Words by: Sebastian Westin | Photography: Knotan

Fishing in Norway’s untouched and dramatic nature has always been a dream shared by myself, Daniel, Anton and in-house photographer Knotan. We all had the chance to join a good friend of ours Dag Vidar Øksland who owns a large piece of land with access to several lakes of crystal clear water.

For the first ascent up a local mountain to base camp, we had assistance from a six-wheeled truck loaded up with all of our equipment to tackle the streams and traitorous trail. In the final part of the journey the path became too steep and rugged and we had to carry all of the gear on our backs for the last 90 minutes.

Over the course of three days the base camp hut gave us shelter and refuge consisting of a little 4x5 meter squared building with moss on the roof and three boards for a door, built just above the tree line. This is where we slept, made dinner, ate breakfast and stared out into the great wide open. At night, the thermometer crept down towards zero and when we awoke the fine grass outside was frostbitten.

We began each morning with a hearty breakfast consisting of porridge, fruit, and strong coffee. We then hiked for a few hours up the mountain ridges and down the valleys. The landscape seemed to be taken straight out of the most spectacular scenes from Lord of the Rings, where we fished in both lakes and streams at an altitude of 1000 meters. If we were thirsty we simply dropped our canteens into a stream and enjoyed the most cool and refreshing water we’ve ever tasted. If we were hungry, we caught a fish and grilled it on the spot.

Take a look at some of Knotan’s stunning photos from the trip: