She made the move from Stockholm to Swedish Lapland in her twenties to work at a mountain station and had her first life changing experience. Several years later she had the next one as she found her calling as an ambassador for the taste of Swedish Lapland. Meet Eva Gunnare – food creator and curious explorer of nature.
Born and raised in Sweden’s capital, Stockholm, Eva Gunnare had limited experience of nature growing up. When she hit 20 she had travelled the world, but never been north of the Arctic Circle. She took a position at the mountain station in Kvikkjokk knowing little of what to expect, and ended up feeling right at home.
– I returned and spent eight summers in Kvikkjokk, the last years as a manager which was a huge growth experience for me. This whole period: discovering the nature, becoming a part of the small community and being judged on my personality rather than my work or other superficial attributes, really changed me to the core, Eva remembers.
– It’s like I’ve been travelling in the same area for 25 years; I keep finding more and more the further I explore.
She also spent the spring-winters as a host at mountain cabins in the area and got to know the culture and the locals more closely. Botanists also frequented the mountain station, and one of the guides who worked there started introducing her to the wild herbs and berries growing in the area.
– I was never afraid of being alone in the mountains, even though I grew up in the middle of a big city, I felt very comfortable in the surroundings. And the more I learned, the more secure and at home I felt.