Arctic Ocean King Crab Adventure
Venture to Kirkenes, Norway, and set out on a king crab fishing experience in the Arctic Ocean for a unique, authentic piece of local life.
We set off early from Saariselkä on this one-of-a-kind expedition to seek out, catch and taste the giant shellfish of the most northern ocean on the planet, for our exciting day trip through the Arctic Circle to the very edge of Europe.
On this excursion, you will see some of the most breathtaking scenery that two Nordic countries have to boast of. Our warm, comfortable bus takes you across the vast treeless tundra and dramatic fells of Northern Lapland and through the majestic snow-covered fjords and mountains of Norway.
On the way up to the northern coast, we’ll visit the tiny border village, Näätämö, where there’ll be an opportunity to do a little shopping.
Once we arrive at the idyllic, snow-gripped fishing village of Kirkenes, you will meet some Norwegian fishermen and invited aboard a speedboat for 2 hours at sea.
The fishermen will go about the highly-skilled, challenging process for catching king crabs, and you will be all hands on deck, helping to pull the catch from the sea.
If you like, you can hold the huge beasts that are dredged from the ocean and take some photos, and if you are lucky, you can spot birds, seals or even whales from the boat.
Back on firm ground, warmed and dried, the catch of the day will be prepared for a Norwegian shellfish feast in a cosy restaurant. While the crabs are being cooked, you will learn all about the king crab, its habitat, its lifecycle, conservation efforts being made for them.
On the way back to Saariselkä you might get the added bonus of seeing the Northern Lights.
Highlights of the Trip
- Take a trip out on a boat to try your hand at king crab fishing
- Visit the border town of Näätämö
- Enjoy a delicious Norwegian shellfish feast fresh from the ocean
- Warm clothes
- Necessary equipment
- English speaking local guide
- Food & drinks
This tour runs from both Saariselkä and Levi.
08:00 Small break in Inari
08:15–9:45 Drive to Näätämö reindeer herding area, 30min shopping & toilet break
10:15–11:30 Crossing border to Norway, driving through beautiful Arctic Ocean fjord sceneries, arrival to Kirkenes
King Crab Activity starts at 12:00
– Briefing from Norwegian fisherman
– Protective clothing and necessary equipment
– 10m speedboat ride to crab diving area
– Approximately 2h diving for crabs
– Return back ashore
– Portrait photo session, holding king crab
– A presentation with photos and videos about the king crab and Norway
– The freshest Norwegian style king crab meal there is, eat as much as you can
16:00–21:00 Drive back to Saariselkä. Possible Northern lights by the way.
Please note that this activity is not accessible by a wheelchair.