About Us

We who founded Do the North are Thomas Ohlander and Helena Hjort. Many years ago we had an idea to try and capture much of the joy of kayaking, camping and travelling and do it for a living. We finally made our dream happen in 2004 and ever since we have been sending eager adventurers into a gorgeous area of Sweden where few foreigners ever go.

Sustainable Holiday

We are members of the Swedish Eco Tourism Society and feel very passionately about sustainable tourism. It should be possible to enjoy a wonderful holiday without being so wasteful! Camping and kayaking in Saint Anna you spend days using no electricity, no fuel and no running water while producing a minimum of waste. It's a lot of distance covered, plenty of natural beauty, comfortable eating and sleeping - all without harming your surroundings.

Climate Care is an organisation that funds co2 reduction projects in developing countries. You can compensate for your emissions getting here by a mere £2.50. You will have the option to choose climate care on the food order. We compensate for all car transport between Norrköping and Saint Anna.

Local Business

We are proud to be a small business and Saint Anna is luckily 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, munching on some home-baked cinnamon swirls from the bakery or checking out the Archipelago Museum at Tyrislöt.

The Idea

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!

Meet the Staff

Thomas Ohlander – The guy in charge and your connection online. He will handle all your email contact and answer any questions you may have.

Sam Knight – Co-pilot and the meet and greet. He will be your instructor on site as well as your go-to if you run into any problems during your trip.

Sam #2 & Lola – Our drivers. They will drive you to and from Saint Anna.

Tezzan, Vicky & Dana – They know gear and will make sure all equipment is up to par.

Jon – The computer wizard!

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58.36500 16.82728
N 58° 21' 54" E 16° 49' 38"