Self-powered adventures in Lapland


Backpacking North offers in-depth trip reports, gear analyses, ultralight training, thought-provoking articles, gear rental, photography tours, and self-guided trips in Lapland.

Writing and photography by Mark Roberts


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Spring is here, and with it a desire to clear out some of the less-used items in my gear closet. If you're looking for a bargain shelter, pack or other goodies, read on.

For the dedicated ultralight backpacker, photography has always been something of a burden. But what if I told you there is a way to lighten your photographic load with only a few small sacrifices? 

The Ultralight Makeover series looked in detail at ways to transform your backpacking experience. Now we put it all together and take a look at Backpacking North's typical kit list, how much it all weighs, and how someone wanting to move towards ultralight methodologies can take their fist steps along the road to a lighter load.

A brief "wintermission" and a quick look into the future of Backpacking North, while work is frantically being done behind the scenes to complete the new website.

Packraft Rentals

Backpacking North also has a flotilla of packrafts available to enhance your wilderness adventuring!

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Nature Photography Tours

Come on a nature photography tour in Rovaniemi! Explore nature and improve your photographic skills at the same time.

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