Jakobsmäss (The last Sunday in July) is the time of the year when then whitefish is traveling upstream. For centuries the locals have celebrated the arrival of the whitefish with a harvest festival, to honor the whitefish on both the Swedish and Finnish side of Kukkolaforsen.
People from far and near gathered to celebrate the wandering whitefish´s arrival and to enjoy the grilled and smoked whitefish.
Kukkolaforsen is surrounded by a lovely smell of fresh grilled and smoked whitefish. The whitefish is grilled in the traditional Kukkola way on a stick and over an open fire. Not many visitors can resist that. The whitefish festival is a culinary feast.
Even if the whitefish is the central part of the festival, it also offers a wide range of activities. Whitewater rafting is popular and there will be local artists, folk music, dance, and entertainment.