Finally – it’s been so windy the past weeks, last week we had to cancel three kayaking trips – but yesterday we made it out on the lake. We had 8 guests with us. And what an evening! It was so calm, sunny and bright! But still a bit cold though – both in the air, and in the water…

We paddled to the caves, and stopped on one of the skerries for some snacks.

Summer is here – and our summer program has begun! A lot of the times and dates are already fully booked though, due to pre-booked groups and other missions. It’s also 11 degrees, super windy and lots of rain! So far we’ve had to cancel our three first kayaking trips this month – but next week is looking good and we’re really looking forward to that!

But the waves can’t stop us from enjoying the woods – we’ve had a couple of groups this week! The winds keeps the mosquitoes away.

And I finally got some pictures while guiding – thanks to Josefine Schön!

We’ve also supported Wilderness Stories on her way through Sweden by bike, foot and kayak. She borrowed one of our bikes to ride to the other side of the lake. You can follow her adventures and read more about it on @wildernessstories at Instagram and www.wildernessstories.com

Yesterday we visited a business friend of ours – Helena at Renbiten. Renbiten is the name of the company, “ren” is the Swedish word for reindeer, and is run by this Sami family.

We took two of the reindeers out for a walk in the woods, and Helena talked about the animals and the nature around us. We stopped for a fika in a tipi and learned more about the Sami culture and religion.

I can really recommend a visit to Renbiten if you are in the area of northern Dalarna (Grövelsjön/Idre).

The past few days we’ve been in the archipelago of Santa Anna in the eastern parts of Östergötland. Here Do The North runs an impressive kayak center with guided and self-guided tours.

Together with Thomas from Do The North and Marcus from Wild Sweden we spent 4 days with Swoop Adventures from the UK – just kayaking around the islands and having discussions and a couple of workshops about sustainable tourism. It went really well, new ideas and new friends!

Back at our favourite accomodation/paradise at UrNatur – stayed in one of the tree huts, chopped wood and cuddled with the lambs. Going back here tomorrow, and I thought I’d write a longer presentation or blog post about Ulrika and Håkan who runs this place. Check out www.urnatur.se

Last weekend was our first MTB weekend at the mountain. We arranged guided MTB tours Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The first two days were sunny and windy with great views, and on the third day the fog was all over the mountain – magical! A lovely weekend with lovely participants!

In fact – this was so much fun, and the response afterwards huge, so we decided to do this again. Now we have even more dates available for reservation online!

Today we had our first event of the season – a wellness weekend in collab with Alexandra Running Club and Yogaro. Together we were able to offer a day with running, yoga, hiking and health talks. We’re doing this again in September! Some of the guests today has already signed up – and so can you!

During Easter we went out kayaking for two days. It was so still on the lakes, not a single wave. Hopefully we’ll get more of these calm days this summer.

During Monday and Tuesday I was in Gothenburg for a meeting with some of the other people involved in the Adventure Travel Summit which is taking place in September. I’ll be hosting one of the Pre Summit Adventures. Looking forward. Gothenburg is the second largest city in Sweden – but it’s still quite cosy.

Pics:
1, Clarion Post where the summit is taking place in September
2, Chris Doyle speaking
3, Me presenting by products and some of the people I work with
4-5, Gothenburg pics…

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A few days ago I held a lecture and workshop about sustainable tourism during Earth Week in Vadstena. It was interesting to hear the locals discuss the development in this area. Not all tourism is good, and we want to discuss what we want to do in the future. Also, if we want to reach the climate goals we can’t continue to fly as much as we do today.

I have so many thoughts about this and what I’ve done so far is that I’ve reduced my flight trips with 94% and changed my marketing – now only towards people arriving here by car or train. I also work more with partners that share the same philosophy.