THE SWEDISH EXPEDITION
Explorers Titti and Mikael Strandberg
we choose the Kolyma River?
main objective of the expedition from the sources of the Kolyma
River to its mouth is to make a documentary record of this
part of our world, unknown to the Europe, basing on personal
impressions. This is a vital task, since in the course of
our extensive research work we have realised that very few
people in Sweden have a comprehensive picture of the area
along the legendary Russian Kolyma River.
Such obstacles as low temperatures, large distances between
populated settlements, the size and the isolation impede exploration
of this area. For citizens of the central Europe this area
seems untouched, remote and unknown. We also believe that
it is in this untouched area that the answers to many of the
questions asked by modern men are to be found:
- What is the purpose of our life?
- How do we find calm, harmony and satisfaction in our
- What are the objectives of the modern civilisation?
We think that making such a record is a task that is not
only vital, but also timely and urgent. It concerns both the
harmony and insight available to future generations as well
as knowledge not only about this unique area of tundra and
taiga that is as yet untouched but also the equally unique
people who live there. We shall do everything in our power
to make a realistic record of how we and the people we meet
experience the daily life and dreams of this rigorous area,
but we will primarily focus on what is positive.
We want our work not only to be educational, but also to
inspire hope, motivation, energy and enormous joie de vivre!
It goes without saying that there will be a large helping
of excitement and adventure as well…
We also feel it is important that during the course of our
journey we should record how the original inhabitants of Siberia
live, think and view the world around them and the future.
How do they survive the extreme cold? There is much knowledge
to be gleaned from them.
Another aim of this expedition is to build a bridge between
our cultures, widen the western worlds knowledge about the
Russian and Siberian way, We want to find the Russian and
Siberian temperament. We believe this can provide a perspective
on the way of life in the future.
Explorers Titti and Mikael