Scan Magazine, Issue 91, August 2016

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Wild camping in the Saint Anna archipelago Imagine a stunning coastal landscape with thousands of small islands and an abundance of wildlife, with a kayak full of food and camping gear and the opportunity to choose a different island to set up camp each night. Sound like a fantasy? The dream of freedom to roam but without the hassle can come true in the Saint Anna archipelago. By Malin Norman | Photos: Kat Hill

Swedish company Do the North supplies everything needed for a great kayaking experience, but leaves customers with the freedom to enjoy the adventure at their own pace. It provides the equipment, knowledge and logistics for the trip including everything from kayaks and tents to gas cookers and cutlery. Customers only need to buy the flights and bring their hand luggage; everything else is taken care of. “Our goal is to offer the greatest experience in the most beautiful of 64  |  Issue 91  |  August 2016

archipelagos and with the very best equipment,” says founder and owner Thomas Ohlander. The self-guided packages offered cater for those who want an adventure in the wilderness and at the same time assures a comfortable and charming experience.

Pre-organised freedom Some 16 years ago, Ohlander had a group of friends visiting from London and wanted to show them the beauty of his homeland. Thanks to the Right to Public Access law in Sweden, nature is

accessible to everyone and wild camping is an important part of Swedish culture. Ohlander organised the trip, borrowed camping and fishing gear, rented kayaks and found the best spots for the group. He recounts how much everyone loved the experience, and how that later inspired him to create Do the North. “It was the perfect trip!” Over the years, the company has further improved the gear and streamlined the logistics, and now offers a high-end experience with world-class equipment, even down to the smallest details such as clothes pegs and a mini cheese grater. No prior experience is needed as all guests are taught about navigation, paddling and safety before they set out on their adventure. “We want them to come to Sweden and have an unforgettable adventure in the outdoors. As one of

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