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Risviken, Sandvika, Årjäng, Värmland, Sweden
Jag heter Preben Mortensen. Varit aktiv med friluftsliv och kanot sedan 1956. Driver Nordmarkens Kanot Center AB med familjen strax söder Årjäng vid Västra Silen. Syftet med denna blogg är att du kan ta del av min vardag och de senaste äventyren och annat som rör aktivt friluftsliv. Gå till så kan du se hela vårt program på Nordmarkens Kanot Center. You can find our English partner on We are also on FACEBOOK print Nordmarken Kanot AB

måndag 18 september 2017

End of canoe season.

We only have a few canoers on tour out in the DANO canoe area. The last days the weather has been very good for canoeing. The nature is full of berries and mushrooms.  The leafs are slowly beginning to change colure’s and in a few days the nature will be very fine.  The night temperature is low now and it can be some frost in the morning just at sunrise. The deer are active now and take a short drive in the afternoon and you will see many.
On the 20th September there is a visit of the Swedish Agriculture minister Sven-Erik Bucht in our town Årjäng, and if there is a chance I will ask him why we have to pay 25% WAT every time our costumer has to pay this tax for hire a canoe, tent, spade, safety wests, or some other outdoor equipment for spending some days in the nature.  I find this very unfair that people has to pay 25% for doing outdoor life with hire equipment.

måndag 11 september 2017

Good with some extra equipment, or?

Autumn, normally rain, some wind and a bit cold weather. But there are still some enthusiasm for canoeing in Nordmarken and the DANO canoe area. Some in this group came back after some years and I think they have seen the TV program from Belgium there was made early spring this year at Nordmarken Canoe Center.  It’s good this time of the year to have some extra equipment on tour.

onsdag 6 september 2017

Back after a fine tour.

Some canoers have luck. This group running the Duke of Edinburgh Award started in fine weather, nice sun, no wind. But after some days the run into another type of weather with some rain and wind. But they came back to Base Camp in Risviken in good order and everyone was happy. When given back canoes and equipment, clean and nice, they had a chance to have a hot shower and I good dinner at Base Camp.

It’s always fine to have good guides and instructors who look after the students so, equipment is given back in good order and had a safe journey.  I thank you this group for a very fine work and responsibilities with the canoes and equipment. They made ca 80 km of canoeing during the 4 days they were out. Respect.

lördag 2 september 2017

New group running the Duke of Edingburgh Award

A new group from Great Britten arrived yesterday to run a Duke of Edinburgh Award. Total 18 students and 4 guides.
Two of the guides have been her one time before this year, also to run a DOEA. They have been her total 12 times before the lasts years with groups from Great Britten.
All these groups arrive via Oslo and then with local but to us in Risviken.  Just now the canoe area is almost empty, so it’s a very good time to make canoe expeditions.
I will mention that the two guides who have been here so many times will next week’s go the Ontario and to Algonquin National Park for a longer canoe tour. I told them to visit the town Peterborough to see the fine canoe museum there.
As I said before, time in early autumn, is perfect for canoeing. Lots of berries and lots of mushroom and fishing are getting better as well.

torsdag 31 augusti 2017

Suveränt av Westrar Wermlands Sparbank

Var i dag 31/8 på Westra Wermlands Sparbank i Årjäng, Blev mycket glad då jag såg då jag såg en större glas kruka full med numera odugliga sedlar. 500, 100, 50 lappar m.fl., fyllde upp krukan. Fick reda på att man kan lägga i pengar i stället för att sända dessa till Riksbanker för växling och banken kommer att dubbla upp den inkomna summa när det är klart. Pengarna kommer att skänkas till Barn Cancer Fonden.  Kul att vara kund i denna bank,  den enda i Årjäng som hanterar reda pengar.

fredag 25 augusti 2017

Free wilderness house,

The canoe season is almost over. Only a few enthusiasts are out on tour in Nordmarken and the DANO canoe area. I call it “The Real Canoe Country” and so it is. Well organised with ca 100 approved campsites, drinking water in almost every lake. People can make tours from real wilderness with Wolf, Moose’s, Beavers and lot of different animals around the lakes. There are also tours where you come to small settlements with shop and other facilities. It’s up to you and we will help you to find a tour you like.

