The fact that the lakes are covered with a thick layer of ice doesn’t stop the Scandinavians from fishing. They just drill a hole through the ice and go to it. The only thing that changes is the method of fishing. After passing the bait through the hole, the angler can either relax, sitting in a chair on the ice drinking coffee, or lie down on a reindeer skin, looking through the clear ice to see the fish underneath it. In the north of Sweden the pure mountain water makes for clear, see-through ice, while in the southern parts, the water below is seldom visible. Ice-fishing can be done all over Sweden and Norway, and the necessary gear is available in many stores.
Snowshoes have been used for thousands of years as essential tools for fur traders and hunters needing a way to go through the snow as quickly and effortlessly as possible. Today’s snowshoes are easy to use and require no previous skills. You can either go on marked hiking trails or venture into the wilderness where no one has tread before you. Snowshoes can be rented at most winter resorts in Sweden and Norway, showshoe trekking becoming an increasingly popular pastime. If you try this for the first time, it is recommended that you follow a marked snowshoe trail.