3 days in Sapmi at the same camp with tent and wood stove (short video). Catching fish, a day trip away from camp in a canoe, make candle sticks, birch bark container and leather bag, cooking fish over campfire, washing cloth etc. Open the full video description for more information.
This is the short version – here is the long version
Date: 07-08-2019 to 09-08-2019
Day: 10°C (50°F)
Night: 8°C (46,4°F)
Sapmi (the land of the Sami people), fresh water river, forrest and mountains. I will not tell where I am in Sapmi, just that I am somewhere in Sapmi.
Water, chaga tea and hot chocolate. Dish with fish (pike), salt, oregano, wok vegetable mixture and tomato source. Pike over fire with no seasoning. Wild cloudberries and blue berries. Store bought pizza that just need some heat. Crispbread with syrup and apricot jam. Pancakes (just water and flower) with apricot jam.
A few questions:
1. Is the water safe to drink?
Yes. Sapmi is clean (and cold) and all water is safe to drink, especially on remote locations. Meltwater from nearby mountains.
2. You did you keep the matchboks design so simple?
The plan was not too but the birch bark turned out to be a bit too dry and brittle and I made a quick one. Also just not the best chose of joint to use on a design without using glue. Will make another one next time I have acces to ideal birch bark and glue so it can become water proof. The bark was in this case not green cut from a green tree, but just some dead bark about to fall off a green tree – offen not ideal bark, but sometimes manageable. The ideal is to use green bark cut from living trees doing the harvesting season in spring – it is a lot more fleksibel and don’t need hot water before bending.
3. Any tips about fishing with a fishing rod?
No. This was one of my first times using a fishing rod. I usually do my fishing with nets… I barely know the names of the gear I did use or how to use it… but lovely experience to do some fishing with a rod and will defiantly spend the time learning more about it… but so far I don’t have the experience to give any tips – not other than ask locals, the local fishing gear store and use the internet.
4. What kind of leather did you use for the bag?
Unknown. Just some thin and very soft skin from a local store.
5. What kind of sewing kit is that?
Traditional sami belt sewing kit, homemade. Just a small one you always carry with you – in base camp will you have a bigger sewing kit. You can find a few closeup photos on my instagram.
6. What knife are you using?
Puukko, homemade. Traditional Scandinavian knife design. Video about how I made it on the youtube channel.
7. You got a new wood stove! Do you like it?
Yes. Very enjoyable to be able to see the fire and very useful to be able to cook directly on flames. Seams to provide some great heat as well. It is heavy, but no problem to bring it along on canoe trips and or sled doing winter. Brand and model number is listed on the gear list.
8. What kind of soap did you use?
Traditional bar soap, just cut into small pieces. Use that for washing hands and washing the shirt.
9. Can you give a few point on what makes the wooden clothespins works?
Yes. You want a piece of branch with a knot or similar in one end preventing the split to go any further. The bigger the diameter of the stick, the tighter the clothespins hold. Splitting the wood like I do in the video is a great safe way to do it – just make sure to hold the knife and work piece exactly like I do it (so you are unable to cut yourself in case the splitting goes faster than expected).
10. Why did the fish say that sound when you killed it?
It is just my hand squeezing air out of the fish – very common sound if you hold a fish tight on the stomach or sometimes the fish release some air on its own. Dead or alive fish – they all make a variation of that sound. So the fish is not screaming or anything like that – it is dead.
Website including gear list and other basic information