Bushcraft & Survival in Kolarbyn

In a collaboration between Kolarbyn Eco-Lodge and Jonas Vildmark we offer you a 3-day experience and a course in Bushcraft and Survival. These are two different subjects that may well go hand in hand when you find yourself in an unexpected survival situation. Bushcraft skills can help you in a extreme survival situation in the woods. In this course, besides defining these two subjects, we also cover the basics of; fire, water and shelter, together with the psychological and physical factors of Survival.

Photo: Marcus Jonson, kolarbyn.se

Day 1 - Check in at the reception of Kolarbyn 14.00. A host will meet and greet to show you around the lodge site. The night will be spent inside one of the charcoal huts in Kolarbyn
Day 2 - Theory and practice out in the deep woods of Bergslagen, together with an experienced Instructor. You have the possibility to spend the night inside the emergency shelter you will build during the day
Day 3 - Breakfast, summarizing and finish inside the Kolarbyn

Dates during 2018
May 8th-10th
June 1st-3rd
June 26th-28th
September 4th-6th

From 3270 SEK (including VAT)

More info and booking
For more detailed information and booking your spot; please visit the Kolarbyn website by clicking HERE.

You can also follow each course via Facebook; click HERE.

Welcome to the magic forests of Bergslagen Sweden!

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Family Bushcraft

Bushcraft, the old-school skills of being outdoors using basic knowledge about fire-making, whittling your own tools, building your camp, reading nature and much more. Bushcrafting is a memorable way to experience the Swedish outdoors together with your family. Join us around the campfire, relax and learn the basics of making fire and using edge tools properly. This package gives you two nights' stay in Baggå skola B&B and a five-hour experience/course that takes place at Jonas Vildmark Bushcraft Center in Riddarhyttan, Sweden. This is a family-friendly adventure with cozy lodging as well as an opportunity to learn fire-lighting techniques and take home your self carved item from green wood.

About Jonas Vildmark & Baggå skola
Since 2009 Jonas Vildmark (Jonas Wilderness) has offered training, skills courses and events in the arts of Bushcraft and Survival. Jonas Landolsi has inspired many with his knowledge and experience of living in the wild. Together with his wife Therese, Jonas leads courses throughout Sweden focusing on basic outdoor skills like Woodcraft, Hunting and Forest Living.
Baggå skola was built in 1884 as a school house for the village children. Today it's a bustling farm-to-table café and rustic Bed & Breakfast operated by Swedish-American duo Amy & Tomas. Stay in their unique and charming rooms (with shared bath) in the heart of the Swedish countryside. Nature, wildlife and creativity meet on this lively organic farm.

Family Buschcraft schedule (changes may occur)
•  Thursday afternoon/evening: Arrival & check in at Baggå skola
•  Thursday evening: Hearty soup with homemade bread is served with a choice of beverages in cozy Baggå skola
•  Friday 8.00-10.00: Buffet breakfast in Baggå skola café (homemade yoghurt, granola & bread, coffee, tea, juice)
•  Friday 11.00: Arrival at Jonas Vildmark Bushcraft Center, Riddarhyttan
•  Learn about the history and techniques of fire-making
•  Friday 12.00-13.00 Lunch: Vegetarian burrito, homemade chocolate chip cookie & juice box
•  Practice you fire making skills
•  Fika
•  Learn about whittling and how to use a knife, an axe and a saw in an efficient and safe way
•  Start creating your own item; perhaps a spoon or chop sticks carved from green wood
•  Friday 16.00: We wrap up the day by looking at the different carved objects we've created. If you're not finished yet; no worries - you can continue carving at home.
•  Friday Dinner: This one's up to you; check what's available at Baggå skola or ask us for suggestions in the region for other tasty options. (Why not join a moose safari in the evening where a meal is included?)
•  Saturday 11.00 Baggå skola check out

Dates during 2018 
July 19th-21st
August 2nd-4th
August 9th-11th 

Price (including VAT)
Adults 13 years and older : 1500 SEK per person
Children 6-12 years: 1200 SEK per person
Children 2-5 years: 900 SEK per person
Children 0-1 years: Free 

