You know the feeling when you want to travel the world and visit distant places with new cultures and stunning nature? And the frustration when you can’t because of work, family, lack of money or just because it’s scary? We have a solution – explore your surroundings!
I bet that you don’t have to go far to find places that you haven’t explored. It might be a forest, a nature reserve or just a park in the city where you live. Why not bring a friend and go explore it? We are both from the Swedish region called Uppland – home to a lot of culture, history and beautiful nature. But we haven’t explored the nature as much as we want to. It’s time to change that!
Sweden have so many beautiful trails in stunning nature, but some of them are definitely more popular than others. Well deserved as well – but that doesn’t mean that the other trails should be forgotten. Suitable for us there is a trail in Uppland, that we’ve decided to hike!
With it’s 400 kilometers it leads you through forests, along rivers and to some of the historic places of Uppland. Our plan is to do this little by little one weekend here and one weekend there. Walking, stand up paddling, skiing and who knows – we might figure out some more fun and cool way of doing it. Ideas anyone?
Our first reason of doing this, is simply to explore the nature of Uppland that we’ve had around us all our upbringing. The second and biggest is that we hope to be able to inspire others to go explore their surroundings. And to show that you don’t have to have oceans of time for it.
You don’t have to quit your job and hike across the North Pole to be an explorer, your next adventure might be waiting just around the corner!
Our plan is to give you updates both here on the blog, on our Instagram and in small videos from the different sections of the trail. We’re so excited and more info will come here on the blog under ”projects” shortly!
Love Carl and Bella
So yesterday the fourth episode of the tv-show ”Kalles sex liv” was aired on tv, but many of you had already seen it online. We are so happy for all your comments and the love that you’ve sent our way! ❤
Some of you are praising the aspect of living in a van and trying to break free from the idea of what everyday life should look like – Our favourite subject of all times, but one that will have to wait because of the other questions that we’ve got. The questions about the actual recording of the show.
This happened during three intense days in april. We met up with tv-host Kalle, the producer Andreas, the photographer Mattias and the drone genius that took all the epic shots from above – on Torö Stenstrand, which is a famous surfspot south of Stockholm. We would lie if we said that we weren’t nervous…!
I’m a journalist and have worked with both tv and radio as a producer and researcher, but this is the first time that I’m in front of the camera – so wierd! But we fell in love with the idea of the show – to follow people that have chosen an ”alternative” way of living that doesn’t necessary mean a house, two kids and work from nine to five. So we decided to go with it!
Kalle Z W and the team was really nice to us and as the hours went by, it felt more and more natural. Usually when we are out on the roads we try to stay at least two night at every spot. And we might go climbing, hiking or living on a beach for a week at the time, now we did all of this in just three days which was really hectic – But super fun at the same time!
But it was a close call that we didn’t get any surf photos at all, because the forecast changed and the swell was close to nothing. We started to panic – who wants to see a show with two people just sitting in their van all day long?
But thanks to my awesome colleague and friend Niklas, we managed to find a place that actually worked in those lousy conditions. The team got what they wanted and we just wanted to stay at this spot forever, such a beautiful place! 😍
This was one of the last moments before we had to drive ridiculously fast to the ferry to get back to Stockholm again. And I must say that it was a bit sad to say goodbye after those intensed days. The best thing with van life is to meet new interesting people and the worst part is when you have to go back to the city or to work or whatever.
So you’ve read this far and the only thing you really wanted to know is – did he or did he not sleep between you in the van!? Such a good question, even though I don’t understand why everyone keeps asking? I mean the picture below should be proof enough right? 😉
As some of you already know, we spent half of 2016 traveling around the west of Europe. While we did that we blogged for a Swedish travel magazine called ”Res”, about the places we went to and of course about living and traveling in a van.
At one point we got a comment on the blog from someone claiming to be a producer of an upcomming tv-show, wanting to get in touch. Our gut feeling was to put this comment somewhere together with emails about cheap viagra and unknown relatives that leave you big heritages. But after some googling we realized that it most likely was a real person behind it.
We got in touch with the guy that told us about the show, where a famous Swedish tv-host (Kalle Zackari Wahlström) was going to try different ”alternative” ways of living. And what would be better then to try van living?
In the early spring we met up with Kalle and the team on a famous surf spot south of Stockholm, before we took the ferry to Gotland and spent three days of bouldering, surfing and just chilling around the island. Everything while beeing followed by a camera and a drone.
We haven’t seen the result yet, but what we’ve seen is just magic in terms of photography. And when you read this, the show will be up at https://www.svtplay.se/kalles-sex-liv – we sure hope that you like it!
Give us a comment here or on our Instagram @swewanderlust ✌❤
So we’re back from our honeymoon but that doesn’t meen that we’ve given up on our outdoor lifestyle. At the moment I work in the arcipelago north of Stockholm and Carl in the city, so we try to do the most of the weekends.
Yesterday was Carl’s birthday so we had a nice dinner followed by some stand up paddleboarding – I tried out my new wetsuit for the first time and loved it!
Today we had a walk and had lunch at some cliffs just by the sea. These are our favourite vegan chorizos from a brand called ”Astrid och aporna”. At the moment they sell limited edition chorizos which means that a small amount of the cost goes to Unicef and there work with helping people running from Syria ❤
We had an awesome weekend in the outdoors even though we’re back at work – hope we can inspire some of you to do the same! ★
Sorry for being so quiet here on the blog, there are two reasons for this. The first one is that we spent a few days in The Bear country national park in Sweden, a magic place where we could camp here:
Just by the lake! We had the most peaceful days here with long breakfasts, hikes along the paths of the national park. That of course was followed by – a swim in the lake every day! Soo nice! The weather was so unstable and in the evenings we had both rain and thunder, but it didn’t really bother us because then we could read books and just lay in bed without any feelings that ”we should do something”.
