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Photographer: Hans Kongbäck

The fishing village of Spiken

A vibrant fishing village

The fishing village of Spiken is one of Europe´s biggest freshwater harbours. In summer it's bustling with life and tourists. Handicrafts, local delicacies and freshly-smoked fish are just som of the treats on offer. 

Spiken in summer is a delightful hive of activity, with throngs of tourists mixing with the fishermen who work here. The smoke-houses are operating at full capacity and you can purchase freshly-smoked fish, freshwater fish, processed products, local delicacies and our superb vendace roe.

There are many local artisans offering a variety of handicrafts: rag rugs, clothing, ceramics, art, jewellery, wire crafts, skincare, specialist spice mixes and much more.

Dining and Cafés

You are sure to eat and drink well while in Spiken, with a range of first-class restaurants and cafés to choose from. Enjoy a fish platter or maybe a salmon pizza on one of the jetties, with the water lapping in the background. 


In summer you can play a round of mini golf. Numerous boat tours also depart from the fishing village of Spiken. Take a look here! In autumn when the vendace fishing is under way you can join a special guided tour, including the extraction of the roe.

If you have your own boat, you can launch it from Spiken. Fishing from the beach or a boat is an excellent relaxing activity. Fishing is free provided you are using sport-fishing equipment.

Fishing around Kållandsö island

Of Lake Vänern’s 60 or so professional fishermen, 13 operate at Spiken. Catches consist of zander, burbot, pike, perch, vendace, salmon trout and salmon. Zander is the most sought after and fetches the highest price. Some of the catch goes to the fish auction in Gothenburg, but the majority ends up in Spiken and is chiefly sold in processed form, smoked and as a filling in baguettes.

Contact information

Spikens Fiskehamn

Spikens Fiskehamn

53199 Lidköping

Phone: +46

E-mail: info@spiken.se

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