The mighty Tjärnheden, a unique natural area with 365 lakes. And there are plenty of lakes around Abborrträsk. It’s fishing waters are a major reason for the development of the area in recent years.
“This is Sonny, Norrland’s own crocodile Dundee.” This is how the fishing profile begins it’s presentation of Sonny Holmberg in the film “A year in Abborrträsk with Martin Falklind”. Martin’s interest in the area has given rise to the development of the village, but how did he actually discover the place, and what is happening here now?
Already in 2005, siblings Sara and Sonny Holmberg started the company Abborrträsk Natursafari, with a focus on experiences around the local fishing. A few years later, Martin gave a lecture at Hotel Laponia in Arvidsjaur.
– After the lecture, we invited him home for food, and then we went out fishing. Then he was hooked, says Sara.
Since then, Martin has returned to the area several times, drawing attention to Abborrträsk both nationally and in Europe. In 2017, he and Sonny made a film, which today has over 600 000 views on YouTube.
– We clearly notice that above all more younger men have found their way to the area to fish, says Sara.
In autumn 2021, another move was made with the aim of strengthening fishing in the area. Around the village there are fishing associations in Nyvall, Baktsjaur and Abborträsk, but it was difficult to buy a fishing license and to find information.
Together they decided to create Abborrträsk’s fishing center here in the store, where you can find information and maps.
– In total, we have 31 lakes as well as Bäverån and the upper part of Byskeälven, so the supply of fishing water is large, says Sara.
Michael Gällerstedt, chairman of the local store Affärn, has been impressed by the drive that exists ever since he moved to the village a few years ago. Although only 150 people live in the village, there are many different activities and happenings.
– The store is extremely important, both for service and as a gathering point. Then we have the village association that runs the swimming park, scooter hut, baker’s hut and maintains the electric light trail. Folkets Hus is another important association, and in addition there is a fishing association and game conservation area. This makes the village so incredibly alive. That is also so visible to people who visit us.
In recent years, a lot of development has taken place, and not all of it has to do with fishing alone.
– The pitches for overnight stays have been a success. Those who come here are fascinated by living right next to a swimming facility for such a small cost, having a shop and fishing center on the other side of the street, close to a lake rich in fish, access to boats and hiking trails in the area, says Michael.
These new kinds of visitors have also contributed to many memorable meetings, says Michael.
– I particularly remember a cyclist from Switzerland who was going to camp here, but it was raining like crazy when she arrived. Then someone here said that it was fine for her to tent up on the stage, which is partially covered, that night to avoid the rain. Of course she was overjoyed to be up there, completely dry. Many visitors seem surprised at how helpful and friendly people are here. Just doing that little extra can be appreciated so incredibly much.
Text: Malin Johansson
Photos: Per Lundström, Malin Johansson, Kent Norberg, Privat/Sara Holmberg