Adventuring through Tansania

I had always wanted to visit Africa. All the smiling faces, incredible looking nature and animals that only exist there had given me this urge to go there in some point of my life. Finally an opportunity came up to travel to Tansania as few of our friends were heading there to shoot for a documentary in the Highlands of Mufindi. I was asked to join the team and help out with the documentary and also shoot for another project. We were able to combine two different trips in one and see Tansania in a way that not many tourists do. 

We were carrying a lot of professional video equipment and of course we faced some problems at the border landing into Tanzania. Our team had worked hard with all the permits and all was supposed be fine, but apparently we didn't have all the required paperwork for bringing such valuable camera gear into the country. Luckily after running around Dar Es Salaam for two days and visiting multiple offices from tax office to the Finnish Embassy we got it all figured out and we were able to continue our planned trip. 

We started our two day bus ride to Mufindi. I think I have never been so scared of my life than on those two days on the road. I have never seen so many crashed cars and trucks on the side of the road. We witnessed quite many close calls and definitely had adrenaline rushing on the way. 

We made it to Mufindi safely where we got to spend a week filming and following a Finnish doctor at her work. It was quite an eye opening experience and definitely stopped me to think of my own life and how privileged I am. I'm happy to see that there's people who have basically given their lives for helping these people out here. 

After a week there it was time to start heading back towards Dar Es Salaam. We had planned a few stops on the way where we got to go to the national parks to do few safaris. This was definitely a dream come true as I've wanted to do this for a long time. Below there's some photos from the trip!

Already missing those smiles!
-Daniel

Roadtripping through California and Oregon.

I had a nice slot in my calendar to make a trip somewhere this spring. I had always wanted to visit Yosemite and explore some Oregon, so it was obvious that I would head that way.

This trip took place in May. I was traveling for two weeks visiting my family and all the locations that I wanted to see. My cousin had few days off, so she joined me to visit Yosemite, where I actually met a Brazilian guy who joined me to do a short trip through Oregon after those few days in Yosemite.

The trip was a success and I enjoyed it a lot. It was very much different than what I expected as the weather was very warm and sunny the whole time we were in Oregon. Apparently it was the warmest it had been in years, so we didn't really get to see that moody and rainy Oregon that I had been hoping for, but it was still a nice experience.

Here are some photos from the trip. Enjoy!

-Daniel 

Always so incredible Lofoten.

Once again Lofoten was calling and I had to go! This time I knew about this trip way earlier than how I usually do it. We had been planning for this trip for few weeks. The crew included Eeva Mäkinen, Daniel Ernst and Hannes Becker. Others of the crew had decided to head over to Lofoten already few months ago. They asked me to join and of course I said yes, because I'm always down when it's about Lofoten.

This time we were very well prepared and we were going to camp the whole 10 days I was there. When the trip got closer the weather was looking very nasty. Eeva and Daniel arrived few days beforehand and I picked up Hannes on my way to the Islands.

First two days the weather was magical and Lofoten really showed it's best sides with some fresh snow on top of the mountains. I was actually able to ride some backcountry one day too when the weather cleared was nice.

The weather turned out to be a lot worse than it had shown on the forecast and there was no camping in the crazy rain and wind. We decided to spend some extra nights in the cabins. There goes our camping trip! We did still have some nice nights outside and few nice hikes. 

For few days it was actually very very bad weather and there was no going outside, and one night we thought that our cabin will fly away! Locals said that it had been close to 40m/s in gusts. So I'm very glad that we were enjoying the warmth the cabins had to offer!

This was the first time for me to rent some cabins there and I really recommend all the ones where we stayed. Really good locations and nice cabins.

Unstad - Arctic Surf
My favorite for sure. If you want to hang out with some other travellers and maybe have a surf!

Reine Rorbuer
Really nice red cabins in Reine. Cabins are all different, our few different cabins were very nice!

And what would a story be without photos? Here you go!

-Daniel

Senja, Norway

It's been way too long since the last blog post! I hope you follow us on Instagram, so you are somewhat aware of our lives and travels. 

I just got back from a road trip to Senja Island, which is the second biggest Insland in Norway. It's located north from the Lofoten Islands. Senja looks very much like Lofoten Islands and it has similar steep mountains rising from the sea as well, so it's also very photogenic. Senja is a lot less known destination compared to Lofoten Islands, which makes it an attractive place to visit.

We just wanted to scout Senja out and we didn't really do any specific plans for out trip. We knew the layout of the place and some basic tourist sites to visit. It's not the most common time of the year to visit the place, so we didn't really meet any other tourists during our trip. One local Instagrammer was kind enough to have us in his apartment, so that we didn't have to rent a cabin. Also he was a nice guide for us!

We were lucky as there had been a snowfall before our trip and the mountains looked nice with a fresh layer of snow. Here are some photos from our trip through Finland to Norway and back!

-Daniel