Mikael Strandberg

MIKAEL STRANDBERG-Swedens internationally celebrated explorer

Mikael Strandberg was born in 1962 in Sweden. He started his professional career as an explorer 19 years ago. The multitalented Mikael is currently working as an explorer, a lecturer and a writer. Mikael has also produced three internationally renowned documentaries for television “PATAGONIA – 3,000 kilometres by horse” and “THE MASAAI PEOPLE – 1,000 kilometres by foot” and his much awarded, “-58 degrees – exploring Siberia on skies.”


1986-1987 Mikael went by bicycle from Chile to Alaska, a distance of 27,500 kilometres. He crossed the El Darién Jungle, 800 kilometres of virgin rainforest between Panama and Colombia, without any roads. He carried his bike through swamps and a dense jungle for a month.
1989-1992 He went by bicycle from Norway to South Africa a distance of 33,000 kilometres, passing through the Sahara Desert. It took 3 months to push the bike through the dessert, with the help of only a manual compass.
1994 –1996 Mikael went by bicycle from New Zealand to Cairo traversing Asia, a distance of 90,000 kilometres.
1997- 1998 As a newly wed man Mikael was accompanied by his wife on his next expedition. This was also their honeymoon. Patagonia 3,000 kilometres by horse through an isolated, windy and painfully cold part of the world.
2000 Mikael walked through Maasailand in Eastern Africa, exploring all clans of the Maasai people.
2004 Mikael explored the unknown Kolyma River in North-Eastern Siberia. 3500 km:s by canoe and by skis. An Expedition which is globally hailed as one of the coldest ever in the history of exploration.
Mikael has written six books and numerous articles. He is frequently used by broadcasters for travel and adventure programmes. In Sweden Mikael has become a household name and Swedish Television SVT and National Geographic have made a documentary about his life.
Mikael is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, the Explorers’ Club, Travellers Club and the Long Riders Guild.
During the Siberian Expedition they carried Explorer Club´s Flag # 95 as a sign of it’s scientific interest and importance.

He was voted Explorer Hero by the National Geographic 2002.
He´ s an Honorary Ambassador of his native district Älvdalen.
He´ s the first Swede to lecture at the Royal Geographical Society since Charles John Anderson, 1867. And at the Explorers Club in New York, where he has lectured twice.
He was awarded The Determination in the Face of Adversity Medal by the Explorers Club 2005.
The King of Sweden and The Travellers Club of Sweden awarded him the prestigious Silver Medal in 2006.
Travellers Club in Finland awarded Mikael the prestigious Mannerheim Medal at a ceremony in October, 2006.
Mikael is considered as one of the worlds 50 most important and famous explorers by The Royal Geographical Society in London, together with, for example, Sir Edmund Hillary, Jane Goddall, Reinhart Messner, Borge Ousland, Wade Davies, George Schaller and many more. They´re all featured in the book “Faces of Exploration”.
Explorers Club in London considers Mikael “the best contemporary explorer in the world” at the present.
Mikael is at the present explorer-in-residence at the American Museum of Natural History in New York, which means he will be part of their lecture and guide team made up of the worlds foremost scientists.
Mikael also works as a freelance media strategic advisor for such global companies as Al Jazeera International, ABC News, Discovery Channel and others.

Mikael has also been included in the pages of Adventurous Dreams, Adventurous Lives, with 120 other outstanding individuals, representing a Who's Who of international exploration, relating those indelible moments in their youth when the dreams that launched their remarkable lives were born.

Mikaels Siberian Journey was picked as one of the most important Expeditions in the 21st Century and was included in Explorers Clubs book, in the autumn of 2007, “They Lived To Tell the Tale – True Stories of Modern Adventure from the Legendary Explorers Club”.


