Off in the Swedish Wilderness

An ACL reader named Joakim Simonsson wrote me a while back and included in the email a few shots of his beautiful log cabin. My interest piqued, I wrote back asking to see if he could send more. It turns out the photos came from his 1940s cabin located about five hours northwest of Stockholm, or as he put it “just where the woodlands turn into the mountains.” I’d describe it as heaven on earth. Eventually, Mr. Simonsson put all of the photos together and started a blog — appropriately called Log Cabineer — to share his picturesque adventures. Check out some of the photos below and visit Log Cabineer for more.


All photos by Joakim Simonsson

Comments on “Off in the Swedish Wilderness

    BPon March 25, 2009 @ 9:14 AM:


    Pound for pound Sweden is the tops. I can’t believe I was ever skeptical.
    JENS LEKMAN, honeydrips, the tough alliance, snus, JL, fjallenraven, shout out louds, nudies, cheap monday, pirate bay, skype
    bjorn borg underwear, oh yeah and bergman

    kyleon March 25, 2009 @ 9:46 AM:

    Incredible photos. Makes me teary eyed for the the north woods of Michigan.

    This guy is great…hunt, fish and a keen artistic eye.

    Justinon March 25, 2009 @ 10:10 AM:

    I want a pair of those snow boots!

    srcutleron March 25, 2009 @ 10:40 AM:

    that dog looks like he’s loving his life

    JPon March 25, 2009 @ 11:37 AM:

    Great pic- guy standing in front of the old Jeep Cherokee.

    brianon March 25, 2009 @ 1:07 PM:

    are you sure that’s Sweden? b/c it looks just like the lake cabins of me & my friends in Northern Wisconsin & Minnesota! Right down to the lakes, the pancakes and the Jeep Cherokee. Shoot – we’ve even got just about as many “simonssons” as the home country!

    Silveron March 25, 2009 @ 1:08 PM:

    Great photos for sure – thanks for sharing. I enjoy doing the same things here in the States. Unfortunately I don’t have a cabin like that and that is really the icing on the cake. Maybe some day..

    Alphaon March 25, 2009 @ 3:56 PM:

    What a fantastic place!

    What kind of birds are those? Partridge?

    Mikeon March 25, 2009 @ 5:10 PM:

    Some of these photos reminded me of Garden & Gun spreads (which is the most foreign version of the American South I can think of) which are usually beautiful. For example:

    Jon Gaffneyon March 25, 2009 @ 5:19 PM:

    Beautiful. Makes me wonder why people would want to live in a city, and miss my parents cottage.

    oleon March 25, 2009 @ 7:12 PM:

    Why all this fuzz about Sweden all the time? Norway is heaven, not Sweden. We have a lot more diversed nature. Sweden have a false reputation as “heaven on earth”.

    Michael Williamson March 25, 2009 @ 7:21 PM:

    Some guy from Sweden sends me photos that are beautiful and I slap the ACL “heaven on earth” stamp on it having never even been! That’s how I roll on this piece. Don’t be jealous Norway.


    drinkinanddroninon March 25, 2009 @ 11:48 PM:

    Some brilliant photographs, and a great blog. Thanks for featuring this. Very jealous of this gent.

    Warrenon March 26, 2009 @ 2:25 AM:

    Not sure why, but dude’s pictures of the fishing hooks on his blog tickle my fancy to no end.

    Matton March 26, 2009 @ 10:14 AM:

    Amazing, this guy really seems to be living the simple good life.

    Henrikon March 26, 2009 @ 3:18 PM:

    Feels good to be Swedish today, when i see those photos!

    razon March 26, 2009 @ 5:44 PM:

    actually, though being swedish, i concur with ole that norway have a better standard. but in the long term i’d choose sweden anyway. why? can’t get enough of all those lakes that you won’t get in norway.

    Meghan Newtonon March 27, 2009 @ 10:13 AM:

    Absolutely wonderful cabin and way of life.

    btw: Mr. Williams, you simply must see a film called Dead River Rough Cut if you haven’t already. The 1976 film follows two Maine woodsmen through four seasons of hunting, trapping and rural tomfoolery. Clad in hunting caps, wool plaid shirts, ll bean boots and long johns, the men offer a vignette of an isolated backwoods way of life. Vintage Mainer style at it’s finest!

    DrinkMolokoon March 28, 2009 @ 7:49 AM:

    I could live there. That’d be a great place to have to escape the city, for sure.

    Isaac Buieon March 28, 2009 @ 4:15 PM:

    I love the clean lines on the cabin, similar to minimal traditional architecture here in the US.

    sueedeon March 29, 2009 @ 2:26 PM:

    Norwegians, always the envy..
    You got the oil, dude, you got the oil.
    All we have is the women, the nature, the fashion and oh, a capitol that eats Oslo for breakfast.
    I drive a Prius by the way, hehehehe…

    ppuurrron March 30, 2009 @ 2:09 PM:

    These pictures are gorgeous–I just started reading “Out Stealing Horses” by Per Petterson, and these could all be right out of that novel (which takes place in a cabin near the Norway/Sweden border). Love it!

    Jon Gaffneyon April 2, 2009 @ 4:26 PM:

    Dead River Rough Cut is indeed classic. Though after hearing the one guy talk about how he couldn’t get a woman to live with him in his shed in the woods, it kind of loses it’s Thoreau style romantic appeal.

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