“AT VARANGER LODGE WILDERNESS CAMP, APPRECIATING NATURE MAKES PERFECT SENSE.”
– We want to take people back in time, to a place where everything is connected to nature, says Varanger Lodge skipper Edgar Olsen.
Varanger Lodge Wilderness Camp is a leap to an era of living off nature’s bounty and trading resources between tribes and peoples. Here, at the very top of Europe, people from Northern Finland have traditionally traded goods for fish in the region.
Edgar, a native of Nesseby fishing village by the Varanger fjord in Finnmark, Northern Norway, saw it fit to follow local tradition when designing Varanger Lodge Wilderness Camp.
– Like for the lodge a few years ago, we used sustainable and natural materials when building the camp. We got the logs for the cabins and sauna from Finland, the way trade has worked up here for ages, says Edgar.
SIMPLE LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL
The Wilderness Camp lies by a lake not far from your high-class accommodation at Varanger Lodge, right in the rocky and rolling natural terrain characteristic of this part of the world. Strewn with countless lakes and rivers, the rough beauty of the landscape sets the tone for an authentic experience in the arctic wild.
– We have a philosophy that we follow: always respect nature, never take more than you need. If we need a meal, we’ll fish a meal. Everything comes back around so best be humble, Edgar explains.
At Varanger Lodge Wilderness Camp, appreciating nature makes perfect sense. Located eight kilometres from the nearest road, the camp can only be reached by hiking and boat in the summer and skiing or snowmobiling in the winter. The environment changes with the seasons, and the camp is like two different locations in January and July.
There’s no electricity, no running water… and no Wi-Fi. It all comes down to the bare essentials like keeping your cabin warm and getting your next meal. Life is easy when stripped of the unnecessary hustle and bustle we call modern society.
YOUR FRESH NEW PERSPECTIVE
The Wilderness Camp is designed for Varanger Lodge visitors with a taste for something genuinely wild and serves as a base camp for fishing and hunting adventures. Arctic berries are available outside the door and natural phenomena like the Northern Lights have their home here. The experience is all inclusive and always comes with your personal guide.
The camp consists of three buildings by a lake: two cabins and a traditional Finnish log sauna. The guide cabin has two beds and a kitchen, while the guest cabin has four beds. The camp also has cooking facilities outside.
– This is a true nature experience. The area offers amazing fishing year round, and you don’t have to be an experienced fisherman to catch your food. Getting back to basics like cooking and eating your own catch is enough to give anyone a fresh new perspective to life, Edgar sums up.
All you need is an open mind and the will to discover something new – after all, isn’t that what holidays are all about? Face the wild, forget the daily grind and remember that you are in good hands – your expert guide has your back at all times.