Come on a good adventure! In april 2016 you can join me on a beautiful trek/climb at high altitude in remote Rolwaling village in Nepal.
You will experience the beautiful scenery of the majestic Himalayas including the mountains Gaurishankar, Tashi Laptsa and Dorje Lakpa. The trekking route wanders through alpine forests with blooming rhododendron flowers and beautiful native villages. We will trek and climb a small mountain, Yalung Ri 5500m, in this valley. You will also meet Chhiring Dorje Sherpa, a 12-time Everest summiteer and fantastic person who tries to help his valley survive the earthquake. We will also experience Kathmandu and help the tourist industry back to it’s feet.

15% of the price will go directly to rebuilding the Rolwaling village after the earthquake. You are also encouraged to bring supplies needed in the village and help the valley survive.

I will support you with training schedule, answering questions, equipment advice and good deals on equipment. As for experience, you do need to have some previous outdoor experience of hiking, camping and enjoying the outdoors, as well as being in good shape. No climbing experience needed.

Below is the itinerary and price.
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Service included in the Price:
Local superguide Chhiring Dorje Sherpa
Co-guide Annelie Pompe
Gaurishankar Conservation Entry Permit, TIMS
Food during the trek
Tents( one tent per member), kitchen tent, dining tent and kitchen equipment
Guide, sherpa, cook, kitchen helpers and porters throughout the trek
Insurance for staff
Vehicle for drop and pick up at the trekking point
4 nights hotel accommodation in 5star hotel  in Kathmandu on BB basis
Airport Pick up and Drop
Emergency medical oxygen, mask and regulator
Management fee

Sevice Not Included in the Price:
International Flights
Personal trekking gears
Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
Emergency evacuation by helicopter

Price: $2,900/person
Adm registration guide fee: $290/person
(non refundable)
(Note: The above price includes 15% charity amount and value added tax of 13%)

Email me at annelie (a) for registration/questions.

Thanks to Robin Trygg for the photos below of Rolwaling!
Namnlöst-2 kopia Namnlöst-1 kopia Namnlöst-3 kopia


Norway is one of the most beautiful countries I’ve been to. It’s sometimes hard to believe it’s our neighbour as the landscape is so different. Norway got all the good stuff; beautiful steep mountains and a ocean full of life. Outdoor life in Norway seems to come natural with their type of natural surroundings. Maybe that’s why they have some of the best outdoor gear in the world. I’m honoured and happy to work with one of those Norweigan brands as my main partner for outdoor wear. I believe in choosing quality before fashion. I’ve had my first Bergans jacket for 7 years and it’s still keeping up with my adventures.

One of my favourite jobs of working with Bergans is of course the photoshoots. We’ve visited some of the most inspiring places in Norway to inspire people to get out into nature. The photographer Hans Kristian Krogh-Hanssen is one of my photographer idols and we’re either climbing, hiking or skiing toghether with Norgesguidene male model and mountain guides Sverre Hjelmeland or Sigurd Felde.

We spend last week around Sunnmørsalpane and Hjørrungsfjorden which is Sverre’s backyard. Here’s some behind-the-scenes-photos:


I can’t pretend that I like Stockholm. The stressful pace, buildings, roads, shops and cars everywhere are the opposite of what I enjoy. It makes me feel like a fish out of water. When I have a job in the city I come and go as quickly as possible, always by train. It takes a lot of energy to be in the city and it gives nothing back but headache and tiredness. Fortunately I love my job and find it energizing enough to balance the hardships of citylife. I wrote this blog for any other outdoor person who need to find some green or blue while in Stockholm. If you are there for a longer trip I can recommend my publisher Calazo guidebooks into nature for both hiking, mountainbiking and kayaking.

Last week I did something I promised myself not to do. 5 talks in 4 days – in Stockholm. I did it because the company I gave talks for seemed inspiring and challenging. And because I could bring Doglas with me to Stockholm. There were many hours in the day that I was not working and could go outdoors and play/explore with Doglas. Having a dog is like being with a small part of nature, and having him with me even made the Stockholm days more fun. The last days he’s experienced more city life than his entire lifetime of travelling through Gothenburg…

Wanting to leave him as short periods as possible in a hotel we had to stay in the very city center. Fortunately there’s a outdoorsy hotel called ‘Downtown Camper’ which has the feel of a cabin in the mountains – in the middle of the city. I generally don’t like big hotels, but this one is more than ok. It’s got a great hold on sustainability and health. And dogs are welcome! Basically, it’s a good base camp.

The search for nature started immediately. The ‘Lifestyle concierge’ recommended ‘kungsträdgården’ and ‘humlegården’ as the most nearby green areas. We visited both in an hour. They were more brown than green and ‘parks’ aren’t close to real nature. I found myself thinking that Doglas is probably as sceptical to this as I. But he happily picked up a stick in his mouth and played in the dirt. It’s too easy to push your own feelings onto animals. We tried to make the parks last longer by zig zacking through them. The next day we made a longer expedition to the south of Stockholm. Some 30 minutes away by public transport is ‘Nacka naturreservat’ which seemed promising. After some searching we found very badly marked routes through the forest and by a lake. Luckily I like to be lost! Finally there was a real forest. As Doglas never runs away I let him off the leash and we both felt more free. It was a big contrast to breathe fresh air again. The best route from Hellasgården was the blue one, which was more of tiny trails than a walking path. Anywhere we walked we could still hear the traffic in the distance wherever we walked. Next time we’ll take the bus further.

My friend Cirrie took Doglas on a private adventure while I did one talk out in ‘Rissne’. Thank you Cirrie!

Close by the city center is also ‘djurgården’ which is mostly paved walks but some nice trails into small forest parts, and good water views. There we met a new friend who showed us around! We also tried ‘Hagaparken’ which was crowded, dirty and noisy, but maybe we didn’t go to the good places or at the right time of year..

As for food I made good use of the page ‘‘ where you can find a map that marks cafe’s and restaurants where you can bring your dog. I did quite a few takeaways so I could eat with Doglas, or even better – eat outdoors.

