|The beauty of views spellbinds and empower us to moving forward|
Guest story by Mikhail Kadyrov and family, Russia
In July 2015 a family of four (father, mother and two sons 15 and 13 years old) decided to throw a challenge to the comfort of running water, downy beds, Internet and other blessings of civilization and dive into the wild, ocean limitless and grandeur of the mountains.
The best place for implementation of our plans appeared to be Senja Island where campings are extremely rare, renting a rorbu costs as presidential suite, but in compensation beauty fjords, fantastic sunsets and trophy fishing are easy of approach.
What is the best way to get acquainted with the country and to see as much as possible? – Travel by car, walk a lot and stay in a tent! Well, having quickly packed our baggage the family crew started its way strict to the North to cut through almost 2000km between home and a dream.
Our route crossed Finland along Tornio River. It was just impossible to drive past this place without making a stop. Minimalistic beauty of the Northern nature magnetized us. As a result we arrived to Senja only by the third day of the journey having caught three pikes from Tornio river instead of salmon or grayling for which we had to buy crazily expensive fishing license.
Norway welcomed us ‘with open arms’: gloomy,+12 С, windy, raging sea. We can’t even imagine what an extreme trial would be such a simple thing as pitching a tent! And this was just a beginning.
Our camp was situated near fishing base Mefjord Brygge. The base is located in the unique place. Number of hiking routes starts from the village that allows to walk around the whole long length fjord. Can you imagine what a beautiful place it is?
View from the camp
Ten days of our holiday we stayed in the tent, absolutely for free. Others preferred rent warm rooms – wimps J.
Do you think we were the oddest ones? There was one odder person. At the very first morning we met a guy with parachute just at the entrance to our tent. Where he was from and how he was going to take off? We didn’t get the answer, but agreed that the best views are from the top.
Inspired by this guess we moved our boots to the mountains!
|Our competitor for title of the oddest person|
The routs classified by the Norwegian hiking guides as “medium difficulty” in reality for office workers can be equated to the act of bravery or experiment for assessment of human body reserves.
By short exhaustible treks of 10-20 meters we slow but sure were moving to the top.
|The top is nearby|
The beauty of views spellbinds and empowers to moving forward.
It is said that the higher in the mountains the colder it should be. It might be the truth, but when we reached the top, we were steaming with the sweat. It is hot in Norway sometimes!
By the way eagles are nesting at surrounding cliffs. We saw two birds flying down to the sea for fishing.
Finally the day of fishing came. Rented boat inspired confidence – big, stable, fast-speed. Our hearts missed a beats like before riding Russian mountains.
So here we are in the open sea. First fishing brought us two cods, seven and nine kilograms.
|The first fish!|
Men flew into passion, but not mother. Her feeling of endless delight was changed with unexplainable discomfort due to combination of waves and view of limitless sea. Continuous rolling and pitching threatened to make a storm inside the boat and we had to return to the base. The boat was prepaid for next six days but prospects for fishing appeared to be miserable L
It was decided to try fjord fishing. When there are waves in the sea, it is relatively quiet inside the fjord. Men’s part of the crew sadly stared after other boats leaving to the open sea for trophies.
So we casted our lines – and first bite did not keep us waiting! Come out hard. What is it? It’s 12 kg cod. Hooray, miracle happened! Then another one, and another … Fantastic fishing! We have seen such a big fish only on TV before now!
We have seen such a big fish only on TV!
Well, what do we do with this amount of fish …? There is everything you need to save your catch. Fillet room is well equipped, especially impressive is a fridge. Just imagine a fridge in which several people can enter all at once! Yet, you need to have relevant skills to use this stuff. Looking how “successful” we were gutting a cod, local fisherman showed us how to make a fillet commenting his actions in Norwegian. We learnt to fillet the fish, but kindly ask Norwegian speaking people to say thank you to the old gentleman wearing spectacles who often comes to the pier to enjoy the sunset.
By the way it is very warm aura on the base. Local staff, Misha and Radek, are very friendly guys. When we asked for a good place for camping, they just jumped into the car and showed three suitable locations around the village. Their advices on workable baits and transportation of our catch can’t be overestimated.
In sum, six days of fishing passed as one moment. Last day was devoted to fishing as many spices as possible, we managed to get eight: cod, torsk, red fish, haddock, ling, coalfish, mackerel and capelin. Only the dream of any angler, halibut, was not conquered by us.
One more trophy!
Of course next summer we are planning to spend in the warm country, take the sun and swim in the sea. But why did we write this story? … Probably, so as the prizes would go to the others and we would stop dreaming of returning to Mefjord Brygge to finally get the halibut or king crab, or maybe even taste them in the local restaurant that we had not reached this time.