HIGHLIGHTS All programmes are PRIVATE! Experience a moment as a traditional seine fisher. Take a boat to see the traditional fishing huts Guaranteed smoked whitefish! Feast on the fish, blueberry pie and coffee by an open fire while listening to the stories. Learn to gut your own catch! Enjoy a refreshing swim in the lake. Enjoy the unique lake scenery in Lake Jerisjärvi surrounded by the fells. Learn about the 500-year history of hunting and fishing in the area.
Your day by Lake Jeris begins, when you arrive at the private shores of Jari. Take the short walk (50m) to the water, where we shall take the boat to see the Keimiöniemi fishing huts. They are located only few minutes away. Your host, the master story-teller Jari describes you the past and present of the lake and the fishing huts. Jari’s family has lived by Lake Jeris in Keimiöniemi since the 1830s and fishing has always been a central part of life both as a source of livelihood and for household needs.
We shall return to Jari's private shore, where you will learn the secrets of traditional seine fishing. Now you can yourself experience how the family has lived and fished for centuries. The seine is taken to the lake on two boats and thrown into the water. There is room for some fishermen on the boats and the rest can enjoy the majestic fell scenery on a rowing boat. You can also admire the scenery from the shore sitting by a open fire.
The seine is then slowly reeled to shore and of course you will have a chance to guess the amount of fish. The best guess will be rewarded as soon as the seine reaches the shore. The silvery whitefish are immediately gutted, a skill, which also you you can learn. You will be taught by a local professional fisherman. While the whitefish are being smoked you can go for a swim in the lake or pet the the family’s cat and the dog.
As soon as the whitefish have turned deliciously copper in the smoke oven it is time for the meal. Traditionally you eat the whitefish with your fingers and as a dessert you will enjoy coffee made by the open fire accompanied with a delicious blueberry pie. Picked by the family! You will hear storiens about the exciting local legends told by the master story-teller.
Duration: 3,5 – 4 hours Programme includes: The total experience of seine fishing, freshly smoked whitefish, coffee made by an open fire accompanied by the fresh home-made blueberry pie, a journey in time to the history of the Keimiöniemi fishing huts by the master story-teller, stories and legends by an open fire, possibility to swim. Price: 97€ / adult Group size: min.4, max. 8 adults. Bigger groups, please contact for a quotation. At your service throughout the programme: Professional guide and assistant guide (professional fisherman) Availability: From the beginning of June until the end of September Equipment: According to the weather, windproof and warm clothing are recommended. Swimwear are an option. Languages: Finnish and English Arrival: you can park your car 50m from the shore Reservations: please, contact the day before by 18:00.
Meet the Magical Shaman of Lapland
Within about a half-hour drive from Levi, in the shade of the Pallas-Ylläs National Park lies Lake Jerisjärvi. On the edge of the Northern lake, in Keimiöniemi, lives the Shaman of Lake Jerisjärvi.
Jari Rossi was born and grew up by Lake Jerisjärvi right in the Keimiön Koukkaus peninsula, where his ancestors have been living since the 19th century. His parents' work forced Jari to leave Lapland for few years but after growing up he decided to return to Lapland to the land of his ancestors.
Still he practices the same sources of livelihood as many generations before him. These consist old school fishing methods, cooking with open fire, hunting and storytelling.
With wilderness guide Jari found his passion to work by organizing authentic experiences for everyone to enjoy Lapland. At present the company offers everything from ice fishing and hunting trips to meeting the real Shaman.