Our wilderness house Bockudden is now free from 26 of August and to next year in to the month of May. It time now to think of coming to do some fine fishing in autumn when both Salmon , Pike, Lake Trout and Perch fishing are on top. Hire of fishing boat is free and included in the price. We also welcome guests when the Ice is on the lakes, so Ice fishing can be done with our help of transport to the hot spot for Ice fishing. So call for information about the Wilderness house Bockudden.

Price will be 1000:- SEK per 24/h for max 6 person including fishing boat. Call +46 (0) 573 38060 or


fredag 18 augusti 2017

Farewell to Lake Västra Silen

Now after an intensive period with guests on canoe tour the last group left us after 10 days at our Base Camp.  Lots of different program and as far as we know the group had a fine time. They left the Base Camp in very good condition, nice a clean but they had to work hard. Good discipline to separate the garbage for the dump. Thank you for taking care of nature for the future and welcome back another time.  From now in the middle of august on to end of September the canoe area will be rely empty only with a few canoers on tour. Good time for gathering mushroom and berries. After some days of rain the wilderness are also now full of fine mushroom right now.
The photo is from the last farewell to the lake from the 40 person group.

måndag 14 augusti 2017

The two Moose Safari

After a whole day of climbing and Mountain Bike half of the Belgian group went to a Moose safari. The day before, as I told on the last info, we saw 31 deer, but on this trip we only found 13 deer but also two large Moose just a few meters from the buss. We try to call them and they came a bit closer just feeding of the small birch trees. We return to Base Camp in Risviken at Nordmarken Canoe Center just before full summer darkness with very fine Wilderness Experience.

söndag 13 augusti 2017

The no Moose drive.

At Base Camp Risviken, Nordmarken Canoe Center we right now has a large group from Belgium for a lot of different activities. MTB. Climbing, Canoeing, Buschcraft and other things. I arrenge with a local bus company 2 Moose Safari near our Base Camp. Last evening we had no luck. But we made a new record. We found 31 dear on the tour. Mostly female with one or two cubs.

torsdag 10 augusti 2017

Piece of cake.

After some hours hard work I stop cutting down timber for the winter.  Timber will be 3.-6 meter long and I have to cut all of it to small pieces. It will take some more hours to do that, but its OK, and I had a good saw but I think I will be a mackinsaw next year.

OK it’s a joke and not my timber. Sorry.

Happy group.

After some days with not so good weather for canoeing we finally got no wind, warm and no rain. The group who was our guests last year started canoe training before they start their journey canoeing in Nordmarken. A young team this time but with very good leaders who take great responsibility for the young canoers. Our leader Tor and Amanda show them all the small tricks how to handle and paddle canoes and how to start and land the canoe on shore.

fredag 28 juli 2017

Fantastisk kanot .

Fick i dag besök av en riktig kanot entusiast. Ett perfekt hemmabygge och en verklig skönhet. Inte många klarar av ett sådant bygge i minsta detalj. Respekt.

onsdag 26 juli 2017

Very fine weather for canoing and some other stuff.

We have had ia period of very fine weather. All canoes are on tour in The Canoe Area Nordmarken. At Base Camp we have had a a family staying 14 days and made short  tours around Base Camp.This family was our guests for the second time this Year.
We have also  run an Adventure Camp  with families , fire making with primitive method’s, Climbing, Canoeing and some wilderness games in the nature. The kids made very good fires and learned a lot  of handling with fire on a safe way.

lördag 22 juli 2017

Sorry the people dont understand the art of silence in nature.

