The Ridu Ridu Festival in 2018 was a whirlwind of experiences, and as I look back, the memories are as vivid as the stunning landscapes that surrounded me. The festival brought together people from all corners of the world, and amidst the music and nature, I had the privilege of meeting some incredible locals and fellow travelers.
One chilly morning, I decided to hike to a nearby fishing village, guided by a local enthusiast named Erik. He was a rugged man with a twinkle in his eye and a deep love for the land. As we trekked through the wilderness, he shared stories of his life in these remote parts of Norway, and I gained a newfound appreciation for the resilience of the locals.
Erik introduced me to the art of traditional fishing, a skill passed down through generations. We ventured to a serene riverbank, where Erik taught me the techniques of casting a line and patiently waiting for a bite. The simplicity of this activity, the stillness of the pristine landscape, and the camaraderie with Erik made it an unforgettable experience.
In the evenings, the festival grounds came alive with food stalls that showcased local culinary delights. Traditional Norwegian cuisine was a revelation, and I couldn’t resist indulging in some mouthwatering dishes. I savored platters of freshly caught salmon, cured and smoked to perfection, served with creamy dill sauce. The flavors were a delightful fusion of the sea and the land.
For a taste of the local culture, I tried “lutefisk,” a unique dish made from dried whitefish that is soaked in lye and then rehydrated. It’s a polarizing dish, and I found it to be an acquired taste. Locals raved about it, and I couldn’t resist giving it a try. The experience was both strange and intriguing, like a culinary adventure into the heart of Norwegian tradition.
As the days passed, I discovered the local drink of choice: aquavit. Erik, my newfound friend, shared a bottle of this potent spirit with me, explaining that it was a cherished tradition in Norway. We sipped aquavit around a campfire, its herbal and anise flavors warming us against the Arctic chill. It was a bonding moment that bridged cultures and forged a lasting connection.
Throughout the festival, I met fellow campers who came from every corner of the globe, drawn by their love of music and adventure. We shared stories around campfires, strummed guitars, and laughed under the dancing Northern Lights. It was a global community brought together by our passion for the wilderness and the power of music.
The Ridu Ridu Festival was an immersive experience that celebrated the harmony between music, nature, and the warm-hearted people of Norway. As I drove away in my trusty RV, leaving behind the rugged cliffs and serene fjords, I carried with me not only the breathtaking scenery but the shared moments, flavors, and connections that made this camping adventure at the edge of the world truly unforgettable. Ridu Ridu had become a cherished chapter in my camping saga, a testament to the beauty of the outdoors and the kindness of its people.