A Nordic Skater

Film transcript - A Nordic Skater

Yeah, when I was a kid, I was more into the action sports, and skateboarding, tried to be cool and tough and so on.

But when I moved here to Norway, eventually I find myself trying to explore everything, around Oslo and close to nature.

So I started thinking about this nordic skating again, and both me and my wife were talking about we would like to try it.

I have to say the thing I like most about ice skating is something I define as ‘add nature’. My own theory of that is we spend all day long in offices, mostly in the cities, and it is really rooted deep in our bones that we need to be out in the nature.

I’m Per, I’m probably the oldest Swede in Norway and I’m a nordic skater.

In many ways, this house is the safe haven of me - and of my wife of course, and one important thing about this house is the location. Because we are practically, sort of, dead centre of the delta of the best nordic skating here in the Oslo region.

I work as a commercial photographer, so for me it’s very natural to bring a camera with me on the ice. For me it’s not that important to show groups of people standing on the ice, and waving and saying hello we’re out on the ice.

I’m more into the feeling of it, try to interpret the feeling of freedom on the ice.

If I drive my car from the summer house, and within half an hour, I’ll be at the absolute finest lakes around here, when it comes to nordic skating.

So the inner circle of us has been doing this for quite a while now. We are all equal, we’re all the same. We have the same sort of eager(ness) to skate as much as possible. That’s the glue. The search for the perfect black ice, actually.

Ever since I started with the skydiving, diving, sea kayaking, climbing, I always said, okay, now I’ve found my thing. This is what I could do for the rest of my life.

But nordic skating for me is a sort of combination of all those activities that I’ve been doing. Because you have to use every sense that you have, to travel safe on ice, and especially thin ice. So I think I’ve found my sport.

And my sport is nordic skating.