Frisport Andersnatten Extreme 6-8 person lavvu

Thought I would write a quick review about my new Frisport Andersnatten Extreme lavvu.  Apart from our 15 person Tentipi, this is the first tent I have purchased and so I cannot compare with any other.

Before I begin I must say a “BIG THANK YOU” to Jed Yarnold from True North Outdoor for all his help and advice when I was considering purchasing a Frisport Lavvu.  Jed is the UK distributor for Frisport and really friendly, helpful guy.  He also designs and produces his own range of outdoor equipment so take a look at his website.

I purchased my lavvu from an on-line shop in Norway and it included a free mosquito door, so when I opened the box, this is what was inside; the lavvu, centre pole, tent pegs and the mosquito door (I have included my Leatherman Wave for size comparison

The parts of the centre pole pack neatly inside each other and a plastic cap on each end prevents them sliding out.

The five sections push together to make the pole

and the end of the pole goes into a cup in the top of the lavvu

The lavvu material is rip-stop polyester

The lavvu has an aluminium coating on the inside which helps reflect heat and this also reduces the size of fire required to warm the tent.

There are two air vents opposite  the door which can be closed completely if not required

A guy-line to one of the air vents was missing, but a quick telephone call to Frisport (also in Norway) and one was in the post to me.

A hat can be fitted over the top of the lavvu (see picture below) which can be opened to allow smoke out when using a fire inside.  The hat can be rotated 360 degrees but to do this you have to un-tie and re-tie a series of guy-lines.

To simplify this I have added shockcord hooks to each of the lines

I must say that the instructions that came with the lavvu are appalling!!!  When I have some time I will produce a PDF instruction document available to download.

Here is the PDF instructions frisport andersnatten instructions

The end of one of the seam tapes is also not stuck to the material and so I have to buy some adhesive and for these two reasons I give the Frisport Andersnatten Extreme a 8 out of 10.

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A trip to the fjälls/mountains continued

Heavy rain showers continued for the rest of the day and by 8pm we were back at the lavvu.  I walked up the side of the mountain behind the lavvu to try and find dry fire wood amongst the Mountain Birches and found I bird I had not expected to see….a Lesser Spotted Woodpecker Picoides minor, about the same size as a Chaffinch, and as I collected fire wood I soon found why it was there….here is its nest

We were early to bed and hoped for an improvement in the weather next morning.

When we awoke our hopes had been fulfilled.  Here is the view out of the lavvu

We opened up the front of the lavvu and made a fire inside to cook breakfast and help dry it out

It was so nice to be out in the sunshine

We fished for a couple of hours

and admire the sunny scenery

But as the wind started to blow again, we decided it was time to head home.

My total catch was 22 Grayling which I was very happy with.

I spent the evening in the forest fishing but caught nothing

and it was such a lovely night with the full moon

A trip to the fjälls/mountains

On Thursday myself and my friend Tommy drove to the fjälls for a fishing trip.  Our destination was on the side of a river that flows into a large lake called Satihaure.  We drove to where the road ended, unloaded the boat

We packed our gear into the boat and were soon on our way

There was a strong westerly wind and heavy showers.  When the showers came, the wind increased and the boat was struggling in the head wind, so we decided to stop and fish for a while.

The weather did not improve and eventually we decided to make camp for the night and hope the weather improved in the morning

When we awoke the sun was shining and the wind had dropped, and so we packed our gear in the boat and headed off.  Once we were out in the lake the wind began to blow again and there came some heavy rain showers.  I was amazed to watch a flying Red-throated Diver carrying a fish, gradually climb in altitude and eventually disappear over a mountain top.

The water level in the lake was 5 – 6 metres below what it should normally be and Tommy was finding it not so easy to navigate avoiding the shallows and large bolders under the water.

As we left the lake and travelled up the river I had to sit at the front of the boat and give Tommy direction to stay in deep water, but eventually we could not go any further.

This trip was also my first chance to test my new Frisport lavvu (I will be writing more about it soon)

We made fire and boiled some water to make coffee (in the picture below you can see a very old Sámi fire sight in front of our fire wood)

My friend Dirk had given me a tin of Corned Beef from Germany just before I left and so with all the necessary indredients

I made corned beef hash for lunch

After lunch we began fishing and both caught several medium sized Grayling.  We our way up-river fishing for a couple of kilometres.

We caught some nice sized fish

and it was good to be able to make fire, cook some coffee and grill fresh fish at the same time

MORE SOON!

Vuollerim 6000 years stone age museum continued

Here are some Birch bark containers

This is a small pouch made from a goose foot

and some nice coiled baskets made from Club Moss/Ground Pine (I’m planning to make one of these)

We also visited the dig site to see one of the buildings they excavated.

The dwellings are a long way from the current course of the Lulea river

but at the time the dwellings were occupied the Lulea river flowed next to the dwellings here

We decided to camp out for the night in the forest, using a parachute as our tent

It was a very pleasant evening fishing with a beer

After a cold night we had bacon sandwiches for breakfast

Vuollerim 6000 years stone age museum

On Friday we visited the stone age museum in the village of Vuollerim.  The museum is called Vuollerim 6000 years

and is close to a stone age settlement that was discovered there in the early ’80s.  This is the site of one of several buildings that were found

The pits you see had a variety of uses, from storing food, preparing food or fire sites.

This is a reconstruction of the turf dwelling outside the museum

and here are three pictures from inside the building

and the kitchen area

There is a very impressive display of reconstructed items found during excavation of the area;

winter clothing (the climate here was thought to have been a couple of degrees warmer and so there were no Reindeer, instead the people were trading for skins)

clothing made from Salmon fish skins (tanned with human urine)

Some hunting tools

A nice birch bark arrow quiver

MORE NEXT TIME

Kaitum & Killingi

Last weekend we went to Kaitum river for the weekend.  We stayed in our laavu at the side of the river

It was a beautiful, warm evening by the side of the river

We some Reindeer, including this rather impressive haak (a male Reindeer)

There were many, many mosquitoes there and it was not easy to sleep.  Next morning we cooked breakfast

Travelling here the previous day, we had stopped at a petrol station that was selling hammocks for £5.  They had five left and we bought them all and I have to say they were well worth the money

We drove to Killinge, a few miles further up the river to see my friend Tommy, who has a cabin there.

At this house next to the river

there was a Great Grey Shrike nesting.  There were in fact three pairs of Shrikes in Killinge (the first time I have seen this species in Sweden).  This was unfortunately the best picture I could get

We spent Sunday fishing at a lake close to Nattavaara

I caught two really nice Rainbow Trout