This will be another post about the beauty of experiencing nature – way up north in Norway at the latitude of 70°N, an Arctic Adventure – about feeling alive and challenging the natural elements. Far away from the stressful and noisy urban life where you meet a serene natural environment.
In my last post, I told you about our rafting trip in the Barents Sea where we captured king crabs in Jarfjord on our way back to the Arctic Adventure Resort. It went like this (click all the pics to enlarge):

KingCrabCatching #2 KingCrabCatching #9
We had a diver in the crew on the rafting boat and after diving for about 15 minutes, he came up with 4 – 5 king crabs in each hand.
KingCrabCatching #7 KingCrabCatching #5

You need nearly one crab each (we where 20) for dinner and after a while we had to search elsewhere to get enough. Then we passed a Bird Mountain! I told you this was about the beauty of nature and this was just taking our breath away:
Arctic Adventure BirdMountain #1 Arctic Adventure BirdMountain #5
It was a special kind of Arctic seagull called Krøkje – about 600 of them – watching over their nests and keeping their eggs warm. Going closer the experience is hard to explain with words; Seeing them, hearing them, just being among them – it was amazing: The beauty of nature – a once in a lifetime experience.

As if this wasn’t enough, I’ll give you another wild beauty from the same area:
Sea Eagle in Norway
This one is captured by a good friend; Bernt Nilsen, CEO of ECDL Norway – A Sea Eagle in flight with its prey in its claws.

On our way back to the Arctic Adventure Resort, we where hungry for food and looking forward to the great meal. So after steaming the King Crab for 20 minutes, we were served the most delicious seafood dinner – you can’t get it more fresh as it was almost crawling off the plate:
KingCrabPlatter KingCrabDish #2
It taste something between crab and lobster. Yes; you use scissors to open the legs!

Then to my faithful readers and everyone else who have followed my last posts about my Arctic adventures:
After eating, it was time for the hot tub. Its a very old Nordic tradition either to warm up a sauna or an out door tub warmed on a fire (no electricity our in the rural you know!) sitting in it makes your body nice and hot – and then – either from a sauna to run out rolling in the snow, or from a hut tub to dive into the lake or sea. When we were there last weekend, it was 5C (41F) in the air and in the fjord. Adding to that: These pics was taking around 1AM – we are talking about The Land of The Midnight Sun you know:
HotTub #2 SkinnyDipping
Don’t think of it as cold! Its fresh – really fresh – you feel alive and its a great exercise for you heart – actually for your whole body system! By this, I’m also holding my words: Skinny dipping is my way of doing it :lol:

So this is my third and last post from my Arctic Adventure in Kirikenes, Norway (scroll down to read the two others!). I do hope you’ve enjoyed it as much I have.
If you ever want to experience it yourself – I mean the real nature thing – just send me a note and I’ll connect you with the right people up North to give you a nature thrill money can’t buy!

36 Comments

  1. Oh Renny how marvellous! I would give anything for a meal of crab like that! Oh yum!!!

    RennyBA
    Your right: I thrill of en experience and taste money can’t buy :-)

  2. The hot tub to the sea sounds very invigorating!

    RennyBA
    Your right: invigorating fresh :-)

  3. great photos Renny…
    and that hot tub is mighty big…
    the crabs certainly take the cake though…they are kingsize and look delicious :)

    RennyBA
    Thanks Kim….
    The crab really took the cake, yea :)

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  5. i do love crab, that looks so tasty. and the hot tub looks wonderful aas a way to warm up. i am not so sure about diving into 41 degree water after that but i supposed when in norway you do as the norwegians!

    RennyBA
    Glad you liked it too!
    It’s great Lime and of course: you take the costume where you are – to get the most of it you know!

  6. WOW Renny! It sounds like the most PERFECT time!!! Spectacular photos, my friend. :-)

    RennyBA
    Yea; nature quality time – glad you liked the pics too Lisa :-)

  7. WOW!!! Looks like so much fun !!! especially a hot tub and dip after a great day on the water :)

    RennyBA
    Your right, especially since the day never ends :)

  8. That looks SO FUN…I wish I was there! (But my blog-mistress is truly the one green with envy!) What a wonderful experience – thanks for sharing with Renny!

    RennyBA
    Fun is the right word Olga, and now you have a clue of what fun we can have together when you are visiting this fall!
    It would have been pitty not to share, don’t you think!

  9. Wow – now I would put that on one of the things I want to do in my life! I’ve never had king crab either… And would love to see parts of the Barents sea! I think the hot tub thing is amazing… I’m not so sure I’d ever see American’s do that together, unless you were close swim buds, and that yet I never even saw myself (especially after university)..

    RennyBA
    I knew you would love it ET and you know your always welcome over to experience and taste yourself.
    Married to an American, I’ve noticed the different attitude to nudity and relaxing together in a natural way. Actually my wife has just posted about it if you like to go into more details and see it from an American point of view!

