Pole to Pole
Day 18: Karasjok
It's a day of Boy's Own adventures, starting with a ride up the Karasjoka (the Karas River) on a low, swift, wooden canoe in search of gold. My guides are two Same yuppies - Nils Christian who's visited Beverly Hills, and Leppa who carries a radio telephone in his national dress. The river is big business. Though frozen for several months of the year, it is still, according to Nils Christian, the best salmon river in Europe, yielding 133,000 kilos last year.
The tributaries of the Karasjoka are also rich, and in a bubbling stream beside a cool, damp, mosquito-infested stretch of woodland I am initiated into the recondite art of gold panning.
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- Series: Pole to Pole
- Day: 18
- Country/sea: Norway
- Place: Karasjok
- Book page no: 36
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