Carl-Johan Utsi

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

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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

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

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

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

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

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 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

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

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

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

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

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

On the first weekend in February, every year since 1605, the Jokkmokk market is held. Apart from world-class Sami art, culture and handicraft, visitors are normally greeted by proper, cold winter weat...

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

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