Sweden to Africa (kayak)

When Johan biked across Europe to Africa he was often looking at the guys kayaking the same route and he remember saying to himself that he was going to try that when we got home. Well, Mt McKinley came up and he really didn’t get the time to practice until one day when his friends discussed Motivation and Focusing with him again. They got into an argument regarding Johans opinion on that anything can be done with a good motivation strategy. They told him that despite the fact that he had learned how to play the piano, biked to Africa and climbed the highest mountain in North America, it’s still about luck and not just about focusing.
Johan told them about his new adventure, a journey in a kayak from Stockholm to Africa. They said it was impossible since nobody had ever done it before. Johan was chocked. Just because nobody had ever done it, does that mean that it’s impossible? He started to picture things that never would have happend if people were thinking like that; Penicillin, Internet, Moon…so many things that never would have been invented if you think like that.

He thought; “what do I have to loose? And guess what? 180 days, 5500 km and 2.7 million strokes with the paddle I was in Africa!”.

Again the Impossible had become Possible…

National Geographic Channel – “Adventure Challenge” 
(Cinematography and co production by Johan Ernst)


Flying across Europe is difficult at the best of times but imagine how much more challenging this is when you can only land and take off from water. That is the challenge facing Swedish adventurer Johan Ernst Nilson as he embarks on a journey of around 5,500km from his homeland to Morocco in a state of the art flying inflatable boat.  And it’s not the first time Johan has done this same journey – the first time he did it by bicycle, and the second a few years later, by kayak! But undertaking it by Flying Boat is Johan’s most ambitious and audacious attempt. Finding water is the least of Johan’s worries, he also has to contend with aviation protocol and a flying boat that often refuses to take off. Can the Scandinavian adventurer overcome the odds and fulfill his dream?”

Film material; Kayak from Sweden to Africa

Spanish interview for the well known TV program Thalassa