced guide who can’t direct the waters right. My friend learned this lesson when he booked a random charter without researching or reading reviews first. Even though he was thrilled about snagging big specimens of fish like cod or halibut in pristine waters off Lofoten Islands’ coastlines, they returned home empty-handed with sadness taking over what could have been a remarkable experience.

Pack your adventurous style instead of your Louis Vuitton bags, you’ll need it for this fishing trip.

Essential Fishing Gear Required for Lofoten Islands Fishing Trip

Are you ready for a Lofoten Islands fishing trip? To make the most of it, you’ll need the right equipment. Here’s what you must pack:

  • A sturdy fishing rod that can handle different conditions and fish species.
  • Good-quality reels with strong lines and leaders.
  • Various lures like jigs, spinners and soft plastics to catch different types of fish.
  • Appropriate clothing such as waterproof gear, gloves, hats and polarized sunglasses. Also, layer your clothes for unpredictable weather.
  • Safety items such as life jackets and first-aid kits.

Remember to get a fishing license before you go. The Icelandic Meet & Greet Fishing Guide is a great option – it takes you to the best fishing spots.

We once had a great experience with a 30-kilogram halibut using a jig lure. With the right planning, gear and regulations, you too can have a thrilling time in Lofoten Islands. So, don’t wait – book your fishing trip now!

Conclusion: Embark on a Fishing Adventure in Lofoten Islands Today!

Experience an unforgettable fishing adventure in the magnificent Lofoten Islands of Norway. This Arctic paradise offers remarkable views and the chance to catch monster fish.

Cod fishing has been popular in Lofoten for generations, but now visitors can also try their luck with halibut, haddock, and other species . Local fisherman will guide you to the best places to fish and provide all the gear you need.

In addition to fishing, you can also explore the tranquil beauty of the islands while hiking, cycling, or kayaking . Participate in traditional activities such as drying fish and learning about Norwegian culture .

Lofoten has been a significant part of Norway’s economy since ancient times. Its remoteness made it hard to live there, leading to food shortages and poor communication with mainland Norway until 20th century technology advancements made it easier.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is sea fishing like in Norway’s Lofoten Islands?

A: Sea fishing in Norway’s Lofoten Islands is a unique experience filled with arctic beauty and monster fish. These islands are located in the Norwegian Sea and are known for their untouched landscapes and abundant marine life.

Q: What types of fish can be caught in Norway’s Lofoten Islands?

A: Norway’s Lofoten Islands are known for their variety of fish species, including cod, halibut, haddock, and coalfish. These waters also attract larger species such as king crab and Atlantic salmon.

Q: What is the best time of year for sea fishing in Norway’s Lofoten Islands?

A: The best time of year for sea fishing in Norway’s Lofoten Islands is from February to April when the cod are most abundant. However, different species can be caught throughout the year, so it ultimately depends on what type of fish you are targeting.

Q: Do I need experience to go sea fishing in Norway’s Lofoten Islands?

A: No experience is necessary to go sea fishing in Norway’s Lofoten Islands. Experienced guides and charters are available to make your trip safe and enjoyable.

Q: Is sea fishing in Norway’s Lofoten Islands sustainable?

A: Sea fishing in Norway’s Lofoten Islands is sustainable when practiced responsibly. Local regulations and quotas are in place to ensure the conservation of marine life while still allowing for fishing opportunities.

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Experience the Lofoten Sea with us and catch your own fish on board our authentic fishing boat.

Last updated: 12/14/2023

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Deep Sea Lofoten Winter Fishing Trip

Traditional deep sea fishing trip during the legendary seasonal fishery.

Joh. E. Paulsens gt. 9, 8300 Svolvær, Norge

15 minutes before departure

February - April

Join us for a traditional fishing trip looking for Barents cod. The 100-year-old fishing vessel MV Symra, takes you from Svolvær to the rich fishing grounds off the coast of Lofoten.

The traditional Lofoten fishing experience is a true winter adventure! Catch your own fish, gut it, and enjoy a fresh fish dinner.

Fishing in Lofoten varies greatly depending on the season, and during the traditional Lofoten fishing season, which lasts from late February to April, we focus on catching the Skrei cod. Our winter fishing tour includes deep-sea fishing using traditional hand-cranked reels on board an authentic fishing vessel. MS Symra is what you envision when you think of a traditional fishing boat, and it actually celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2017. It’s a comfortable boat designed specifically for Lofoten fishing. It’s a heritage-protected vessel, certified to carry 38 passengers.

We set sail from Svolvær, passing by the iconic Fisherman’s Wife statue, and head to the fishing grounds that our experienced crew knows can yield a good catch based on the season and time of year. During the trip, our crew will provide you with excellent guidance, sharing stories and insights about Lofoten fishing alongside the actual fishing experience.

There are 10 fishing spots on board, so our guests should be prepared to share their fishing spot with other anglers on this trip. However, no worries – you’re likely to be satisfied with your catch before we head back to the harbor. And as for your catch, we’ll teach you how to gut it on board, and of course, you can take it home with you if you wish. Winter seas can be cold, so make sure to dress warmly in layers and wear shoes with good soles.

Children are welcome, but they should be comfortable with the sea and be over 10 years old.