I’ll never do what I did this week again. If I do more than one day in Stockholm we’ll need to stay more close to nature. Nevertheless its good to be flexible in your lifestyle and open enough to see how others live to be able to better understand the world.

It was difficult to take good photos. Here are a few ok ones from our small adventures:

Why did they set the table for only one?

Doglas clothes rack

My clothes rack (like a Bergans showrack)


Having my job and my passion I simply cannot stop travelling and exploring. I have a deep restlessness and need to move. It’s somewhat kept in check thanks to yoga, running and meditation, but I still love to travel. Never the less I have promised myself to fly less, not as far and not for as long as I have before. Fortunately there are other ways to travel! As I still don’t have a drivers licence or a car (!) I’m left to travelling by busses, trains and boats.

A newfound friend (found through our dogs becoming friends!) inspired me to start cross country skiiing again. It’s good training, being in nature – and being able to bring the dog! We quickly found a few places most nearby that you could reach by trains and busses. Our choice landed on ‘Säfsen’ where there was very cute little cabins that allowed pets both in-house and in the tracks.

The first attempt failed. Sweden had what it’s called ‘snow-chaos’ which cancelled a critical train ride. I had just about walked to the bus stop when I got the news in my phone. My dog Doglas was very surprised at the gear I carried just to walk to the bus stop and back…

We made our next attempt the morning after, having chosen a even earlier train with a somewhat different route. By now there was less chaotic weather and we made a successful trip out of Gothenburg. Halfway we had a 1 hour stopover which meant dog-walking to a nearby eco-park chasing sticks in deep snow. Carrying 2 backpacks and a set of skis as well as Doglas on a leach was a good workout.

It helps having a very cute and well behaved dog. Not many people mind the little nose in the back of the knees or the hazelnut eyes looking at you. Since Doglas has been on various trains, busses and boats since he was a puppy he quickly goes to rest as soon as we’re on a new vehicle. We’re very fortunate in Sweden to have such a good public service transport system. It’s almost always in time :)

The trip was fantastic. It was so great I decided to do it all again a week later! As Säfsen was fully booked we found another place called ‘Långberget’ (long-mountain?) with a slightly longer train/bus ride. The biggest hustle was having 3 different bags. I minimized my big backpack contents to be able to fit my smaller computer/ski pack into the big one. I can hold the skis in one hand or attach them to the big bag.

For the first trip I used my Exped thunder 70L and Exped skyline 15L. I only brought dog-stuff, a minimal amount of clothes and hygiene equipment, small Olympus camera TG-5 and laptop/ipad mini for work/reading. There was a supermarket 3 km by foot away from the cabin which was a nice hike.

A few weeks later we made our next train-bus-expedition to Långberget which was slightly longer. The packing was a bare minimum which made our trasitions much easier. Doglas is used to the hustle of travelling and is calm as a old dog while staying on the vehicles. I make sure he’s had a nice walk in the morning and then he’ll rest happily on the floor.

We’re already looking forward to some hiking-travels in the spring/summer!
For finding cafe´s by railway stops in Sweden I used the site ‘TaMedHunden’ which posts places where the dog is allowed.

Fridykning är en fantastisk upplevelse! Man lär sig mycket om sig själv, kroppen, andning och havet. Det är många förfrågningar kring kurser i fridykning så vi har satt kursdatum redan nu. Vi kommer hålla 4 olika kurser i sommar längs vår vackra västkust och en specialare med säl-expedition på utklippan. På kursen kommer du lära dig enkla tekniker för att andas bättre, vara lugnare i havet, snorkla tryggare, fridyka djupare eller stanna längre under ytan.

Fridykning är ett sätt att känna sig som hemma i havet. I den här intro-kursen kommer du lära dig teori, säkerhet, mental träning, andning och lär känna din kropp och dina tankar på ett nytt sätt. Det är dessutom ett vackert och enkelt sätt att utforska den fina världen under ytan. Du kommer också lära dig mer om havsmiljön och hur vi kan ta bättre hand om havet.

Kurserna är olika utformade, men vanligtvis startar vi fredag kväll med fridykningsteori och workshop i andning. På lördagen eller söndagen gör vi några morgonövningar innan vi åker ut med båt och gör två dyksessioner i natursköna omgivningar. Förhoppningsvis möter vi sälar under det andra dyket! Vi tar max 8 elever/kurs. Klarar du teoretiskt prov och alla övningar kan du bli certifierad.

Vi kommer även göra rena utflykter till fina fridykningsplatser för dig som redan kan grunderna i fridykning. Vi har dock inte satt datum för utfärder än. Nedan är bristfällig info kring datum och anmälningsinfo för er som vill förboka och knipa en plats snabbt.

– 30 maj – 2 Juni Fridykningsexpedition med säl och träning Utklippan, Karlskrona
En unik och fantastisk expedition till sveriges södra utpost och fyr ‘Utklippan’. Här finns en sälkoloni på flera tusen gråsälar som vi såklart ska fridyka och lära oss av. Vi kommer hålla träningspass för fridykning, yoga, andningsövningar mm för att kunna stanna längre med sälarna. I samarbete med Unique dive and travel Karlskrona Kontakta för förbokning. Pris: oklart.

