During their explorations and tours of the MEMORIA NORWAY project, SpringerParker will update the Logbook on a regular basis. It documents their route and events in forms of on location photos and descriptions sent directly via the mobile phone to this website. Clicking at the geographical data to the left of the entries lets you follow their route on the map.

Go here to see the Logbook archive of the previous explorations


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When we arrived at Bivdu this evening, it was already very crowded. We've been told that members of reindeer herding families from Karasjok and Kautokeino have been playing football against each other and now came together for a Yoik contest. We didn't manage to get a clue about the rules or the results, but heard a wide range of different Yoiks that evening.

Antenna borealis

A friend built us a very low frequency (VLF) radio to do sound recordings of polar lights. Now we're building us a bigger antenna from a roll of copper wire we found in a shop in Tana. After a very painful preparation we went out to test the polar light catcher with the new toy.

The lion sleeps tonight

We visited Kai Somby at his home and studio and all you'll get is a photo of this dog.


Yesterday, after we stopped in Tana to ship the projector with the guy from the bus service, we continued our travel to Karasjok. We met up with John Henrik Guttorm at the NRK Sámi Radio and Television studio, where he works since about half a year. As usually when we are meeting him, we were immediately in the middle of a discussion concerning Sámi topics, so we changed locations to "Bivdu", the nearby pup. A really nice place to have a beer and a good talk. And there went the night. This morning the sun is bright and we will be heading towards the city center to buy food for the next days.


On the other side of the road, snowscooter tracks on the frozen branch of the river.

Thanks for all the fish

After the police inspection. The moon is already high in the sky. In the foreground, the frozen Tanaelva. With its 330 km length it has Europe's largest untouched river delta and is the most productive salmon river in Norway. We've been told that people living stream upwards don't like the salmon so much that is caught in Tana, because they say it is too fat. The fat they are loosing while swimming the stream upwards, which makes them less liked by people from Tana. How do you prefer your salmon?


We're back on the road and driving in the direction of Tana, because we have to send the video projector back to Kirkenes via the bus route. The sky is quite clear and it is not as cold as the days before. This scenery is new for us, so we are doing quite a few photos. If you look closely, you will see a police car with two officers, who will control us a few minutes later.

Helge Saeverud

Also attending the performance was Helge Saeverud, who is working with the kids at the school. He went to this very school over 20 years ago and moved back here after spending some time in Bergen. He said: "You see, one can make it here ... easily". He built up a sheep farm, married a local girl and got kids. He is maybe the archetyp of people in the Finnmark, who come back to live here because they really like it. After the show, we had the chance to talk about all different kinds of things. What you don't see in the picture is, that he is standing outside in the snow on socks, because his boots are in the next building. Finest sheep wool quality, most likely.

Still on socks

We are already beyond our time limit, but for the interested students, we are telling more about the project and are presenting the website.

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