But we had plenty of sun aswell! I don’t know why, but when you have a van – there is some kind of hidden power that drags you upwards to the roof. Anyone else that knows what I’m talking about? This is my absolute favourite spot of the van, no question about it!
But the other reason for our absence, is that our honeymoon is over 🙈 We are back at work, Carl on the Childcare center and me out on Barnens Ö (The Childrens Island) making a short movie for the summer camps here.
BUT we have some really exciting things coming up so don’t forget to keep following the blog! We’ll tell you more about that soon!
Until then – check out our Instagram! ★
You have probably already seen our ninja pictures from the super misty day a few nights ago – if not check them out here! But we can’t really leave it there, because when we woke up after two days in this milky world, the sun revealed something completely different!
We talked with Kian, the photographer from Unstad Artic Surf that we where thinking about going to Senja. Then he persuaded us to go to ”this beautiful island of Husøy”. He didn’t really explain why it was so fantastic, but in his excited way of talking, we felt that it had to be something special.
But then we got here, to a tiny island all covered in big houses. There isn’t any space left for anything else than small roads, peoples tiny backyards and houses. So many houses on such a small space. We couldn’t really understand what Kian had been talking about. We went for a walk, pretended to be ninjas, and spent most of these two days reading and talking. We where to tired to drive somewhere else since we had been in the car for around 12 hours the other day.
And when we woke up on the third day we where happy that we hadn’t just hastened further to a new location. The beauty had revealed itself out of the mist. Here Carl is standing on the same spot with only one day apart, crazy huh!?
And look at the harbor the different days:
It was like going from some kind of post apocalyptic dystopia (since we didn’t see any people at all during the misty days) to a paradise island in Asia!
If you want to visit Husøy you can either free camp along the road leading to the island. Or you can stand in the harbor where you have both electricity, water and possibility to empty your toilet and waste water. It will cost you 150 NOK or 15 Euro. We ended up staying in the harbor because when we drove here we didn’t even see the potential spots along the way. But i hope you get better weather if you go! ★
After leaving Husøy we went to the other side of the fjord and the small village called Fjordgard. Probably most famous for being located on the foot of Senjas highest mountain Segla (639 m), that we where very eager to get up on. Unfortunately I didn’t feel well and crashed in the back of Doris with some kind of fever. But that didn’t stop Carl from going.
Or going isn’t the right word, since he decided to run up!? After more than a year with knee problems that have stopped him from running as much as he want to. He got really inspired by the meeting with @thegreatnortherntrails some days ago.
He came down happier than ever with a new found energy that you can only get from achieving something that you have longed for, for a long time. In the evening I started to feel a bit better and we had a barbecue just by the side of the fjord. There we met a guy that grew up here in Fjordgard, who had brought his family and some friends who also had kids, to see this magic place. When he heard how long it had taken Carl to run up and down Segla, he got really impressed. Since Norwegians are famous for there outdoor interest and for beeing so sporty – this reaction made Carls day (and probably the entire trip)!
The next day I was feeling better and after seeing some of Carls pictures from the top, I really wanted to get up there myself. The only problem is that I’m really afraid of heights… ”But I thought she was climbing?” one might ask. Mostly I do bouldering whitch is the kind of climbing that’s a bit mor technical and only like four or five meters high. And when I occasionally climb higher I can handle my fear because I know that someone I trust is standing on the ground making sure that I won’t fall.
When I’m hiking up steep paths like this, the fear can be close to paralyzing. It was the same when I hiked up Reinebringen (448 m) on Lofoten two years ago. For every step I go higher, my imagination plays tricks on me and replay a movie inside my head where I slip and fall to my death. I know that a lot of people have hiked up Segla before me but as it is with fear, it doesn’t really help with logic. There’s plenty of people that are afraid of spiders and snakes in Sweden, even though we don’t have any deadly spices. That doesn’t make the fear less real.
So even though I stopped somewhere between the ridge and the top, around 500 meters up, I’m so proud of myself for pushing it so far! I think that we’re often to occupied with reaching a certain goal, that we don’t give ourselves credit for the things we managed to do up until we reached our limit. The most important thing is to never stop pushing our limits and keep believing that we can!
We went back to the ridge at 350 meters and enjoyed our coffee that we brought. The view was just spectacular from there!
The weather is changing fast here and as we sat there we felt the wind getting colder and we could see how the mist was drifting over the ridge. closer to the other top. It looked so cool and we just had to go there!
According to some guides that we found on the internet, the hike should take around 3-4 hours and it is supposed to be ”relatively easy”. The time is almost over estimated but it being easy is very relative. It is quite steep at a few places and some parts have either a lot of stones or nothing but mud, witch makes it easy to slip. But I would say that even for me that’s afraid of heights, it’s quite okey all the way up to the ridge. And the view from there is amazing so don’t hesitate to do the hike even if your’e not aiming for the top! ★
Things to do when the mist doesn’t allow you to see the beautiful scenery:
Take pictures of each other jumping in different kind of ways – it’s actually more fun than you might think!
The aim was to look like Ninjas….
Wasn’t so successful with that, but we had great fun and got warm!