Simona D'Auria

A love for Sweden forests

Sweden forests, wilderness and magic, an experience not to be missed
Deer feeder in a gloomy forest
Where the deer hang out

Sweden forests are awakening… the thawing process is almost done exposing moss, dead ferns and fallen pine needles. They are still messy, like when one has just woken up and hasn’t yet combed.

I have missed the greens and the browns and the yellows, the textures, the sounds, and the soft ground.

Walking on moss for the first time after months of deep snow and hard ice has been a great pleasure and an immense relief! A bit like when you take off your boots after a day of skying… freedom!

They are still not the shining, twittering green forests of the bright season… but still at the moment they somehow represent the real essence of Sweden forests, at least in the South center where I am based.

Sweden forests are wild

But some of them wilder than others. They can be so dense and impenetrable that it is difficult to walk among them, let alone to take pictures. This is particularly true up on the forest hills. You might end up walking for ever on the uphill pathways passing by inaccessible forests before you can find a gap. You might experience what I call a “longing for space” that makes you peep desperately among the trees looking for an opening, some free space for your eyes, body and soul. These forests are also tricky, sometimes they lure you in a certain direction, as you think you have seen some light in the distance, a white gap, so you start walking off your path… only to find…. another wall of trees!

A chilly day on the forest hills of Dalarna
On top of the forest hills

They are old and mysterious, being among them makes you really feel in the wild, where the beauty and the dangers of nature walk side by side, so much so that they can also be intimidating and little scary as you have the strong feeling that if anything happens it is going to be difficult to reach you. But this is part of a real adventure in the wild nature!

Although around the cities they might be more “domestic”, most of Sweden forests are wild, so never think that you can “only go and take a walk” among them, it is going to be a beautiful, real, hiking experience.

A glimpse of a gorgeous old forest
In a dense forest trees make natural corridors

Sweden forests are magic​

Mossy forest with moss and pond
The last ice

It is a particular kind of magic, the one you can find in the Nordic tales, with enchanted stones, trolls and spirits of the nature sleeping below the mossy mounds.

Walking through the forest you always have a feeling that your are not alone, like someone or something is observing you.

Sometimes it is an ethereal, sweet kind of magic, some other times it is about darkness and mystery.

Whatever experience you are looking for, whether it is an adventurous excursion in the wild or a walk among enchanted woods, you’ll have exciting good times in the Swedish forests.

Just put on your boots and start exploring!


Till next time, take good care of you,


Love, Simona


Simona D'Auria

Hi! My name is Simona and I am a photographer and an illustrator in love with the natural world.

I live in Sweden in a small village on the forest hills, where I moved a few years ago leaving behind the busy city of London to pursue my artistic activity. ​This has been a long time dream that I eventually managed to fulfil. I have never regretted it!​​

Nature is my only place to be, hiking my way to explore it and photography is one of the means I use to record the fantastic stories I am so lucky to witness during my excursions. Many of these stories also turn into graphics or illustrations.