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Traditional Fishing and River Rafting on River Tornionjoki

Traditional Fishing and River Rafting on River Tornionjoki

Fishing on this border river is great all summer but it is salmon, which attracts fishermen every year the most. Salmon arrives in the rapids of Kukkolankoski in June. Best time to catch white fish only starts in August.You will try spinning salmon in a  traditional way by a river boat after which  you can continue trolling for 21 more hours if you like.  

Tornionjoki  is the largest  free-running river in northern Europe offering an excellent spawning place for salmon and whitefish.  The fishing season starts at the beginning of June. Fishermen and women arrive here to test their skills in salmon spinning in the rapids of Kukkolankoski. This is a place, where traditional ways of fishing are used still today.  The cultural heritage of Kukkolankoski includes the traditional ways of fishing as well as the fishing related buildings on the banks of both countries Finland and Sweden. 

First you need to get to know the river. You will visit Sweden by the float and walk to a museum area with an old mill, sawmill and hydroelectric power plant, which they used to have on both sides of the river before the 2nd World War. In the afternoon you will raft the river by a rubber float twice.

Salmon spinning will start in the evening after the weekly close season has ended.  Each participant shares a boat with a guide. The float acts as a basecamp on the river. Your guide will first show you the target areas and you will see, how you can steer the boat in floating water. Then you will learn, how to spinn and can give a try safely.

After the guided spinning tour of 3 hours you can either buy additional guided hours for the price of 58€/hour or you can continue fishing by trolling from the river banks or from the float.  The fishing permit is valid for 24h from the start so you can decide yourself if you want to sleep or fish all night long as it is light 24h. For those, who only want to try fishing we have organised a hiking trip to the Arctic hill of  Nivavaara.

Accommodation takes place in the holiday apartments of Kukkolankoski. each apartment has two beds and an extra sofa bed, an own bathroom and a kitchenette with fridge, microwave owen and basic tableware.  

Lunchtime you will enjoy a take-awy meal and in the evenings a 3-course dinner.  Fish is prepared in traditional way in front of you. You will start by reindeer soups followed by white fish in traditional way and as dessert you will get coffee and cake.  Next day you will get mushroom or salmon soup, reindeer and traditional cheese with jam.

 

SALMON FISHING  ON RIVER TORNIONJOKI IN MIDNIGHT SUN

Accommodation: Kukkolankoski holiday apartments (final cleaning and linen included )

Mealst: 2 x breakfast, take-away lunch and dinner (traditional whitefish and reindeer) as well as breakfast ingrediences for the 3rd morning

Fishing gear:

a) spinning: life west, spinnning top, fishing rod and lure set

b) trolling: life west and top (spinning or open top), fishing rod and a package of 5 lures (Note! lost lure 25€/piece) 

Clothing: own outdoorwear accooding to the weather, rain outfit included when necessary  (=rain coat, trousers, rubber boots, cap and gloves)

Transportation: airport transfer from Kemi to Kukkolankoski included  (Note! In case you will arrive by own car, let us know please and we'll deduct the transportation fee)

Activities:

  1. Float trip to Sweden 2,5-3h
  2. River rafting by a rubber raft (2 raftings) 
  3. Salmon spinning 3h
  4. Alternatively either continuation of fishing as trolling or a hiking tour

Flights: not included, will be purchased for te price of the day  (appr. 128€/person Helsinki-Kemi-Helsinki)

Program::

Sun: Arrival day

  • 9.15pm flight AY587 from Helsinki to Kemi
  • 10.45pm arrival in Kemi
  • transportation to Kukkolankoski, arrival by 11.30pm

Mon: Getting to know the area and salmon spinning late night

  • breakfast
  • 10am-12.30pm visit to Sweden to see a museum area
  • 3.00pm river rafting by rubber floats
  • 6.00pm preparing fish in a tradtitional way and dinner
  • 9.00pm salmon spinning starts
  • 12.00pm guided spinning ends
  • trolling as you like (See Tuesday activity 1)

Ti 

  • breakfast
  • two activity alternatives
    1.  trolling fishing (includes take-away lunch)
    2. 10am hiking trip to Nivavaara (by car and by foot, includes take-away lunch)
  • 1pm back at Kukkolankoski 
  • 4pm sauna
  • 7pm dinner

Wed 

  • breakfast supply
  • 5am airport transfer
  • 6.35am flight AY588 from Kemi to Helsinki
  • 8.05am arrival in Helsinki

Note: Individual guests wellcome. The tour will be confirmed only when the minimum group of four participants has confirmed! For groups over 4 people this kind of fishing package can be carried out after availability check at any time in June-July (white fish as catch in July).

LOCATION: Tornio, Tornionjoki, Kukkolankoski
Airport: Kemi
Railway station: Tornio

Category Tours
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Location Lapland
Price 864€/person, single supplement 115€/person
Prices for children cannot join the programs
Group size min 1
Group size max 12
Month June
Duration 3 days
Meals Full pension
Accomodation holiday apartments for two
Service Provider Skafur-Tour
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