Find pike fishing holidays in Sweden

Catch your next pike

Pike is one of the most common fish species living in Sweden’s many lakes. In the plentiful wonderful Swedish nature, you will find some of the best pike fishing areas in the world. For your pike fishing holidays in Sweden, we have prepared some of the most popular locations.

Pike fishing is one of local’s favourite activities during summer. So, depending on conditions and season, you can fish in a great variety of places in Sweden. There is no “perfect” place, you can be assured that you will have a great time, nonetheless.

However, before booking your holidays, there are some things to know beforehand.

When?

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Peak pike fishing season is normally April-May and September-October. Though it is possible during June-August, it is considered to be off-peak season due to the water temperature. The size, weight and numbers vary greatly each season, and nearly every season the record would be broken.

In most lakes, you will also find perch and trout. Both has similar seasons. If you are instead in trolling for salmon and sea trout, season begins in late March-early June.

How?

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There are many ways to fish for pike. Methods include, jerkbait, swimbait, spin and fly fishing, and float angling. It depends on your technique, experience and equipment, which we will talk about below.

However, the most important thing to know is that in majority cases it is catch and release! It is always so unless stated otherwise. Be sure to double check beforehand! A picture is always fine without any danger to anyone or anything.

Fishing licence

In most scenarios you will need to purchase a fishing license, especially in smaller lakes. However, it would be best to ask beforehand. So far, you don’t need a license to fish in lake Vättern. You can buy licenses from the nearest campsite or farmstay.

Boats

Many places offer boat rental, however, they are limited in number so you need to book in advance. There are other options, such as kayak, canoe and motorised boats. Motorised boats tend to be rarer and more expensive.

Equipment

If you didn’t bring your own equipment, many places offer fishing equipment rental or sale. Again, due to the limited availability, book in advance.

1) Ödevata Fiskecamp

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You can always enjoy the views of two beautiful lakes at Ödevata. We are also a complete nature and eco-friendly tourism facility. One of the most popular fishing spots in the area.

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Accommodation

Countryside hotel

Fully equipped cabins for 8-9

Prices

Cabins:

Price per night: $317

Price per week: $1,058-1,904

Breakfast SEK/night: $8

Hotel:

Price per night: $52-84

Extras

Bedlinen: $11

Final cleaning can be booked: $169

 

Offer fishing license?

Yes

 

Equipment rental/sale?

Yes

 

Boat rental?

Yes

 

Nearest lake

Lake Ödevaten – 60m

2) Kalvshult Farm

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Stay in an apartment on the farm or in one of our fully equipped cottages close to lake Örsjön. A “Private” boat is included.

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Accommodation

Self-catering apartment

Fully equipped cabins for 4-8 people

Prices

Cabins:

Price per night: $95-117

Price per week: $497-666

Breakfast SEK/night: No

Extras

Bedlinen: $13

Final cleaning can be booked: $116

 

Offer fishing license?

Yes

 

Equipment rental/sale?

N/A

 

Boat rental?

Yes

 

Nearest lake

Lake Örsjön – 300m

3) Ivö Kungsgård

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Lake Ivösjön fishing waters has over 20 species, as well as opportunity for bathing and swimming. Or search for fossils and shark teeth in mysterious caves.

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Accommodation

One self-catering apartment for 6 people.

Prices

Price per night: $63-87

Price per week: $317-424

Breakfast SEK/night: No

Extras

Bedlinen: $11

Final cleaning can be booked: $53

 

Offer fishing license?

N/A

 

Equipment rental/sale?

N/A

 

Boat rental?

N/A

 

Nearest lake

Lake Ivösjön – 200m

4) Djupviks gård 

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Stay on the sunny side of lake Bråviken, where you can relax on a shallow beach or jump in the water from the jetty. As well as, enjoy our waterfront sauna!

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Accommodation

Countryside hotel

Fully equipped cabins for 2-4

Prices

Cabins:

Price per night: $106-127

Price per week: $529-635

Breakfast SEK/night: 75kr

Extras

Bedlinen: $8

Final cleaning can be booked: $53

 

Offer fishing license?

N/A

 

Equipment rental/sale?

N/A

 

Boat rental?

Yes

 

Nearest lake

Lake Bråviken – 20m

5) Bolingården

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Enjoy your stay in a traditional turn-of-the-century rustic house in beautiful countryside. Near the best game fishing waters in Sweden, and they can even prepare your catch!

