The Veidemann course has been run multiple times over the last decade and provides an opportunity for the participants to live off the land during a time of the year with particular abundance. We make our own fishing equipment and catch the trout as they run into the rivers to spawn.

This course is organised by Backwoods Survival School and is booked through them. Description from their website:

This 7 day advanced course in the remote, wild and beautiful Telemark region of Norway aims to take students back to a simpler time, when man worked in harmony with nature and the environment to meet his needs. As fish is the main source of protein in this locality, the course has an emphasis on primitive fishing techniques, many of which are not possible to practice in the UK. After building our own elk-skin coracle, we will make and use fishing nets, hooks, line and fish traps and employ gill nets, harpoons and weirs to catch the abundant local wild trout. Other subjects taught are natural shelter building, fire-craft, foraging and wild food cooking – including making elk jerky! We also cover craft work with reindeer antler, birch bark and natural cordages among other subjects. This is a physically demanding course that requires a good level of fitness.

Our role in this course is to provide local knowledge and guidance, fishing expertise and introduction to fishing related crafts.

Dates: 25. September – 2. October

Course fee: £625

With this course, travel from Oslo to location is included in the course fee.

Youtube video of some methods covered in the course:


Photo gallery from previous courses: