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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.

söndag 31 juli 2016

Call 112 in case of emergency.

This scout group has been our guests eleven times before. Different people during all these years but one woman was her when she was 8 years old and still coming back.

They have always good tours with extreme good discipline on our equipment. But this time they had some problem on tour. First one member got a bad back and we have to call in help from 112 with rescue boat from Fire Brigade and Ambulance and transport to hospital in middle of the night. All work out with high standard of professionalism. Next morning another member of the group had the same problem and this time Fire Brigade had to open some road there was closed with chain. After a while an ambulance came to their camp and took the patient to the hospital. I´m thinking of Murphy’s Law. Very nice that the rescue system work with 100% and a bit more, it’s secure for our guests and other people in the area, but sorry that we had to engage it two times during a 24/h period. A great honour to both fire Brigade Bengtsfors for boat rescue and Fire brigade Årjäng for open up closed road and ambulance people from Årjäng.
Resect, and thank you from us at Nordmarken Canoe Center and the Danish group.

fredag 29 juli 2016

The Seven Samurai.

Six against one was the idea. Six females and a young boy on tour in Nordmarken. It all started on one of our “secret” points. They made a very good tour and came back in perfect style and have had a good tour. The last kilometres the got wind from  the back and paddle a bit too long, but came to our Base Camp in good time to hand over canoes to the next group. Some of the younger in the group had a funny Hamburger smile, and I was told they will go the nearest hamburger joint and the way back. Well done all of you and its nice to see that one of the women have been here before on a survival training with, I was told minimum of equipment.

måndag 25 juli 2016

Well done Danish scout´s

Large canoe groups in the DANO Canoe Area is not a good idea. We had a group with 36 people on tour. Some in the group have been our guests before and have listened to us, to go out in smaller groups and so they did in, with 3 different groups and 3 different routes. The new group for taking care of the DANO Canoe Area want to have groups with fewer participants and we at Nordmarken Canoe Center are very pleased that out guests accept this initiative. Well done.

lördag 23 juli 2016

I´m getteing old!

Time again for more than 20 times at Nordmarken Kanot Center. The father took his son on tour several times starting in the early nighties. Back again years after years. This year the father took his grandsons on a charter tour with the whole family. Getting a bit soft now a days and use Hotel and a Hut in town, and I understand that, but they have done more than 175 overnight in the canoe area and that’s about ½  a year on tour. Deep respect.

Very good planning with small children

This family wanted to go on a week tour but realise that the kids was too young. So they made a very good solution. They stayed on our Base Camp for a week and made shorter tours every day with the kids. One evening I took them on a tour to see moose and I even called on wolf and got an answer.

Today they left for going back to Schweitz.'

Back again for tour number 13. Wow !

Back again for a week tour with family. The father has been on tour minimum 12 times before at Nordmarken Canoe Center for real wilderness tours. We are always very happy to see “old Costumers” on tour.

torsdag 21 juli 2016

Warning for forest fire.

Right now 21/7 there is an extreme risk for forest fire. We will remind all paddlers in the canoe area Dalsland - Nordmarken DANO that it’s only allowed to have open fire at the approved campsites.

So be careful when you are out there and remember you are guest in the nature and all land and forest is private owned by local people.

måndag 18 juli 2016

Back to civilisation !

We have had 41 people from a school from Itzehoe. They have been for a wilderness tour in Nordmarken. One evening they heard a wolf pack hauling on the other side of the lake where they had their camp. The full moon made the adventure even bigger. They left this early morning with the camp and equipment in very good order. They took off with a local bus company and will be home after 12 hours.

lördag 16 juli 2016

Back again for The Duke of Edinburgh Award

After a break last year 2015 The Rainford Gymnasium is back again for the seventh time in Nordmarken. They are doing the Duke of Edinburgh Award a hard programme with more than 80 kilometres paddling in 4 days. The participant is planning the canoe expedition during a year with economy, traveling, food supply and a report of the stay in “The Real Canoe Country” Nordmarken.

As usual all did extreme well with good help at a professional staff who follow the group voluntary the whole time. Respect.

torsdag 14 juli 2016

Not Mount Everest, but!

Two of the instructors at Nordmarken Canoe Center in Nordmarken got a new group today with 21 people for climbing at the “Tower”. Almost everybody came to the “summit”, Very well done student from Itzehoe Gymnasium.

Wilderness hike


A youth group from a Gymnasium School have been out on canoe tour for several days. Today a short break at Base Camp, recovery and preparation for a wilderness hike around Nordmarken Canoe Center. This is the light weight pack for 21 people. Dehydrated food and other light weight stuff in the pack.

onsdag 13 juli 2016

Long time no see.

There have been a lot of activities the last weeks. We have groups from Denmark, Germany and England on tour and different activities, Canoeing, Climbing and Mountain Bike Tours. To avoid large groups at the same camp, we try to make smaller groups, good for the guest and good for the nature.

We are right now in the middle of the peak season so there is not too much time to be at the office to write down on the Facebook, Blogg and other social media, but so it is, costumers first.

tisdag 5 juli 2016

Return to Base Camp.

Back to Base Camp Risviken at Nordmarken Kanot Center after a fine 12 day tour in Nordmarken.
This couple have been here before several times and normally they stay some days at our Base Camp before take-off and also a day or two after a tour.
They had a fine tour with a lot of sun but one night here was heavy rain storm but the stay overnight in one of the wooden lean to shelters. Almost empty of other canoers in the area was the feedback report from them.

fredag 1 juli 2016

The Seven Samurais still alive!!!

The Seven Samurais on canoe tour
The leader has been here 4 times before. This time with six other friends. They had a deal that they want to arrive to Base Camp in Risviken at 10 O´clock, the last day, just before a heavy rain will start. But they cane 15 minutes earlier but just hitting the shore heavy rain started, They got real wet but all “survived” of the seven Samurais.

Its never to late!

En far med sina 3 ungdomar har under en vecka bott på vår Base Camp. Gjort kortare och lite längre turer dagligen men återvänt på kvällen till sin lägerplats En kväll tog jag familjen med på en Älgsafari men tyvärr såg vi endast flera rådjur
Men under gårdagskvällen ändrade sig deras tur. På vägen söder om Nordmarkens Kanot Center såg de först en fjorlårs älgko och strax efter en fin älgko med två små ljusbruna kalvar.
De fick en fin bild på den första men kon med kalvarna var för snabba bort från vägdiket. Vi tycker det är mycket trevligt när våra gäster får lite extra upplevelse.