Four national rivers, countless tributaries, thousands of streams from mountains to coast, more than 30,000 lakes and a coastline of over 1,500 kilometres – Swedish Lapland has room for a few more fishers.

The great wide open
  • Love for trout

    – Five thousand characters? About trout? How's that going to work? – Ok... I thought that someone with nothing but fly fishing on his mind would be able to do it. What about four thousand, then? – No, no, NO! I meant how do I describe my relationship with trout when so little space is available!

    Johan Jonsson
  • The longest silence

    If a fish, or a catch, is to be a story, the fish has to be out of the ordinary, preferably bordering on dangerous. And if the story is to become a classic, the fish should be as big as a whale or the fisher should at least be a character like Captain Ahab.

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  • Midnight salmon

    As the renowned crew of fly-fishing filmmakers Hooké from Canada touched down at Luleå Airport, they didn’t really know what to expect of Swedish Lapland – but soon they got overwhelmed by the warm welcome of big Baltic salmons.

    Stuart Davies
  • Fly fishing vibes

    The Canadian brand Hooké started out of the urge to tell a story about fly fishing. Today it’s become a growing movement along rivers of the world. And in Swedish Lapland, the team seems perfectly rooted – spreading the vibes of fly fishing.

    Ted Logart

A fly fisher's best friend

When Lars Munk, aka Munken, decided to go all in at salmon fishing, he settled down along Torneälven in Pajala, Swedish Lapland.

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Hooké presents: LAPLANDERS

Laplanders traces the portrait of those who live by the rivers of Lapland in Northern Sweden. Their quest for the Baltic Salmon is one every fisher can relate to; an ever-going search for the next fish and the only certitude is the efforts that will be needed to reach it. This film is an immersion into the life of those who chase, document and protect the salmon in the land of the midnight sun. Read more

A fly fishing story

Ten years down the road, working at two-star Michelin restaurant Oaxen in Stockholm as head chef, Johan moved back home. Just to go fishing.

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The Big Band Composer

Big band composer Per Jobs made a life-changing move when he started to conduct fly fishing and travel experiences in Gotland and the Swedish outback, in Swedish Lapland. This is his story.

The Big Rivers

To Sanna Kolijonen and Emilie Björkman salmon fishing is not a hobby.
It is something bigger. It is a way of life.

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Grand slam: Salmon

The University of Uppsala was partly funded by profits from the salmon fishing in Edeforsen rapids (near Harads and Treehotel) in the Lule River. The profits from salmon fishing were also used to found the city of Luleå. In fact, up until the 20th-century salmon, not steel, was Luleå’s main source of income. In 1949 110 tonnes of salmon were caught in the river. These days you’ll probably want to head to the Byske, Kalix, Torne and Vindel Rivers instead, even if the fishing is good downstream from the Bodforsen rapids.

10 species in Swedish Lapland

Grand slam: Trout

A sweet-water chameleon and almost every sport fisherman’s dream; the trout can adapt to all kinds of environments as long as the water quality is good. There’s the anadromous, or sea-run, kind that spends its life in the Baltic Sea and then rises up the rivers to spawn. There’s the brown trout version that stays in small bodies of water and just adapts its size to its habitat. And there’s the version that lives in lakes and runs up the rivers to spawn during autumn, and they can get as big as you’d like. The Swedish record, 17 kilos, is from a lake in Swedish Lapland.

10 species in Swedish Lapland

Grand slam: Grayling

It’s said that the grayling gets its Latin name from smelling vaguely of thyme, thymos, when it’s caught. The large, shimmering dorsal fin – often known as ‘the sail’ among sport fishermen – is the grayling’s distinctive feature. And it’s also a real mood enhancer for us fishers because there’s always a grayling in the mood for a bite. And if you find one you’ll find several. Grayling live in shoals. It’s present all over Swedish Lapland, from the sea to the mountains. A one-kilo grayling is a trophy, but many weighing in at over two kilos are caught every year.

10 species in Swedish Lapland

Grand slam: Arctic char

Fishing journalists often refer to the arctic char as ‘the Greta Garbo of the mountains’. Partly because of its beauty and partly because of its temperament. There’s no other fish that can make mountain fishing go from one extreme to the other the way this Lady Camellia does. One second it bites anything. The next there’s absolutely nothing you can tempt it with. Among chefs, the arctic char is a sought-after table fish. It’s a little bit fattier than other salmon species, and therefore there’s less risk of it becoming ‘dry as a bone’ when you fry it.

10 species in Swedish Lapland

How to catch a Baltic salmon

How to catch a Baltic salmon in Swedish Lapland? That’s the 100-dollar question for many salmon fly fishers. But there’s some good news – it’s getting easier. A lot easier. During the last years, salmon runs in the wild Swedish Baltic rivers have been heading in the right direction. Read more.


Ammarnäs is a Swedish community of 95 inhabitants (in 2005). The village is a gateway to the Vindelfjällen Nature Reserve, is located on the Kungsleden hiking trail and home to some of the biggest trouts in Sweden.

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Life by the water
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    Out of reception

    Places still exist where there's no point asking for the password for the wifi. Places where you leave your mobile behind to spend some quality time with others – or perhaps with yourself. The Sámi eco-lodge Geunja and the camp in Tjuonajokk are two of Swedish Lapland's finest places.

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  • The vulgata rally

    One of nature's most beautiful displays takes place during a couple of weeks every summer. A mayfly called Ephemera vulgata hatches, and every single fish in the lake go crazy when presented with such a feast. For us fly fishers this is simply the time when we cease to sleep.

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  • Fat bike fishing

    The barren and vast mountain landscape in the far north, called Sandåslandet – the land of the sand ridges – is as popular amongst devoted fly fishers as suitable for adventurers on fat bikes. I pack my fat bike with enough equipment to last for a week. And I’m off.

    David Björkén
  • Fishing for pike

    For many people, the highlight of summer is a fishing trip or two, either in a boat or walking along the river with a fishing rod. In Swedish Lapland, we have plenty of waters: rivers, streams, tribut...

    Maria Söderberg

The salmon run

Every year thousands of salmon runs the wild rivers of Swedish Lapland, and every year fly fishers run after some of those. This is one of those runs.

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A pike performance

There are thousands of potential waters for big pike in Swedish Lapland. The trick is to be at the right place at the right time.


Jess McGlothlin is a writer and an outdoor photographer, from Montana, USA. With clients such as Patagonia, Orvis, and The Flyfish Journal, her work has taken her to several remote destinations in the world. This is her take on the stunning Arctic light as a photographer.

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    World’s best place
    for northern lights

    Abisko National Park, in Swedish Lapland, offers some of the best conditions in the world for northern lights watching. The unique climate of the area keep the skies almost clear, and the light pollution is next to nothing. And here, you also find the Aurora Sky Station.

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    The eight seasons

    In Swedish Lapland, nature plays an intrinsic role in our life and work, and the people here are highly sensitive to the small details of the changing seasons. Therefore, it seems only natural that the Sámi people describe eight seasons instead of four.

    Ella Jonsson
  • The King of all trails

    The King's Trail runs through Sweden's most beautiful mountain scenery and provides more than 400 kilometres' worth of hiking adventure for the first-time hiker as well as the truly experienced mountain veteran. It is one of the world's most famous hiking trails, and the stage between Abisko and Nikkaluokta is the most-travelled trail in all of Sweden.

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