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Small talk around the campfire. Camp Tamok

At Camp Tamok the ambition is to give travelers a feeling of the authentic north. Kirsti Skog is managing director of the dedicated team making Camp Tamok happen. Right now she is seated around the campfire at Camp Tamok,  with four of her around fifteen team-members. The talk right now is about the dream of all winter-travelers who come to 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 even Kirsti is unable to let go of the subject, the green lady, and continue about the fantastic sights of The Aurora Borealis she has experienced. Dreaming. Already forgetting about her own warning. Read about amazing facts and myths of the Northern Light here.

"This is about quality of life"

The words come from Kirsti and the orange, warm colors from the burning wood . "This camp is not luxury", she explains, "our ambition is to give travelers a feeling of the authentic north and true proximity to the beautiful nature." The camp is situated at the end of a small road which leads up here from another small road. "You know", Kirsti 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.

They get picked up by the camps own bus at the meeting point outside Scandic Ishavshotellet. 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", Kirsti says, "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

"Our 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", says Kirsti. "Animal welfare is just as important as keeping people happy. We love the dogs here. And the reindeer."

Dogs are barking

Kirsti gets enthusiastic talking about her people and how she admire all the young, energetic and positive men and women surrounding her. "My team", she says with pride. "We attract dedicated, young people with surprisingly varied background", she says. "The reason is obvious I guess; to work and live in these beautiful surroundings."

"Our dogsledding 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 our guides and hosts are educated on a bachelor level to do this job."

The passion of Kirsti is inspiring and she makes her care and respect for the team clear. "They are trained to meet most situations." The guys gathered around the campfire right now is no exception and their background is not so obvious.  "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. Kirsti looks into the heat of the burning logs.

"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." 

Kirsti talks about 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. "We have a dryer climate. Cold weather from the inland. That gives us 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?

 

Snowy Lavvu

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