Despite the participation of professional fishermen, the competition to catch the biggest cod – or, more precisely, ‘skrei’, the Norwegian premium version of cod – is usually won by a tourist. “The tourists normally win, because their group is the biggest – the sea fishermen only amount to around ten per cent,” explains CEO of the world championship, Svein Erik Skjønnås, who adds that the holistic experience of the competition is the most important thing. Experiencing the scenic landscape in Lofoten while being able to go out to sea and participate in activities is what makes the weekend in March, hosted by Vågan Boat and Sea Fishing Society, so special. “There’s good nightlife, restaurants and cultural offers in and around Svolvær,” says Skjønnås, who has been part of the competition for the past ten years.

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