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Accommodation

Bed and Breakfast

Prices

Price per night: $34

 

Offer fishing license?

N/A

 

Equipment rental/sale?

N/A

 

Boat rental?

N/A

 

Nearest lake

Lake Skärsjön – 300m

6) Sycklinge farmstay

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Cozy storehouse dating back to early 19th century. Peaceful nature surrounding you. Swim and fish in Lake Mälaren from your doorstep!

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Accommodation

Countryside hotel

Fully equipped cabins for 4-5

Prices

Cabins:

Price per night: $106 -127

Price per week: $529-635

Breakfast SEK/night: $6

Hotel:

Price per night: $45-53

Extras

Bedlinen: $11

Final cleaning can be booked: $85

 

Offer fishing license?

N/A

 

Equipment rental/sale?

N/A

 

Boat rental?

Yes

 

Nearest lake

Lake Mälaren – 5m

7) Berga farmstay

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Own apartment on first floor of main building with own entrance. Free to use the canoes and rowing boats. Only 25km from the city Nyköping.

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Accommodation

First floor apartment for 3

Prices

Price per night: $63-69

Price per week: $296-444

Breakfast SEK/night: No

Extras

Bedlinen: $6

Final cleaning can be booked: $32

 

Offer fishing license?

N/A

 

Equipment rental/sale?

N/A

 

Boat rental?

Yes

 

Nearest lake

Lake Långhalsen – 80m

Lake Lillsjön – 500m

8) Utgården Bratteggen 

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Situated in the beautiful Kallbyggden area with view over Lake Kallsjön and Åreskutan. More lakes, fishing, riding, hunting, and many other activities available in Åre nearby.

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Accommodation

Detached house for 7 people

Prices

Price per week: $338-370

Breakfast SEK/night: No

Extras

Bedlinen: No

Final cleaning can be booked: Yes

 

Offer fishing license?

N/A

 

Equipment rental/sale?

N/A

Boat rental?

Yes

 

Nearest lake

Lake Kallsjön – 30m

Lake Åreskutan

9) Höö farmstay

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Stay in one of the wonderful rooms and enjoy breakfast in the large living room with beautiful view. Boats and bicycles for hire and they even can arrange a picnic basket for your outing.

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Accommodation

Countryside hotel

Fully equipped cabins for 4

Prices

Cabins:

Price per week: $582-899

Hotel:

Price per night: $42-84kr

Extras

Bedlinen: No

Final cleaning can be booked: $53

 

Offer fishing license?

N/A

 

Equipment rental/sale?

N/A

 

Boat rental?

Yes

 

Nearest lake

Lake Möckeln – 20m

 

Top 12 best places to photograph in Sweden

Where to photograph in Sweden

Sweden’s natural beauty is underappreciated and you have to leave Stockholm to be able to capture great landscapes. Not many have the luxury, time and resources to visit each place, therefore we created a list of the top 12 best places to photograph in Sweden to guide you. There are many wonderful photo spots in Sweden, and most of them are underrated.

Whether you are into landscapes, nature, wildlife, culture, or city photography, we have it all. Here are some locations to include your travel photography list. The order of this list doesn’t necessarily represent any sort of ranking, rather if you had to be selective.

1. Åsnen National Park

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75 percent of Åsnen National Park consists of water, you can call it a “Water Park”. Here you need to right angle and wait for the right time to encapsulate the feeling of wilderness between the archipelagos.

It is one of the most unique sights of the world, and many don’t leave this breathtaking view without taking a dozen photos from different islands.

2. Bohuslän coast, Gothenburg

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You will always be able to find photo opportunities around every corner in Bohuslän. The coastline splits into 8,000 rocky pieces in the Skagerrak Strait, starting north from Gothenburg to the Norwegian border.

The distinctive orange-pink glow from the granite in the rocks reflecting off the sun light, gives your photo a surreal feeling. It is the perfect place for those looking for vibrant surrealistic photos.

3. Gamla Stan, Stockholm

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The Old Town in Stockholm is a must visit. Its narrow alleyways, cobble stone roads, and old buildings takes you back to the olden days. There are many worthy photo spots, just walk around and you will find plenty.

