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Approximately 3½ Hours
The giant king crab (Paralithodes camtschaticus) was introduced to the Barents Sea by Russian scientists during the 1960s. The crab thrived in these waters, and spread quite rapidly to the west where it can now be found along the north Norwegian coast. As the number of this species is in the millions, it naturally consumes a great deal, and there is now concern that these crabs may have an impact on the local ecosystem. Controlled crab fishing is now allowed. The meat is delicious and can compete with lobster on the commercial market. King crab can live to 30 years, measure up to 6½ feet between its claws and weigh as much as 22 pounds. The catch in the crab pots that will be pulled today, however, will most likely be between 6½ and 15½ pounds.
After a short stroll along the pier, gear up in an all-in-one warm, waterproof outfit and flotation suit and listen to a safety briefing. Then, hop into the sea-raft with a driver/guide and set off towards Sarnesfjord to inspect the day’s catch. You will see and, if you dare, hold a king crab for a great photo opportunity.
At a nearby Sami camp, step into a lavvo -- a Sami tent with an open fire in the middle -- and sit on a reindeer skin on a bench. The crabs you caught will be prepared and cooked for you to eat as a snack with bread and mayonnaise. Mineral water and coffee will also be served.
The duration of the sea-raft ride and your visit to the Sami camp will be approximately three hours.
Participants must be in good physical condition; not advisable for guests with a heart condition or mobility limitations. Tour operates weather permitting. Minimum age is 6 years. Maximum weight is 300 lbs.