Indeed, outdoor cooking when camping in Scandinavia can be a real nuisance. The first image that came to my mind was that preparing camping food in Scandinavian mountains can be relativly easy, particularly, if I previously assabled all the ingredients and prepared my JetBoil cooking gear. Fake! Apparatnly, there is a great amount of issues you are not able to predict or manage very easily like changing weather conditions, closed shops, missing water, freezing eggs prepared for dreamy moring scrambled eggs, extinguishing fire on your tourist gass stove, rotted tomatos and more. If you are mountain landscape photograper or just passionate hiker you need to take some crucial tips into account just to avoid some common headaches.
First of all, If you should prepare more essential ingridients before flying to Norway or Iceland. There is nothing worse then fnding yourself searching for shop which will be closed soon acorddig to some fixed open hours regulations. Even if, you check shop open hours to buy some foodstauffs on the spot, you can take some dried kielbasa, porrige oats bag, cheese spread or Freeze-drying food bag anyway. My regular foodstafufs list relating to food i take from Poland includes meat in particular as Norwegian prices of ham or grll sausages can make you scared. The norwegian prices can comparer prove that http://enhver.no/prise
The next point is that you need to use reliable cooking system when camping outdoor. Typically, I use JetBoil system whcih is super-dependable stove that packs light, sets up quick, and achieves rapid boils. As any outdoor eqipmnet i tested it before going to Lofoten last year. There is nothing worse then learning how to set a fire or regulate the fire in the field. The system is highly expensive but really high-performance one. Still, you need to use much common sense when setting a stove as blustery wind can play some nasty tricks with you. Set the stove in relatively sheltered area or surrounded by bigger stones. At times, Senja or Lofoten region offered some little caves close to the shores. At night I recommend using a headlamp as winter night comes very fast and you might find yourself touching a hot bottom of the stove.
As for stove pots coming from different brands then JetBoild indeed they are slower in terms of boiling speed. I tested Decathlon’s pot to replace my regulat JetBoild Cup but unluckilly i cant give a positive feedback. More expensive cooking gear is really worth its price.
Whenit comes to weather condintions, it is simply unpredictable. At times, freezing cold temparetures and blustery wind will not give you almost any conditions to cook! I don’t like venture out cooking in a tent using even a compact gas stove system You always need to have some dry , processed foodstuffs or choclate bars for this moment. Bread, butter and processed cheese can also help a lot as all you need is to asseble the ingredients. Butter yes! I add much of norwegian butter as it offers tasty fats which are vital when spending time outdoors. Smør is my favourite one. I always have also some refreshing fruit like mango or avocados as those imported by Norway or Iceland are very cheap.
If conditions are satisfactionary enough, i try to make the most of cooking system and my creativity – of course being restrained by ingredients i tipically have got in my backpack. I will share some of food ideas recipies here within a few months but currently selected only some dishes to be described here.
Firstly, rise-based food. You boil rise bag in 10 min, add cheese souce with spices and chopped vegatebles. Gorgeous! It makes my day especially when the cup of hot tea with lemon is within the distance not smaller then my hand reach. If you are a soup lover, I pretty recomendtomato, whicte borsh or mushroom soups with dried bread. Kasha with healthy fruits and vegetables and additive of fetta chseee also do the trick. At times, I also chop kielbasa or can meat to add to beans on fying pan. The last winner is slashes of bacon with scrambeled eggs and ketchup.
You might call me crazy as i have not mentioned feeze-drying food bags yet but im not their great lover. If i have a chance to prepare tasty and first and foremost, fresh outdoor food on the spot, I simply do it and enjoy the nature. This is what outdoor cooking is about. The most crucial thing is that you need to make sure you have all foodstuffs you need to do this.
The last thing you should really take into account is missing water problem! Beforegoing to the photo tour, you need to set aside some time to study the map of rivers, streams, waterfalls and creaks. You are water-dependant so hiking the mountains without comon sense can ruine your camping experience. The water you pull off the your car trunk is sufficient only for one day in the mountains. Let’s assume, you plan to hike 3-4 days whet then? Norway mountains offers many streams and creaks, but please check it precisely.