How to pack a backpack with a 9 month old baby, a tipi tent, diapers and food for a trek in the wild of Swedish Lapland.

Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has not yet come. We have only today. Let us begin.” M. Theresa

Boooo! That’s long time, no see! But once in a while we throw a log onto the blog fire. We welcomed our son Bosse into the family in the summer of 2018. Whoop whoop!

Today we flashback you into Lotta’s adventure she took in july/august of 2016. At 9 months old she was big and strong enough a baby to sit up straight in a Thule Sapling. We backpacked between Kvikkjokk and Abisko, in, around, up, above the Kungsleden for about 280kms, including all side trips and side explorations into Sarek NP. Most of the time we made a bivaouc in the sturdy, spacious and light Nigor WickiUp4 tipi, other nights we stayed over at the comfortable STF huts, where we could resupply and wash up. We had organised a poste restante with diapers and extra food at SALTOLUOKTA fjallstation.

As explained before, we layered the baby up during the night with as many merino wool layers as necessary and a merino wool sleeping bag, as we did in Patagonia.

We are happy with the merino wool products from Danish Joha and German Reiff.

The baby did not sleep on an inflated sleeping mattres, because of suffocation danger. Her sleeping mat was the Thermarest Z-lite Sol closed-cell mattress. We buttoned a hooded hat to keep her head and body warm during the night. Breast feeding kept her nourished and healthy.

We choosed to use washable diapers with a biodisposable inlay like the G diaper system. It worked very well because on a maximum of 3-4 days in between, we crossed into an STF hut with pit toilets in which we could dump the used inlays and wash the outer protection panties.

We leave you with a video impression and some snapshots:



A bivaouc spot in the woods near Abiskojaure.

A bivaouc spot in the woods near Abiskojaure. Abisko National Park. Swedish Lapland.


Another bivaouc spot in the Abisko National Park. Swedish Lapland.

Another bivaouc spot in the Abisko National Park. Swedish Lapland.


Investigating a reindeer antler on an exploration high above the Torneträsk lake. Abisko. Swedish Lapland.

Investigating a reindeer antler on an exploration high above the Torneträsk lake. Abisko. Swedish Lapland.


Minutes before the thunder storm came in. Kungsleden. Alesjaure. Swedish Lapland.

Minutes before the thunder storm came in. Kungsleden. Alesjaure. Swedish Lapland.


A hot day in the north. Kungsleden. Alesjaure. Swedish Lapland.

A hot day in the north. Kungsleden. Alesjaure. Swedish Lapland.


After a good night's sleep. Kungsleden. Alesjaure. Swedish Lapland.

After a good night’s sleep. Kungsleden. Alesjaure. Swedish Lapland.


Vistasvagge . Swedish Lapland.

Backpacking through the Vistasvagge. Kebnekaise. Swedish Lapland.


Enjoying baby supper, high above the Stuor Reaiddavaggi dalen. Swedish Lapland.

Enjoying baby supper, high above the Stuor Reaiddavaggi dalen. Swedish Lapland.


Enjoying baby supper, but from a higher view angle. Notice the Nigor WickiUp4 tipi high above the Stuor Reaiddavaggi dalen. Swedish Lapland.

Enjoying baby supper, but from a higher view angle. Notice our Nigor WickiUp4 tipi high above the Stuor Reaiddavaggi dalen? Swedish Lapland.


We just left the Nallostugan and Lotta is already on a nap. Kebnekaise. Swedish Lapland.

We just left the Nallostugan and Lotta is already on a nap. Kebnekaise. Swedish Lapland.


Dusk at Nallostugan. Kebnekaisefjell. Swedish Lapland.

Dusk at Nallostugan . Kebnekaisefjell. Swedish Lapland.


Food fight at Nallostugan. Kebnekaisefjell. Swedish Lapland.

Food fight at Nallostugan . Kebnekaisefjell. Swedish Lapland.




Windy at Singi! Kebnekaisefjell. Swedish Lapland.

Windy at Singi! Kebnekaisefjell. Swedish Lapland.


Somewhere on the Kungsleden south of Singi! Kebnekaisefjell. Swedish Lapland.

Somewhere on the Kungsleden south of Singi! Kebnekaisefjell. Swedish Lapland.


Crossing a high plateau! Stora Sjöfallet National Park. Swedish Lapland.

Crossing a high plateau. Stora Sjöfallet National Park. Swedish Lapland.


Oral hygiene. Check! Stora Sjöfallet National Park. Swedish Lapland.

Oral hygiene. Check! Stora Sjöfallet National Park. Swedish Lapland.


Da! Da! Daaaaaa! (transl. Gimme that camera now)! Stora Sjöfallet National Park. Swedish Lapland.

Da! Da! Daaaaaa! (transl. Gimme that camera now)! Stora Sjöfallet National Park. Swedish Lapland.


No words. Stora Sjöfallet National Park. Swedish Lapland.

No words. Stora Sjöfallet National Park. Swedish Lapland.


Watch the weather change. Dusk at Sitojaure. Swedish Lapland.

Watch the weather change. Dusk at Sitojaure. Swedish Lapland.


While you we're sleeping. Kungsleden through Laponia. Swedish Lapland.

While you we’re sleeping. Kungsleden through Laponia. Swedish Lapland.


 Breast feeding is the healthy baby snack. Kungsleden through Laponia. Swedish Lapland.