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Mikael Strandberg's activity

  1. February 2010
  2. Mikael Strandberg wrote a blog post Nasr, the Bedouin and additional worries….

    “I have put everything on hold” , Nasr told me with sadness, “My father wants me to get married. And since I am the oldest son, I am expected to stay around my family if I get married, so once I am married, I won´t be able to join you. I can´t hold off my"

  3. December 2009
  4. Mikael Strandberg wrote a blog post Three tips how to get that adventure started!

    I think, throughout the years, I have probably teamed up with at least 25 people who wanted to come with me on an adventure or an Expedition, but who, somewhere along the line, dropped off and decided not go"

  5. August 2009
  6. Mikael Strandberg wrote a blog post Ramadan Karim

    ”Ramadan is the best time of the year!” said my teacher Rashad with passion and continued: “It is a time when you get closer to God, when you think about who you are, feel compassion with others and show your most generous side. And it is a time of big co"

  7. July 2009
  8. Mikael Strandberg wrote a blog post Not only Arabic Language Studies…..

    Even though I feel completely knackered, since preparing an Expedition takes an enormous amount of concentration, good manners, positive attitude, strong beliefs, little sleep, many worries, well, I am looking forward to going to Yemen more than anything"

  9. Mikael Strandberg wrote a blog post Yemen – one of the most dangerous countries in the world?

    Life is very much about taking the right choices, to dare, where others fail to see the possibilities. That is the gut feeling I have about going to Yemen to study Arabic."

  10. Mikael Strandberg wrote a blog post Where to learn Arabic?

    I have a long time ago realized that I have to speak as good Arabic as possible, to fully be able to understand the Arab world. Otherwise it is impossible!"

  11. February 2009
  12. Mikael Strandberg wrote a blog post Why I love Oman

    Oman! I have just been back in Sweden for three days and I wish with my heart that I was back in this spectacular country. What then is it I miss and long for?"

  13. Mikael Strandberg rated Rub Al-Khali

  14. Mikael Strandberg reviewed Rub Al-Khali in Oman

    Rub Al-Khali is the biggest sand desert in the world, which is basically made up of big areas of sand dunes. It is also one of the driest. But, most likely, by my own experience after having visited 80% of the worlds deserts, the most beautiful and stunn…"

  15. Mikael Strandberg wrote a blog post Rub Al-Khali, part one

    ”What is her name?” I asked Mussalam Bin Hassan and he forwarded the question immediately to his friend, Mussalam, who shook his head and said in Arabic: “The female camels are all named after their grandmother.”"

  16. Mikael Strandberg wrote a blog post I think it will be very hard for any future projects to compete with your Kolyma expedition

    I think it will be hard for any future projects to compete with your Kolyma Expedition" , wrote Shane in an email I wrote her regarding assistance to find people with knowledge of camel travel."

  17. Mikael Strandberg wrote a blog post Meeting a Swede who dreams to cross the Sahara desert by camel

    Almost as quick as I dropped the news about my next Expedition, I received an email from a young Swedish bloke, who wrote that he for years have dreamt about crossing the Sahara desert from east to west."

  18. December 2008
  19. Mikael Strandberg wrote a blog post On Special Request: Article about the Kolyma Expedition published in Geographic Journal

    “Mike!” Johan whispered anxiously,” Look out!” As I turned around I saw a big brown bear standing on the beach only 20 metres away, between us and our canoe, intensely sniffing and staring at us. It was one of the most beautiful bears I’ve ever seen."

  20. Mikael Strandberg reviewed Ollantaytambo in Peru

    In the shadow of Machu Picchu and Sacsayhuaman, I´d say that Ollaytaytambo is at least as interesting and spectacular. The story about one of Pachacutec´s generals, Ollay, and the daughter, might not be true, but this amazing grain storage an…"

  21. Mikael Strandberg rated Ollantaytambo

  22. Mikael Strandberg reviewed Rapa Nui (Easter Island) and its Moai in Easter Island, Chile

    Before my arrival to Easter Island, or Rapa Nui, which is the correct name, I´d heard mixed reviews, some very bad. There is no doubt of the fact that the island has been badly hit by the arrival of man some 1200 years ago, there´s nothing left of the e…"

  23. Mikael Strandberg rated Rapa Nui (Easter Island) and its Moai

  24. October 2008
  25. Mikael Strandberg reviewed Visit a shaman in Madang in Papua New Guinea

    We live in a world today where people live in a kind of religious void, unsure what the score is. Why not visit Samuel the Shaman of mAdang, to let him show you how to heel, to make fire out of nothing and smile at life? Madang in itself is a lush tropic…"

