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Fishing in Lapland, a magical land

Lapland, Magical Land. In the traveler’s belief, an element of mystery is associated with Finland’s northernmost province. Be it simply because of the beauty of its Northern lights, or more traditionally anchored in the ancient animistic beliefs of the Sami, Europe’s only indigenous tribe, no one remains indifferent to the peace and quiet of the northern wilderness. Here spirits are present everywhere, and fishing takes a brand new symbolic sense as the angler connects with every living and non-living being surrounding him.

Nature’s gifts

Because of the respect such subarctic wilderness calls on us, Lapland’s diverse and pristine waters are home to an abundant mix of arctic char, trout, grayling, as well as the highly popular wild salmon.

Tornionjoki River and River Teno are probably the best salmon rivers in Europe, together with Simojoki and Näätämöjoki rivers. Anglers who are after grayling will find the largest specimen in the headwaters of Torniojoki River, Inarijärvi Lake, Teno River, and in the clear waters of the Kaldoaivi area, where they can grow to weight over 2 kilo! Here nature is as wild as it’s generous and those who are hoping to catch a wild trout weighing several kilos will find their bliss in Inarijärvi Lake, rivers in the Kuusamo area, and the Vätsäri area.

Tones to remember

The wonders of Lapland take a very realistic turn when you find yourself catching a brightly-colored arctic char. Dazzled by such colourful splendour and overwhelmed by feelings of harmonious realisation, you’ll come to realise that you are in fact holding nature’s display of its power and beauty right there in your hands. Most likely this will happen while you’re visiting Kilpisjärvi Lake or Inarijärvi Lake.

Winter travelers will find comfort in the immaculate landscapes and will soon realise that abundance of white is not only the privilege of the land, but also below the calm waters, where great whitefish live in profusion. Although it is not that easy to catch whitefish, anglers can try the fly-fishing tackle, usually in slow-flowing pools and small lakes where you’ll have most chances to find whitefish.

In the summer, as the rays of the Midnight Sun will shake the conventional understanding of time, you’ll be in awe before the striving nature and unaccustomed light. But whatever the season you pick to go fishing in Lapland, you’ll find Golden goodness in wilderness lakes and lapland’s small ponds in the form of Big perchs and pikes. The local anglers will tell you to how Porttipahta Lake and Kemijärvi Lake are full of these white-fleshed fish. You can also try to catch these pike fish in Kuusamo.

Inner excursion

The vastness of Lapland makes a person feel small. Getting to roam large wilderness areas with the idea of connecting to its living occupants is ideal for soul searching and finding your place in life. Being able to wait for your catch with nothing but your thoughts is a key part of Lapland’s attraction. A feeling of being one with nature is still among one of the most empowering feelings humans can experience. Like all spiritual experiences, Lapland needs to be seen and felt; describing states of mind never quite gets up there with the actual experience. Words fail to capture the feeling of actually standing in the shallow inshore waters of a Lappish mountain river, and the tingles running down the spine the moment you established contact with your prey.

Come prepared!

Lapland is a country where dreams meet reality, but where contrasts can be so strong that they are hard to survive. Finns may be used to the extreme weather conditions and rash nature, but visitors must be warned for the unexpected. While in the winter, the cold weather requires to pack proper gear including an ice auger with an extension arm, as well as warm clothing, in the summer mosquitos can become a real hurdle if you’ve not equipped yourself with a good stock of adequate repellent to keep you the length of your trip.

Understandably, many anglers are going crazy over Lapland as a fishing destination nowadays. But unlike mimosa brunches, the trend is set to live long!