King crabbing in Bugøyfjord

On our first day back in Kirkenes we bumped into Kristin Pedersen at the hospital, who casually invited us ‘crabbing’ with her family in Bugøyfjord. Catching a few king crabs is a free treat for anyone living in Finnmark (you can find advice on how to move up here, right here).

Kristin’s husband Audun orchestrated the boat, the traps and the humane goodbyes once the exclusive catch was safely on the shore. Seeing all these crustaceans on the beach was too tempting a sight for us and we couldn’t resist asking Kristin to pose for us with some of them. Bows to Matilda for being our fearless shoot assistant and experienced crab handler, and to Kristin for her crab-induced yoga acrobatics.

A balmy +8 C temperature set the scene for an epic summer crab party amongst friends – priceless!

© Karoline Hjorth & Riitta Ikonen

Kristin and Audun had set the traps out the night before © Karoline Hjorth & Riitta Ikonen

© Karoline Hjorth & Riitta Ikonen

The bait is Norwegian salmon of course © Karoline Hjorth & Riitta Ikonen

© Karoline Hjorth & Riitta Ikonen

The going price for these babies is around 400 Norwegian Krone per kilo © Karoline Hjorth & Riitta Ikonen

© Karoline Hjorth & Riitta Ikonen

Matilda realising that artistic vision © Karoline Hjorth & Riitta Ikonen

It's a hard pose to keep for 10 minutes solid © Karoline Hjorth & Riitta Ikonen

It’s a hard pose to keep for 10 minutes solid © Karoline Hjorth & Riitta Ikonen

© Karoline Hjorth & Riitta Ikonen

The Red King Crab or the Kamchatka crab is an expensive delicacy. It is also an invasive species in the Barents Sea, eating everything on its way. © Karoline Hjorth & Riitta Ikonen

This is Else, Audun's mum.  She kindly hosted the crab party at her house © Karoline Hjorth & Riitta Ikonen

This is Else, Audun’s mum. She kindly hosted the crab party at her house © Karoline Hjorth & Riitta Ikonen

© Karoline Hjorth & Riitta Ikonen

The legs spend 15 minutes in boiling water over a fire © Karoline Hjorth & Riitta Ikonen

 A quick cold bath in the river to follow (this loosens the meat from the shell nicely) © Karoline Hjorth & Riitta Ikonen

A quick cold bath in the river loosens the meat from the shell nicely) © Karoline Hjorth & Riitta Ikonen

© Karoline Hjorth & Riitta Ikonen

© Karoline Hjorth & Riitta Ikonen

Vigorous bending of the various joints and hey presto, we have crab meat! © Karoline Hjorth & Riitta Ikonen

Vigorous bending of the various joints and hey presto, we have crab meat! © Karoline Hjorth & Riitta Ikonen

A touch of lemon, melted garlic butter (from Finland) and fresh white bread: Delectable combination! © Karoline Hjorth & Riitta Ikonen

A touch of lemon, melted garlic butter (from Finland) and fresh white bread: Delectable combination! © Karoline Hjorth & Riitta Ikonen

3 comments

  1. Kristin J. Pedersen

    What great pictures from a great day. It was so nice to have you over. 😊 😊

    Like

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