Nordic Adventures aims to provide the opportunity for everyday people to explore the nature, wilderness, and unique landscapes of Scandinavia and the United Kingdom in energising and accessible adventures.
We evolved from a family’s fondness of their ancestors’ homelands, and the desire to share the captivating Swedish landscape with those seeking to enjoy a little tranquility from life, and a whole lot of fun. Whether challenging your individual boundaries, or seeking to learn a new skill, the great outdoors is an amazing asset and it should be explored, cherished and enjoyed!
Meet the team
Whilst travelling through Dalsland to his former grandparents’ home in 2010, Paul founded the concept of combining over 20 years experience in the outdoor activities industry with his love for Sweden. Qualified in rock climbing, hill-walking and paddling, he has been a canoe and kayak instructor for over 11 years and is BCU 3* Sea Kayak and UKCC Level 2 Coach qualified. Working in Dartmoor and Scottish activity centres, he has also led expeditions through the Indian Himalayas, Tanzania, Ecuador and Peru & Bolivia . In March 2012, Paul undertook a ski patrol course, Calgary, and he is fully qualified in Outdoor Emergency Care.
Spending most of his summers navigating around the Gothenburg archipelago, his passion for the water and all things outdoors led him to undertake a yearlong outdoor pursuit course in the Lofoten islands, Northern Norway. He subsequently embarked on a 2-week expedition with a dog sled team in Spitsbergen (North Pole).
Growing up in Berkshire, England, he is fluent in both Swedish and English and is proud to share his Swedish heritage and culture, and introduce travelers to the abundant adventure opportunities that Scandinavia has to offer.
As head guide and Managing Director, Paul is responsible for everything – and nothing! (except product development, leadership, financial backing, inspiration and awful jokes!)
Whilst travelling extensively throughout New Zealand & Australia, Karen developed a passion for adventure sports. After gaining a degree in Law and a masters in Heritage Management, she realised there was more to life and took the opportunity to explore the unknown.
Having worked in adventure tourism overseas, meeting Paul created the perfect skill combination and as the back-office side the company, she deals with the administration, accounts and marketing, and also tries to provide a friendly and straightforward enquiry and booking service (plus she makes most excellent cups of tea and blueberry soup!)
Some may call him Yoda, others may call him ‘Mr Rockfrog’, but we know him as Mary. Former Army and Naval Serviceman, our Graham is an ex-Naval Clearance Diver, ex-Army Cadet Instructor and former Army Veteran Climbing Champion! We can’t tell you how much climbing, paddling and bushcraft experience he has, and as for his stories, they’re something else entirely! UK based, we stealthily extract his knowledge and wisdom in exchange for rum, shellfish and pieces of eight…
Reasonable fitness levels and some paddling experience are advantageous for Swedish canoe tours, and taster sessions or pre-holiday instruction are available from any good BCU association club.
All watersports participants must be able to swim 200 metres for reasons of personal safety, and must be prepared for variable weather conditions in Sweden.