Fjällräven Polar 2017


On April 3 2016, I took my first steps on the Pacific Crest Trail and begun my biggest adventure so far. Now it’s cleat that also April 3 2017 will be a day to remember. Then I will, as the jurys choice for Sweden, participate in Fjällräven Polar!

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Fjällräven Polar is a dog sled adventure in the nordic wilderness, north of the arctic circle. It will take place on April 3-8 2017. It starts is in Signaldalen, Norway, just north west of Treriksröset and goes thereafter 300 km/186 miles south through Sweden along an ancient sami trade route and ends by the lake Väkkäräjärvi.

The adventure is hold once a year and only a few people are be able to participate. You can’t buy a spot to this event, but who gets to go is decided partly by an official voting and partly by a jury from Fjällräven. This year two representatives from thirteen different countries/country groups will participate, with other words 26 people in total and the competition has been fierce. In total, over 1300 people applied for a spot of which about 100 in Sweden. In the voting I ended up at seventh place with 1 172 votes. The winner for Sweden, Olof Garnegård won with 20 258 votes!

But even though I did not win the voting, I will be able to go to the jury’s choice! I’m so honored to get their vote in this desirable event. Their description for who they searched for was people that ”reflect Fjällräven’s core values and the fundamental ideas behind Fjällräven Polar. And they are to inspire people to spend more time in the outdoors, and to show that experience and background are not the determining factors of a great adventure. Instead it’s passion, dedication and a willingness to try.” This is exactly what I been wanting to do with this website since I started to work on it a little more than a year ago. To help others to find the courage to get out in the wilderness themselves, even if they don’t have any experience. To inspire and motivate. So therefor it feels extra honorable to be selected to go based on this.

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As mentioned above, the adventure will start at April 3 and I will of course report from it both before, under (how often depends on the cell reception in the mountains) and afterwards! You can follow me on this adventure here on the blog under the category Fjällräven Polar and also on instagram: wildernessstories

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... is Linda Åkerberg. I'm a 32 years old photographer based in Stockholm, Sweden. Read more about me here

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