The first group from a Travel Agency came back to Base Camp Risviken after a week’s canoeing in Nordmarken.  A new group arrived to day and will take off tomorrow for another weeks paddling. 
Some guests from Europe don’t understand the way at living in the nature and there has been too much noise on some of the approved camp sites. We are sorry that some guests don’t understand that other folks come to Nordmarken to have good time and will enjoy the silence in the wilderness instead of high voices and loud music in the evening around the campfire.

Wilderness paddling in nature is a form of life style, and it’s not a party time like some large tourist area in south Europe.
We have given the new group a lot of rules and information and do hope they will understand our way of outdoor activities at our Canoe Center and among our college in Nordmarken to give all visitors a good experience and a will to come back.

tisdag 18 juli 2017

Farther and son back for tour number 24.

This father and son have been our guests since 1992. They started 25 years ago but one year they didn’t come so they were back for tour number 24 today... They have done almost 24 weeks in the canoe area, but his year the grand children came with them so the tour was a bit shorter this year. Since they started they had a put up sign on a piece of timber with the different year out in the area but the old tree want down so now we have the fine memory at our reception and we are really proud to have this memory.

måndag 17 juli 2017

All canoes on tour

Today 17/7 all canoes gone on tour. Good for us but not so good for guests who want to make a late reservation. In the and of this month and whole August we do have some free canoes again.

Back after 25 years, WOW

The lady in this family was our guest 25 years ago. Some also in the same family has been our guest several times years ago. Now they return for a week paddling in Nordmarken with their children.
The first night they stay at our Base Camp and had a nice fire in the evening before take-off. It’s a good idea just to check equipment and stuff before starting the tour. As usual it’s always nice with returning guests

fredag 14 juli 2017

The RECON team in Action from Route du Soleil.

Today 14th of July a Recon Team from Route du Soleil in Belgium arrived to our Base Camp in Risviken. They set up the camp for the group who arrive tomorrow so everything will be in perfect order to the participants when they show up.
After canoe instruction, information about the area and how to behave in the nature, rules of fire making etc before they will take off for a 6 days tour in the DANO Canoe area. The following weeks it will be the same on Saturdays and Sundays.

I think this is a follow up of the two TV programs we made this early summer at Nordmarken Canoe Center to be shown in Belgium.

onsdag 12 juli 2017

Klättring långt från att paddla.

Det kommer fortfarande ”gamla” kunder till oss på Nordmarkens Kanot Center.  I går eftermiddag kom en vän till en av våra tidigare instruktörer, som tillsammans paddlat Dalslands Kanot Maraton i en av mina Macfie kanoter. Det var många år sedan. Nu kom han med ett fint kamratgäng och ville prova på klättring på klättertornet. De var ett 20 tal så vi körde på två täter, den ena leden lite enklare och den andra betydligt svårare. Många klarade av att komma till tops under ivriga hejarop från vännerna.

Senare på kvällen ringde en man som i sin ungdom i början på 80-talet var här med sin kompis på en längre kanottur i Nordmarken. Nu ville vännerna göra om bedriften i mitten av augusti, vilket vi ser fram mot.

söndag 9 juli 2017

Back after many years, WOW

Today a lady returns to Nordmarken Canoe Center with her family. She have been a student when I< was a teacher at ÅGY School in Årjäng. She took part for 1 year at Bushcraft guide program with both Canoe activities, Wilderness First Aid, Outdoor life winter time and normal summer Outdoor life.
After school she was at Nordmarken Canoe Center as trainee and took part of a large program with 130 members from a Danish bank that had program in 4 days with a lot of different wilderness activities.

She has been our guest several times since the first time. Again return Business.

lördag 8 juli 2017

Grand old team on tour in Nordmarken.

