I should probably tell you that I’ve started working at the outdoor centre.
It lies in Buksnesfjord, a mountain framed fjord in between two villages in Vesterålen.
Nigel and Ingvild, the owners, greeted me when I got off the bus exactly one week ago and showed me around before we sat down for waffles with cream and home-made cloudberry jam.
The centre offers accommodation at a camping spot, in family wilderness cabins and in a recently refurbished house with conference facilities and a panorama view of the fjord.
In the restaurant they serve traditional and locally produced food with a contemporary touch, such as whale carpaccio with organic goat cheese and walnut salad.
At the moment I’m staying in a room in Nigel and Ingvild’s house but in a few days the other Swedish girls arrive and we move into our own house. It’s just half an hour’s walk from the centre so yesterday I went and had a look, trying to peek inside the windows but couldn’t see much behind the lace curtains. All I know is that it’s old and smelly, but I can live with that. I’ll probably be just as smelly.
I’ve done check-in and out of the cabins, gotten a hang of the kitchen prep, the menu and serving routine. I’ve waitered on business groups of 40 people, both in the restaurant and in the Sami-lavvo where we also have active cooking events and outdoor activities with our wilderness guides and Sami people; native settlers that live in the North of Finland, Sweden and Norway. I’ll start working with bookings, answering e-mails and making event offers soon.
It’ll be a busy summer.