Where roads end, adventures begin

Small talk around the campfire. Camp Tamok

At Camp Tamok the ambition is to give travelers a feeling of the authentic north. Right now the team is seated around the campfire and talk about the dream all winter-travelers come to fulfill in this region - the dream of The Northern Lights or The Aurora Borealis. Kirsti is about to conclude the subject and sounds serious

"The Northern Lights are not something we can order and deliver like a bowl of local soup."

"We all know", she says. "The conditions for northern lights are fantastic here at the camp. But this is nature and we cannot promise or guarantee anything. No one can." But none of the people around the fire can let go of the subject, the green lady, and they continue talking about the fantastic sights of The Aurora Borealis. Dreaming. Already forgetting about their own warning. Read about amazing facts and myths of the Northern Light here.

"This is about quality of life"

The orange, warm colors from the burning wood . "This camp is not luxury", says Valur from Iceland, the snowmobile guide with the biggest beard in the region. "Our ambition is to give travelers a feeling of the authentic north and true proximity to the beautiful nature." Camp Tamok is situated at the end of a small road which leads up here from another small road. "You know", Fredrik, a camp manager,  says, "we are at the end of the road. Really. Not only as a metaphor. We really are. And from here it is only feet, skis, dogsledding or snowmobile that will take you further into the mountains." 

Most people who visit Camp Tamok come by bus from Tromsø.

Most visitors get picked up by bus at the meeting point in Tromsø. The visitors attend their booked activities, get a hot meal and return to the arctic capital later the same day. "But this is not necessary", Ingeborg says with a big smile, "they can stay at the camp. Spend the night here."

There are different possibilities to be a Camp-stayer. "We offer accommodation", says Kirsti, "we have comfortable cabins, chalets and a more primitive lavvo for those who want to get the explorer feeling." Kirsti explains and her belief is that the camp is perfect for most people. "Just a bit rougher or more authentic than most places."

Kirsti and team

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The team is educated and passionate


 

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Somewhere in the background the dogs are barking. It must be a team coming in or leaving. The dogs are owned by professionals and they are well trained. "Animal welfare is just as important as keeping people happy. We love the dogs here", says the Dog sledding guide Ingeborg. "And the reindeer", she adds.

Dogs are barking

We feel the enthusiasm around the fire admire all the young, energetic and positive people here. Obviously a team with pride. "We attract dedicated, young people with surprisingly varied background", Fredrik says. "The reason is obvious I guess; to work and live in these beautiful surroundings."

The Dog Sledding guides are among the best in the world.

They race with their dogs and need to know them, love them and make sure they are healthy and happy. The snowmobile guides have experience from places like Spitsbergen and Iceland. The reindeer guide is, of course, a Sami. The camp team is service minded, smiling and always ready for a chat. Around the fire or inside one of the lavvos.

Most of the guides and hosts are educated on a bachelor level to do this job.

Their passion is inspiring. They seem trained to meet most situations. "Our fantastic nature inspire all sorts of backgrounds, actually", says Kirsti. "This season we even have guides with masters degree in psychology and economics - their choice to be here is just a passion for what we do."

The dogs are quiet now. Resting and probably dreaming about running. Happy huskies love to run. Dog Sledding is a popular activity. And I understand why. To go with these energetic and lovely huskies is a great experience.

 

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Wild, natural snow

Wild winds and heavy snowfall is common in here. The weather. Nobody in Norway are ignorant about the weather and there is no small talk that miss this subject. The Norwegian weather is small talk subject number one. 

Most people find the snow as exotic as anything. And it is.

Snow is actually a very interesting phenomenon. Iced water coming from the sky. Strange, don´t you think? I love weather. All weather. And we are trained to deal with it. In the cold we make our guests safe. No worries at Camp Tamok.

The difference between the coastal climate of Tromsø, where you may experience less snow and even rain during winter, and this valley, the Tamok valley is bigger than you would imagine. The inland has a dryer climate. Cold weather. That gives predictable winters.

Another story is the fact that snow is not white

The ice crystals that together make up a snowflake are transparent. It’s the great number of reflective surfaces that make the snow look white to us humans. And that’s good, because a white Christmas sounds much better than a transparent Christmas, don’t you agree?

 

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