Just because you’re out exploring a winter wonderland, doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy fishing. Whether you’re in Finland, Norway, Sweden or further afield in Canada, ice fishing is a brilliant way to spend a few hours in the snowy wilderness.
How does ice fishing work?
Ice fishing involves drilling a hole through the ice of a frozen lake or river during winter time. The lines and hooks are then fed through the hole to fish.
Traditionally, ice fishing was carried out by local people who left nets under the water to try and lure in fish. Nowadays, it is more popular to use a small rod with the line dropped down into the ice hole.
This activity has a long and rich history, based primarily on survival and developed as an essential source of hunting food in the long winter months. Ice fishing is enjoyed across Finland, Norway, Sweden and Canada.
Your ice fishing experience
Your ice fishing experience is a hands-on insight into this popular pastime. You’ll make your way to a frozen lake, where the guide will assist you in drilling through the ice, usually with a manual hand drill.
In some places, the ice can be up to a metre thick so it can be tough to get through. However, it leaves you with a great sense of accomplishment when you reach the water.
Then, it is a simple case of waiting for the fish to bite. Fortunately, ice fishing in such wonderful locations means you have a chance to sit back and enjoy the beauty of your wintery surroundings.
Commonly caught fish include arctic char, grayling, whitefish, perch and salmon. If you do happen to catch a fish, in many places you can enjoy it for supper.
Ice fishing is available on many of our trips. As it is unique to winter locations, it is a brilliant way to truly appreciate the silence and calm of the region.