10 Days in Sarek & Stora Sjöfallet

Hiker overlooking the mountains of Sarek and Stora Sjöfallet.
Among giants in Sarek National park. The mountains Souttasjtjåhkkå and Niak and a small photographer.

During the last months me and Petra have been moving from an apartment in Östersund to a house on the countryside. I now have a larger studio to work in – it’s been a dream of mine for a long time!

The extra space will come in handy when I work on my Art Prints and also gives me the possibility to create more educational videos about the art and craft of mountain photography for Supporters.

Needless to say – the move took a lot of energy. In August we were finally ready (well, at least for now) and it was time for me to head out into the mountains again.

As I will spend a lot of time out there during the coming months I decided to do a “warm up adventure”. I must admit that in the first few days I felt a bit rusty. It took some time until I adjusted to the mindset of a mountain photographer and to life out there. A life I’ve come to know well and appreciate deeply during the years I’ve photographed in the Swedish mountains.

Magnus Lindbom photographing in Sarek National Park with Fujifilm GFX 100S.
Waiting out the the fog in Sarek National Park. Fujifilm GFX 100S and one of my favorite lenses – the GF 250 mm.

Just like a musician or athlete a photographer needs practice. Photographing wild places like Sarek and Stora Sjöfallet demands not only physical and mental strength, but most important – a vision.

Ansel Adams once said that landscape photography is the supreme test of a photographer. Well, mountain and wilderness photography takes it one step further.

A multitude of skills are needed to make a special mountain photograph. Judging the weather, the light and making the right decisions is key. You want to be in the right place at the right time.

A few days into the adventure the weather changed from warm to bitter cold. Fog rolled in and a dusting of snow were covering the high peaks. Autumn was knocking on the door.

The cold and more unstable weather brought better conditions for photography. I did experience some stunning light and look forward to share the photos with you when I’ve had the time to go through them.

When I hiked back my body felt stronger and I had once again found that connection with the land that is essential to my photography.

I wonder if this connection is only possible through spending days, weeks and years alone in nature?

Campsite close to a river in Stora Sjöfallets National Park. Tent: Hilleberg Soulo.
The last morning I woke up to snowfall. My campsite with the Hilleberg Soulo pitched close to a small river in Stora Sjöfallets National Park.

Now I’m prepared for autumn. Over the next couple of months I plan to work hard out there to capture my favorite season. I will be back with more stories from the Swedish mountains for you soon.

/ Magnus

Ps. A Sneak Peak video from the adventure is now available for Supporters.

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