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How to Make a Drink of What You Find In You Backyard

Essence of Lapland is a very fitting name for the love of Ms. Eva Gunnare. Her passion is herbs and plants that she discovers close to her home in Jokkmokk. Another passion is to share her discoveries. We had just

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The Aphrodisiac and Raisin of the Arctic

On our Diamonds of the Arctic Tour 2014 we had discovered new way of making gin. Much of our knowledge on how to make the best out of what is nearest is being forgotten. It is so easy to go

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Next to 400 Years of Business above the Arctic Circle – Jokkmokk Hotel

The Jokkmokk Market is an event that has stood the test of time for more than 400 years. That is a long time – business wise – in the Arctic. Markets were for many years the supermarkets of the old

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People Weren’t Allowed to Live in Houses in the Capital of Wilderness

We are in Jokkmokk. It is just above the Arctic Circle. Jokkmokk is Saami for “river and bend”, the nearby river is bending. The municipality of Jokkmokk is in some regards the capital of national parks in Sweden. It is

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Wild West of the Arctic – Saami and Settlers

Roughly 150 years before the Homestead Act (1862) in the United States, the Swedish government encouraged people to move to the north and start farming. The incentives were 15 years of tax amnesty and no military service. Ájtte – Svenskt

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Forrest Gump II – Run Forrest, Run to Laponia

Forrest Gump, the Oscar winning movie of 1994 has several paramount messages to the moviegoer. One is dispatched several times by Forrest. I think it was something like this: “My mumma always said life is like a flying feather, you

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Bear Blood on the Arctic Circle

South of Jokkmokk you’ll cross the Arctic Circle. Jokkmokk has made the Arctic Circle very visible. Rocks form the line going from east to west. A stack of rock has been mounted to create a marker, a background for photographs.

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The Special Breads of Kåbdalis

The half-failed calls I made before we hit jackpot with Essence of Lapland was not all failures. I talked with another woman, but she was not in Jokkmokk. She was in the small village Kåbdalis. Kåbdalis is 60 km south

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Don’t Touch Me – I Am Tired

Not a day passes by without modern man being exposed to another athletic achievement. On top of all the great stories in Porjus, an epic physical achievement by Emil Åkerlund made our mouth drop to the floor of the Vattenfall

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For the First Time in the World – 50 Meters Below Ground

When you drive along the coast of Norway, you see a lot of waterfalls. And you are struck by the obvious thought that this is power: Electrical power. When you are driving from one pine tree to another between Jokkmokk

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