Gällivare Winter Marknad

Last weekend it was Gällivare Marknad.  A chance to buy such items as dried meat, skins, bread and much more.

It was really nice weather on Sunday, so we had a BBQ.  I used the opportunity to try my Biolite Campstove with pellets. I weighed out 1kg pellets, and wanted to test how long they would last.

biolite campstove pellets

1kg pellets gave 2 hours cooking time and a litre of water boiled in three and a half minutes (just as fast as burning wood).  The pellets however were much more difficult to ignite.

Once a hand full of pellets had burned down, I found that if you added another hand full with the Biolite fan on low, it created a really effective emergency smoke signal

biolite campstove smoke signal

If the fan was switched to high, the pellets would then ignite again.

I know that Spring has finally arrived here in Lapland because yesterday I saw 11 Snow Buntings where I work.  The arrival of the first Snow Buntings is always the first sign of spring for me.

snow bunting-1 (Large)

Ice fishing 

Last Sunday was the first time for two years that I have felt fit enough to go ice fishing 



Unfortunately there was 30cms of water on the ice

so my feet got cold after an hour

I did not catch any fish, but it still nice to be out and it was a good opportunity to test my Biolite camp stove 

I still use my reindeer horn ice fishing rod that I made a few years ago 

Arctic Balloon Festival

Last weekend was the Arctic Balloon Festival here in Gällivare, with crews from all over Europe attending.

arctic-balloon festival 2017-5

There were also other activities and there were many people there.

arctic-balloon festival 2017-3

On Saturday night I set up my “Harlton Hacienda” again (it takes less than 5 minutes to put up).  I dug down through the snow to reach ground and made a large fire in front

harlton supershelter

For the first one and a half hours it was 26 degrees C in there.  This is the  view from inside, looking through the plastic.

inside supershelter

At some point I fell asleep, but awoke later feeling cold, because the fire had burnt down (the outside temperature was -23).  I put more wood on the fire, but just could not get the fire to burn again.  I then realised that as the snow around my hole had melted, the hole had filled with water and it would be impossible to remake the fire.  So in the end I had to give up and head to the house.  You live and learn!!

On Sunday I made the first batch of minced meat sausage.  This time I have used Moose meat, mixed with beef and garlic.

moose sausage-1

The sausages have to hang to dry now for three weeks.

moose sausage-2

This is what the end product will look like.

dried moose sausage