  10. My favourite picture of the crab is the one in the plate! I’m not sure I’d be brave enough to hold one in my hands…!

    I love the skinny dipping :lol: Très naturel, as French would say :lol:

    RennyBA
    My fav too! No problem holding the crabs as long as you stayed away from the claws you know. They wera’nt very wild.
    I do agree with the French: nothing is more natural that our body and it should be looked upon that way too. You should read my wife’s post too :lol:

  11. We have lots of crabs here in Singapore – chili crabs, bbq crabs, peppered crabs you name it and I have never ever tasted a King Crab :( I vowed to do it someday after seeing just how delicious it looks over here Renny.

    And..oh and the tub I don’t there is any space for me huh? Looks so cozy out there and what a way to bond with all your friends huh?

    RennyBA
    I know crabs are very common all around the world, but this one is kind of special for the Arctic region you know.
    There is always a space for the once who wants to join Shionge. The more the merrier you know ;-)

  12. The crabs look extraordinary! I have never seen any as large… As for the hot tub, that sounds even better, even though I don’t think my heart can stand ‘that’ exercise – does look cold to me! :-)

    RennyBA
    The biggest there is you know….
    Its the combination that is great you know: eating natural crabs and then out in the nature. If you don’t think of it as cold, but as fresh, I’m sure your heart can stand it too!

  13. Great pictures, Hun! You have such a gift for photography, and you really capture the spirit of the event! The culture is really different over here regarding nudity. I tried to think over it and I don’t think I have a single friend who I haven’t seen naked. Mostly from swimming or sauna of course!! Just make sure you don’t mix those crabs with the hot tub!! OUCH!!!

    RennyBA
    Thanks for your compliments dear! I try my best and love to share you know and often gets a great deal of help from you!
    About the attitude to nudity I’ve learned the different from you – was very surprised when you first came over you know. I think you have explained it very well in your last post!
    No problem mixing: the crabs where eaten you know :-)

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  15. We all know by now that THAT is living, Renny! :)

  16. King Crab Master Chief – even Master of the Pool.

    Excellent story, a reality most people around this tiny globe do not realize.

    Hope you have had a wonderful “Midtsommar” in Mariestad.

    hugs
    T and A

  17. Oh my!!! Look at the Arctic King Crabs!!! They would cost a fortune in Singapore! Are they available all year round? When is the best time to catch them?
    *drooling all over my keyboard!!*

    WAHHHHHHHHH!!! Skinny-dipping in 5C! Is that YOU in the photo?

  18. What a life experience!

    Thanks for sharing it!

  19. Those crabs are freakin’ huge!!!

    I betcha that water was cold. Brrrr!

  20. Those are pretty impressive crabs, Renny. I adore fresh crabs and as you say, so fresh they’re almost crawling off the plate…there’s nothing like it.

    I also like the hot tub bit, but you can keep the skinny dipping in freezing water! My youngest daughter’s partner is a Finn and that’s what he likes to do, although we don’t have snow here, he has to go down south. I don’t think it would do my heart any good…it’d probably stop beating from shock.

    Have a lovely week.

  21. Wow what an amazing trip!
    That crab! Wow! what a size!

    I hope you can handle the inland life now.

  22. I did well reading your post right after breakfast … not feeling hungry makes it bearable ;-) Catching these beauties doesn’t seem to be very easy though.
    It’s such a pleasure to share these wonderful life experiences, I’m convinced that only people who treasure this earths beauty will encourage all of us to make efforts protect this beautiful planet!

  23. Hello Renny!

    Wow, you really had a great adventure! And the king crabs are just great! I love to eat crabs. I always look forward to eating crabs every time I go to the Philippines. And what you have there, that I would like to try. :)

  24. OK I’m more then jealous. It tooks incrediable and you caught your own king crabs, sign me up!!!

  25. YUM! What fun – catch your dinner, eat it, and then a quick dip in the water from where your dinner came from. Looks like fun!

  26. oh my god… that’s a huge crab!!!

    seems like a great time huh… and my my, sun’s shining bright at 1 am!!! O.O

  27. Renny, I love the picture of you holding the crab up. It is so cute! When I get back home from India, I still really want to travel outside of Oslo to see Norway. I cant wait!

  28. Amazing, Renny!

    Hello! Loved the photos, loved the fresh air (although I prefer my summer weather down here); and that King Crab watered my mouth Yummy!
    You look rather healthy, one can tell that you are having fun :D!

    Skinny dipping, eh? LOL…

    Cheers

  29. Wow, the sun is still out at 1am?!! does it ever get dark? And that Lobster Crab thing is HUGE!!!

  30. Houa!!!!!!!!! Just like this way of life! but could I spring in the fresh water after an hot bath? Don’t know perhaps after several good beers! But sure I could taste this crab! Make me hungry! The landscape is marvelous! Thanks, Renny, for sharing with us this super adventure!

  31. Lovely crabs indeed!!! And a grand nature is always a treat. Quite an adventure you had there! Awesome!

    Love the hot tun and skinnydipping too of course, since I have some Finnish blood in my venes, used to hot saunas.

  32. Please send Crab! It is an emergency, LOL! I LOVE Alaskan king crab and miss it so badly!

  33. PS…I followed the link back to the site and my husband has agreed that this would make a fantastic vacation for us! YIPEE! Thank you SO much for the information!

  34. I won’t lose it again…!

  35. hey, nice blog…really like it and added to bookmarks. keep up with good work

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