Ice fishing refers to the practice of catching fish with lines and hooks through a hole which has been drilled through ice of a frozen lake or river in winter time.
As an activity across Scandinavia, North America and Canada, it has a long and rich history which is based primarily on survival and developed as an essential source of hunting food in the long winter months.
Ice fishing was traditionally carried out by local people who left nets under the water to try to lure in fish, but nowadays it is more popular to use small rod with the line dropped down into an ice hole.Read more
On the excursions you will make your way to a frozen lake, where the guide will assist you in drilling through the ice, usually with a manual hand drill. The ice can develop to be over a metre thick in some places, so can be quite tough to get through, but it leaves you with a great sense of accomplishment when you do reach the water.
It is simply a case of waiting for the fish to bite and there is much enjoyment in the anticipation. Commonly caught fish in the cold water include arctic char, grayling, whitefish, perch and salmon. Should you be lucky enough to catch a fish, in many places you can enjoy it for your supper.
If you don't manage to tempt a fish to bite, the activity of ice fishing is still a chance to enjoy your incredible surroundings. Its growth as a recreational sport in Scandinavia and North America is also down to the fact that it allows for a great deal of personal reflection, whilst enjoying the natural beauty of your environment.
Ice fishing is available on the majority of our trips as it is unique to winter locations and is a rather enjoyable way of truly appreciating the silence of the region.