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The whitefish of Kukkola

Every year on the first weekend after St James’s Day, Kukkola hosts a Whitefish Festival. Salmon and whitefish have always been stapled food and fishing is an important income for local farmers and homesteaders.


Fish for whitefish with net

The fast-flowing rapids around Kukkola and the fact that they are relatively shallow means they’re perfect for an almost unique fishing method – catching by hand net. This unique method of catching the whitefish has been used for 500 years and involves a net with a long shaft. The whitefish can be caught from the beginning of June until mid-September. You can try it yourself together with an instructor – and you’ll get to keep all fish you catch during the hour. If you just want to enjoy the flavors, we recommend the activity whitefish grilling in a smoke hut.


Whitefish grilling

All year round you can grill your whitefish over an open fire in the timber smoke hut and listen to the local fishermen telling truthful and not-so-true stories about the life by the river. A grilled whitefish dinner consists of whitefish, bread, and beverage.The combination of whitefish grilling, whitewater rafting and sauna is unbeatable. During the year, on some occasions, you can buy the freshly grilled whitefish directly to our customers from the restaurant at Kukkolaforsen..If you want to book this activity as a group, it can be done beforehand


Make your reservation at www.kukkolaforsen.se.


The story of the Whitefish.