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Nordic Discovery

Nordic Discovery
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Naturarvskompaniet Photo: Ann-Kathrine Rehse

Nothing ever was the same from the fateful day Mikael Nilsson entered Rosario’s shoe shop in Lima, Peru. The shop was just around the corner from the adventure tour company where Mikael worked as their South America tours director. Today Rosario works with Mikael in the office of nature and adventure outfitter Nordic Discovery. Shoes are out and canoes and wildlife safaris are in. This Peruvian/Swedish couple have swapped the hustle and bustle of Lima life for the peace and tranquility of a tiny village set deep in the forests of Bergslagen.

After completing his tourism training in Kiruna Mikael developed wanderlust and set out to work his way around the world. He has worked on a mountain ski rescue team in New Zeeland, served as a lifeguard in Australia, been a ski instructor in Japan, taught English in Taiwan and even worked as a security guard in Hong Kong. Eventually his wanderings led him to Latin America where he worked as a tour guide leading overland adventure tours. His talents recognized he was soon promoted to Director of South America Operations for GAP Adventures in Lima.

Mikael was born and bred in Bergslagen. When returning from Lima with the family they settled in the small village of Kloten, located between Skinnskatteberg and Kopparberg. For now Rosario and Mikael run the company but they hope that some day their sons Thor and Ahrn will inherit their love of nature and work along side them in the family business.

Kloten is a small village nestled in the wilds of Malingsbo-Kloten Nature Reserve. Although it is located within easy access to Stockholm and Västerås Airport the reserve is very large and the many years of protection have created a thriving wilderness teeming with wildlife. It is one the best location’s in Sweden for viewing Moose, there are many beaver rich lakes and rivers to paddle and fish in and many walking trails criss-cross the heavily forested landscape. Mikael and Rosario network with other local entrepreneurs to make a strong and sustainable tourism destination. Working to a seasonal calendar the chefs know how to source fresh local produce from the surrounding fields, forests and waters. On some tours you arrive to dinner by canoe and a log fire will warm you during a three course meal in the middle of the wilderness.

Nordic Discovery are actively involved in the effort to save both brown trout and the very rare fresh water mussel in the little steam of Håltjärnsbäcken. They will happily take you to the fast flowing waters of the stream where you’ll learn the story of these animals and their fascinating inter-twined history.

Labelling Committee´s motivation (22 November 2007)
Nordic Discovery have learnt the skills and craftsmanship of outdoors tourism all over the world. Mikael Nilsson has returned to his roots in Bergslagen where he’s using his experience to help develop one of Sweden’s most exciting outdoors destinations. They arrange wildlife watching from canoe on the winding rivers and pretty lakes of Malingsbo-Kloten Nature Reserve. Their company ethos is all about introducing visitors to the treasures of Bergslagen in a fun and sustainable way.

Company name: Nordic Discovery
Address, visitors
Postal address
Gamla handelsboden i Kloten
Handelsbobacken 2. Kloten
Province Västmanland
Contact name Mikael Nilsson
Reservation +46 730 35 00 75
Organization number 969692-9901
Started 2003
Annual employees 2
Quality-labeled tours Length of tour Period
Elk safari package, Bergslagen 2 days 2017-05-06 - 2017-09-29
  You are on a guided walk in wild terrain where the elk density is among the highest in the world. You’ve enjoyed a tasty wilderness... More »  
Beaver safari package, Bergslagen 2 days 2017-05-13 - 2017-09-30
  When the sun has just dropped behind the tree tops, the beaver is at its most active. The forest closes in and the canoes glide silently... More »  
Night canoeing in wolf territory 2 days 2017-05-01 - 2017-10-31
  There is something special about canoeing at night. In the centre of the Bergslagen district, 200 km northwest of Stockholm, in one... More »