To make the town shot more vibrant, try shooting above the crowd and zoom to isolate certain elements. The Old Town is full of details and interesting colours, as well as unique patterns.

4. Ale Stones, Skåne

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Ale Stones is the Swedish Stonehenge. Some say it is an ancient stone formation of a shipwreck. It consists of 59 stones arranged in a 67 meter long outline and is speculated from the Iron age.

Together with a magnificent view over the hill landscape and Baltic Sea, you can capture some truly beautiful mystic moments. Be sure to bring a wide lens to frame both the Ale stones and the Baltic sea.

5. Bird Reserve, Tåkern

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If you are into wildlife photography, we would recommend you visit the Tåkern Bird Reserve. Home of more than 278 species of birds, it takes patience to get the perfect shot. It is also one of the great photo spots to practice motion photography.

Find the right shutter speed and you will get breathtaking photographs. However, bear in mind the light might affect the outcome as well.

6. Pilgrim Trail

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The deep forests with the occasional lakes, flower fields and medieval churches requires the photographer to use the right balance to capture the one colour-ness. Pilgrim Trail goes on for more than 100 kilometers through stunning nature.

The view changes on the route and you will be challenged to find the perfect frame. Though the forests may not be as colourful, you can still get some stunning results.

7. Malmö, Skåne

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Malmö has some of the most well-preserved historical buildings and shows the might of Sweden’s architecture. The medieval houses can be splendid focus of your photograph and if you go during the early morning, there will not be as many people disturbing.

As well as, take your camera and capture the brilliant modern architecture. The “Twisting Torso” skyscraper, a modern-day architecture masterpiece, is absolutely gorgeous with the blue sky as background.

8. East Vättern Scarp Landscape Biosphere Reserve Area, Vättern

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The UNESCO declared Biosphere Reserve Area is the perfect place for an overview of lake Vättern. It is a lake scenery that you can’t find anywhere else.

The ideal time to get the best shot is during sunrise or sunset. The softer light reflecting on the lake’s surface will reduce the level of contrast and dynamic range.

9. Målerås Village, Småland

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For those wanting more than just landscape views, we suggest you travel to Målerås. It is a relatively small town known for its glass blowing factory.

The factory offers hands on experience with glass blowing. So, seize the opportunity to get great shots with the red-hot glowing glass in focus.  Otherwise, take a stroll in the town and snatch photos of the lives of locals.

10. Uppsala Cathedral, Uppsala

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Not many would think that there are photography occasions in cathedrals. On the contrary, cathedrals offer a wealth of opportunities, with its patterns, lines, features, frames and light. Everything is in place for an interesting composition.

The cathedral was built around the 13th century, with a height of 119 meters. It is the tallest church in Scandinavia, as well as it is a narrow structure, making portrait shots the obvious choice.

11. Brahehus, Gränna

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On the coast of lake Vättern, the castle remains has a panoramic view of the lake and the island of Visingsö, where you can get dramatic shots. The steep and narrow paths will give you a sense of dread.

It may be a small castle, but it remains structurally intact, allowing you to capture a piece of history. Its prime location allows for many photography scenarios.

12. Dalsland Canal, Dalsland

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Often one of the most overlooked spectacular places in Sweden. The 250km long canal was formed after the last ice age creating many long deep rift lakes and was later excavated.

Hidden between the forests, it is difficult to see how it is “Venice in nature”. One of the best photo spots would be on higher grounds exposing the canal cutting through the town.

Short Breaks To Sweden: Where To Go

There is just something about Sweden that attracts people. Many have called Sweden “a holiday paradise” because of the surrounding nature and vibrant cities. With the increase direct flights to Sweden’s many cities and countryside, it has never been easier to take short breaks to Sweden. There are many places to choose from and many things to do.

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Whether you choose to stroll around Stockholm, go kayaking/canoeing in Gothenburg or cycle in Malmö, you will not be disappointed. We understand that when you are on a short break, it is important to make the most of your time. Therefore, we have designed several packages full of adventures and wonders.

1. Stockholm/Uppsala

Stockholm, Sweden’s capital city, is a place full of stunning scenery, great shopping, beautiful architecture and excellent food and drink. Take a stroll on the cobbled streets of Old Town and travel back in time when Stockholm was just the Old Town. Find local independent shops and cafés, and traditional handmade Swedish items back in the day.

