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Man in Norway catches fish too big for boat

A man fishing off Norway's Lofoten peninsular hooked a halibut so enormous that the only way he could get a photograph was to leap into the water alongside it.

Man in Norway catches fish too big for boat
Erik Axner in the water with his gigantic catch. Photo: Screengrab
Swedish fishing guide Erik Axner brought in the 100kg fish after a epic 20 minute battle, and was astonished when he measured it and discovered it was more than two meters long.  
 
“I was shocked when I realised how big it was,” he told Sweden's Aftonbladet newspaper. “We couldn’t lift the fish into the boat as it was too big. We don’t do that, as we would risk hurting it. So instead, I jumped in the water and we took pictures.”
 
Despite working as a guide, Axner had never previously caught a fish more than 100kg in weight. 
 
“It was a dream fish: almost two meters long and very well fed,” he told the paper.
 
Atlantic halibut are among the largest fish in the world, and although impressive, Axner’s catch is still fraction of the world record, set in 2013 by German angler Marco Liebenow. 
 
Liebenow caught a halibut weighing a massive 232kg, about the size of a large pig, also off the coast of Norway.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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‘Out of this world’: Norwegian beach named ‘best in Europe’

Haukland Beach on the island of Vestvågøy in Lofoten, in the north of the country, has been named best beach in Europe by travel publication Lonely Planet.

'Out of this world': Norwegian beach named 'best in Europe'
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Haukland Beach on the island of Vestvågøy in Lofoten, in the north of the country, has been named best beach in Europe by travel publication Lonely Planet.

The beach beat out stiff competition from the likes of Greece, Spain, Italy, Portugal and Denmark to bag first place.

 
 
 
 
 
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Despite summer temperatures in Lofoten only averaging the mid-teens and the water at its warmest only ever reaching a spine tingling 15° Lonely Planet were smitten with the beach.

“Haukland Beach is out of this world, with spiky granite peaks thrusting above creaming sands and sapphire seas. The water is chilly, but you’ll be itching to jump in all the same,” the article said.

 
 
 
 
 
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Such high praise is nothing new to Huakland beach as it has previously been named Norway’s finest beach and also the world’s most beautiful.

Deputy mayor of Vestvågøy municipality, Anne Sand, is not surprised that the beauty spot has received the accolade.

 
 
 
 
 
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“It is about the contrasts in nature, the high mountains and the green mountain sides. Then you have the beautiful beach among all this, it could not be nicer,” she told state broadcaster NRK.

When asked what makes the beach stand out from its competition, she said that it was the unique location.

“Many of them are similar, but Haukland stands out and becomes something special- precisely because you find it in the arctic circle,” she said

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