Last afternoon 7 July the  Odense Sea Kayak Club return to Base Camp at Nordmarken Kanot Center in Risviken after a  week paddling  in ”The Real Canoe Country” Nordmarken. At arrival they took at bath in the Indian Sweat Lodge and a dip in the Hot Tub after, and then in to the lake for a swim.
No photos “all was naked”.
After the bath we help the team to arrange a grill party, and it was a nice evening  and a bit tired team who went to their single tent at our Base Camp 1. They have had a very good tour and almost alone on the camp sites. I was told that they will return next season. Welcome back.

Last day at Risviken and Nordmarken Canoe Center

After a week with perfect weather for canoeing the Duke of Edinburgh group came back to Base Camp in Risviken. They made a long and strong tour and cover all lakes in the south, down to Bengtsfors. Some long portage and then back via lake Svärdlången and Västra Silen. Nice evening after a hot shower and then campfire and then an early return to sleeping bags. After a wilderness week. In the early morning before going back to England a little bit of fine rain. Some of the canoe guides will return in September with another group from England.

fredag 7 juli 2017

Well done, thank you.

Today a family came back after a week in the canoe area Nordmarken. Extremely good and warm weather the whole week. When they came to shore they laid down 3 plastic bags with garbage. One with metal and cans. One with plastic and one with thing that can burn. That’s the way a lot of other canoers can learn from. This family have some of them been our guest before years ago and we are very pleased that guests act the way we tell them. Thank You that you help us to keep the canoe area nice for the future generation and we who live here.

torsdag 6 juli 2017

Great danger for forest fire.

Right now the forest and nature is very dry. It’s dangerous to light a campfire, It´s warm and windy and perfect that accident can happen and we got a forest fire. In the DANO Canoe area it’s only allowed to make a very small fire in these camps and you have to take full responsibilities not to start a wildfire.

But there are more to do in the canoe area. Start early morning just when the sun goes up are just before it goes down, if you are hiding yourself near a shore there is a very good chance to see a moose coming to the lake to drink water. Have had several people who have seen moose or deer at the waterfront. So good luck

tisdag 4 juli 2017

Rainford group back again.

The Duke of Edinburgh Award group from Rainford College are back again this year with total 23 people. This time on a long canoe tour with 3 separate routes they have been planning for about a year. They have done a lot of Canoe- and Bushcraft training in England before arrival to Nordmarken Canoe Center. It´s always nice to have back the teachers and leaders from the School and they have been out guest at least 6 times before with different students every year.

lördag 1 juli 2017

First time in Risviken 1979 WOW.

1979 was the first time two of this group was at Nordmarken Canoe Center. Since  that year they have been back several times. This year  they to a very long and fine tour. First to Järnsjön, then up to Glaskogen and paddling  in some of the fine wilderness lakes up there. Very good weather and during the week and they cower about 25 kilometre a day, They came back and return hired equipment what we call MVG. Thank you and welcome back for a new wilderness tour in the future.

Another repeat business

This couple was our guests 10 years ago with some friends and family. Now they return for a week’s adventure. Children 3 and 5 years old hade a very good time they told me in “secret”. The family made a very good decision to stay mostly at our Base Camp and paddle to some nice beaches in the surrounding of Risviken.

torsdag 22 juni 2017

Be careful

Right now there are very dry in the Canoe area Nordmarken. There is great risk for forest fire in the whole DANO Canoe Area. There is also a fire ban since years ago, and it´s only allowed making fire on the approved campsites.
These campsites you can find on the canoe map and they all have a number. So don’t make large fire in the nature the service team will be out checking that all guest are following these rules to prevent forest fire and so the landowners can be happy and they don’t get there forest burned down.
We at Nordmarken Kanot Center wish you all a fine midsummer and have a nice and good tour in Nordmarken.
The photo is just a campfire to large, so make small fire if you have to and control it carefully and pur lot of water on it before you leave.

torsdag 8 juni 2017

Holmedal Byskola klassorna 1 och 2 på vildmarksäventyr

TV programmera, fiske gäster och i dag en skolklass från Holmedal både klasserna 1 och 2, så det är en del rörelse på Nordmarkens Kanot Center. Alltid like kul med ungdomar på vildmarksäventyr och i dag var det 17 ungdomar, med full fart och bra disciplin som genomförde ett 10-tal olika moment.
En grupp, Lodjuren vann, men gruppen Vargarna kom in som stark tvåa (det var bara två lag)!