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Join in on a traditional and nostalgic wooden boat on a fishing trip in the Mecca of fish - Lofoten. The sea in Lofoten is known for its large amounts of fish, so the chance of catching fish is great.

Lofoten is known for excellent fishing with its rich amounts of fish, so the chance is good that you will catch some.

Tour description

You meet your guide for the day at the floating jetty in Svolvær and after boarding, you set out on the sea to catch some fish.

With the use of sea fishing rods and good instructions, the trip becomes the best experience for everyone. Along the way, your guide will tell stories about fishing and life here in Lofoten, and if you are lucky you can see whales.

You are of course offered to take the fish you have caught with you home. When we sail back to the port, we can cut and clean the fish together. Catching your own fish gives an indescribable feeling that just has to be experienced!

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Daily Briefing: Alito's trip to Alaska

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The nation’s highest court now finds itself under siege from a series of stories involving private jet travel, luxury vacations and property sales not reported on financial disclosure forms.  Also in the news: The search for a missing submersible has grown dire and President Joe Biden will host a state dinner with India's leader.

🙋🏼‍♀️ I'm Nicole Fallert , Daily Briefing author. It's been a heavy news week.   Watch this duck refuse to go swimming without his cow pal.

Now, here we go with with Thursday's news.

Alito took private jet trip for Alaska fishing trip

In the latest in a series of ethics revelations involving members of the Supreme Court, Justice Samuel Alito acknowledged Tuesday that he flew to Alaska for a fishing trip on a private jet in 2008 that belonged to a hedge fund manager who repeatedly brought cases before the high court. Alito, among the court’s most senior conservative justices, defended the trip in an unusual  Wall Street Journal op-ed  that was a reaction to a ProPublica story that had not yet been published. The piece was ultimately posted on  ProPublica’s website hours later . Read our recap of the saga .

Prospects dire for 5 passengers on missing Titanic sub as oxygen levels run out

Oxygen - and time - may have run out in the rescue effort for five people aboard the submersible that vanished in the North Atlantic on a tour to the Titanic wreckage site. An updated prediction by the U.S. Coast Guard Wednesday said the Titan was likely to run out of oxygen at around 7 a.m. ET Thursday. Search crews Wednesday expanded the surface area in the search and rescue mission to about twice the size of Connecticut and 2.5 miles deep as underwater noises detected in the area of the Titanic wreck on Wednesday gave hope to crews. Read more

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The Republican-led effort to censure Rep. Adam Schiff over his claims about former President Donald Trump’s connections to Russia succeeded Wednesday.

House lawmakers voted 213-209 along party lines to censure Schiff, with six lawmakers voting present. Immediately after the vote, Democrats in the lower chamber began chanting "shame."

  • Who is Schiff? The California Democrat previously chaired the House Intelligence Committee and led the first impeachment inquiry into Trump, which resulted in the House voting to impeach the former president for abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.
  • Rep. Anna Paulina Luna, R-Fla., renewed her effort to censure Schiff for alleging collusion between Trump and Russia during the former president’s 2016 campaign, after her initial attempt was blocked last week by House Democrats.
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Moscow court upholds ruling to detain US journalist Evan Gershkovich until August

A court in Moscow has upheld an earlier ruling to keep Evan Gerhskovich, a Wall Street Journal reporter arrested in Russia on espionage charges, in detention until late August, rejecting the journalist’s appeal. The 31-year-old U.S. citizen was arrested in late March while on a reporting trip. A Moscow court agreed last month to keep him in custody until Aug. 30. Defense lawyers challenged the decision, but the Moscow City Court rejected the appeal on Thursday. Gershkovich and his employer have denied he spied in Russia. The U.S. government has declared him to be wrongfully detained and demanded his immediate release. Read our latest Ukraine-Russia coverage .

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EPIC MOSCOW Itinerary! (2024)

Moscow is the heart of Mother Russia. Just the mention of this city conjures images of colorful bulbous pointed domes, crisp temperatures, and a uniquely original spirit!

Moscow has an incredibly turbulent history, a seemingly resilient culture, and a unique enchantment that pulls countless tourists to the city each year! Although the warmer months make exploring Moscow’s attractions more favorable, there’s just something about a fresh snowfall that only enhances the appearance of the city’s iconic sites!

If you’re a first-time visitor to Moscow, or simply wanting to see as much of the city as possible, this Moscow itinerary will help you do just that!

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Here is a quick look at the seasons so you can decide when to visit Moscow!

The summer months (June-August) are a great time to travel to Moscow to take advantage of the enjoyable mild temperatures. This is considered peak travel season. Bear in mind that hotel prices rise along with the temperatures!

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If you’re planning a trip to Moscow during fall (September-November) try to plan for early fall. This way the temperatures will still be pleasant and winter won’t be threatening.

Russian winters (December-February) are not for the faint of heart as Napoleon learned to his peril. Some days the sun will be out for less than an hour, and snow is guaranteed. Although winters are exceptionally cold, this is when you’ll get a true glimpse of the Moscow experience!

The best time to visit Moscow is during spring  (March-May). The temperatures will begin to creep up and the sun begins to shine for significant portions of the day. Hotel rates will also have yet to skyrocket into peak ranges!