Breast feeding is the healthy baby snack. Laponia. Swedish Lapland.


Early morningunder the canvas. Laponia. Swedish Lapland.

Early morningunder the canvas. Laponia. Swedish Lapland.


Laitaure lake with Skierfe towering above. Sarek NP. Laponia. Swedish Lapland.

Laitaure lake with Skierfe towering above. Sarek NP. Laponia. Swedish Lapland.


I hate sunscreen. Sarek NP. Laponia. Swedish Lapland.

I hate sunscreen. Sarek NP. Laponia. Swedish Lapland.


A girl and her balloon. Sarek NP. Laponia. Swedish Lapland.

A girl and her balloon. Sarek NP. Laponia. Swedish Lapland.


 In Rapavalley there is a mountain called Nammásj.  Sarek NP. Laponia. Swedish Lapland.

In Rapavalley there is a mountain called Nammásj. Sarek NP. Laponia. Swedish Lapland.


 It's not the beach, but hey, it's sunny and the view is nice! Sarek NP. Laponia. Swedish Lapland.

It’s not the beach, but hey, it’s sunny and the view is nice! Sarek NP. Laponia. Swedish Lapland.


 It's quite quiet, so let's shout! Sarek NP. Laponia. Swedish Lapland.

It’s quite quiet, so let’s shout! Sarek NP. Laponia. Swedish Lapland.


 Keekaboo! Sarek NP. Laponia. Swedish Lapland.

Keekaboo! Sarek NP. Laponia. Swedish Lapland.


 Rainy smiles! Sarek NP. Laponia. Swedish Lapland.

Rainy smiles! Sarek NP. Laponia. Swedish Lapland.


 This is what they call a washed out trail! Sarek NP. Laponia. Swedish Lapland.

This is what they call a washed out trail! Sarek NP. Laponia. Swedish Lapland.


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Packrafthike gapyear – family farewell, gear list, adventure and science

Last stressy weeks at work. Nightly gear, logistics and route check-ups. Preperations got accelared. Hectic at times. Eventually the day arrives you shake hands with your colleageus. “See you in 400 days” with a deadpan grimace.

Walking on a ridge on the wild northeast coast of Tenerife

Walking on a ridge on the wild northeast coast of Tenerife

2 weeks before we leave on our expeditions to Lapland we go on a close-to-home farewell weekend-trip with Katrijn’s family. Eat, drink, bike, walk, laugh, fun. Immediatly followed by a 10 day family trip to the volcanic island of Tenerife with Steve’s family. A trip to a holiday resort island, which attracts 5 million tourists a year? Not our kind of destination you’ll think. But the island had more to offer then what we came for, watch the video impression…

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What do you take on such a 55-day packrafthike in the subarctic?

Well, here is our gearlist for download, or click on the picture below. This is our full skin packlist, calculated with 10-day food ratio stretches. Is this ultra lightweight? Not in a distance. It’s lightweight in our mind with subarctic, mosquito-laden, summer-autumn climate conditions in mind. And some comfort too. Andrew Skurka’s blogpost on Stupid Light, just came in time to stop us from gram hunting 😉 I could write a full blogpost on our gear. Can you wait for a year?

Gear List Packrafthike Lapland - 1100km

Gear List Packrafthike Lapland – 1100km

Adventure and science

Not working for a year. You lazy horse. Why not combining all this with some voluntary usefulness for society. That’s why we shaked hands with Adventure and Science. This NGO facilitates partnerships between adventure athletes and the researchers who need them to collect data all around the world. From Mt. Everest to the Ocean, they have asked hundreds of athletes to make their time outside more meaningful. All of them become volunteers and make the decision to become adventurer-scientists because they have a strong desire to make more of their expeditions.

Adventure and Science

Adventure and Science

On our 1100km subarctic Lapland expedition we will be working for the Evolutionary Biology department from the Uppsala University in Sweden. We will do field data collection on Lichens, which are symbiotic organisms between a fungus and algae. Even if they are very important members of an ecosystem, their life cycle and biology is very little understood. Thamnolia vermicularis lichen grows all over the world in alpine and artic environments. It was not discovered yet in Africa or Antarctica but there is o reason it should no grow there. Because is an asexual species its wide distribution is quit a mistery among biologists. Some consider this lichen a very old species dating from Permian-Triassic when the Pangea continent still existed. Other think is spreading by birds, or by air currents. In lichen world this dispute is quit intense. By using a genetic approach (extracting DNA from it) scientists will be able to make a phylogenetic tree and solve its mistery. More then that the answers of this investigation will also help scientists and nature conservation people to understand the lichens migration patterns and their biology.

We are choosen as the first adventurers who will collect these species on such an expedition. It’s an honour.

Click for report and video on Joery's blog

Packrafting Grensmaas, last rehearsal before Lapland expedition. Click on picture for report and video on Joery’s blog

Oooh, before I forget, on the last weekend of June, we got a very nice, last minute, 24-hour packrafting trip wit Yves, Michael “Andreas” Jackson and Joery. Please visit his blog for a report with a nice vid. Joery is leaving in August for a 5 week wilderness packrafthike into the Mackenzie Mountains. Allready looking forward to his report!

We are ready. This is it. Let’s get the heck out of here. See you in September, when we are home for 3 days before leaving for the Great Himalayan Trail in Nepal.

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