– 8-9 Juni Fira ‘Havets dag’ med Marint kunskapscenter i Malmö
Kommer bli en föreläsning med fridykningsteori och andningsträning samt inspiration och havsmiljö. Eventuellt i samband med strandstädning. Mer info senare via:

– 19-21 Juli. Hönö med Havskatten
2 kurser på 1 1/2 dag vardera. 8 elever per grupp. Gemensam teori och andningsträning fredag. Dykning lördag ELLER söndag. Vi utgår och jobbar ifrån Havskatten på Hönö där det finns fantastiskt boende nära havet om man vill/behöver sova över. Boka boende (fr 400/pers) via dem snabbt för de är mycket populära. Där ingår även frukost lördag/söndag morgon innan båtutfärd. Boka kursen genom att maila fridykningskurser (a) så mailar vi mer info. Kan ta lite tid om/när vi är på resande fot.
Pris: 3700.- inkluderar frukost, fika och båtutflykt

– 16-18 Aug. Marstrand med Marstrands Marina dyk och skeppshandel
2 kurser på 1 1/2 dag vardera. 8 elever per grupp. Gemensam teori och andningsträning fredag. Dykning lördag ELLER söndag. Både träning och sälexpedition! Förboka kursen genom att maila butik (at)
Pris: oklart än så länge

Ingår inte i priset (Sverige):
– Fridykningsutrustning. Vi kan hjälpa dig att reda ut utrustning med ett närliggande dykcenter, inga problem! Du får låna blyvikter hos oss. Du behöver våtdräkt, flexibelt gummi-viktbälte, cyklop, snorkel och fenor. Boende får du ordna på egen hand men vi kan hjälpa till med tips.


Bokrelease och inre lugn

Nu är det en vecka kvar till bokreleasen för min nya bok! Den blev så fin och jag tycker verkligen om den. Den är ‘djupare’ än min förra bok och kanske viktigare. Den innehåller det jag kom fram till har hjälpt mig mest i äventyr, vardagsliv och livsglädje; superkraften inre lugn. Boken är egentligen mer en guide mer än en bok. Jag vet nämligen att man inte kan läsa sig till inre lugn, men att man kan träna sig till det. Därför innehåller boken många bra övningar inom kapitlen; stanna, blunda, andas och lev mer autentiskt.  Man behöver stanna upp för att se vart man är på väg, få viktiga insikter och sakta ner. Det finns risker med att stanna upp. Man kan bli rastlös. Därför finns även kapitlet ‘blunda’ som handlar om mental träning och fokus. Andningen kommer hjälpa dig bli bättre på att stanna upp, blunda och även leva mer autentiskt genom att leva efter det som är viktigt på riktigt, med hållbarhet för dig själv och världen.

Boken kom mestadels till tack vare min fantastiska förläggare Alexandra. Hon hittade mig när hon jobbade på Bonnier och gjorde min första riktiga bok tillsammans. Sedan dess kan jag inte tänka mig att jobba med någon annan. Så jag följde henne såklart genom ett förlag till hennes nybildade ‘The Book Affair’. Tack Alexandra för motivation, hejarop och stöd! Det är fantastiskt hur en bok kan mejslas fram ur alla ideér :-)

Jag missade helt att ha bok-release förra gången, så nu testar jag det! Först på mitt favorit-fik och inrednings-café på min favorit-ö på hälsö. Den bokades full på några timmar så vi gör en till senare på kvällen. Vegetarisk ekologisk mat och valfritt inträde skänks till att rädda havet.
27/11. Evas på Hälsö. sittning 1- 18:00, sittning 2- 20:00 Länk.
28/11 på Naturkompaniet på Sveavägen i Sthlm med mina partners Exped och Devold. Länk (Fullbokat)

Och boksignering i Göteborg lagom till julklapp
19/12 Upper house SPA 18:00-19:00
22/12 Akademibokhandeln på järntorget 14:00-16:00

Boken kan även förbeställas via Bokus och denna länk.

It’s been a good day in the mountains when you descend in darkness at 11 pm in the light of a headlamp. We stood up at 5 am the same day to spend a full day on the rocks, snow and ice. Photoshooting for Bergans is not about being in a studio – we’re out there for real having a great adventure as well as making great photos. That’s why the climb took about twice the time. The fantastic photographer Hans-Kristian Krogh-Hanssen keeps finding magic spots where we just have to stay for a while. As a photographer I sneaked in a few photos as well :) We we’re in last summers dream team (from Lofoten) with Sigurd Felde, a superguide and nice person. I was in awe of the amazing views and sceneries of Norway, almost wishing I was Norweigan :)

This time we were in Hurrungane hoping to climb Storen (The Big One), Norway’s 3’rd highest mountain towering beautifully over the valley. As we came up to the first ridge there were winds looking like 10-12 m/s on the ridge. It would be a crazy cold climb and not great photos. I guess I should have been dissapointed, but there’s just no way to be dissapointed when you are in such amazing surroundings with great people. We just chose the mountain ‘next door’ which was covered in sunshine and offered a nice ridge and traverse climb. Then the sun went away and it got cooold! It was my first august-snow and my Everest-frost-bitten fingers quickly reminded me of that summer is over. The trick is to not stand still for too long – which was no problem! And of course, we had the best clothes in the world to keep us warm ;)

We got a few wonderful days with sunshine, rain, snow and ice. Here are a few photos of what it can look like in front of and behind the scenes. I’m so grateful for the job I have!

Houseboat details

I’ve made some massive work om my houseboat this year. Most of it has been the kind of work that is necessary, but not visible. I have been inside each compartment of the pontoons refurbishing and rust-proofing. I have polished the hull and am a test-person for a new toxic-free anti-fouling colour. So far so good!

When a dream project turns into mostly hard and dirty work and no enjoyment, it’s better to give it a break. I’ll have more to do next year and it’s ok. On the outside I’m hoping for a great collaboration in solar panels by the fall.
Indoors I have recently finished a camping gaz powered hot water shower! Such a luxury. There is also a cold shower on deck to use after all those salty swims, and to wash the four dirty paws of my puppy :)

I have also made some fun time in the interior details. During the years I have gotten some nice gifts and collected a few items from around the world that finally found it’s places inside the boat. The boat finally got it’s name. I always wanted to call it ‘free spirit’ but a friend said it’s not a good name as the boat mostly lies still. I don’t care. This boat is about a free spirited life.

The signs are from Skyltmax where you can design your own signposts or stickers!

My favourite birdMy favourite dog

It’s not just an adventure or a dream-come-true, it’s a different life. The tapping of fluffy, soft paws is always there, or at least for the next 15 years or so. I have never made such a long time commitment before.