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With a Moscow City Pass , you can experience the best of Moscow at the CHEAPEST prices. Discounts, attractions, tickets, and even public transport are all standards in any good city pass – be sure invest now and save them $$$ when you arrive!

Moscow is a large city with many accommodation options to choose from. Staying in a location that fits with your travel plans will only enhance your Moscow itinerary. Here is a brief introduction to a few great areas of the city we recommend checking out!

The best place to stay in Moscow to be close to all the action is Kitay-Gorod. This charming neighborhood will put you within walking distance to Moscow’s famous Red Square, thus cutting down on travel time. This will allow you to see more of the city in a shorter amount of time!

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It’s surrounded by restaurants, cafes, bars, and shops. If you’re a first-time visitor to Moscow, or just planning a quick weekend in Moscow, then this area is perfect for you!

Another great area to consider is the Zamoskvorechye district. This area of the city offers a blend of new and old Moscow. It has an artsy vibe and there are plenty of fun sites you can explore outside of the main touristy areas of Moscow.

Of course, as in all areas of Moscow, it’s close to public transportation that will quickly connect you with the rest of the city and make your Moscow itinerary super accessible!

Best Airbnb in Moscow – Exclusive Apartment in Old Moscow

Exclusive Apartment in Old Moscow

Modern and cozy, this apartment is in the heart of Old Moscow. Bordering the Basmanny and Kitay-Gorod districts, this two-bedroom flat is walking distance to the Kremlin and Red Square. Safe, quiet, and comfortable, this is the best Airbnb in Moscow, no question!

Best Budget Hotel in Moscow – Izmailovo Alfa Hotel

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The Izmailovo Alfa Hotel is a very highly rated accommodation that provides all the components necessary for a comfortable trip to Moscow. There is an on-site restaurant, bar, fitness center, and an airport shuttle service. The rooms are modern and spacious and are equipped with a TV, heating/air conditioning, minibar, and more!

Best Luxury Hotel in Moscow – Crowne Plaza Moscow World Trade Centre

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If you’re touring Moscow in luxury, the Crowne Plaza Moscow World Trade Centre is the hotel for you! Elegantly furnished rooms are equipped with a minibar, flat-screen TV,  in-room safes, as well as tea and coffee making facilities! Bathrooms come with bathrobes, slippers, and free toiletries. There is also an onsite restaurant, bar, and fitness center.

Best Hostel in Moscow – Godzillas Hostel

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Godzillas Hostel is located in the center of Moscow, just a short walk from all the major tourist attractions and the metro station. Guests will enjoy all the usual hostel perks such as self-catering facilities, 24-hour reception, Free Wi-Fi, and security lockers. This is one of the best hostels in Moscow and its wonderful social atmosphere and will make your vacation in Moscow extra special!

Godzillas Hostel is one of our favourites in Moscow but they’re not taking guests right now. We’re not sure if they’re closed for good but we hope they’ll come back soon.

An important aspect of planning any trip is figuring out the transportation situation. You’re probably wondering how you’re going to get to all of your Moscow points of interest right? Luckily, this sprawling city has an excellent network of public transportation that will make traveling a breeze!

The underground metro system is the quickest and most efficient way to travel around Moscow. Most visitors rely exclusively on this super-efficient transportation system, which allows you to get to pretty much anywhere in the city! It’s also a great option if you’re planning a Moscow itinerary during the colder months, as you’ll be sheltered from the snow and freezing temperatures!

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If you prefer above-ground transportation, buses, trams, and trolleybuses, run throughout the city and provide a rather comfortable alternative to the metro.

Moscow’s metro, buses, trams, and trolleybuses are all accessible with a ‘Troika’ card. This card can be topped up with any sum of money at a metro cash desk. The ticket is simple, convenient, and even refundable upon return to a cashier!

No matter which method you choose, you’ll never find yourself without an easy means of getting from point A to point B!

Red Square | Moscow Kremlin | Lenin’s Mausoleum | St. Basil’s Cathedral  | GUM Department Store

Spend the first day of your itinerary taking your own self guided Moscow walking tour around the historic Red Square! This is Moscow’s compact city center and every stop on this list is within easy walking distance to the next! Get ready to see all of the top Moscow landmarks!

Day 1 / Stop 1 – The Red Square

  • Why it’s awesome: The Red Square is the most recognizable area in Moscow, it has mesmerizing architecture and centuries worth of history attached to its name.
  • Cost: Free to walk around, individual attractions in the square have separate fees. 
  • Food nearby: Check out Bar BQ Cafe for friendly service and good food in a great location! The atmosphere is upbeat and they’re open 24/7!

The Red Square is Moscow’s historic fortress and the center of the Russian government. The origins of the square date back to the late 15th century, when Ivan the Great decided to expand the Kremlin to reflect Moscow’s growing power and prestige!

During the 20th century, the square became famous as the site for demonstrations designed to showcase Soviet strength. Visiting the Red Square today, you’ll find it teeming with tourists, who come to witness its magical architecture up close!

The Red Square

The square is the picture postcard of Russian tourism, so make sure to bring your camera when you visit! No matter the season, or the time of day, it’s delightfully photogenic! 

