The Horizon Is Calling
Nordique have had the absolute pleasure to chat with Anna Ringman, whose outdoor adventures with her family are beautifully captured on camera. Anna lives in Ingarö, in the Värmdö region which forms part of the archipelago close to Stockholm. She has travelled across Sweden and Scandinavia together with her husband Danne and her children Eddie (12) and Charlie (7), as well as the dogs Echo and Rio!
Anna: "We have great love for the northern parts of Scandinavia - the mountains and the hilly, dramatic terrain. We love to be outdoors, at one with nature, especially when we can hike. However, if you are staying outdoors in this region, you do always need to take into account rain and cold weather, and after a few wet trips, we started looking for a more comfortable alternative. We like to live easily and travel lightly, but warm sleeping, comfy seating and the opportunity to cook under a roof were on our wish list! We exchanged our passenger car for a van one Christmas and began to re-build it to a mobile home. This summer we have stayed in the van for four weeks and have visited Öland, Åre, Stalon and Lofoten."
"Sweden and the Nordic region offer so many wonderful natural experiences and Swedish public access ('allemansrätt') is a great asset. Also because we try to avoid flying, both for environmental reasons and because we travel with our dogs, this is what we prefer."
"Marsfjäll in Vilhelmina, Västerbotten is my top travel tip in the Nordic region. A high mountain area that has not been particularly busy the times we have been there, which suits us perfectly. We appreciate the feeling of being alone in the wilderness! It's really child friendly - we went there the first time when the youngest son was 5 years old. We love to camp next to Ropenbäcken and enjoy the amazing views. You can take drinking water from the fresh mountain stream, boil coffee over campfire, look for deer antlers and play in any of the snow drifts that remain in large parts of the year. However, don't forget your mosquito repellent as they are out in force!"
"Our dogs Echo and Rio are former street dogs, adopted from Spain. They have their own passports and are always with us when we travel in the Nordic countries. They have very different personalities; Echo is an anxious little soul while Rio is supportive and gladly take on the task of guarding us. But they complement each other well, they are best friends and both really love outdoor activities!"
"Nature is our sanctuary and life in the van makes us feel really close to it. We love to roam free and just park where the view is most scenic."
See more of Anna's inspirational photos at The Horizon Is Calling