Mikael Strandberg is very possibly the most respected and experienced explorer that we have ever had associated with the Adventure Film  Festival. We thrive on the lo-fi goonery of gifted amateurs but Strandberg is A-list, the real deal. In his fifties, he has made documentaries and expeditioned to some of the wildest places on earth. Yemen, Siberia, Patagonia, Darien Gap etc.  However, nothing could have prepared him for the total immersion required for this experience. He had been keen to get ‘under the skin’ of the English but his project was hobbled by not being able to afford the childcare for Dana, his little girl! So, he realised he would have to take her with him. What emerges is one of the most remarkable documentaries this festival will ever witness.  Strandberg resolutely shoots unprepared and spontaneously. If a celeb did this trip a young intern would be feverishly setting up local ‘characters’ for our hero to ‘encounter’. Not so for this man. A stunning document that is like secretly reading a school report about yourself, before it gets mailed to your parents, but you didn’t score very well….


Patagonia – 3000 kilometers by horse (1998)

Maasailand – 1000 kilometers by foot (2001)

Minus 72 degrees F– 3000 kilometers by ski through Siberia (2006)

Expedition Yemen – 126 degrees in the shade (2013)

Expedition Frozen Frontier -Director (2015)

Man With A Pram (2016)

                                          Man With A Family – A Greenlandic Adventure (2020)


  • 2016 Best Photography, winner of the Golden Goggles 2016 Yakutsk International Film Festival
  • 2020 Special Award of the Jury at the Golden Raven Film Festival in Anadyr, Chukotka, Russia
  • 2020 Special Award of the Jury at The Yakutsk International film Festival
  • 2021 Winner Best Documentary Luleå Film Festival

In Production:

Man With A Bicycle (ready 2024)

From London To New York, Expedition Defender X (2026)

KARLAG, (ready 2025)

Like Father, Like son (ready 2026)

You are a presenter, but sometimes you argue with your characters- this is unique
You talk to people others overlook
These ignored people are fascinating, so your films are yes… again, unique
You are very likeable on screen and in the text you write in your blog
You cover unknown/unwanted stories… mmm… yes, again making you unique
Sometimes you complain about the way your story is progressing… unique
You include the people who are most important to you in the world… unique
You tell stories about how we live and try to live today. Fascinating.
Susan, editing consultant, London, UK

A Few Offical Selections:



2014 official selection print


Also, read this article. It summarizes how I see documentary film making.