It’s also home to some of Russia’s most distinguishing and important landmarks, which we’ve made sure to include further down in this itinerary. It’s an important center of Russia’s cultural life and one of the top places to visit in Moscow!

In 1990, UNESCO designated Russia’s Red Square as a World Heritage site. Visiting this historic site is a true bucket-list event and essential addition to your itinerary for Moscow!

Day 1 / Stop 2 – The Moscow Kremlin

  • Why it’s awesome: The Moscow Kremlin complex includes several palaces and cathedrals and is surrounded by the Kremlin wall. It also houses the principal museum of Russia (the Kremlin Armory).
  • Cost: USD $15.00
  • Food nearby: Bosco Cafe is a charming place to grat a casual bite to eat. They have excellent coffee and wonderful views of the Red Square and the Moscow Kremlin!

The iconic Moscow Kremlin , also known as the Kremlin museum complex, sits on Borovitsky Hill, rising above the Moscow River. It is a fortified complex in the center of the city, overlooking several iconic buildings in the Red Square!

It’s the best known of the Russian Kremlins – citadels or fortress’ protecting and dominating a city. During the early decades of the Soviet era, the Kremlin was a private enclave where the state’s governing elite lived and worked.

The Kremlin is outlined by an irregularly shaped triangular wall that encloses an area of 68 acres! The existing walls and towers were built from 1485 to 1495. Inside the Kremlin museum complex, there are five palaces, four cathedrals, and the enclosing Kremlin Wall with Kremlin towers.

The Armoury Chamber is a part of the Grand Kremlin Palace’s complex and is one of the oldest museums of Moscow, established in 1851. It showcases Russian history and displays many cherished relics. Definitely make sure to check out this museum while you’re here!

The Moscow Kremlin

The churches inside the Moscow Kremlin are the Cathedral of the Dormition, Church of the Archangel, Church of the Annunciation, and the bell tower of Ivan Veliki (a church tower).

The five-domed Cathedral of the Dormition is considered the most famous. It was built from 1475–1479 by an Italian architect and has served as a wedding and coronation place for great princes, tsars, and emperors of Russia. Church services are given in the Kremlin’s numerous cathedrals on a regular basis.

The Grand Kremlin Palace was the former Tsar’s Moscow residence and today it serves as the official workplace of the President of the Russian Federation (Vladimir Putin seems to have bagged that title for life) .

Insider Tip: The Kremlin is closed every Thursday! Make sure to plan this stop on your Moscow itinerary for any other day of the week!

Day 1 / Stop 3 – Lenin’s Mausoleum

  • Why it’s awesome: The mausoleum displays the preserved body of Soviet leader Vladimir Lenin .
  • Cost: Free!
  • Food nearby: Khinkal’naya is a charming Georgian restaurant with vaulted ceilings and exposed brick. It’s a popular place with locals and right next to the Red Square!

Lenin’s Mausoleum, also known as Lenin’s Tomb, is the modernist mausoleum for the revolutionary leader Vladimir Lenin. It’s located within the Red Square and serves as the resting place for the Soviet leader! His preserved body has been on public display since shortly after his death in 1924.

It’s located just a few steps away from the Kremlin Wall and is one of the most controversial yet popular Moscow attractions!

Admission is free for everyone, you’ll only need to pay if you need to check a bag. Before visitors are allowed to enter the mausoleum, they have to go through a metal detector first. No metal objects, liquids, or large bags are allowed in the mausoleum!

Lenins Mausoleum

Expect a line to enter the building, and while you’re inside the building, you’ll be constantly moving in line with other visitors. This means you won’t be able to spend as long as you’d like viewing the mausoleum, but you’ll still be able to get a good look. Pictures and filming while inside the building are strictly prohibited, and security guards will stop you if they see you breaking this rule.

The mausoleum is only open on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday – unless it’s a public holiday or a day scheduled for maintenance. The hours it’s open for each day are limited, make sure to check online before you visit to make sure you can fit this into your Moscow itinerary for that day!

Insider Tip: The Lenin’s Museum is there for people to pay their respect; remember to keep silent and move along quickly, it’s not intended for people to congregate around. Also, men are not allowed to wear hats and everyone must take their hands out of their pockets when inside the building.

Day 1 / Stop 4 – St. Basil’s Cathedral

  • Why it’s awesome: A dazzling designed cathedral that showcases Russia’s unique architecture. This cathedral is one of the most recognizable symbols of the country!
  • Cost: USD $8.00
  • Food nearby: Moskovskiy Chaynyy Klub is a cozy cafe serving food items and pipping hot tea; it’s the perfect place to go if you’re visiting Moscow during the winter months!

Located in the Red Square, the ornate 16th-century St. Basil’s Cathedral is probably the building you picture when you think of Moscow’s unique architecture. Its colorful onion-shaped domes tower over the Moscow skyline!

The cathedral was built from 1555-1561 by order of Tsar Ivan the Terrible. It was designed with an iconic onion dome facade and enchanting colors that captivate all who see it. Fun fact: If you’re wondering why Russian churches have onion domes, they are popularly believed to symbolize burning candles!

This iconic cathedral has become a symbol of Russia due to its distinguishing architecture and prominent position inside the Red Square. It’s one of the most beautiful, wonderful, and mesmerizing historical cathedrals in the world!

