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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 www.nordkanot.se så kan du se hela vårt program på Nordmarkens Kanot Center. You can find our English partner on www.nordmarkencanoeuk.co.uk We are also on FACEBOOK print Nordmarken Kanot AB

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.