Wednesday 11.09

Walk to the camping site by the river, Check in at Karasjok Camping cabins

When we arrived at the Karasjok Campings site, Ellen told us that 4 students lived in a cabin. So Hyunyi Um, Linh Chi, Usha and me chose each other to be roommates. Maybe because our cabin is the biggest one, Ellen and Nina also joined us.

Our cabin is quite sweet, clean, and full equipped. There are three bedrooms, one bathroom, one kitchen, one living room with TV and even a sauna room. But unfortunately, we didn’t experience the  sauna because we were so tired.

Living room. Weitong Meng © 2019
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Bathroom. Weitong Meng © 2019

Hyunyi and me slept in a room. There is a wood bunk bed in our bedroom. I slept on the second floor. Actually I like to sleep on the the second floor.

Wood bunk bed. Weitong Meng © 2019

When I walked to the riverside, I felt refreshed, relaxed and enjoyable with the colorful autumn vibe. The view by the river is so beautiful, which is a kind of typical Norwegian suburb scenery. So I caught the moment by my camera, edited it in my way and shared it with people.

Beautiful view. Weitong Meng © 2019

Thursday 12.09

Breakfast in cabins, make “matpakke”

The day before we bought a lot of food for the breakfast and “matpakke”, such as breads, cherry tomatoes, avocados, meat, cheese and so on.

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Nina, Ellen, Hyunyi Um, Linh Chi, Usha and me did the preparation work for the breakfast in our kitchen.

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Weitong Meng © 2019

And then we invited classmates to come for enjoying breakfast. We just ate, told jokes and laughed to spend a good morning time together.

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Weitong Meng © 2019

After that, we began to make our own “matpakkes”. “Matpakke” is a popular packed lunch in Norway for almost everyone. Actually, it is very easy to make and take away, even for children. It is also made up of vegetables, cheese, meat and so forth and wrapped by paper. “Matpakke” is a culture in Norway, and Norwegian people feel proud of it. Actually, “Matpakke” came from a government policy which devoted to provide free food with children from primary schools in the 1930s. In Norway, people only have 30 minutes for lunch break because of the shortest working hours in the world, and they need to rest efficiently during the 30 minutes. In addition, people don’t need to spend more time to make decisions about what they eat for lunch. So I think that’s why “Matpakke” is so popular in Norway.

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Ellen showed us how to make cutest “matpakkes”.

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Hyunyi Um © 2019

In China, a lot of young people choose to bring lunch to schools and workplaces for healthy diet and saving money. But the Chinese packed lunch is very different from Norwegian. Normally, we put rice and some fried dishes in a lunch box, which I think is more complicated and various. And bringing packed lunch is also a kind of social behavior in China, people enjoy their packed lunch together and share food they make to make new friends. It is because we normally are given 1.5 hours for lunch break.

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Lunch – eating the “matpakke” outdoors

After visiting the impressive Sámi Parliament, we seemed to feel hungry. Having our “matpakkes” and chatting with each other in a canteen really revived us. Thank you “matpakke”! Csenge, Harsh, Hyunyi and me just talked about travelling with nice free tea and coffee. Thank you The Sámi Parliament Canteen!

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Norwegian art of packed lunch

Cávzo Safari in Kautokeino

After an hour in the bus from Alta we arrived Máze, in Kautokeino which is Norway´s biggest municipality in areal. Actually a quarter of Denmark´s Area.

Johán Áilu and his son John welcomed us at Máze. Both in the gákti of Kautokeino, made by the wife of Johán and mother of John. They introduced the history about Máze. Talked about the history of the village, and how the government almost ruined it when they wanted to demolish the entire village as a part of the hydropower development at the 1970´s. That was the first time the Sami-people demonstrated against the Norwegian government, and won. This event marked the beginning of the process of formation of Sami parliament in Norway.

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Henriette Næss Ebbesen © 2019
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This church spire would have been 2 meters under water if the demolish were successful. Nguyễn Linh Chi © 2019

Johán brought us on a typically riverboat for the Sami people. As they say: “The world’s longest riverboats”. He drove us to the first church witch was build in Kautokeino.

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The fence shows how big the first church in Kautokeino was. They are now rebuilding the church. Henriette Næss Ebbesen © 2019
Henriette Næss Ebbesen © 2019

Beyond Máze, and it´s history, we also got to learn about the Sami reindeer herder family. Their tradition, strong culture and also you get the chance to joik with the family.  They brought us in their lavvu(Sami tepee) where there was reindeer skin on the ground witch we could sit on, around an crackling fire with coffee on a kettle hanging over.

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Henriette Næss Ebbesen © 2019

We were served the traditional food “Bidos”, a stew the Sami normally serve at weddings and special occasions. It consists of cooked reindeer meat, carrots, potatoes, mustard, onions, and salt and pepper. Johán told us, “The more reindeers you have, more meat you use in the stew. It was, and still is, a way of showing your wealth.

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And for dessert we got spiced caked called “Máze cake” with cloudberry cream on the side.    Henriette Næss Ebbesen © 2019


This adventure really teaches you about the real life of Sami People, and how they were and still are fighting for the Sami culture. It´s something out of the ordinary.

At their homepage,, you can read more about them, and all of the adventures you can participate on.