St. Basils Cathedral

The interior of the church surprises most people when they visit. In contrast to the large exterior, the inside is not so much one large area, but rather a collection of smaller areas, with many corridors and small rooms. There are 9 small chapels and one mausoleum grouped around a central tower.

Visiting the inside is like walking through a maze, there are even small signs all around the cathedral tracing where to walk, and pointing you in the right direction! The walls are meticulously decorated and painted with intricate floral designs and religious themes.

The church rarely holds service and is instead a museum open for the public to visit.

Insider Tip: During the summer months the line to go inside the cathedral can get quite long! Make sure to arrive early or reserve your tickets online to guarantee quick access into the cathedral!

Day 1 / Stop 5 – GUM Department Store

  • Why it’s awesome: This is Russia’s most famous shopping mall! It’s designed with elegant and opulent architecture and provides a real sense of nostalgia!
  • Cost: Free to enter
  • Food nearby: Stolovaya 57 is a cafeteria-style restaurant with a variety of inexpensive Russian cuisine menu items including soups, salads, meat dishes, and desserts. It’s also located inside the GUM department store, making it very easily accessible when you’re shopping!

The enormous GUM Department Store is located within the historic Red Square. It has a whimsical enchantment to it that sets it apart from your typical department store.

A massive domed glass ceiling lines the top of the building and fills the interior with natural sunlight. There are live plants and flowers placed throughout the mall that give the shopping complex a lively and cheerful feel! A playful fountain sits in the center, further adding to the malls inviting a sense of wonder and amusement!

The GUM department store opened on December 2, 1893. Today, it includes local and luxury stores, including Fendi, Louis Vuitton, Prada, and many more! There are numerous cafes, restaurants, and even a movie theater inside!

GUM Department Store

For a special treat, head into Gastronom 1. This 1950s-style shop sells gourmet food items, like wine, freshly-baked pastries, cheese, Russian chocolate, and of course, vodka! Also, be on the lookout for a bicycle pedaling ice cream truck with an employing selling ice cream!

The ambiance is simply amazing, a trip to this idyllic shopping mall is an absolute must on any Moscow itinerary!

Insider Tip: Make sure to carry some small change on you in case you need to use the restroom, you’ll need to pay 50 rubles – or about USD $0.80 to use the bathroom in GUM.

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Novodevichy Convent | Gorky Park | State Tretyakov Gallery | All-Russian Exhibition Center | Bolshoi Theater

On your 2 day itinerary in Moscow, you’ll have a chance to use the city’s excellent public transportation service! You’ll explore a few more of Moscow’s historic highlight as well as some modern attractions. These sites are a little more spread out, but still very easily accessible thanks to the metro!

Day 2 / Stop 1 – Novodevichy Convent

  • Why it’s awesome: The Novodevichy Convent is rich in imperial Russian history and contains some of Russia’s best examples of classical architecture!
  • Cost: USD $5.00
  • Food nearby: Culinary Shop Karavaevs Brothers is a cozy and simple place to have a quick bite, they also have vegetarian options!

The Novodevichy Convent is the best-known and most popular cloister of Moscow. The convent complex is contained within high walls, and there are many attractions this site is known for! 

The six-pillared five-domed Smolensk Cathedral is the main attraction. It was built to resemble the Kremlin’s Assumption Cathedral and its facade boasts beautiful snowy white walls and a pristine golden onion dome as its centerpiece. It’s the oldest structure in the convent, built from 1524 -1525, and is situated in the center of the complex between the two entrance gates.

There are other churches inside the convent as well, all dating back from many centuries past. The convent is filled with an abundance of 16th and 17th-century religious artworks, including numerous large and extravagant frescos!

Novodevichy Convent

Just outside the convent’s grounds lies the Novodevichy Cemetery. Here, you can visit the graves of famous Russians, including esteemed authors, composers, and politicians. Probably the most intriguing gravestone belongs to Russian politician Nikita Khruschev!

The Novodevichy Convent is located near the Moscow River and offers a peaceful retreat from the busy city. In 2004, it was proclaimed a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The convent remains remarkably well-preserved and is an outstanding example of Moscow Baroque architecture! 

Insider Tip: To enter the cathedrals inside the complex, women are advised to cover their heads and shoulders, while men should wear long pants.

Day 2 / Stop 2 – Gorky Central Park of Culture and Leisure

  • Why it’s awesome: A large amusement area in the heart of the city offering many attractions!
  • Cost: Free! 
  • Food nearby: Check out Mepkato, located inside Gorky Central Park for a casual meal in a cozy setting. There are indoor and outdoor seating options and the restaurant is child-friendly!

Gorky Central Park of Culture and Leisure is a large green space in the heart of Moscow. The park opened in 1928, and it stretches along the scenic embankment of the Moskva River. It covers an area of 300-acres and offers a lovely contrast from the compact city center.

You’ll find all sorts of wonderful attractions, from boat rides to bike rentals to tennis courts and ping-pong tables, and much more! there are an open-air cinema and festive events and concerts scheduled in the summer months.  A wide selection of free fitness classes is also offered on a regular basis, including jogging, roller skating, and dancing!

