Linus and I were aiming to complete the entire journey. Jason was coming along for the first half and then switching with Julien, who was taking over for the second half. This was purely because they were having trouble finding enough time. The downside to this was having specific meeting places on set dates that we had to stick to, so they wouldn't miss their flights.
The plan was to ski Kungsleden from Abisko to Hemavan with a detour to climb Kebnekaise. We had everything we needed to manage by ourselves, but we decided to stay in cottages when possible, and sleep in tents the other nights. We brought along our own food and fuel that we were to replenish at predetermined stations.
We had a range of qualifications and experience among us. We were tested in different ways. Linus' biggest challenge was to have the courage and determination to embark on this journey. My biggest challenge was to be responsible for my friends, and share my experience. Jason and Julien were to experience real winter for the first time. We each got our own personal adventure. For me, the adventure was about daring to take on new challenges, be it skiing a long way or deciding to sleep in a tent for the first time.
"Adventure is not just for professionals; it is something for everyone who enjoys a challenge."
Of course, the challenge has to be in line with the ability for safety's sake. But you're often capable of more than you think. We hope the film is an inspiration for anyone who wants their own adventures. You don't have to be super fit or take unnecessary risks to find an adventure that suits you. We also want to showcase what Sweden has to offer. Sometimes it's as if we forget what we have right on our own doorstep.
Comes from Luleå. Has always had a passion for outdoor activities and photography. For the past ten years, he has traveled around the world concentrating mainly on hiking, mountaineering and photography. Two years ago he decided to start studying film, so he would be able to work with what he is passionate about.
Comes from Lycksele. He is a trained graphic artist, particularly interested in computer games and design. He decided to move up to Kalix to study film directing.
Comes from France. He works as a civil engineer, but climbing and mountain biking are his main interests. He met Jimmy eight years ago when he was an exchange student at Luleå University of Technology. Ever since then Julien and Jimmy have been close friends, sharing numerous adventures all over the world.
Comes from New Zealand, where he works as a nature guide. Of the four, he is probably the one who has spent the most time in the wilderness, but never in the winter. He met Jimmy when they worked at the same nature reserve in New Zealand five years ago. Jimmy and Jason have been talking about this trip for years, because he always wanted to experience the Arctic winter.
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