Norway has a wide-ranging landscape, boasting everything from high mountains and thick forests in the interior to rugged islands and deep fjords running along the coast of the Norwegian Sea. The varied climate attracts rich flora and an abundance of wildlife.
From mild summers in the south-west to extreme Arctic conditions in the north, both animals and humans have adapted to the challenges of the climate and terrain.
For millennia inhabitants have lived closely here with nature, harvesting what they needed and living in covenant with the animals. Foraging, hunting and fishing runs in the blood of Norwegians - it was part of our livelihood until more recent times.
Still, a close relationship with nature remains an important aspect of life for many Norwegians. Whilst not necessarily essential for livliehood anymore, a close connection with the the land offers an escape from the stresses and hassles of modern life.
"The true religion of Norwegians is the nature. Our Gods are called the Mountain, the Plateau, and the Sea "
- Johan Galtung -
A passion for nature and what it can offer.
An understanding of its possibilities.
A constant learning process to understand more.
A platform for sharing knowledge and teaching skills
Norwegian Bushcraft offers:
Courses in wilderness subjects
Courses for youth and children
To be demonstrated for groups or at stands
Stuff for you to download
Odd was born in the mid 1970s and grew up in a place surrounded by everything nature can offer, from steep, bare mountains to open sea. A childhood growing up on a small farm in this kind of environment shapes one’s personality, as well as providing lots of experience and knowledge of living amongst nature. Odd’s parents and grandparents used the resources on their doorstep to supplement their needs, such as for food and tools. Hunting, fishing and foraging were a natural part of this upbringing. In later years, Odd started to film his journeys and knowledge of the natural environment to inspire others.
Odd J. Hjelen
Born: in 1976
Kids: one son, Noah
Norwegian Bushcraft Odd Hjelen Org.nr: 921 182 694
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