By Jörgen Johansson
Håkan has always been interested in nature and adventures, so the step to becoming a professional photographer was not long.
- I was always in the forest when I was a kid; taking photos of the nature and wildlife was a natural part of that life. In 1995 I started my company, Niac Photo, and began to document different expeditions as well as travels. Today I’m one of the most frequently hired adventure photographers in Sweden.
Also Annika spent most of her childhood in the forest around the village where she grew up, exploring as a kid and training as a youth, becoming an acomplished competition cross country skier. When she met Håkan she quit her job as a teacher in order to work together with Håkan as a freelance writer.
Annika and Hakan: Most important is being capable of the trip you are planning, physically and mentally. Gear wise it’s to understand that gear can break and that you need some repair kits or maybe even a backup stove...
In case of an emergency the most important thing is that you have the means to cook! If you are stuck way out in the wilderness in the cold, you can often manage to find shelter even in a broken tent and when it comes to clothing you can always put everything you brough with you on. But if you can’t thaw snow to drink and preferably cook some food you will not last long enough to get either rescued or fight your way back on your own steam.
In the forest you are less exposed to this danger than on the tundra, since you can build a fire. However, building a fire in deep snow, at -30 C when everthing is covered with frost and snow takes quite a bit of experience.