I have always loved dogs even though I’m allergic to most animals with fur. I met a portugese waterdog and then found it’s spanish cousin and fell in love. They are less allergenic as they don’t shed any fur, they are fluffy and cute and It’s said they can freedive to 10 meters. A dream-dog-come-true!

Most people will make up and look for obstacles when it comes to dogs. ‘How about travelling?’, ‘you can’t take him everywhere’ and so on. The pro’s weigh up the con’s and all the love is worth the little extra organising and different choices you’ll have to make. My biggest fear/knowledge is that he will die one day, and I will die a little too with sadness. But it’s already worth it. Now Doglas has been with me for almost two months! I have gotten to know him and he’s gotten to know me and lots of adventures already. He’s kayaked, paddle boarded and surfed with me. He’s been a great support during yoga, mini-hikes and of course everything food related. It’s great to see the world through his puppy eyes!

I have read a bunch of books on dogs and learning and am hoping to make him happily obedient so that I can take him with me (almost) everywhere, and get into some dog-sport too. Maybe agility or nosework as he seems to enjoy both.

Jag är stolt ambassadör för Håll Sverige Rents kampanj #leavenothingbutfootprints. Om du är på väg ut i till havet, skogen, fjällen, sjöarna eller de öppna vidderna i sommar, ber vi dig snällt att göra naturen en tjänst. Ta med dig allt. Lämna ingenting. Utom möjligen dina egna fotavtryck. Vi ses ute i naturen!

Fakta om skräp 

  • Upp till 13 miljoner ton skräp hamnar i våra hav varje år, det är lika mycket som 85 000 blåvalar väger tillsammans.
  • Skräp motsvarande fem fulla badkar spolas i land på Bohuskusten varje timme.
  • Ungefär 80 % av allt skräp i havet kommer från land
  • 70 % av skräpet i Östersjön är av plast
  • Vanligaste skräpet i naturen är Mat- och dryckesförpackningar följt av plastpåsar och annan plast.

Hämta en gratis skräpsamlarpåse på Naturkompaniet!

Påsen är återanvändsbar och extra borstad för att inte släppa ut mikroplaster då den tvättas. Det är fjällräven som har producerat den med högsta tanke på hållbarhet. Påsen hämtas gratis på Naturkompaniet runt om i landet. Det är lite först till kvarn som gäller för beställningstiden är längre än vad kampanjen är lång.


Under hela sommaren pågår en tävling där du som taggar dina bilder med #Ileavenothingbutfootprints har möjlighet att vinna fina priser. 

1a pris: Ett presentkort på 2500 kr hos naturkompaniet.
2a pris: Otroligt högt och extremt djup, signerad och författad av Annelie Pompe
3a pris: Vandra, signerad och författad av Angeliqa Mejstedt

Håll Sverige Rent är en ideell organisation helt utan vinstintresse och vårt främsta uppdrag är att minska nedskräpningen, främja återvinningen och främja individers och organisationers miljövårdsansvar.

Vi jobbar mycket med att påverka människors attityder och beteende till nedskräpning – att helt enkelt få människor att låta bli att skräpa ned. Det gör vi genom kampanjer som ”Please, leave nothing but footprints”. Ett annat exempel är kampanjen ”Vi Håller Rent” då hela 676 000 personer var med och plockade skräp under första veckan i maj.

Att samla kunskap och fakta om nedskräpning och samtidigt stötta kommuner och andra aktörer är en annan viktig del i vår verksamhet. Vi är partners i flera EU-projekt om skräpet i havet. Kanske den absolut viktigaste delen av vår verksamhet är att vi utbildar barn och ungdomar i hållbarhet och miljökunskap genom vårt skolnätverk grön flagg som är Sveriges största skolnätverk för hållbar utveckling.

How do you justify a lifestyle that is bad for the planet? Maybe that question goes for most lifestyles nowadays. Simply being alive means we’ll have a more or less bad effect on the climate as soon as we eat, buy stuff and move around. We’d have to live very differently to not make our planet worse. For someone who loves both travelling and nature this is a dilemma.

There’s a new word for a feeling of ‘climate-anxiety’. We’re bombarded with variations of news of a upcoming natural disaster. Those news might come on top of a demanding and stressful life with too many ‘should’s’. A unhappy and stressed person couldn’t care less about the climate. That is why personal sustainability is important. One needs to find a balance in taking care of oneself to be able to care for the planet. Or do a little of both at the same time.

I think it’s better to have a motivation for living more sustainably with ‘love-for-nature’ and meaningfulness rather than, ‘if-you-dont-we’ll-all-die’.

The more people who love nature, the more we’ll want to save our nature. It’s better if many does something small to help, rather than a few bending over backwards. I think sustainability can be done without judgment and pressure. Threats and shame is simply not the best motivation. Awareness is a better one.

Awareness on the climate changes will tell you that travelling and fossil fuel is one of the heaviest loads on the planet. For someone who loves travelling and have built a adventurous career with travelling and guiding (far away), this is a tough dilemma. I believe travelling is good in the way it gives you energy and motivation to keep doing good. I don’t think we need to stop travelling. I have met many who grew a interest for the ocean environment after having snorkelled abroad with both fish and plastic. Increasing awareness and thinking about how we travel is a good start. Since last year I have thought of how I can change my travel habits, and this is what I came up with;
– I can travel less, and not always so far.
– When I’m away I stay longer.
– I can buy compensation rights and chose bio-fuel.
– I can do all short travels by train/bicycle.
– I’m not doing long trips for just a meeting I can do over skype.
– I can choose the theme of my trips.

