We’ve been living off the grid for almost 4 weeks now. Before we both have lived and have grown up in apartments with no knowledge about essential survival skills like how to make a fire, how to hunt, how to fish… All the skills that we need now to live our life off the grid, we learn by doing. Which is in our opinion, the only way to learn. Learning by doing. We live on our own few hectares of land in the woods somewhere in Lapland, our next neighbors are over 2km away, we are surrounded by trees, trees and more trees. Our land consists of three parts: a big field, where strawberries grow and soonish potatoes, carrots and other vegetables, an open space, where our house and some outhouses stand plus a big part of woods, woods and more woods. We cook our food on a wood stove – we also have a gas stove – but prefer the wood stove, because it does not only cook our food, it also heats the house plus heats the water for dish washing, as we only have cold water otherwise. We have a beautiful bread oven for baking our own bread. We do not have a bathroom and wash ourselves in the sauna in the old beautiful way, which takes time and has become kind of a ritual. Slow and beautiful. We’ve arrived when there was still quite much snow and the only way to heat our home is to light fire in the fireplaces. We also have arrived when the days already have grown long, so our home is now lighted by the sun only. We have a little gas fridge and a “natural” outdoor freezer aka old bathtub for dog food.
Since we have arrived there wasn’t a day, where we haven’t worked. Our days are long and full. And slow. We wake with the sun and go to bed with the sun. Our six dogs, from whom three are puppies help us to always wake up early and seize the day to the fullest. Our current project is to build a huge fence to let all our dogs run free and safely. Though we still have to wait patiently for the snow to melt.
We won’t romanticize this kind of life – it is indeed a choice and at some point for us, the only choice that made sense. You just have to be ready with all your heart and mind to take this leap of faith into the unknown that is called life. Also big part of choosing this kind of life is to realize that it is not other people that make you happy. You must enjoy your own company more than anything else. It is a hard life, mentally and physically, but it is honest and simple and that is what counts for us. We work to survive, we work for ourselves and this is the ultimative kind of freedom that we think a human being in this world can strive for.
This is our Safe Haven. “Safe” because we feel safe here in the nature, where our only direct neighbors are forest dwellers with whom we live in a respectful co-existence. “Haven” because we have arrived. Our journey has taken us to many different places until we have landed here at our port, our Safe Haven, where we will dwell no matter what comes until the end of days.