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Visit the archipelagos around Stockholm, where each island has its own character. Relax in the wooded islands, and sandy beaches before returning to the city centre to see modern Sweden. Go shopping, visit the many museums or have a coffee in a local café.

You can also take a detour to the neighbouring city, Uppsala, where you will find The Uppsala Cathedral. It was the location for the coronation of Swedish Kings. The cathedral was built around the 13th century, with an impressive height of 119 meters. It is the tallest church in Scandinavia.

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2. Malmö

As a coastal city, outdoor activities are a big part of Malmö’s identity. You can spend an entire day just walking along the waterfront. Combined with the rural beauty of Skåne, Malmö draws people in more than Stockholm on short breaks. Even though it is only the third largest city, the friendly destination has plenty to offer visitors.

Malmö is considered to be one of the best places for cycling. The region is practically made for cycling because of its flat surface. The inner city has extremely well-developed cycling paths, and the long biking routes in the rural area is great way to exercise and explore Sweden.

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Continuing the theme of outdoor activities, Malmö is also the place to have a dip in the ocean and swim in cold waters. The “Kallbadhuset”, Cold Bath House, was built in 1892 and is located at Ribersborg beach. It is a bath house with two large outdoor pools and five saunas open all year round. Nothing beats going into the sauna after a swim in the cold ocean and relax your entire body.

Once in the city, be sure to spend some time to chill in the numerous bars and restaurants located throughout the city. You might even want to check out the long Öresund Bridge, which connects Sweden with Denmark.

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3. Gothenburg

On Sweden’s west coast lies the contemporary city of Gothenburg. Not only is it a prime destination for seafood, it is also the home of Volvo and Sweden’s largest amusement park, Liseberg. You will not be disappointed when you taste the traditional Toast Skagen and fresh oysters. There are also many cafés in the city for you to sit down and admire the living city.

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Be sure to check the city’s event calendar for music, dance, art and cultural festivals year-round. Stop by the Volvo Museum, catch a performance at the Gothenburg Opera House and spend some time on the pier to enjoy the small shops and sea view.

Liseberg in Gothenburg is the biggest amusement park in Scandinavia. There is something for everyone at Liseberg, whether it’s thrill or shrill. Lose yourself on the 41 rides and attractions or attend the plentiful open-air concerts during summer.

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4. Lund

Lund Cathedral is one of the few remaining structures in Sweden that has parts unaltered in 900 years. Being called as Sweden’s greatest piece of Romanesque architecture, the sculpted pillars and the altar dates back to 1123. Upstairs there is a functioning historical astronomical clock from 1380.

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Other outstanding sights include Lund’s open-air museum, which is the second oldest open-air museum in Sweden, opened in 1892. Though several of the museum buildings have been relocated over the years, some have always stood where they stand. There are around 30 exhibition rooms in the main building, allowing you to have a glimpse into Sweden’s past.

Many short breaks to Lund is actually to visit Lund’s university. It is one of Europe’s most prestigious universities with a strong reputation in medical research. There are many museums and noteworthy buildings on campus, however the astonishing beauty of the main campus building is a must see.

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5. Jönköping

Not many cities are as tranquil as Jönköping in Sweden and perfect for short breaks. Located between three different lakes, one of which is Vättern, the second largest lake in Sweden, sixth in Europe. Surrounded by bodies of water and woodlands, its unique magical landscape was captured by the artist John Bauer, known for his illustrations of trolls and forest fairies.

Pay a visit to the Match Museum, where you will learn about how Jönköping became the birthplace of the safety match. Jönköping was the capital for producing safety matches from 1845 to 1970. In the museum, you can find out about the important invention that drove the city’s economy.

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Next to Jönköping, there is the town of Gränna. Resting on the coast of Vättern, it is the place to catch the ferry across to the island of Visingsö. It is an island considered to be a “miniature Sweden”. Gränna is also known for “polkagris”, a traditional Swedish hard candy that resembles candy canes. Watch as the candy makers mix the ingredients and shape the iconic Swedish candy.

It is also where the popular esport gaming event, Dreamhack, is held. During Dreamhack Summer and Dreamhack Winter, thousands of attendees from all over the world gather to participate in the 3 days event. Some even game in the arena, without leaving the building, for the entire duration of the event.

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