Gardiken is a lake in the municipality of Storuman in Lapland and is part of the Björkvatts valley in the main catchment area of the Ume River. The lake is situated at an altitude of 1 000 metres above sea level. It has an area of approximately 6,3 square kilometres and a length of approximately 4 kilometres.

The lake is surrounded by forests, mountains and rocks with an average depth of about 20 metres. Gardiken takes its name from the Swedish word for “dam” because it was built to regulate the flow of water from Storuman to Luleå during periods of high water levels in the Umeå River.



Gardiken is a lake in Sweden. Lake Gardiken is 61.5 metres deep, has an area of 56.7 square kilometres and is 391.1 metres above sea level. It was formed by the melting of glaciers during the last ice age and has a maximum depth of 61.5 metres and an area of 56.7 square kilometres, making it the third largest lake in Sweden after Lake Vänern and Lake Vättern respectively, with an altitude of 391.1 metres above sea level.

Fish in Gardiken – what kind of fish should we catch here?

The lake in Sweden is a popular fishing spot. During test fishing, perch, char, whitefish and trout have been caught in the lake. These fish are popular to eat and are also good to catch.

Description of Lake Gardiken in Sweden

The lake is a large body of water located in northern Sweden. The lake has an outlet at its eastern end which flows into the Gulf of Bothnia. The outlet is Gardikfors power station, which is a 60 MW power plant operated by Vattenfall. It was built in 1983 and provides electricity to around 600 000 people in Sweden.


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