Fisherman’s friend tour
A tenth of Finland is made up of bodies of water and almost a third of the country’s population fishes in their free time. This may explain why the vast majority of the country’s 500,000 summer cottages have been built beside lakes and ponds. Fishing is a year-round activity in Finland; only the fishing styles and species vary according to season. The vast and clean waters, a wide variety of species and beautiful lakes and rivers are attracting a growing number of fishing tourists to Finland. Finland’s waters are home to about 60 species of fish, of which about 20 are actively pursued by fishermen. Leisure fishers often catch perches, pikes, roaches and pike-perch. Resilient whitefish are also popular among fishing tourists.
Example programme for true fans of outdoor life and fishing.
- Group size: 10 – 100 persons
- Suitable for all year round
- In Winter season the activities can be replaced with snow shoe hike, ice swimming and sauna yoga.
- Duration: 3 days
Early morning fishing trip by traditional fishing boat lead by professional fisher. Fishing method and area are selected depending on weather conditions and time of year. At the seaside cottage, we’ll get to know the ways to prepare the fish for a delicious dish. Dinner and possibility to freshen up in sauna.
Fishing at the right time is critical for a successful fishing trip and it is known that early in the morning is the time when the fish come out to eat and are the most active. After the early morning fishing excursion, we will accommodate to our archipelago cabins. Transportation to Kastelholma castle with a guided tour including Smakby distillery. Cooking lesson with award winners top chef using our own ingredients caught earlier. After delicious dinner, we’ll head back to our cabins.
Guided city tour in Maarianhamina, capital of Åland island. Visit to the merchant sailing ship Pommern which is the only four-masted merchant sailing ship in the world still in its original state. Lunch and free time in the city, possibility to take a bike tour around the area before heading to the airport.
Images via Visit Finland: Udo Haafke, Robert Smith, Vastavalo/Jouni Nurmilo, Vastavalo / Minna Suhonen, Flatlight Films