Vi hade vädret på vår sida och kunna grillakorv utan att det regnade. Tack till högre makter och ett gäng fina trevliga ungdomar från Byskolan i Holmedal.

tisdag 6 juni 2017

D-Day Overlord 6 June 1044

Today 6th of June was the time for operation Overlord or D-day 73 years ago. Thousands of young boys were killed on the shore of Normandy in the early morning. What have we learned?
I will have a candle burning all day when I’m in the house just to remember with respect.

tisdag 30 maj 2017

Talk in the evening, prepere for the future.

Last evening the canoe outfitters who are member of Scandinavian Canoe Outfitters Association, SCOA, had a meeting with the DANO Service Crew. The DANO Crew, who are the service team who are taking care of the ca 110 approved camps in the canoe area. Checking fire wood, collect garbage from stupid folks leave behind them in the nature and give a lot of service to canoers.

Together with the Canoe Outfitter and the DANO Crew we had a little grill party near a portage between two lakes. Stories, memories from years ago and even how we together can make the Canoe area better in the future for our guest. We do this almost every year and it´s nice to sit in the evening around a camp fire and listen to the nature.  

söndag 28 maj 2017

How to speed up paddling for kids.

This morning a Danish group, with a lot of kids, return to Base Camp at Nordmarken Canoe Center. They started early at camp 80 and the promise was that the kids will get pancakes after  taking care of canoes and other equipment. Everything was done in about one hour and a lot of nice pancakes were served at the camp fire.

lördag 27 maj 2017

Bättre väg för alla

I dag den 27 maj 2017 invigde vi nyasfalteringen m.m. vägen Sillegårdsed –Risviken, bortagande av sten, rensning av klippväggar, kantförstärkning , vitmakering och till och med Hajtänder vid vägslutet. Totalt lite mera än 7 km. Nu efter nästan ett år, med diverse avbrott är allt klart Det är en mycket viktig dag för oss som bor efter vägen. Respekt för de som arbetar för att få till det.
En kuriosa är ju att Peter den Store grundlade Sankt  Petersburg den 27 maj år 1703 och 340.000 engelska soldater evakuerades från Dunkerque just på denna dag  i Operation Dynamo år 1940. 

  det finns historisk vingslag som vi som bor efter vägen kan luta oss mot. Vi har också invigt en viktig händelse med fika vid Badbarnen för ett 70 tal intresserade som bor efter vägen. Suveränt.
Ny generation klipper bandet,

fredag 26 maj 2017

Hard work on Portage.

There are many ways to do a Portage between lakes in Nordmarken. Five fathers with eight kids are on tour n very good weather. Mostly all of them have been our guests some years ago and are now back to “The Real Canoe Country” for a tour to give the young ones there first canoe tour.
The adults have a lot to do but all the young ones are happy to help in camp. Extreme good weather sun, very little wind and no waves so far.

söndag 21 maj 2017

Good fishing, salute!.

Today and the coming week we have fishing guest in our wilderness house Bockudden. 3 fully equipped fishing boat with two fishermen in each. This morning a very good catch with some pikes and one 1.25m long Pike around 10 kilo. A good catch of around 20 Perch. It’s always nice when our guests get fine fish and just in early summer and late summer the fish is very good. There are both Salmon and Lake Trout in the lake but these fishermen are mostly interested in Pike and Perch. Fishermens Heil.

söndag 14 maj 2017

Du skall klara dig i 72 timmar !!!

Under den gångna veckan har man i Årjängs kommun, liksom i riket i stort satsat, på information om hur man vid olika former av kris skall klara sig i 72 timmar.
På vår brandstation visade man en brandbil, en polisbil och när det gavs tillfälle även en ambulans. Det var även en del information av en beredskaps samordnarer.

