Arctic fishing & open fire cooking

Experience traditional winter fishing

Enjoy a fun day at Lake Rahajärvi, just ten minutes north of Ivalo village, where you'll learn the basics of traditional winter fishing and indulge in a delicious meal!

Our expert guides will teach you authentic Lappish ice fishing techniques, which include:

  • Ice drilling (“kairaaminen”)
  • Traditional ice fishing (“pilkkiminen”)
  • Under-Ice net fishing (“juomustus”)
  • Fish preparation demonstration
  • Making delicious fish soup

After reeling in our catch, we'll gather around a crackling fire in a traditional Lappish Kota and prepare the freshest fish you've ever tasted. You'll learn traditional fish cooking methods, with all the necessary equipment provided by Xwander.

This experience is perfect for friends, couples and families. Kids can enjoy activities like tobogganing and kick sledding, ensuring everyone has a memorable experience.

Our cold, clear waters make the fish incredibly fresh. Join us on this incredible winter experience!

What to Expect

  • Temperature limit of -25°C: If the forecast for the day is colder / weather conditions unsuitable, we will cancel and/or reschedule the trip. There is no additional fee in case the trip is cancelled by Xwander.



Meeting at Xwander Nordic

We will gear you up for the Arctic fishing adventure at Xwander Nordic. We will also provide you with overalls, boots and gloves if needed.

Ice fishing

Experience ice drilling and fishing in the traditional Arctic style. Learn the techniques used by the locals to catch fish even in the coldest temperatures.

Winter nets

Next we will check the submerged nets and discover the species native to Lapland, including White Fish, Pike, Perch or Burbot. A hands-on experience that brings you closer to the Arctic marine life.

Fish preparation

Participate in preparing the catch while receiving an informative biology lesson about the local fish species.

Making delicious fish soup

Conclude the day by learning how to make traditional Arctic fish soup in a Lappish Tipi Tent. Enjoy the warm, flavorful dish made from the fresh catch of the day!

Day-to-day itinerary adjustments may occur in response to weather conditions and forecasts


What do I need to bring?

  • Warm Clothes: Dress in weather appropriate layers including a good hat, scarf, and socks
  • Phone/camera, power bank if needed

What is the cancellation policy?

  • We will charge a cancellation fee of 100% if booking is cancelled 48 hours or less before the event

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Book With Confidence

  • Local family owned business
  • Personalized service
  • Flexible itineraries
  • Small group sizes

Price Includes

  • Expert guidance: Learn traditional Lappish ice fishing techniques
  • Fishing equipment: Ice drills, fishing rods, and nets
  • Food and drinks: Fresh fish and delicious fish soup with snacks and drinks
  • Family activities: Tobogganing and kick sledding for kids
  • Winter clothing: Warm overalls, boots and gloves
  • Transfers from Ivalo and back

Price Excludes

  • Optional extra activities like tent sauna & ice swimming
  • Supplementary transfers to and from Inari, Nellim, Kakslauttanen, Kiilopää and Saariselkä