April 27, 2022

Fishing Adventure in Norway’s Fjord

Norway is blessed with an extensive coastline of 101,388km and this country is rich in fishing waters like fjord, lake, ocean, and river. Norway is known for clean air and clean seawater so it is indeed a fishing paradise not only for fishermen, anglers, and locals but also for people who have a passion for fishing and tourists like us who wanted to experience fishing. 

If you are planning for a fishing holiday, you can consider Norway as one of your fishing destinations because you can catch fish all year round. You can experience ice fishing, freshwater fishing, deep-sea fishing, or fjord fishing. And because Norway has an impressive coastline, you can find thousands of fishing spots across the country but for tourists, you can start your search in Northern Norway, Eastern Norway, or Trøndelag. 

I’ve already visited some fishing spots in Garten, Opphaug, Uthaug, Vallersund, and Brekstad. Even if you have no plan to fish, it is nice to visit some of these places because you can see the traditional colorful rorbu or fishermen’s cabin. 

My mom lives in Trøndelag or Central Norway, this place is surrounded by different bodies of water so fishing is part of their local lifestyle. Trøndelag is also known as one of the amazing diving spots in Europe so diving for scallops is really popular. I have a cousin who dives to get some scallops and I was able to try these scallops when I arrived here in Norway. 

So every time we visit my mom, we always look forward to our fishing adventure in Norway’s fjord. I already blogged about our experiences before, you can read my old blog posts here and here. Several weeks ago, it feels like winter because it’s been snowing for the past few days so fishing activity was out of my mind. So I was really surprised when my mom told me na magfishing kami. It was not April Fool’s Day

Yehey! So even though it was freezing cold outside, it did not stop us from fishing. As long as it is not windy. I caught the first fish and the cod fish has eggs inside. Since we don’t need a lot of fish, we did not stay long. We were able to catch 5 fish; 2 cod fish and 3 pollock. 

On our way home, my stepdad guided my son to steer the boat until we reach the port. Of course, yung pagdock ng boat hindi na niya kaya. But he was happy about this experience. I remembered five years ago, katabi lang siya ng daddy niya habang nagdrive ng boat, pero this time, naexperience na rin niya. 

After a few days, my mom cooked the cod fish that I caught #fromseatotable, she baked this fish in a creamy sauce. 

My stepdad made dried and salted cod, also known as bacalao or klippfisk. Do you know that klippfisk has been produced for over 500 years? It is common in Iceland, the Faroe Islands, Newfoundland, and Norway. The cod fish was traditionally dried outdoors by the wind and the sun but of course, now you can also use electric heaters. 

This reminds me of the Amazing Race Season 23 that I watched several years ago, the players traveled to Svolvær, Norway, and visit a fishing village. The tasks are related to fish, one is to collect 15 dried cod, pound them and make 1 kilo of jerky and the other one is to string 6 bundles of fish heads and put them on a drying rack. 

And yesterday, my mom fried some of the fillet pollock fish, and the rest, she marinated in vinegar, garlic, and salt. It is nice to taste and eat the fish that you have caught. #fruitofthelabor

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