Ice-Fishing in Finnish Lapland

For thousands of years people in Finnish Lapland have caught fish to feed their families from the lakes all year round – and this includes ice fishing in winter when the lakes are completely frozen over.

By the way, Finland has more fresh water lakes per land mass than any other country, including Canada.

Jorma and family take us through the process and then we eat the results – from lake to table  approx 200 metres.

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Nettie helps with the tools – an augur for drilling the hole
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Arttu clears snow off the ice
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Fran revels in the icy air
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discussing process
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Arttu – taking a break from writing politics master thesis
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Jorma begins to drill
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Fran drills a hole
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Nettie sweeps snow off ice so we can see
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many holes drilled

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to make one big one – block of ice removed
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checking the net for holes
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Kelkka – a special sledge to take rope under the ice
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in she goes
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Nettie unwinds rope very slowly as Jorma pulls and releases
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the rope carrier makes its way across to the other hole
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Jorma reaches in with bare hands to grab the rope
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it is secured so we don’t lose it!
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now the net can be pulled through on same rope

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secured by anchor of ice
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securing the other end
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it begins to snow again

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all finished and we’ll wait 24 hours for fish to come

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next day we head back in anticipation

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Slowly pull net up

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Siike -our first fish!
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but wait there is more!

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A rather large Burbot

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and a Pike

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Jorma and Anne work together
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Fran covers hole again
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happy Jorma

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delicious Burbot soup (with cheese, cream, dill,potatoes & carrots)
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Happy Father’s Day Jorma

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