Although many of the options you’ll find here are more suited for outdoor leisure during the summer, you’ll also a selection of winter attractions, including one of Europe’s largest ice rinks for ice-skating!

Gorky Central Park of Culture and Leisure

If you’re trying to decide what to do in Moscow with kids, the park also offers several venues designed specifically for kids. Check out the year-round Green School which offers hands-on classes in gardening and art! You can also feed the squirrels and birds at the Golitsinsky Ponds!

The park is very well maintained and kept clean and the entrance is free of charge, although most individual attractions cost money. There is also Wi-Fi available throughout the park.

With so many attractions, you could easily spend all day here! If you’re only planning a 2 day itinerary in Moscow, make sure to plan your time accordingly and map out all the areas you want to see beforehand!

Day 2 / Stop 3 – The State Tretyakov Gallery

  • Why it’s awesome: The gallery’s collection consists entirely of Russian art made by Russian artists!
  • Food nearby : Brothers Tretyakovs is located right across the street from the gallery. It’s a wonderfully atmospheric restaurant serving top quality food and drinks!

The State Tretyakov Gallery was founded in 1856 by influential merchant and collector Pavel Tretyakov.  The gallery is a national treasury of Russian fine art and one of the most important museums in Russia!

It houses the world’s best collection of Russian art and contains more than 130, 000 paintings, sculptures, and graphics! These works have been created throughout the centuries by generations of Russia’s most talented artists!

The State Tretyakov Gallery

The exhibits range from mysterious 12th-century images to politically charged canvases. The collection is rich and revealing and offers great insight into the history and attitudes of this long-suffering yet inspired people!

All pictures are also labeled in English. If you plan to take your time and see everything inside the museum it will take a good 3-4 hours, so make sure to plan your Moscow trip itinerary accordingly! This gallery is a must-see stop for art lovers, or anyone wanting to explore the local culture and history of Russia in a creative and insightful manner! 

Insider Tip: When planning your 2 days in Moscow itinerary, keep in mind that most museums in Moscow are closed on Mondays, this includes The State Tretyakov Gallery!

Day 2 / Stop 4 – All-Russian Exhibition Center

  • Why it’s awesome: This large exhibition center showcases the achievements of the Soviet Union in several different spheres. 
  • Food nearby: Varenichnaya No. 1 serves authentic and homestyle Russian cuisine in an intimate and casual setting.

The All-Russian Exhibition Center is a massive park that presents the glory of the Soviet era! It pays homage to the achievements of Soviet Russia with its many different sites found on the property.

The center was officially opened in 1939 to exhibit the achievements of the Soviet Union. It’s a huge complex of buildings and the largest exhibition center in Moscow. There are several exhibition halls dedicated to different achievements and every year there are more than one hundred and fifty specialized exhibitions!

All Russian Exhibition Center

The Peoples Friendship Fountain was constructed in 1954 and is a highlight of the park. The stunning gold fountain features 16 gilded statues of girls, each representing the former Soviet Union republics. 

The Stone Flower Fountain was also built in 1954 and is worth checking out. The centerpiece of this large fountain is a flower carved from stones from the Ural Mountains! Along the side of the fountain are various bronze sculptures.

You will find many people zipping around on rollerblades and bicycles across the large area that the venue covers. It’s also home to amusement rides and carousels, making it the perfect place to stop with kids on your Moscow itinerary! Make sure to wear comfortable shoes and allow a few hours to explore all the areas that interest you!

Day 2 / Stop 5 – Bolshoi Theater

  • Why it’s awesome: The Bolshoi Theater is a historic venue that hosts world-class ballet and opera performances!
  • Cost: Prices vary largely between USD $2.00 –  USD $228.00 based on seat location.
  • Food nearby: Head to the Russian restaurant, Bolshoi for high-quality food and drinks and excellent service!

The Bolshoi Theater is among the oldest and most renowned ballet and opera companies in the world! It also boasts the world’s biggest ballet company, with more than 200 dancers!

The theater has been rebuilt and renovated several times during its long history. In 2011 it finished its most recent renovation after an extensive six-year restoration that started in 2005. The renovation included an improvement in acoustics and the restoration of the original Imperial decor.

The Bolshoi Theater has put on many of the world’s most famous ballet acts! Tchaikovsky’s ballet Swan Lake premiered at the theater in 1877 and other notable performances of the Bolshoi repertoire include Tchaikovsky’s The Sleeping Beauty and The Nutcracker!

Bolshoi Theater

Today, when you visit the theater, you can expect a magical performance from skilled singers, dancers, and musicians with the highest level of technique!

If you don’t have time to see a show, the theater also provides guided tours on select days of the week. Tours are given in both Russian and English and will provide visitors with a more intimate look at the different areas of the theater!

The stage of this iconic Russian theater has seen many outstanding performances. If you’re a fan of the performing arts, the Bolshoi Theater is one of the greatest and oldest ballet and opera companies in the world, making it a must-see attraction on your Moscow itinerary!

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Now that we’ve covered what to do in Moscow in 2 days, if you’re able to spend more time in the city you’re going to need more attractions to fill your time. Here are a few more really cool things to do in Moscow we recommend!