På lördagen var man på torget i Årjäng. Man tala om hur man handlar om strömmen är borta.  Att man skall ha några dunkar för vatten. Vidare  en KRISLÅDA med några konservburkar, lite ljus, ficklampa, spagetti, tändstickor, personliga mediciner, batteri radio och telefonnummer till anhöriga m.m. Det är även en del andra saker i en sådan ”krislåda”.

Man skall ha möjlighet att med olika friluftskök kunna laga varm mat. På medborgarkontoret i Årjäng finns en del broschyrer om hur man skall handla om världen blir UPP och NED.

Sedan 60 talet har vi på Nordmarkens Kanot Center drivit internationella överlevnadskurser under begreppet WEISS, som står för Wilderness Experience International Survival School. Under 6-10 dygn har vi lärt deltagar, att med minimal utrustning klara sig i vildmark under lång tid.
Personligen hävdar jag att har man bra vana med friluftsliv och tränat detta under turer i naturen, vandrande, med kanot eller bara strövat runt några dygn så är man bra rustas vid eventuella kriser med kunskap om hur man på bästa sätt skall klara sig med bristande resurser.

Det är givetvis stor skillnad om man bor i ett höghus i en storstad eller om man som stadsborna kallar det ”på landet”. Det är två helt olika senarior. På landet har man en mängd fördelar.
Personligen anser jag att man bör ha en praktisk uthållighet betydligt längre än det som politikerna och MSB föreslå, 72 timmar.

I dag är det en uppsjö av Bushcraft kurser, överlevnadskurser och allmänt friluftsliv. Med mera än 60 års vana i just friluftsliv som yrke, förordar jag att ovana tar del i en kurs och övrig information.
Civilförsvarsförbundet, MSB kommuner har i dag en hel del bra information hur man handlar vid kriser i samhället, Skaffa gärna denna information.

Det moderna samhället börja ju bli så bekvämt att det är obekvämt, men många har inte förstått detta. Så vänner ”tänk efter före” och inte när det är för sent. 

Detta i all välmening utan att vara en ”besservisser.


torsdag 11 maj 2017

Shit snow again.

Sometimes as a canoe outfitter I can feel lucky, we have no guest out today. Yesterday a multisport activities for 21 people the whole day in relative fine weather, a bit windy and cold wind. But OK.
Today snowfall in Nordmarken and the canoe area with wet snow, cold and not very nice to be out on a canoe tour. So it will be to stay at the office planning for the canoe season.  

onsdag 3 maj 2017

Happy days, thank you.

Today there will be a 100% better road from Sillegårdsed´s cross and down to Risviken and Nordmarken Canoe Center total ca 8 km. Big machines and a 10 man crew are working from early morning to late evening and nest week the 10th of May we got a very good and safe road. Right now you can reach us from the south without any problem.

Back again after 32 years

This older gentleman from Holland was our guest 32 years ago on a wilderness canoe tour in Nordmarken. He was here two times and then he returns with his 14 years old daughter.
Today he came with his family to show where he 32 years ago had a fine tour. They are hiring a hut in Nordmarken for a week and will return next year.
It’s so nice to have “old” costumers on visit  and also what we call repeat business.

måndag 1 maj 2017

Filming again this time fishing.

Another crew filming at Nordmarken Kanot Center. This time a team of 5 people who made some episode of Pike fishing in the area. The fishing in Nordmarken is well known and some of the lakes are extreme good for just Pike. In some of the lakes there are both Salmon and Lake Trout and some reports this early spring have been very good. The team who was filming use catch and release method.  I was told that they got some pikers more than 100 cm. The film can I show on our WEB when is ready and Visit Värmland will have it to promote fishing in Värmland where Nordmarken is one of the location used this time. A very professional team of 5 people and I hope to see them again in the future .