About Me


Linda Åkerberg

My name is Linda Åkerberg and I was born in a small town named Karlstad in Sweden in 1985. When I was eighteen years old I moved to Stockholm, the capital of Sweden, to start working as a photography assistant. In 2007 I started my own company as a freelance photographer and that’s what I’ve been working as ever since. I work mostly with clients within the music industry; record labels, magazines and music festivals, for who I shoot portraits, group pictures and concerts.

Hiking is something that I started to get interested in as late as in the spring/summer of 2015. Before that point, I had never even thought about that hiking would be something for me. My parents have done a couple of easier hikes and when me and my brother were kids we followed them on some day hikes in the Swedish mountains. But that’s how far my own experience has reached and I have never thought about taking that up myself. Not until now.

me as a kid in the Swedish mountains

Me in the Swedish mountains 1991

It was when I saw the trailer for the movie Wild that I really got hooked. Maybe not on the movie itself, but on the idea of hiking. I just had to try it! Alternative ways of living has always fascinated me and for a long time I’ve been wanting to try to live outside the society on my own. Since a couple of years back I own an old mercedes van that I’ve been driving around Sweden and lived in for some summers. But living completely in the nature, without any contact with the civilization and only with the things that I can carry with me, that’s something else.

So after I saw the movie I decided to try it myself. My first hike was along the ”Roslagen Trail” outside Stockholm with my mother and after that I went to the U.S. to try a shorter section of the trail that the movie is about – the Pacific Crest Trail. And it was just as awesome as I had imagine it. In 2016 I set out on my first long-distance hike, 6 months on the aforementioned PCT.

So what is it about hiking that I find so great? It’s a hard question to answer but I think that except from the powerful nature experiences, the people that you meet and the energy you get from being outside and activate yourself, it’s a lot about the strength you feel and get during and after a hike. To dare to trust yourself, that you can take the right decisions, that you can carry what you need on your back and that your feet can take you wherever you want. That you can do without help from anyone else. We can do so much more than we think, and to go out and hike is a great way to prove that to ourselves! That’s what I think makes it so amazing for me. You grow as a person every time you get out there.

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CONTEST: Tag a friend and win a photo print!
In September I will visit the Swedish outdoor festival #UTEFEST and talk about my hike along the Pacific Crest Trail last year. I will also bring my exhibition with photos from the trail. Now you have the chance to win one of the prints! Tag a friend below that you want to set out on an adventure with for your chance to win! 
The winner will be picked at September 4th in collaboration with @utemagasinetsverige
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Few things taste as good as a cup of coffee made in the wild! After a long day of hiking, paddling, climbing or whatever you prefer to do, when you take a moment to sit down and reflect about the day you just went through, about the things you made, obstacles you have overcome - that's when a simple cup of coffee can taste better than anything else in the world. ☕️💕
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Spread some wilderness inspiration! Use the hashtag #mywildernessstory when posting your story or pictures in social media!
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Wilderness Stories is growing. Right now I'm in the middle of designing the brand new website that will be launched in September! One new section will be #mywildernessstory where you can read other inspiring people's own story from the wilderness!
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You can also share your own story for a chance to get featured by using the hashtag #mywildernessstory in social media.
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Spread the word and help me inspire more people to get out in the wilderness! // Lots of love 💕 Linda
Always say yes to trying new stuff! It's by the end of our comfort zone magic starts to happen! 
This past week I've experienced some of the best days this summer. As I got to borrow two kayaks from @kajaksidan and @melkerofsweden, I've been able to try out my new passion for kayaking even more. And the best part - I've also been able to introduced it to some of my friends! This is @pearliepics on our magical sunset/photo shoot kayak trip last night. She was a bit unsteady in the beginning but paddled like a pro by the end of the night. ✨
My preparations for Everest Base Camp continues! In my new blogpost at wilderness-stories.com (link in bio) I've written about the risks being at higher altitude, how to prepare for it and how to act while you're there. Check it out!
Pic from climbing Mt. Whitney earlier this summer, taken at about 3900 meters.
Summer nights ❤️
TÄVLING! COMPETITION!
This fall I'll be visiting the Swedish outdoor festival Utefest where I will talk about my hike along the Pacific Crest Trail. I will also show my pics from the trail and now you have the chance to win one of the prints!
Do like this:
* Post your best adventure picture and tell your story behind it. * Tag: #mywildernessstory #utemagasinetsverige #utefest2017
* Follow @wildernessstories & @utemagasinetsverige 
The winner will be announced on September 4 and get to pick one of the images on wilderness-stories.com/sv/print-shop (link in bio) in the size 30x40cm. The print can be picked up on Utefest or be mailed after the event (with in Sweden).
It's not about having time - it's about making time.
What are you doing a normal day after work? Going home, cooking food, watching TV? Killing time? Why not bring your dinner and take a drive till you find a beautiful spot close to home instead? 
Picture from the back of my van by a lake I found exploring backcountry roads earlier this summer.
#makeeverydaycount #everydayisanadventure
I hope you all have had a really nice weekend! I went out with my boyfriend on my very first boat+camping trip! Jumped in the boat on Friday night and then just went straight out towards the sea until we found this super nice spot on a small island in the Stockholm archipelago. ❤️
It was such a luxury to not have to worry about the weight, so I brought my old super heavy and super big tent - felt like living in a castle after months in a one person tent! 😂
What have you done this weekend? Share your story under the hashtag #mywildernessstory !

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