We who founded Do the North are Thomas and Helena. Many years ago we had an idea to try to capture the amazing freedom of wild camping & kayaking in Sweden, and do it for a living. Since 2004, we've been sending eager adventurers into a gorgeous area of Sweden where few foreigners ever go.
We are members of the Swedish Eco Tourism Society and feel very passionately about sustainable tourism. You will produce a minimum of waste during your days in Saint Anna - you're living in the wild! It's a lot of distance covered, plenty of natural beauty, comfortable eating & sleeping - all without harming your surroundings.
We are proud to be a small business and Saint Anna is fortunately a place where big business has yet to set its foot. The area is full of small family-run establishments and we try to support them all. We give you lots of helpful tips on places to go, opening hours etc. You may end up buying smoked fish from the guys on Håskö, eating at the little restaurant at Harstena, or munching on some home-baked cinnamon swirls from the bakery.
Many summers ago a crew of our Aussie and Kiwi mates in London packed their stuff to go see us in Sweden. We were going kayaking and none of them knew anything about Sweden and the nature here. We spent a week paddling, with every camp spot greater than the one before, every day full of little adventures and games that you only come up with in such a peaceful and wild setting, and of course lots of nice food, lots of beer and lots of storytelling, swimming and relaxing. It turned out to be the best holiday any of the ten of us ever had.
A couple of years went by, life settled down a bit and it dawned on us. That's what we'll do! We'll organise kayaking trips, much like our own, to all the non-Swedes out there who haven't experienced the amazing untouched and beautiful nature of Sweden. If you're anything like us, you wouldn't dream of purchasing a space on a guided tour. We wanna do it on our own! But if you don't have your Swedish mates organising transport, maps, camping equipment, food and so on, it's pretty tricky – and there you have it! We offer self-guided adventures where we sort out everything practical, but the holiday is yours… all yours!