Memorial Museum of Cosmonautics

  • Hear the timeline of the ‘space race’ from the Russian perspective
  • This museum is fun for both adults and children!
  • Admission is USD $4.00

The Memorial Museum of Cosmonautics is a museum dedicated to space exploration! The museum explores the history of flight, astronomy, space exploration, space technology, and space in the arts. It houses a large assortment of Soviet and Russian space-related exhibits, and the museum’s collection holds approximately 85,000 different items!

Memorial Museum of Cosmonautics

The museum does an excellent job of telling the full story of the exciting space race between the USSR and the US! It highlights the brightest moments in Russian history and humanity and is very interesting and fun for all ages!

If you’re a fan of space or just curious about gaining insight into Russia’s fascinating history of space exploration, make sure to add this to your 3 day itinerary in Moscow!

The Alexander Garden

  • A tranquil place to relax near the Red Square
  • Green lawns dotted with sculptures and lovely water features
  • The park is open every day and has no entrance fee

The Alexander Garden was one of the first urban public parks in Moscow! The garden premiered in 1821 and was built to celebrate Russia’s victory over Napoleon’s forces in 1812!

The park is beautiful and well maintained with paths to walk on and benches to rest on. The park contains three separate gardens: the upper garden, middle garden, and lower garden.

The Alexander Garden

Located in the upper garden, towards the main entrance to the park is the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier with its eternal flame. This monument was created in 1967 and contains the body of a soldier who fell during the Great Patriotic War!

The park stretches along all the length of the western Kremlin wall for about half a mile. Due to its central location in the city, it’ll be easily accessible when you’re out exploring The Red Square.

It provides a bit of relief from the city’s high-energy city streets. Bring a picnic lunch, go for a walk, or just sit and people watch, this is one of the best Moscow sites to wind-down and relax!

Ostankino Television Tower

  • Television and radio tower in Moscow
  • Currently the tallest free-standing structure in Europe
  • Make sure you bring your passport when you visit, you can’t go up without it!

For spectacular views of the city, make sure to add the Ostankino Television Tower to your itinerary for Moscow! This impressive free-standing structure provides stunning views of the city in every direction. The glass floor at the top also provides great alternative views of the city!

Ostankino Television Tower

It takes just 58 seconds for visitors to reach the Tower’s observation deck by super fast elevator. The tower is open every day for long hours and is a great site in Moscow to check out! There is even a restaurant at the top where you can enjoy rotating views of the city while you dine on traditional Russian cuisine or European cuisine!

The tower is somewhat of an architectural surprise in a city that is not known for skyscrapers! To see the city from a new perspective, make sure to add this stop to your Moscow itinerary!

Izmaylovo District

  • The most popular attractions in this district are the kremlin and the flea market
  • Outside of the city center and easy to reach via metro
  • Most popular during the summer and on weekends

Travel outside the city center and discover a unique area of the city! The Izmaylovo District is a popular destination for locals and tourists alike, and one of the coolest places to see in Moscow! The two main attractions we recommend checking out are the Kremlin and the flea market.

The Izmailovo Kremlin was established as a cultural center and molded after traditional Russian architecture. This colorful complex is home to several single-subject museums, including a Russian folk art museum and a vodka museum!

Izmaylovo District

Next to the Kremlin is the Izmailovo open-air market, which dates back to the 17th century! The market is connected to the Izmailovo Kremlin by a wooden bridge. Pick up all your Russian souvenirs here, including traditional handicrafts, paintings, books, retro toys, and Soviet memorabilia!

You will find many hand-made and hand-painted options available at higher prices, as well as mass-produced souvenir options at lower prices!

Museum of Soviet Arcade Games

  • Closed on Mondays
  • Filled with old arcade games that visitors get to try out!
  • The museum also includes a small cafe and burger shop

For something a little different, check out the Museum of Soviet Arcade Games! The museum features roughly 60 machines from the Soviet era, including video games, pinball machines, and collaborative hockey foosball! The machines inside the museum were produced in the USSR in the mid-1970s.

Museum of Soviet Arcade Games

The best part is, most of the games are still playable! Purchase tickets and try the games out for yourself! The museum also has a neat little screening room that plays old Soviet cartoons and an area with Soviet magazines! This unique attraction is a fun addition to a 3 day itinerary in Moscow, and an attraction that all ages will enjoy! 

Whether you’re spending one day in Moscow, or more, safety is an important thing to keep in mind when traveling to a big city! Overall, Moscow is a very safe place to visit. However, it is always recommended that tourists take certain precautions when traveling to a new destination!

The police in Moscow is extremely effective at making the city a safe place to visit and do their best to patrol all of the top Moscow, Russia tourist attractions. However, tourists can still be a target for pickpockets and scammers.

Moscow has a huge flow of tourists, therefore there is a risk for pickpocketing. Simple precautions will help eliminate your chances of being robbed. Stay vigilant, keep your items close to you at all times, and don’t flash your valuables!

If you’re planning a solo Moscow itinerary, you should have no need to worry, as the city is also considered safe for solo travelers, even women. Stay in the populated areas, try and not travel alone late at night, and never accept rides from strangers or taxis without a meter and correct signage.

