Carl-Johan Utsi

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

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Coffee made by lemmings

Markus and Rolf were given the mission to bless the world with dark-roast, coarsely ground coffee. Surely, you’ve heard the story about the northern lemmings bringing coffee beans home from Africa, fl...

2019-09-07

Adapted for the Arctic

The habitat and existence of the reindeer are under constant threat. Global warming is now a reality, just as the Ice Age was a reality, about ten thousand years ago. The reindeer adapted to the expan...

2019-06-11

Arctic fika

In Sweden we love our coffee, and so-called boiled coffee (coarse ground and brought to the boil in a pan) is in many ways the national drink of Swedish Lapland. Preferably served with all the trimmin...

2019-03-12

The Arctic light

You might think that in Arctic Sweden, we have darkness or daylight. In the winter, the sun never rises above the horizon, and in the summer, the sun never sets. But in fact, we have light all year ro...

2019-03-06

The way we eat

When in Swedish Lapland, exploring the nature of the Arctic, chasing the northern lights or just soaking up the sun 24/7, make sure you don’t miss out on the food. Some of the food we eat might sound ...

2019-02-27

The eight seasons

In Swedish Lapland, nature plays an intrinsic role in our life and work, and the people here are highly sensitive to the small details of the changing seasons. Therefore, it seems only natural that th...

2018-10-03

Road trip for the hungry

A road trip is simply a way of discovering things you’ve never seen before. If you give yourself the chance, you might also come across flavours you’ve never experienced before. In the old days, you c...

2018-06-13

Heading for a hike in the mountains? Then this is the guide you need

Hiking can be an amazing experience, but it can also turn into a real challenge. Spending time in the mountains means you have to be able to rely on yourself, your knowledge and your choices. We’ve pu...

2018-05-09

Spring in Kiruna mountain world

Spring-winter in Swedish Lapland is something else. And when it arrives, the mountain cabins along the King’s Trail opens up. The 110 km-long route between Abisko and Nikkaluokta is one of the best kn...

2018-04-03

World Heritage Laponia – anything but wilderness

On a headland called Viedásnjárgga in Stora Sjöfallet National Park lies Naturum Laponia. It’s a place that tells a story of mountains on the other side of the lake and how reindeer find their way her...

2018-01-09

Simple tips for shooting autumn colours

Many think autumn is the most beautiful time of year in Swedish Lapland. It’s as if Earth itself grants a generous firework display of colour before the winter sleep settles over the Arctic landscape....

2017-09-04

Take a little piece of Swedish Lapland home with you

Are you en route to Swedish Lapland, wondering what souvenirs to shop for? We’ve listed some helpful tips for you. Here I am, again. Aimlessly browsing various items in a souvenir shop, hoping somethi...

2017-06-09

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 midnight sun

The Midnight Sun. The feeling of never having to face tomorrow, just keep having fun and enjoy the never-ending day, is absolutely wonderful. But. Those who depend on their beauty sleep will face cert...

2017-05-23

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

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 ...

2016-12-24

How to dress for winter in Swedish Lapland

I’m travelling to Swedish Lapland this winter, how should I dress for the cold climate? Check out this guide for dressing for winter in Swedish Lapland. The temperatures in Swedish Lapland can vary qu...

2016-11-28

Sápmi slow food

As far away as you can get from industrial foods, you’ll find Sámi food traditions. Nothing goes to waste. Everything has its own unique flavour. Meet Ingrid Pilto, a Sámi food creator. At home in he...

2016-11-28

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 Chef’s Table at Icehotel

Are you a fan of cooking shows on TV? So is Maria, a food enthusiast from Swedish Lapland, who finally got a chance to participate behind the scenes. That’s what Chef’s Table at Icehotel is all about ...

2016-10-31

On horseback towards Kebnekaise

Johanna hasn’t ridden a horse for 13 years; Carl-Johan has never sat on a horse in his life. Follow them on a horseback tour through the Kiruna mountains with the guide Kerstin from Ofelaš Icelandic H...

2016-09-23

The Mountain Botanical Garden in Jokkmokk

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

An arctic journey within oneself

A group (kind) of ordinary people embarked on a 300 km journey over the Arctic tundra on dog sleds and we set out to meet them by the finish line. Just to find out – How was it? We are standing by the...

2016-04-12

Muohta

Snow is something more than frozen water to the Sami people. It’s a way of expressing the foundation of their existence – the migration of the reindeer. To a skier, snow is also more than snow. It’s t...

2016-02-02

Jokkmokk Winter Market

During winter 2016 Jokkmokk winter market were held for the 411th year running. Apart from world-class Sami art, culture and handicraft, visitors are normally greeted by proper, cold winter weather. O...

2015-12-17

A taste of history and nature

Since 1605, for over 400 years, Jokkmokk’s wonderful Winter Market has been held annually beginning on the first Thursday in February. Attracting tens of thousands of visitors from around the world, t...

2015-07-07

Experience Torne River Valley up close – spend your vacation as a villager

Imagine spending your vacation in the tranquillity of a small village overlooking the free flowing Torne River. At Arthotel Tornedalen you get exactly that together with a large portion of unique cult...

2015-07-07

Meet a food creator

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 ...

2015-07-07

The taste of Swedish Lapland

In Swedish Lapland we keep honestly prepared food from local produce close to heart. That comes quite naturally to us since we are surrounded by nature’s pureness and lots of great ingredients. Welcom...

2015-07-07

The red gold of Swedish Lapland

With the Nobel festivities yet again in focus, we’ll be taking a look at one of the returning key components on the Nobel menu; Kalixlöjrom. Vendace roe from the Islands of Swedish Lapland, an origin-...

2015-07-07

Safe hiking in the mountains

Hiking is multidimensional. It offers something for your mind and your body. If you hike along the King’s Trail in northernmost Swedish Lapland, you’ll see some of the most beautiful things Sweden has...

2015-07-07