I am proud of my last trip to Maldives which went to a local island who ran a environmentally aware hotel and dive center. Ecotourism emphasises conservation, education, traveler responsibility and is a way to explore our world without stressing its resources. If you need to fly you can use something called ‘carbon offsetting’, it is used to balance out these emissions by helping to pay for emission savings in other parts of the world. I bought a so called ‘climate compensation’ for flying to Maldives via Tricorona (CDM projects). I ran a freediving course which is one of my jobs. Freediving leaves next to no footprint (if you wear coral-reef friendly sunscreen). We ran beach-clean ups and worked with a whaleshark conservation research programme. The secret plan with freediving is to help more people fall in love with the ocean so that they also want to help saving it :-)

I try to balance my travelling by having a more sustainable life while at home. Here are some of my habits and ideas:

FOOD – Being a vegetarian/vegan reduces a lot of pressure on the climate. I love animals and hate the way the meat-business is run. Also, agriculture has a lot of run-off into the ocean. Being a vegetarian I don’t eat fish. There’s not enough fish in the sea because of overfishing. Are you willing to try a few days a week without meat? ‘According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the livestock sector is “one of the top two or three most significant contributors to the most serious environmental problems, at every scale from local to global”. The FAO estimates that livestock production is responsible for 14.5 per cent of global greenhouse gas emissions, while other organisations have estimated it could be as much as 51 per cent. –
CARRY ON – Don’t buy plastic bottles. I always carry a klean kanteen with tap water.
TRAVEL – I don’t have a car or even a drivers licence. I travel mostly by bicycle, my electric bike, bus or train.
APPERANCE – I don’t buy fashion and avoid to wash polyester clothing more than necessary. (They loose microfibers/plastic that go into the ocean/lakes at some point). When I wash clothes I do a full machine with eco-wash detergent. I try to mostly use sustainable fashion. The clothing brands I work with have a strong engagement in sustainable development (Bergans, Devold).  Karun sunglasses are great! I buy beauty products that are not tested on animals and doesn’t have microplastics in them.
ACCOMODATION – My houseboat runs mostly on solar cells while in the sea. After this summer I hope it will be self-sustainable with power from more solar cells. I use alkylatbensin for the engine until I have turned it into a electrical engine. Am getting rid of most plastic items and replacing them with sustainable materials such as bamboo. All cleaning liquids, soaps and so on are biodegradable. Fav toothbrush link.
HOBBIES –  I don’t buy stuff unless necessary. Avoiding consumerism. No fancy machines or furnitures. Almost all my hobbies are outdoor-sports or reading-books related.
ENVIRONMENT – I engange in beach clean ups, both organised and spontaneous.
WORK – I try to use my speaking assignments and social channels to inspire to a more sustainable life and love-for-nature :-) I support and work with WWF, The Perfect World Foundation and Håll Sverige Rent. I sometimes teach freediving with I am Water foundation, and I support Naturskyddsföreningen
DREAMS – I put my helicopter-pilot dream on ice for now.

Here is a great list and blog (in Swedish) of small everyday things you can do to live a more sustainable life.

In the midst of snow and rain in Lofoten I finally made time to go through photos from a much warmer place.
1500 photos have turned into a few hundred. Below are some favourites + a short movie.

I can warmly recommend you to go to Dhigurah because it’s a local island and you’ll support local families and get a ‘real’ experience rather than going to a ‘resort-island’. This trip was organized by having TME-retreats and Island divers lovely support on-site.

At first I had named it ‘discipline week’ and thought of it with some harshness and squinty eyes, as if going into a bootcamp. It was the week extra I had to stay in Indonesia as my boyfriend had to go back earlier to work and take care of the dog. As I really didn’t have any business at home in the cold and my family was away, I might as well stay a week by myself and focus on writing my new book. I quickly re-named it ‘retreat week’. Because I love retreats. They are more kind and inspiring than a Discipline week

There’s nothing weak about retreating, pulling back, withdrawing. The word has been used more and more in yoga and other spiritual and trendy activities. Going on a retreat means to withdraw from the normal life, to reflect, look within, gather energy, do good things and change habits. There’s really no need to be in Bali for a retreat, it just makes life better and easier to be in a warm, friendly place with great food.

I don’t believe in sitting still and writing for too long at a time, so I wanted to do meaningful things between writing that would support the book’s content. That would be: Yoga, meditation, surfing, reading other inspirational books, listening to podcasts. I decided not to have a schedule, but instead listening to what the body and mind needed most, which is a great exercise.

Retreat advice

  • All you need to do is to mark a week for your retreat, find a place, and make your favourite schedule come true. Decide if you need yoga/meditation classes taught by a instructor or if you want to do your own practise.
  • An early morning start is a good start. It´s more quiet in the morning and it will give you some time to start the day you really want it. If you want a calm retreat you have to start calmly. I started every day with meditation for 10 minutes followed by a slow yoga routine just to wake the body up and see what it needs this morning. I quit coffee as a first thing in the morning and drank a kombucha sitting outside in the daybreak.
  • It’s great to make meditation a habit during a retreat. It takes about 1 week to get into it. I do a minimum of 5 minutes every morning just after waking up, and if it feels good I continue up to 30 minutes. Same in the evening.
  • It’s also a good time to make better eating habits. I stayed away completely from sugar and sweets and ate mostly smoothiebowls and salads. All places had nice health-shots of turmeric, wheatgrass and ginger to add.
  • It quickly gets hot, so the only day to do exercise without getting a headache or heatstroke is early mornings. I switched in between surfing, jogging and vinyasa yoga classes. Followed by breakfast and a hour of writing after breakfast.
  • Ihad a list of books to get through and the hot hours of the day was spent reading or writing in a café or at home. A light lunch and then more writing before evening.
  • I had one or two yoga classes every day in the afternoon. Then a early dinner and reading before a early bedtime. I said no thanks to invitations hanging out with other yogis.


The first obstacle was my boyfriend. We’d been together travelling for so long. The first day I realised it was a terrible idea to stay a week alone. I’d just be missing him all the time, and get no writing done.

Battling restlessness was one of my biggest challenges. Very often when I sit down to write I find that I can´t sit still but start to procrastinate. That’s why it’s good to have a variety of good activities to help. If there was something I’d rather do I’d tell myself ‘ write a full page before you do it’, as if to get a reward.