The price includes 
•  A family-oriented Bushcraft course focusing on fire-making, edge tools and whittling, led by an experienced Instructor
•  Rental tools for fire making and wood carving
•  Carving material
•  Fire material
•  Two night's lodging at Baggå skola (sheets & towels included)
•  Two buffet breakfasts at Baggå skola
•  One two-course meal & one to-go meal, including beverages 

Book your spot at Family Bushcraft by contacting Baggå skola; click HERE

We recommend that you bring warm and robust clothing and shoes for all kinds of weather. There is a distance of 15 km between your lodging in Baggå and the bushcraft activities in Riddarhyttan – we recommend a rental car or taxi. You'll find Taxi Skinnsberg by clicking HERE. f you wish to combine this activity with others in the area, check in with our partner WildSweden's schedules by clicking HERE.

Welcome to Bergslagen Sweden!

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3 Favorites - Vapentidningen No.2 - 2018

 The Swedish weapons magazine Vapentidningen is running a nice article series where their writers get to present their three favorites when it comes to shooting and hunting. In the latest issue of the mag, on it's way out in stores as I write, I give you three of my absolute favorites to bring out to the shooting range and into the woods.

Para-Ordnance P-14 (The fat guy)
This is a happy piece from the 90's. A double stack 1911 holding up to 15 45ACPs gets your hands full when running the P-14. Great for when running dynamic shooting in the standard class. The mag article gives you some history of the manufacturer Para together with some nice pics of the original pistol from late late 90's.

Remington 660 (The 2nd class guy)
This is the sibling of the perhaps more well known model Mohawk. The 600 series was in production
from 1964 to 2004 and I really appreciate the rifles compact design and accuracy. They were chambered for a number of calibers but my favorite is the .222 Rem. that falls into the 2nd class when talking about game classes here in Sweden. Inside the mag article you can read about the modifications made to my rifle.

Victorinox Swiss Soldier's Knife 08 (The SAK)
The knife geek in me had to choose at least one knife for this article. One really good friend of mine is the Swiss Soldier's Knife 08 helping me out when out in the woods as well as out on the homestead. This is the current official folding knife of the Swiss military and it's truly a trooper. I see this as a multi tool for my dirty work cutting and poking. A nice tool helping me save the edge of my other knife the Doer that I use for carving and food prepping (remember to clean your knife in-between). Inside this mag article you get some info about the 08's development.

Some of the other interesting articles inside the same magazine is; Mauser M18 (Anders Pettersson), Smith & Wesson M&P M2.0 (Henrik Kalling) and Barrett M82 (Henrik Jansson).

I hope you'll enjoy the article and the mag!

To see my other articles published inside the Vapentidningen; click HERE

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How to Choose a Knife - Vapentidningen No.1 - 2018

This years first issue of Vapentidningen offer some very nice reading for all interested in Hunting, Target Practice, Weapon History and Outdoor Life. When it comes to blades my contribution in this issue is an article about what to think about when choosing a knife. The question; How to Choose a Knife, is a constantly returning theme that is always a pleasure to write about. And when out speaking or workshopping; I also often get this interesting question from different knife users.

This time I've narrowed down the menu of knife types to three different knife segments; the EDC Knife, the Forest Knife and the Game Knife. I write about what I look for in a knife I'm planning to use for these different tasks. And at the same time I give seven quick examples of suitable knife models in each segment.

The EDC Knife; is the knife that is probably used the most when solving my every day tasks. Tasks that can widely vary.
The Forest Knife; is the more robust knife that comes in handy when setting up camp out in the wild.
The Game Knife; is the blade only to be used when field dressing your game and start processing the meat.

I hope this mag article can be of assistance for you when planning to purchase you next knife.

Other nice articles inside the same magazine are for instance; ATA Arms NEO (Tobias Hassel), Browning Buck Mark Challenge Rosewood (Henrik Kalling) and The Beretta Story (Tobias Hassel).


To see other articles on the same theme; How to Choose a Knife; click HERE.

To see all my earlier articles inside Vapentidningen; click HERE.

