Lake Fishing in Finland. Wild and Free!

Fishing is a year-round activity in Finland.

Known as “land of a thousand lakes” there are on average, 40 lakes per 100 square kilometres in Finland.  The lakes are well-stocked, pristine and beautiful.

The endless supply of clean water is something Finns just take for granted. However, they appreciate their privileged position so protecting and conserving their unique waters is top of everyone’s agenda

There are approximately 60 species of fish to be caught in Finland’s clear waters but the most common are perche, pike, roache and pike-perch.

To sit by a lake; still and glistening in the early morning sun waiting to lure a pike on your rod is a pretty special,  life affirming experience.

Finnish author Juhani Aho (1861-1921) famously describing fishing as an experience that left him “spellbound, intoxicated”.



Fish dishes are an integral part of Finnish cuisine. Wild and free! Having landed your haul there are many ways to prepare and cook up a fantastic fish feast. Our favourite is smoking.
Loimulohi is a traditional Finnish fish dish – fish smoked on a wooden plank. Boards of various types of wood such as birch, red cedar can be used and provide their own smoky flavours and aromas. Feasting on smoked fish is always best lakeside with a heap of lemon wedges and a bottle of fine wine!

Check out this how to video on smoking fish using a wooden plank:



The Local Wild Food Challenge will be held at Lake Tuusula , just outside Helsinki on Saturday, September 30th 2017
An open and free event for all. At the core of the day is an open cooking competition. Contestants are challenged to create a dish consisting of at least one wild ingredient. We’re expecting plenty of delicious fresh fish!

Previous winning dishes featuring locally caught fish include:





Book a room at the Hotel Krapi, host for Local Wild Food Challenge. They are forging their own path in the Finnish food world, towards delicious flavors and memorable moments.

Learn more about foraging for wild food in Finland and why we are looking forward to being part of Finland’s centennial year, celebrating 100 years of independence.



Celebrating Finland’s Centennial Of Independence in 2017

Our next Local Wild Food Challenge will be held in Finland. Our hotel host Krapihovi is beautifully located on the edge of Lake Tuusula, just 15 minutes from Helsinki-Vantaa airport and half an hour from Helsinki city centre.




We can’t wait to get back to Tuusula, Finland for our next challenge as 2017 is such an important year for the Fins!


Finland is celebrating the Centennial of its independence this year making it a great time to visit the country and an exciting time to be holding a Local Wild Food Challenge.

The theme of Finland’s centenary celebration year is ‘Together’ which fits the LWFC philosophy perfectly. We are all about creating a local wild food community. For the people, by the people.


Local Wild Food Challenges are created with the local community to showcase the resourcefulness of local people living where wild food is accessible.

There are so many reasons to visit Finland and in this article citing 17 reasons to visit Finland in 2017  WILD FOOD is one of them:


“In the rush and crush of modern life, the rarities are what we value most, such as space, quiet and time. Space to breathe, time to dream. You can find these treasures in Finland, where the lakes are many and the people are few.
A handful of pure nature, a pinch of Finnish sauna, a spoonful of traditional treatments, serve with wild food and add light activities to taste – equals extreme relaxation. “


We are looking forward to our next event in Finland, coming together with the local community to create a food festival with food lovers, chefs, home cooks, producers and talks and demos from wild food and drink experts.


Read all about the wild foods foraged at previous local wild food challenges in Finland. 

If you fancy joining in then register for the challenge here

Flights to Helsinki are easy to find and rooms are available at the Hotel Krapi for the weekend.