Having just got back from a weeks canoeing in Sweden I thought a short piece for the blog would be appropriate. I traveled with my long time friend Gary.
We arranged our stay in Sweden with Nordmarkens-Kanot-Center. Preben Mortenson the owner of Canoe Centre made us feel extremely welcome and nothing was too much trouble. The centre is very well equipped for all outdoor activities. I would certainly recommend staying with Preben and Nordmarken if you were planning an outdoor break in Sweden. Thank you for such a great time.
|Nordrmaken Canoe Centre|
We arranged flights with Ryan Air travelling into Rygge Airport. Catching a bus into Oslo and a coach into Arjang Sweden before onward travel to Risviken where the Centre is based. Total travel time without delays about 8 - 9 hours. Though we had delays on both outward and inward flights.
|Bus from Rygge Airport to Oslo|
|Beach at Risviken, Nordmaken Canoe Centre|
|Looking at from the beach at Risviken, Nordmaken Canoe Centre.|
I make no apologies for the picture heavy content of this blog. The whole idea was to have a do nothing week in the woods which was exactly what we got. I have to say how chilled and relaxed I feel.
The Sunday morning saw us weather locked in the dern. However, in the early afternoon we started the walk back to the centre to collect the canoes and begin the water part of the trip.
|In the bay Sunday afternoon|
|Sunday early evening|
|Gary paddling out|
|Home made Hobo Stove|
|Bacon & Polar bread|
Breakfast was generally hot rock cooked bacon with polar bread. One of the most enjoyable simple meals I have come across.
On Tuesday morning we struck camp and packed the canoe up and paddled off to another dern further down the lake. I planned that I would live out of my Tatonka Camp Duffle for the week. Everything inside being placed into orderly and labelled dry bags, just in case the worst happened. This worked a treat.
|Maps at each Dern location|
Wednesday we again packed up and moved by canoe to another site location further down the lake. The fishing at this point was becoming a bit of a joke as I hadn't caught anything an ongoing fact that Gary occasionally reminded me of....................
Once camps were established then I decided that it was time to go fishing again. This time with more success I managed to catch a Northern Pike on a lure I had brought with me from the UK. This fish supplemented our protein intake that evening.Having never eaten Pike before apart from the pin bones it tasted a bit like cod. I cleaned & and filleted the fish and Gary cooked it up. Hot Rock Chilli Pike.
Thursday saw us move again but not before our normal breakfast. However, for some it was a triple day as we had a hard paddle into the wind to our next destination... Triple Bacon powered paddling.
Today it dawned on me that it was going to be my last night on the canoeing phase before heading home to Risviken on Friday and the end of my stay. It had been such a relaxing time.
|Arrival at the final location|
|Final sunset on a wonderful trip|
Once back at Risviken camp we setup and started the admin...once completed a final wander around the great facilities at the Nordmaken Canoe Centre which includes a Swedish Sauna and wood fired and heated hot tub, something for the next visit. I have too many picture's to publish them all I hope that you have enjoyed my little report of my week in Sweden.
|Admin prior to the return journey to the UK|
Thanks for reading.