  26. Mikael Strandberg rated Visit a shaman in Madang

  27. Mikael Strandberg reviewed Iguazu Falls in Mesopotamia, Argentina

    If you like me have spent 25 years exploring the unknown and known parts of our world, you expect that you´ve seen everything when it comes to beauty. But nothing prepared me for the Iguazu Falls and I can only imagine the shock that the first non-india…"

  28. Mikael Strandberg rated Iguazu Falls

  29. March 2008
  30. Mikael Strandberg reviewed Cycling the Sahara in Tamanghasset, Algeria

    It is a major challenge. Very few humna beings have been able to cross this biggest desert in the world by their own power, but the Sahara is an extra ordinary beautiful place, the colours, the majestic sand dunes, the valleys, the dry gorges and the gre…"

  31. Mikael Strandberg rated Cycling the Sahara

  32. Mikael Strandberg reviewed Fishing at Korkodon, the Republic of Sakha in Russia in Far Eastern Russia, Russia

    I have fished and hunted most of my life and one major reason for doing an Expedition along the Kolyma River, see www.siberia.nu , to see if it was possible to survive on hunting and fishing. It was, summer time, best fishing in the world! Lenok, chirr, …"

  33. Mikael Strandberg rated Fishing at Korkodon, the Republic of Sakha in Russia

  34. Mikael Strandberg rated Torres del Paine

  35. Mikael Strandberg reviewed Torres del Paine in Paine Circuit, Chile

    ....that it rates amongst the best National Parks in the world. I spent a year exploring Patagonia by horse and never got really close to the wildlife, basically due to my dog, but in Torres you can almost touch the chulengos, armadillos, rheas and so …"

  36. Mikael Strandberg reviewed Ndarakwa Hills in Rift Valley, Kenya

    A safari is for many people a lifetime highlight, but if you want to go a bit further, really get a feel for East Africa, the Maasai Mara and it's inhabitants - like the maasai and the lions, do make a visit to Ndarakwa Hills. It's not easy to get to, th…"

  37. Mikael Strandberg rated Ndarakwa Hills

  38. February 2008
  39. Mikael Strandberg rated Penguin colony at San Julian

  40. Mikael Strandberg reviewed Penguin colony at San Julian in Patagonia, Argentina

    A majority of tourists who want to experience magellan penguins, jackass penguins, visit Punta Piramides or another place of choice on the Valdez Peninsula. I recommed a visit to Puerto San Julian, ask for Pinocchio and let him take you around not only t…"

  41. Mikael Strandberg reviewed Sarek National Park in Norrland, Sweden

    Considering that I have done plenty of difficult Expeditions in various Polar areas, there´s one place, not far from home, where I do most of my training. Sarek National Park. There´s no trails, neither in winter or summer, no huts, nothing b…"

  42. Mikael Strandberg rated Sarek National Park

  43. Mikael Strandberg reviewed Ambua Lodge in Papua New Guinea

    I agree fully with Bruce. this is also one of the places on earth, where not only do you experience the Huli, but Sir David Attenborough does a lot of his planning here."

  44. Mikael Strandberg rated Ambua Lodge

  45. Mikael Strandberg reviewed The Tribal People of Papua New Guinea in Papua New Guinea

    I work on and off for travel agencies, finding unique and exclusive spots for their clients who´ve been there, done that and heard that. there´s plenty of these places on earth. A lot. The most recent I visited, a month ago, the Tari Valley in the Weste…"

  46. Mikael Strandberg rated The Tribal People of Papua New Guinea

  47. June 2007
  48. Mikael Strandberg reviewed Masai Mara Safari in Rift Valley, Kenya

    A safari is for many people a lifetime highlight, but if you want to go a bit further, really get a feel for East Africa, the Maasai Mara and it's inhabitants - like the maasai and the lions, do make a visit to Ndarakwa Hills. It's not easy to get to, th…"