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

    BP on 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

    kyle on 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.

    Justin on March 25, 2009 10:10 AM:

    I want a pair of those snow boots!

    srcutler on March 25, 2009 10:40 AM:

    that dog looks like he’s loving his life

    JP on March 25, 2009 11:37 AM:

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

    brian on 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!

    Silver on 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..

    Alpha on March 25, 2009 3:56 PM:

    What a fantastic place!

    What kind of birds are those? Partridge?

    Mike on 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 Gaffney on March 25, 2009 5:19 PM:

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

    ole on 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 Williams on 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.


    drinkinanddronin on March 25, 2009 11:48 PM:

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

    Warren on 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.

    Matt on March 26, 2009 10:14 AM:

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

    Henrik on March 26, 2009 3:18 PM:

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

    raz on 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 Newton on 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!

    DrinkMoloko on 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 Buie on March 28, 2009 4:15 PM:

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

    sueede on 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…

    ppuurrr on 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 Gaffney on 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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