Horstad Farm - Norway's Åbjøra River

Deep in the remote wilderness of Norway’s Åbjøra river valley lies Horstad Farm, a secret escape where you can enjoy fishing, hiking, cycling, off-road mountain biking, hunting or simply relax and get away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life back home.  With capacity to sleep 20 guests, this exclusive Fred. Olsen-owned accommodation is located in a historic setting, dating back to the Iron Age.

What's Included
  • Full board.
  • 1 mineral water for lunch
  • Coffee / tea time buffet available in the meeting room
  • Fresh fruit in plenary
  • Aperitif
  • 3 course dinner
  • Conference Facilities
  • Wi-Fi access
Suitable for ....
  • Relaxation
  • Salmon Fishing
  • Other Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Sailing
  • Hunting
  • Artists
  • Mountain Biking
  • Conferences
  • Christmas Parties
  • Group Actvitites/ Occasions
  • Weddings & Anniversaries
The Experience
Majestic Surroundings

Surrounded by mountains along of one of the world’s most beautiful coastlines, the Helgeland Coast, Horstad Farm dates back to the 1600's. Situated on a 2,300 hectre estate located by the Åbjøra river valley, Horstad Farm is the perfect place to enjoy an authentic, off the beaten track, wilderness experience. With exclusive guest facilities that still retain their historic character, the farm comprises two properties and is suitable for a wide range of holiday experiences including private holidays, themed activities, parties, courses and conferences.

The Area

The Helgeland coast is often called the world’s most beautiful coastline, with a large area having recently been placed on the UNESCO list of world inheritance. Small with regards to inhabitants, yet large with regards to acres, the area is among the most unspoilt parts of Norway and is blessed with some of the most breath-taking nature and scenery. Amongst its rich fauna and flora visitors are treated to frequent sightings of elks, foxes, lynx and capercaillie, black grouse and ptarmigan. Geographically, it is just south of the Arctic Circle and in the north-west corner you will find the Åbjora River and the Horstad Estate, located in the small municipality of Bindal.

View of the Horstad Farm from a near-by hiking peak.

The Åbjora River

The total length of the Åbjora River system is approximately 45 kilometres (25 miles). Salmon run its entire length to the Åbjøra Lake thanks to a couple of salmon ladders, however the main fishing areas are within the first 20 kilometres. The lower part of the river (the Å River), from the mouth to the waterfalls at the Horstad Estate, is gentle with plenty of good wading.

 

The middle part of the river contains a number of long pools combined with some rapids – as well as good wading.

The upper part of the river runs through a magnificent canyon, with deep holding pools, but there are some fantastic fly-fishing stretches here too. Access is somewhat difficult in the upper part of the river and is most suitable for more adventures anglers.

The Beat and Fishing

Just five minutes’ walk from the Horstad Estate you will find a unique opportunity for exclusive salmon and sea trout fishing, with more than two kilometres (1.5 miles) of double bank fishing and an extra seven kilometres of single bank fishing. The fishing normally starts from 1 June and during the first few weeks, the main fishing takes place on the lower stretches below the Horstad Falls (The Home Pool). When the water level and temperature is right – the salmon start running these falls and the middle stretches of the river become very inviting.

The Horstad Estate’s stretches are normally fished by six to eight rods per week. Please see below some of the latest statistics and tips below:

  • The fishing season on the Abjora River is from 1 June till 31 August but fishing for sea-trout ends on 15 September.
  • Rods should normally be double-handed for line weights 10/11/12 with a length from 13 to 15 feet and will cover most conditions on the river.
  • Bring a combination of floating and intermediate density.
  • The best flies are always a tricky question, but try small and medium size Green Highlander, Ally’s Scrimp, Sunray Shadow and Munro Killer.
  • Wear normal warm clothing for fishing but take an extra sweater for a chilly night.
  • Chest-high waders with felt soles are probably better than studded ones.
  • Life jackets and wading stick should be considered.
  • There will normally be one guide per 3 – 4 anglers.

In addition to salmon and sea trout, there are also arctic char and brown trout in the river, as well in a number of lakes in the area.

Additionally, there are unique opportunities for sea fishing =large cod, pollock, coalfish etc, using the very special and historic 35 feet ‘Bindal-boat’, a local treasure named “Faragut’ with sails (and engine) and its own crew.

Smaller engine-powered boats are also available to guests. There will normally be one guide per group of six anglers, but extra guides will be available based on requests.

Horstad Farm (Accommodation)

The Horstad Farm is located in Åbygda, within the Bindal municipality or Nordland County. The nearest airport is in Rørvik, roughly an hour and a half away.

The Horstad Lodge was first built in 1622 when the first settlers arrived in the area and it has been in the Fred. Olsen family since 1958. The famous Arctic explorer, Otto Sverdrup, was born on the estate in 1854. This building has been carefully restored, maintaining its original and historical style, making it an exclusive place for any guest or parties.

Horstad Farm

Today, Horstad Farm offers exclusive guest rooms for 20 guests. The double & single rooms are furnished to a high standard with many linking directly to individual bathrooms. The kitchen is known for its tastefully traditional and hearty dishes with an emphasis on locally-sourced produce served in an intimate and pleasant setting. During the hunting season, local game is on the menu, delicately prepared and served to perfection. Staff are service-minded, helpful and available for advice and for arranging activities. There are outside racks for rods and storage as well as drying rooms for clothing and waders, and a large laundry available for guests.

In addition to salmon fishing, the Horstad Farm also offers small game and big game hunting seasons. There are also very good opportunities for walking/hiking and mountain biking. If that is too active for your liking, you can simply use the opportunity to relax in the peace and tranquillity of the surrounding area or visit the local museum, boat building yard and the Vassmo timber church.

Hunting

Horstad is a member of the Indre Bindal Storviltområde (Inner Bindal Big Game Area), representing close to 20,000 hectares. Small game hunting has previously been sold in units – card sales per week, weekend or day. A small game plan for ptarmigan, capercaillie, hare and roe deer has been established. As of 1999, the small game hunt has been sold by auction. All big game hunting is sold by auction, for two different periods in October. The yearly, allocation counts six to eight animals.

How to get there

There are direct flights from the UK (London Stansted) to Trondheim Airport in Central Norway. The final local flight takes place from Trondheim Airport to Rørvik Airport. There is then an additional one-hour drive to the Horstad Estate.

If travelling by air from any airport in Europe, this will be via Oslo/Copenhagen/Amsterdam

It is also possible to hire a car at Trondheim Airport and experience a very interesting journey through some unique parts of Central Norway.

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