Hero of the Month October 2019
October 07, 2019
Each month we celebrate the weird and wonderful, from people who are key fundraisers in their community, to people with the coolest jobs. People that go outside the norm, swim against the shoal if you will, and do something fun or extraordinary.
This month we want to show appreciation to our very own viking, and wonderful host who looked after us on our latest photo shoot in Norway, Eivin Drivflaadt.
Eivin owns a wonderful old house in a small town called Digermulen where he cooked us some incredible food, took us out on his boat, and generally taught us to put down our phones more often, and enjoy the beautiful Nordic countryside.
How long have you had your house in Digermulen, in the Lofoten region of Norway?
We bought the villa in 2007 and we fell in love with it immediately.
You live in Stavanger most of the time with your family, do you think you would ever all move to Lofoten permanently?
Now I spend about 50% of my time in Lofoten. Lofoten has lots of exciting places to live like Svolvær, Henningsvær and Kabelvåg. I think right now it would be difficult for the family to live in Digermulen all year since there is no kindergarten here, but who knows what the future will bring.
Tell us about your family.
I have a girlfriend, Elise who is also from Stavanger. We have been together for almost 15 years and have two beautiful daughters Nor (3 years) and Liv (10 months). To me every day with the girls is a true adventure. My girls give me the biggest joy and inspiration in life.
You were inspired to buy a house in Lofoten after you were involved in making the film Loop, can you tell us a little more about it?
Loop was a documentary I made together with my second cousin. We were running a film production company together for about 7 years and the movie Loop summed up all of our thoughts over this period. We wanted to make a film that inspired people to dare to choose to live more freely. It is very easy to end up in the everyday loop without asking yourself if this is where you should be. Your family, friends, colleagues, social media and other media etc tries to influence you and tell how to live your life. To remove this noise and be able to find your way is very difficult. That is one of the main reasons why I love spending time in Lofoten. When you turn of your phone and move yourself into nature I find it more easy to be the real me.
You have had many interesting jobs over the years, can you tell us a little about what you have done?
Firstly I started doing ski and snowboard films. We were the first to get a film like this distributed in the cinemas in Norway. In total I have worked 7 years making films. I have also been doing a lot of carpentry over the years rebuilding old houses like our house in Stavanger and Lofoten.
Eivin built this huge comfy sofa in his house, which we made the most of on our stay there, read more on our blog.
After I met Elise we started up a chocolate factory together in Stavanger. We had a charming cafe and a shop in Stavanger called Sjokoladepiken. None of us had experience from the food industry before and it was a lot of things to learn. after all we wanted to make the most tasty and exciting chocolate you could get. Our philosophy was simple. Chocolate is good, so then everything else that is good must be good with chocolate. Out from this philosophy came pralines with blue cheese, dried cod and other amazing natural ingredients.
And can you tell us about the jobs you do now?
For the last three years I have been making a new business called Kompani Lofoten based of course in Lofoten the most beautiful place on earth. In wintertime I do lots of ski touring adventures and in the summertime its more about hiking and fishing. I also do location management in Lofoten.
You have an amazing boat, can you tell us a bit about it and why you bought it?
For a long time I looked for the perfect boat to use for my Lofoten adventures. In the end I found a beautiful 45 feet fishing boat made in Norway in 1936. During ww2 it was used to take Norwegians escaping to Shetland. After the war it was again used as a fishing boat. The man I bought it from spent 9000 hours to rebuild it to what it is now. It is a part of the Norwegian coast culture I now feel obliged to take care of.
You are a fantastic cook, do you have a favourite meal you like to cook, or favourite food you like to eat?
Thank you so much for appreciating my food. I love everything that includes fresh fish or seafood in general. At the boat I love fresh mussels and fries with a seaweed aioli. Simple but very good. In Lofoten we are very lucky to be able to get so many amazing ingredients in our neighbourhood. Fresh fish and seafood, lamb, whale, cloudberries etc. As long as you have high quality ingredients available it is very easy to make great food.
We love the connection to nature you have, is this the same for all Norwegians?
In Norway I guess a lot of people has a strong relationship to nature. We are about 5 million people in Norway and there is 435.000,- cabins/holiday homes in Norway. This means that a lot of Norwegians have an easy access to the outdoors. Also in Norway we have an own word for spending time in the nature, "friluftsliv" which means something like life spent in the nature, so I guess Norwegians are above average interested in nature.
What are your favourite ways to enjoy the outdoors?
It depends. I like a combination of ski-touring in the wintertime, hiking and boating in the summertime. In general spending time with my family in the nature is always great. I love when we live at the boat in the summertime enjoying everything the sea has to offer. But I also really enjoy making a snow cave or snowsleighing with my daughter in the wintertime before drinking really good hot chocolate.
What is your ideal weekend?
My ideal weekend includes time spent with my family and friends, good food and some fun activities preferably in nature.