I had a stomach illness and fever. It wiped away some yoga, surf and eating habits but I kept reading and writing as much as I could muster.

Bali retreat 

I was debating wether to stay in Ubud, but it is just too far away from the ocean. I love Medewi, but it’s not much to choose from in food/yoga. So I stayed on a quiet street in Canggu. I don’t really like Canggu that much, but it’s a place that has great yoga, amazing food and somewhat ok surf. Canggu is convenient. The negatives are that it’s LOTS of tourism, noise and too crowded at the surfbreak, but it’s possible to work around. You can surf super-early morning before the crowds, stay in the more secluded Nelayan street and find the small more hidden spots for writing and eating.

Canggu favourites:
Good writing/eating spots:
Shady shack, dandelion, the daun, organic cafe,
Good yoga places: serenity (has unlimited-week-passes), the practice, samadhi
Good places to stay: the daun, black pearl, serenity

Ever since I heard of their existence, I wanted to meet them. Ever since then I built up expectations. It was a long time ago, and many things changed in the lives of the sea gypsies, and in the world. If we´d arrived 7 years earlier there wouldn´t have been any mobile phones in the village. Maybe not even electricity for a few hours every day. I don´t remember how long they had engines for their boats instead of sails and paddles, but for sure it was different before then. Our friend-of-a-friend-host told us some amazing stories about their previous lifestyle, and we could still se the history carved into the faces of the elders in the village.

It took several days just to get a boatride away from the village. The village itself is very different. It´s built on a shallow part of the ocean and all houses are on wooden (or recently cement) stilts. Yes, the wood rot every 5-6 years and have to be replaced (!). Our new friend told us some houses fell into the ocean a few months ago during some strong winds. Theres work to be done on either houses or boats evey day. The houses are extremely basic and small. There´s nothing more than neccesary, until a few years ago when a few families bought TV´s that are only used the few hours of evening electricity. Its very noisy during those hours. Most of the houses are connected by wooden bridges and walkways that they call ´roads´. Some houses you can only get to by boat or swimming. They get their freshwater supplies by paddling over to mainland to fill plastic containers. Most of them sell fish for a living. But there´s less fish in the ocean nowadays, and even the Bajo have noticed how much more plastic there is in the water. Our host doesn´t think his son will live the same way as his grandfather at all. He hopes he will go work in a a big city. Quite the opposite to the little village life.

There´s not much to do in the village. We go freediving early mornings or late afternoons when the tide is right and when it´s not too hot. All activity is planned according to the mood of the ocean and current weather. Apart from that we go exploring with a little dugout canoe. We sit and talk and eat a little. The main activity is snorkelling/freediving and its all we hoped for. Sulawesi is part of the coral triangle that hosts about 75% of all coral in the world and over 2000 species of fish. I have freedived many places, but this was different from all others. We were quite ´unlucky´ with currents of plastic in the midst of all beauty. That is unfortunately more and more common. It´s less common seeing dead coral and fish becacuse of dynamite fishing, but sadly it still exsits.

Bajo people, or sea gyspies, aren´t really gypsies anymore. Most now live in villages on the water, but in other parts of Malaysia, Burma and Philippines Bajo live on boats still.

One of the best experiences with the Bajo was seeing them in the water and underwater. The kids learn to swim at the same time they learn to walk. They don´t need a swimming teacher, they´ll just learn by themselves and from other kids. I´ve never seen kids and their parent be so natural and unworried around water. There were no female divers or fisher-women, but everyone helps in gathering sea cucumbers for snacks when it´s low tide. We went out with our host and his father on their daily hunt for lunch and dinner. Some days they focused on finding octopus, other days just spearfishing with their handmade spears and googles. They see very well underwater even without goggles but says the eyes hurt after a while. Some of then say they intentionally rupture eardrums as to not have to deal with equalisation. Their technique underwater was amazing to watch. Soundless and effortless. I´m not a judgemental vegetarian, but I must admit it was hard for me to see fish getting caught and suffer, then handled as vegetables.

I left with mixed feelings. It was amazing to see how the sea gypsies lived and their hospitality. I love to see people living so happily with so little of our western comforts, close to nature. At the same time it was sad to see how the new want of money and how the ocean´s decreasing state is already affecting such a small community far away. I´m kind of hoping the western world will realise the beauty and good that comes from living more simply and taking better care of nature this time round.

Fridykning är en fantastisk upplevelse. Man lär sig mycket om sig själv, andning och havet. Det har varit många förfrågningar kring kurser i fridykning så vi har satt kurs-datum redan nu! Jag kommer hålla 3 x 2 kurser i sommar längs vår vackra västkust. På kursen kommer du lära dig enkla tekniker för att andas bättre, vara lugnare i vatten, snorkla tryggare, fridyka djupare och stanna längre under ytan.

Fridykning är ett sätt att känna sig som hemma i havet. I den här intro-kursen kommer du lära dig teori, säkerhet, mental träning, andning och lär känna din kropp och dina tankar på ett nytt sätt. Det är ju dessutom ett vackert och enkelt sätt att utforska den fina världen under ytan. Du kommer också lära dig mer om havsmiljön och hur vi kan ta bättre hand om havet.

Kurserna startar fredag kväll med fridykningsteori och workshop i andning. På lördagen/söndagen gör vi några morgonövningar innan vi åker ut med båt och gör två dyksessioner i natursköna omgivningar. Förhoppningsvis möter vi sälar under det andra dyket! Vi tar max 8 elever/kurs. Klarar du teoretiskt prov och alla övningar kan du bli certifierad.

Vi kommer även göra rena utflykter till fina fridykningsplatser för dig som redan kan grunderna i fridykning. Vi har dock inte satt datum för utfärder än.

