Hornavan is Sweden’s deepest lake with a maximum depth of 221 metres. The lake is regulated for electricity production and has a hydroelectric power plant on the shore. It is also a popular tourist destination in Lapland.

Hornavan’s power plant was built to produce electricity in the 20th century. The power plant produces electricity that generates many households in northern Sweden.



Hornavan is the deepest lake in Sweden

Lake Hornavan is located in the Skellefteå region and is the deepest lake in Sweden. The surface area of Lake Skellefteå ranges from 220 to 283 square kilometres. It is 425 metres above sea level, making it one of the highest lakes in Sweden. The lake flows into the Skellefte River and is surrounded by forest and farmland.

Fish species found in Lake Hornavan

Hornavan fish to catch in the lake include:

  • Lake trout
  • Perch
  • Whitefish
  • Great whitefish
  • Sandeel
  • Sandfish
  • Planktonic
  • Aspsik
  • Moosefish
  • Pike
  • Perch
  • Bluefish
  • Grayling
  • Trout

The fish life cycle in Lake Hornavan starts in the sub-catchment

The Skellefte River is one of the largest rivers in Sweden. It is about 350 km long and has a catchment area covering about 5% of Sweden’s land mass. The river flows into the sea. Most of the catchment area is forest (53%). Run-off from the catchment area is through the river and its tributaries such as Storkålen and Överselången.


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