The locals call it Nord Norge…

Another tough day in the office. Pic: Mike Brewer.

After another successful TPC steep creeking trip (http://tomparkercoaching.co.uk/trips/norway__steep_creeking/) and the hilarity of the Sjoa Kayak Festival, it was time to head north. Proper north. We’ve always talked about it but inertia has always set in but this year we managed to get it togerther. First stop was Hatfjelldal (hatmountainvalley), a mere 9 hours north of Sjoa…

The Amusingly named ‘Dusjboof’ on the Upper Susna. Pic: Hugh Graham.

Hatfjelldal is a smashing area for boating, bag loads of rivers packed in a small area and plentiful wild camping.

Camping in Hatfjelldal. Pic: NH.

After a few days, Nick and I headed back to Sjoa to pick up Sarah and Emma, while the rest of the team headed north to a farmhouse that some friends were kind enough to let us use.

Jasper suffering the mind-numbing boredom of Norwegian roads. Pic: Sarah Tebb.

The farmhouse, in Beiardalen, north of the Arctic Circle was lovely and we spent a few days there checking out the Beiauga and it’s tributaries. Acouple of particular gems were the Grautauga and the Tverrauga. The Grautauga was smashing fun class 3, whereas the Tverrauga involved a few km walk to this sort of thing:

Finn Burrows launching into the Minitron. Pic: Hugh Graham.

The Minitron was the highlight of the run but it was jam-packed with excellent slides and finished at a lovely swimming spot, which was nice.

Check out http://www.vimeo.com/27763643 for the trailer of

Vanilla Jesus, a short film by Nick Horwood, charting our northern adventures, coming soon to the internet.

Finally, a massive thanks to the Heggems for letting us stay at their farmhouse!

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