The threat of natural disasters in Moscow is low, with the exception of severe winters when the temperature can dip below freezing! Bring a good, warm jacket if you visit in Winter.

However, please note that Russian views on homsexuality are far less accepting than those in Western Europe. Likewise, Non-Caucasian travellers may sadly encounter racism in Russia .

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Now that we’ve covered all the top things to see in Moscow, we thought we’d include some exciting day trips to other areas of the country!

Sergiev Posad (Golden Ring)

Sergiev Posad Golden Ring

On this 7-hour guided tour, you’ll visit several scenic and historic areas of Russia. Start your day with hotel pick-up as you’re transferred by a comfortable car or minivan to Sergiev Posad. Admire the charming Russian countryside on your drive and enjoy a quick stop to visit the Russian village, Rudonezh!

You’ll see the majestic Saint Spring and the Church of Sergiev Radonezh. You’ll also visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Trinity Lavra of St. Sergius, one of the most famous Orthodox sites in Russia!

Lastly, you’ll swing by the local Matreshka market and enjoy a break in a nice Russian restaurant before returning to Moscow!

Day Trip to Vladimir and Suzdal

Day Trip to Vladimir and Suzdal

On this 13-hour trip, you’ll discover old Russia, with its picturesque landscapes and white-stoned beautiful churches! You’ll visit the main towns of the famous Golden Ring of Russia – the name for several cities and smaller towns north-east of Moscow.

Your first stop will be in the town of Vladimir, the ancient capital of all Russian principalities. The city dates back to the 11th century and is one of the oldest and the most important towns along the Ring! Next, you’ll visit Suzdal, a calm ancient Russian town north of Vladimir with only 13,000 inhabitants!

The old-style architecture and buildings of Suzdal are kept wonderfully intact. If you’re spending three days in Moscow, or more, this is a great option for exploring the charming areas outside the city!

Zvenigorod Day Trip and Russian Countryside

Zvenigorod Day Trip and Russian Countryside

On this 9-hour private tour, you’ll explore the ancient town of Zvenigorod, one of the oldest towns in the Moscow region! As you leave Moscow you’ll enjoy the stunning scenery along the Moscow River, and make a few stops at old churches along the way to Zvenigorod.

Upon arrival, you’ll explore the medieval center, including the 14th-century Savvino-Storozhevsky Monastery. Next, you’ll take a break for lunch (own expense) where you’ll have the chance to try out the Russian cuisine! Next, you’ll visit the Museum of Russian Dessert and sip on tea at a Russian tea ceremony.

The final stop of the day is at the Ershovo Estate, a gorgeous place to walk around and enjoy nature!

Day Trip to St Petersburg by Train visiting Hermitage & Faberge

Day Trip to St Petersburg by Train visiting Hermitage and Faberge

On this full-day tour, you’ll enjoy a a full round trip to St Petersburg where you’ll spend an exciting day exploring another popular Russian city! You’ll be picked up from your hotel in Moscow and be transferred to the train station where you’ll ride the high-speed train ‘Sapsan’ to St Petersburg.

Upon arrival, you’ll start the day by touring the Hermitage Museum and the Winter Palace. Next, you’ll visit the Faberge Museum, where you’ll explore the impressive collection of rare Faberge Eggs! In the afternoon, enjoy a sightseeing boat ride and a traditional 3-course Russian lunch.

If you’re spending 3 days in Moscow, or more, this is an excellent trip to take!

Trip to Kolomna – Authentic Cultural Experience from Moscow

Trip to Kolomna - Authentic Cultural Experience from Moscow

On this 10-hour tour, you’ll escape the city and travel to the historic town of Kolomna! First, you’ll visit the 14th-century Kolomna Kremlin, home to the Assumption Cathedral and an abundance of museums!

Next, enjoy lunch at a local cafe (own expense) before embarking on a tour of the Marshmallow Museum – of course, a marshmallow tasting is provided!  Your final stop is the Museum of Forging Settlements, where displays include armor and accessories for fishing and hunting.

Discover this beautiful Russian fairytale city on a private trip, where all of the planning is taken care of for you!

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Find out what people want to know when planning their Moscow itinerary.

How many days you need in Moscow?

We recommend that you spend at least two or three days in Moscow to take it all in.

What’s the best month to visit Moscow?

The best time to visit Moscow is over the spring, from March to May as temperatures are mild, crowds are thin and prices are reasonable.

What are some unusual things to do in Moscow?

I mean, queuing up to see an almost 100 year old corpse is pretty unsual! Check out Lenin’s Mausoleum if you fancy it!

What are some fun things to do in Moscow?

The Memorial Museum of Cosmonautics is a fun place to explore the famous space race from the perspective of the ‘other side’!

We hope you enjoyed our Moscow itinerary! We’ve made sure to cover all the Moscow must-sees as well as some unique attractions in the city! Our addition of insider tips, favorite food stops, and day trips from Moscow is an added bonus and will guarantee you make the most out of your exciting Russian vacation!

Immerse yourself in the modern and traditional Russian lifestyle! Get lost in museums, witness awe-inspiring architecture, and indulge in Russian cuisine! Spend the day strolling through all of the charming sites of Moscow, admiring the beautiful scenery and discovering the city’s fairytale-like enchantment!

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