– 15-17 Juni Marstrand med Marstrands marina och dyk
1 fredagkväll teori/workshop och en heldags dykning lördag och kanske ytterligare kursdag sönd.
Pris: FULLBOKAT!.- Bokning via mail: butik @

– 13-15 Juli. Hönö med Havskatten
börjar fredag klockan 18:00 och slutar lördag ca 16:00.Vi utgår ifrån Havskatten på Hönö där det finns fantastiskt boende nära havet om man vill/behöver sova över. Boka boende (fr 400/pers) via dem snabbt för de är mycket populära. Där ingår även frukost lördag/söndag morgon innan båtutfärd.
Boka kursen genom att maila anneliepompe (a) så mailar jag mer info. Kan ta lite tid om/när jag är på resande fot.
Pris: 3600.- inkluderar frukost, båtutflykt och workshop.

– 17-19 Aug. Lysekil med Diveteam Lysekil. Kontakta Diveteam i Lysekil, de tar emot intresse och bokningar! Nu nordens största dykcenter.

Early bird pris 4000:-

Ingår inte i priset (Sverige):
– Fridykningsutrustning. Vi kan hjälpa dig att reda ut utrustning med ett närliggande dykcenter, inga problem! Du får låna blyvikter hos oss. Du behöver våtdräkt, flexibelt gummi-viktbälte, cyklop, snorkel och fenor. Boende får du ordna på egen hand men vi kan hjälpa till med tips.

Those words are ture both for the actual travel, and for life itself. Luggage can be many different things. It can be memories, difficult experiences, stories we keep telling ourselves as well as owning a lot of things. If you have a heavy load of experiences you haven’t processed but just pushed away you might have a kind of spiritual heaviness. If you have done someting bad and not forgiven yourself for it, it can also be a very heavy load to carry. Maybe a lightweight mind is a happy mind, at least for a while. as long as we’re human there will always be ups and downs.

So what’s to gain from travelling with less luggage?
– More freedom. A feeling of lightweightness.

It works in real life, and while Iäm in the midst of travelling right now. We’ll be away for about 7-12 weeks depending on circustrances with only a 40L backpack each – and a surfboard. The baggage is including a freediving equipment, underwater camera housings and a ipad with keybord for writing on. It doesn’t leave much room for clothes and the rest. It makes it a lot easier to choose clothes everyday. I also need to be able to do a simplified workut every other day aswell as yoga. Yoga mats are big and clumsy, even the travel ones. I reasearched a bit and found that the most lightweight alternative was a yoga towel. It gets sticky when moist and can be put on any floor. I also brought a rubber band for resistance training. So far I love it. What can be troublesome with having only a few things, is small details like loosing the only pair of socks I brought. :-)

If you are interested this is what my minimum packing looks like. All is packed into lightweight Exped packbags and backpacks.

Miminum amount of clothes:

– 1 full set of rain clothes gear. The most lightweight from Bergans

– 1 Merino wool sweather from Devold for cold nights

– 1 pair of long pants

– 1 pair of long tights

– 2 pair of shorts

– 3 tank tops

– 2 t-shirts

– 1 long and short dress

– 5 bikinis/underwear

– 1 rashguard

Additional need-to-haves;

– Leaatherman tool

– Kinesiotape

– Triggerball

– Minimum amount of conditioner/sunlotion to refill on the way.

Technichal and freediving gear;

– Beauchat semi long fins

– Cressi nano mask

– Lightweiht snorkel

– Olympus OMD camera with 8mm and 12-42 mm lenses

– Olympus tough camera

– Battery pack

– Ipad mini

– Mini bluetooth keyboard

På datorn fanns ett dokument som hette ‘nybok’. På något märkligt sätt har den nyligen transformerats till två böcker. Innehållet har varierat, men en, eller två, böcker ska det bli. Och de ska bli bra. Enligt teorin att man blir som bäst på det man tycker om, så ska boken/böckerna handla om något jag tycker om, nämligen frihet, enkelhet, naturen och inre äventyr. Om att lyssna inåt istället för utåt. Om att hitta sin inre styrka. Passion och inspiration är viktigt. Och vad du vill läsa är viktigt. :)
Så vad skulle du vilja läsa om?
Vad vill du att jag skriver om?
Kommentera gärna nedan! :)

Jag har ‘prov-skrivit’ lite, och landade mjukt i denna paragraf;
Det finns kanske något i ordet ‘enkelhet’ som får oss att slappna av. Vi andas ut, axlarna sänks och ögonen slappnar av. Det är känslan av att ha tid, frihet, lugn och fokus. Kanske handlar boken lite om att leva ett lite enklare liv. Inte nödvändigtvis lättare, utan enklare. Och roligare. Vi kan skapa en enklare livsstil som frigör tid till att göra det som är meningsfullt. Och göra världen lite bättre samtidigt. När man lever enklare skapar man plats för att leva mer. Sinnet blir lättare då det slipper ta hand om och organisera prylar. Överallt vi tittar idag blir vi påminda om att köpa mer så att vi kan bli lyckligare, snyggare och mer omtyckta. Men om du inte är nöjd med livet idag, finns det inget du kan köpa i veckan som förändrar det. Ett enklare liv börjar inifrån; Med att hitta passionen, att lita på sig själv och att hålla sig motiverad.

Som om det inte vore nog att skriva en egen ny bok så håller jag på att skriva en bok tillsammans med min kära vän och kollega i tystnadsretreat, mod och inre äventyr, Cecilia Duberg. Den boken ska handla om tystnad.

Någon undrade hur man går tillväga när man skriver en bok. Alla författare har säkert egna sätt och ritualer kring skrivandet och jag har inspirerats av flera av dem. Så här gör jag rent praktiskt:
1. skriver ner en kolumn med teman / titlar
2. skriver ner kapitel och underordnar underkapitel och ideér
3. båda listorna ovan får gå igenom flera omgångar av tillägg och borttagningar
4. börja skriva lite här och där i kapitlen där det känns mest inspirerande.
5. gör research kring nya och gamla ämnen för att få nya tankar och inspiration.
6. löptränar eller vandrar i naturen och kommer på nya tankar och ideér under tiden.
7. jobbar med en inspirerande och duktig redaktör på ett trevligt förlag.

