Carl-Johan Utsi

A saami photographer working the fields of Sápmi and Swedish Lapland. Mostly running with reindeer though.

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Leila Nutti

When she turned 18, her father registered a company in her name. That’s just how things are in the Nutti family. “While I was growing up, I noticed that people were always working. For me, work is a n...

2020-11-19

Sápmi slow food

At home in her kitchen, Ingrid Pilto is preparing blood dumplings. The autumn slaughter provides quite a lot of blood and fat. “Healthy fat,” as Ingrid is quick to point out. The fat of the reindeer i...

2020-08-28

Coffee made by
lemmings

Imagine a clear summer’s eve at the riverbank. The midnight sun illuminates the surroundings with its magical, subdued light. Listen to the fire crackling and hissing, as orange-glowing firewood sprea...

2020-08-07

Shooting autumn colours

1. Location The famous photographer Sven Hörnell from Riksgränsen, in the Kiruna mountains, once said, when asked if it was expensive to use so much film: “Film is never expensive, it’s the moment tha...

2020-07-04

Towards Kebnekaise

My stomach tingles a little as I approach our guide Kerstin from Ofelaš Icelandic Horses. I haven’t sat on a horse for thirteen years. Last time I rode, I was thrown off and broke my pelvis in three p...

2020-05-23

Anything but wilderness

After the longest cul-de-sac in Sweden, or the Road West as it’s often called by the locals, just before you reach Stora Sjöfallet, you’ll find Naturum Laponia. At first, it’s hidden by sparse, old-gr...

2020-05-09

Arctic fika

In the middle of the village square, in Arjeplog, a stone’s throw from Silvermuseet, you’ll find Arjeplogs Vilt & Kafé. Step inside to try a coffee experience with a difference – and at the same time,...

2020-03-12

Adapted for the Arctic

It is not by chance that the reindeer on Svalbard are short-legged, while the reindeer of the woodland Sámi villages in Sápmi have longer legs. Long legs are a disadvantage on mountain slopes swept by...

2020-03-11

The hiking guide

Prepare properly Ask experienced hikers for advice A good way of getting up-to-date and to get useful information is to ask experienced mountain hikers. People who spend time in the mountains can give...

2020-03-09

Muohta

It was the best skiing of the season. From the top of the chairlift and down to the forest line, the snow was deep as a ski boot and completely virgin. But how would you define ‘the best skiing of the...

2020-02-02

The food creator

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 too...

2020-01-07

The eight seasons

We live in close proximity to nature in Swedish Lapland, and it’s not unusual for the region to be referred to as Northern Europe’s last remaining wilderness. Yet this place is anything but wilderness...

2020-01-03

Visut – a story of the reindeer

Our home, Swedish Lapland, has been formed by the Ice Age, the seasons and the reindeer. And we, too, have lived our lives in the shadow of the forces of nature. At Nutti Sámi Siida in Jukkasjärvi, a ...

2019-10-30

An autumn hike in Abisko

Autumn… It can be really boring… and dreary… and just… just wonderful! Autumn is so immediate; it makes its first appearance after a chilly night and then moves on at full speed. Its colours and clear...

2017-06-08

The Nordenskiöld race

The world’s longest cross-country ski race, 220 km, take place in Jokkmokk. How did it all begin? And why? It’s hard to know what goes through the head of someone who’s about to travel 200 km on skis....

2017-03-17

5 questions to 5 Sámi designers

Sámi design comes in many shapes. Some of Sweden’s coolest designers have taken the Sámi expression further – to put some excitement into everyday life. ...

2016-11-28

The Mountain Botanical Garden

Sweden’s northernmost mountain botanical garden is found in Jokkmokk, about 10 kilometres north of the Arctic Circle. Come and familiarise yourself with alpine plants normally found on mountain peaks ...

2016-07-06