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EnZo Borka 90 - Vapentidningen No.9 - 2017

The Holiday Spirit is upon us. Today we celibate Lucia here in Sweden, as the beautiful snow is falling over our homestead. Sitting here thinking of yesterday's hunt while looking through a freshly printed issue of the Vapentidningen (No.9 - 2017), this year's last number of the mag. Inside this issue you can read my article on the folder Enzo Borka 90 from the Finish manufacturer Brisa.

The EnZo Borka 90 is a bigger and more robust sibling to the models Birk 75 and PK70. The Borka was first launched back in 2015 and have since then been updated to what can be seen in this article; a very nice bushcraft folder featuring a Scandi grind edge profile with a nice blade shaped for carving. I think the manufacturer have succeeded in creating a robust folder for lighter bushcraft tasks. The Scandi grind folders are strangely enough still an exotic combination. I'll be coming back to the subject of Scandi grind folder in the near future in my ongoing project Foldertest2017.

Inside this same magazine you also can read articles like; Slug ammo for hunting (Johan Ljungné), Jens E. Perto's Three favorites and How to pick the rights bow for hunting (Ulf Backman).

I want to take this opportunity to wish all the readers of the Vapentidningen a relaxed Lucia, a peaceful Christmas and a Happy New Year! Looking forward to another exiting mag article year in 2018. Please let me know if you have any feedback on my articles, means a lot to me.
Take care

Also take a look at my earlier mag articles inside Vapentidningen by clicking HERE.

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Spyderco C223 Para 3 - Vapentidningen No.8 - 2017

I've now been carrying the Spyderco C223 Para 3 for a while and inside the mag Vapentidningen (No.8 - 2017) you can read my thoughts and some of the history of the knife.

Para 3 is a new generation of the Para Military wish originally was inspired of the the larger model Military. Para 3 is more slimmed compared to it's predecessors and is a nice good quality EDC.
I especially like the design feature placing the liner lock mechanism on top of the handle.

Inside the same issue of Vapentidningen you'll also find my answer to Daniel M's reader question regarding; knife choice, maintenance and carrying.

I also recommend you'll read the articles; Ruger American Pistol (Henrik Kalling), test of chronographs (Johan Ljungné) and Tobias Hassel's three favorites.

Pleasant reading!

Also see my earlier Vapentidningen articles by clicking HERE.

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Bushcraft Sunday at Lienshyttans Herrgård

A warm welcome to our Open House at the Jonas Vildmark Bushcraftcenter at the homestead Lienshyttans Herrgård, Riddarhyttan Sweden. One Sunday each month we'll be arranging what we call The Bushcraft Sunday. Everyone is welcome to join us around the camp fire discussing everything from old hunting stories to your upcoming hiking adventure.

Enjoy a refreshing Fika inside our cozy Garden House where you can buy soup, sandwiches and other pastries straight from the Homestead Kitchen. Inside our little Bushcraft Boutique you can find bushcraft gear and inspiring locally handcrafted items. In the Bushcraft Studio you can listen to interesting Speakers and look at inspiring pictures from our beautiful wilderness.

We're looking forward having interesting conversations about Woodcraft, Hunting, Fishing and other outdoor activities. Perhaps we'll touch upon; Natural navigation, Water purification, Sloyd, Primitive fishing techniques or your favorite gear - You decide. You are also welcome to bring your own made gear to inspire others and to get tips from the other participants.

Below you'll find the dates for 2018. For more information; please visit our Events at Facebook; click HERE

February 25th - Theme: Survival in winter time
March 25th - Theme: TBA
June 17th - Theme: TBA
July 22nd - Theme: TBA
September 30th - Theme: TBA
October 28th - Theme: TBA
November 25th - Theme: TBA

Lienshyttans Herrgård is situated in Riddarhyttan Sweden along road No.68. The postal address is Hyttvägen 1 and you can read more about the homestead and how to get here by clicking HERE.
You are welcome to use our Facebook page to synchronize your carpooling.

Bushcraft Sunday Open House Entrance is for free (no entrance fee).
Dress code; robust, warm and comfortable (this is an outdoor event).

Looking forward seeing you here!

Kind regards
Jonas & Therese

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