Fotograf till bilden ovan: Denise Lissert 

Christmas is a wonderful ‘pause’ in my life. It’s a few days or weeks with less e-mails, less things that I think I ‘have to do’ and more time with family and friends. It’s a wonderful time because there is time with no plans! Having time like that has been one of my keys to having less bad stress in life.

I worked a lot this last year. I love all my 7 jobs as a business owner, but there was a time where I worked WAY TOO MUCH. Working a lot has the same affect on the body and ming as hard training. They both break down. Without proper recovery you will not get any better at anything. Warning-bells started ringing, and I listened. I started to feel tiredness (which was a totally new feeling! When someone asked how I was and I said ‘tired’, it sounded strange), I had bad sleep and was forgetting things. From that on I said ‘no’ to all new work requests, even though part of me loved the challenge of squeezing another assignment in.

I found the best recovery in a few steps:

  1. Back to basics. It’s easy really, but equally easy to ‘forget’. Make sure you eat well, do your exercise and sleep as much as you need. When you feed the body and mind all of the above you’ll get back to a basic level of wellbeing.
  2. Resting the mind. The mind can easily get into the habit of planning. It then forgets to be present. Thinking of planning and all that needs to be done, and all that extra that could also be done with some more thinking is stressful. To allow the mind to rest I had days with no-plans-at-all. They always end up in the outdoors. I went for long walks with the dog, took photos, and explored new places on the islands. When the weather was boring I spent time in my house boat reading books or fixing stuff which always makes me calm.
  3. Plan the future better. From then on I decided to have a minimun of two completely free days every week during my busy work-months. Knowing that there is space for recovery and freedom I can work hard in periods.

As I’m enjoying the december of 2017, I’m already looking forward to next year! When you want to make something happen, the trick is to put it in the calendar :-D We have already made some fun plans (will tell you more later), and some of those are open expeditions/courses you can join. For the first part of 2018 there we have these fun trips open for bookings:

Learn to freedive with Whale sharks and on coral reefs in the Maldives!  March 20-30
Organized by Scubatravel, Scandinavias dive travel expert. Open for all levels.
Read more here!

Weekend silent retreat at LOKA 20-22 April
Me and Cecilia Duberg are hosting one of our popular silent retreats ‘modig och mindful’
Read more and book here

Yoga Games 27-29 April
I’m teaching breathwork and co-hosting a talk/workshop on silence with Cecilia Duberg. It’s now open for bookings. You get 30 Euros/300 Sek discount with code ‘Annelie’ for the whole weekend.
Book here!

Askersund outdoor 25-26 May
I’ll be giving a open talk, an outdoor yoga class and hanging out with 24hourMeals

Summer 2018
Freediving intro courses in Sweden. Dates will be updated spring 2018. But if you want to give a course as a christmas gift you can contact me for a gift card.

Summer 2018
Exploring Lofoten with Bergans Turglede. A week of hiking, kayakaing, yoga, surf, snorkelling and climbing. A goodiebag of fun adventures to try out for anyone with basic fitness. More info soon.

In the fall I will be guiding a expedition with hiking in Nepal, which there will also be more info on sooon.

‘Come home immediately’, one e-mail said. Maybe jokingly, but friendly. I have seen the volcano far away. I have seen the dramatic newspaper headlines, and they don’t match. Yes, people are stranded because the airport is closed. But is it chaos? No. The disaster headlines in the online news are made to gather ‘clicks’. It makes it very hard for us to know what to believe, and what to spend our precious time reading.

On that note our students from the silent retreat haven’t made it home yet. I’m sad for them and our travel agency who is working hard to get them home. But they are maybe the most mentally prepared tourists. They are stuck as the airport is closed with over 70 000 more people. Others are stuck in their countries having their vacation ‘ruined’ by the volcano. It’s a reminder of the power of nature. It is what it is and there’s nothing we can do to change it. The western world and culture likes control, and it’s called ‘chaos’ when its disrupted. When you can’t go home to your job that is waiting for you, shouldn’t there be a better understanding? Bali is maybe one of the best places in the world to be ‘stuck’. It’s a thousand times worse for the local population nearby the volcano who might loose their homes and livelihood in the lahars, floods of debris. It’s worse for nature that will be covered in ashes and take a long time to recover. With that comparison t’s not that hard for tourists being ‘stranded’ on Bali.

I’m not leaving until later in december, but my boyfriend is flying in from a nearby island this week for our last days on the island. I’m really hoping he makes it over to Bali and I know he’ll find a way around the closed airport if he have to.

It seems so simple. Take a breath of air and dive as deep as you want into the ocean. But you have to make it back up to the surface, and you have to stay calm. You will be alone. You will meet your doubts, strengths and all of your mind in one single dive. So freediving isn’t that simple. Neither is teaching freediving. You’ll have as many different courses as there are students. Each student is different. Each student will have a different adventure during a course. It’s a pure joy to follow that adventure and see people grow.

That’s what we did the last week. We could see change in peoples eyes. Little by little the students started to trust their bodies amazing reaction to being underwater. It’s usually the mind that messes up a dive. As soon as you start thinking too much, the dive is ruined. Freediving is about being more in the body and less in the busy mind. It’s more about letting go than trying to achieve more. It’s about having less stress and pressure and just enjoy the water.

And we did enjoy the water! Soft, blue 30 degree water in the ocean welcomed us every day. After 4 days of training we celebrated the new feeling of comfort in the water by freediving with manta rays. Compared to scuba divers below we had complete freedom to move around the beautiful animals. They were flying around us like underwater birds. Then we finished off by freediving one of the most beautiful coral reefs in Bali.

The next weeks will be more about meeting oneself to find inner strength. Me and Cecilia Duberg is teaching a 5 day silent retreat in Medewi, Bali, and then I’m teaming up with Hanli Prinsloo and I Am Water to teach more freediving and save the ocean a little bit more. :)

As we’re now in a more rural area there’s very weak wifi, I can’t connect my phone to the laptop and photos from the last course with Scubatravel will have to wait.