May 02 2012


Published by at 10:30 pm under Expeditions and Experiences

It’s been a little while since I’ve been posting here. As Torjus mentioned in his previous post I recently visited him in the mountains of southern Norway. It’s been good reconnecting again in person after a couple years of living on different continents, and checking out what he’s been up to. Following are some pictures from the time we spent together.


Our base camp – an earth lodge that Torjus had built some time ago. Though not necessarily an ideal winter location, it’s situated in a good spot for fishing, right next to a lake. It turned out to be a little drafty with the door left open so we later on used a caribou hide as a door flap.

Torjus arranging the fire after we cleaned up the lodge and made slightly elevated sleeping platforms with boughs.

Spring started early this year, and most of the lakes in the valley were already ice-free. We set out several nets for trout and ended up catching quite a few. The trout population in this particular lake is pretty high so most of the fish stay small and many of them have parasites. In the picture above, Torjus is pulling in the day’s catch.

Some pictures of valley and surrounding mountainous area. The weather conditions are very variable at this time of the year, and at any time one may encounter rain, snow or sunshine.

Snow, of course, makes tracking much easier. Here we’re following a fox trail in the mountains…

Feeding sign of two moose on a downed rowan tree.

Roasted caribou head – a delicacy!


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3 responses so far

3 Responses to “Norway…”

  1. Jonason 04 May 2012 at 9:35 am

    Hi Thomas & Torjus
    Beautiful pictures. The house looks charming. I’ve just recently started following this blog. Though i use a steel axe, i find the site inspiring and look for things i can use in my daily life. It’s very satisfying to make the things i need from things i find in the forest.
    From Jonas

  2. Torjus Gaarenon 04 May 2012 at 10:56 am

    Nice pics you took Thomas.

    We usually use a steel axe too. 😉

  3. Anonymouson 19 Oct 2012 at 3:51 am

    I love your site, good educational tools there. peace and love!

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