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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.

tisdag 30 augusti 2016

Get fast to canoe area in Nordmarken.

Late summer in Sweden, but very good weather like what someone call” Indian summer”. September is normally a very fine period for canoeing and good fishing start now.  We got guests from England via Stansted and Rygge Airport. It takes only a few houers from Rygge to us at Nordmarken´s Canoe Center in Risviken near Årjäng. Some come to us via Bus and some hire a car and can start there canoe tour after some hours. I do hope that Rygge Airport will be in operation in the future.


torsdag 25 augusti 2016

Back again , WOW !

These four gentlemen have been our guests since middle of the eighties and have visited us at Nordmarken canoe Center more than 10 times the last years. One was also here with his family some weeks ago.

The weather was not so good to day, so I took them to a remote starting point so they fast could find on of the wooden shelters on one of the more 110 approved camp sites in  Nordmarken. It’s always good to come to camp sites and use the shelter instead of setting up tent in heavy rain. This is one of the advantages to pay the nature fee and use the different camps. There is also environment toilet, fire pit and fire wood on these camps sites.  The weather forecast shows that the weather will be very fine tomorrow and we are pleased that sun will shine in the canoe area.

onsdag 24 augusti 2016

It can only be better -or?

Some people cover missing experience with equipment and other missing equipment with experience. One of these two Guys have been here at Nordmarken Canoes Center nine times and have participate in several WEISS training both summer and winter from basic training to extreme survival.
His friends have also been here before to practice out some different equipment and himself. This time they will be out for several days without almost nothing, No food, no sleeping bags, no tent, or tarp etc. but only some different equipment to test, to have in a Bugout bag in the future.
Strong programme but that’s the situation in a real survival situation, you can’t take what you want, you have to deal with what you have and use your experience learned during a lot of days and night in the nature, in different weather condition, both sun, rain, snow and cold.

In a bad situation never give up, it can only be better!

måndag 22 augusti 2016

Familj gudstjänst i naturen.

På söndag eftermiddagen 21/8 var det en familj gudtjänst på Nordmarkens Kanot Center i Risviken. Det var Svenska Kyrkan i Nordmarken som bett att få komma hit för denna aktivitet. Ortsbor från tätorten och grannar kring Risviken mötte upp. Ett 30 tal samlades runt lägerelden och efter själva gudstjänsten har vi ordnat en tipspromenad med en del kluriga frågor angående kanot, fiske och allemansrätten. Det blev också korvgrillning och en del av nyanlända ortsbor hade med sig knyte som speglade deras matvanor respektive hemländer. Barnen provade på kanot och först i kvällningen avslutade en del denna kombinerade friluftseftermiddag.

lördag 20 augusti 2016

20 days on tour WOW.!

This family with the youngest boy age 4 year has been out 20 days in the canoe area DANO. They have been in almost every lake and have uses canoe wheels to paddle in lakes where there is almost nobody on tour. 
During this period they had 3 days with too much wind so the used an indoor “camping” at one of our colleges. Great when parents take there young ones out on tour and introduce them to outdoor life. I was told when they came back to Base Camp in Risviken at Nordmarken Kanot Center and are looking forward to another year in the area.

onsdag 17 augusti 2016

Thank you to all of you.

I am like cheese or whisky, get better and better every year. No, steps are shorter and not so often as before, but the spirit for nature, canoeing and bush craft is still there even if I got 84 years of age this day. I will say a great thankyou to all mail, phone calls, visit and memories from friends, families, colleges and costumer.
You are all in my memories and do I hope to see all, or at least some of you on the free water, around a camp fire, build up with dry wood.
Keep our nature clean and dip you paddle in fresh water, build up you camp on safe places and don’t hurry.

 Thank you all.
Preben M

tisdag 16 augusti 2016

9 insentive days.

After 9 intensive days the group from JEUNESSE & SANTE with 35 participants went home to day and will land in Brussel late this evening.

Weather from almost storm, to days with heat and sun, was the situation for the group. The days with canoeing and climbing were calm and sunny so we had luck. Lucky us also with 35 people on Base Camp in Risviken and heavy rain, is not a good because some of the young kids don’t have experience in camping in rain. But with some extra assisters we all made it and it’s a happy group going home after these days full of wilderness activities. I think the 5 instructors from the organisation are a bit tiered, making food, shopping, activities and a lot more, but they did very well.

torsdag 11 augusti 2016

Better with some sun!

Finally some fine weather instead of storm and rain as the two last days. Our group for Belgium had a fine day with Mountain Bike and cliff climbing in sunshine and no wind- Almost everybody of the 35 people in the group made it to the top ca 25 m up.
Very well done and our guides was very pleased to work with this young folks. But 7 hours of securing the climbers is hard work for the one in charge of security, well done. Respect to the group for following our rules. Thank you.

tisdag 9 augusti 2016

Bad weather, so what?

Half storm, big waves, some rain a 35 people from Belgium who want to go canoeing for some days. They are here at Nordmarken Canoe Center for 10 full days.  There will be other programme as Climbing, Mountain Bike, Wilderness skills, Bushcraft and some Wilderness games as well.
We do need sun and no wind to let the group having a good time, but we can change the program to fit in to the weather situation, no problem.

At the same time we have a TV crew from Canada making a TV program about canoeing and water sport in Värmland. They also have some slight problem with the weather, but even that we can handle with good help from VISIT VÄRMLAND.  The TV program is a part of the IDA Project to get Värmland better known in Europe. They started about 0600 this morning to get some good pictures from the nature around Nordmarken and Risviken. Now they took off for new places to film.

onsdag 3 augusti 2016

At least a dozen tours in Nordmarken.

The father in this group started canoeing at Nordmarken Canoe Center in the beginning of the 80 – ties. This year back again after at least a dozen tours in Nordmarken and he will be back in late August with the 3 friends who are coming back year after year, We are pleased to have them back for a new tour to one of our special places. Where, is a secret, only we know and tell a few? So it is.

En vanlig dag på jobbet.

Två entusiastiska pojkar har genomfört en kanottur med sin far. Den ena 8 år den andra 10 år gammal. Vid hemkomsten förklarade 8-åringeni detalj hur de hade paddlat, övernattat och om andra upplevelser. Kul när ungdom får ett fint intresse för att paddla kanot  och friluftsliv.