Ice fishing in Finland is to sit out in the white expanse of the country’s frozen, snow-covered lakes, watching for that tantalising tug on the line, waiting. You’ve walked out over the ice to your favourite spot, perhaps with a friend, and drilled a hole that you now huddle over, waiting. Out here in the middle of nowhere, with no-one else around, the silence rings in your ears at first, fresh snow settles around you, and your mind drifts meditatively away as you stare at the water’s surface, waiting.
And then you might see the tug on the line, the water splashing and writhing as you pull out the first fish of the day. The fish is a bonus though, not the point.
Peaceful contemplation – the mind-set of ice fishing on Lake Saimaa
While you patiently wait for a bite that may never even come, you are simultaneously free to focus on your task undisturbed and to let your mind wander. Seemingly boundless space surrounds you. The experience is almost mystical as the snowflakes glisten in the air and the spring sun beams through the cloud, and, despite the world around you being so still, you know the watery world beneath the ice is a hive of activity. Just like the water beneath you, the busy life of the city seems like another world entirely.