About us

We met in South Africa in 1996. From the very beginning we found that we wanted to live, work and experience life together. Not only live parallel lives. We found that we had similar dreams, goals and that we both were committed not only to make it work but to make the most of it, this adventure called life.
We worked in Africa and when we didn’t have groups to take care of, we travelled by ourselves. In 1997 we cycled to Rwanda to fullfil a dream – meeting the mountain gorillas of Virunga. It was a crazy and tough trip. We were happy to come home alive to be honest. That same summer we went to Tiveden on our bikes. It was like coming to paradise. One night we put up the tent by Stora Trehörningen. The lake was completely still, it felt as if you could reach out and touch the silence. Only the loon was calling.
It was one of those multidimensional experiences that we will keep in our hearts for ever. A magic moment – it felt so safe, so clean, so wild but still so welcoming. It was like coming home. And 5 years later Ösjönäs actually became ours, not only emotionally.
By then we had started Aktivera and we took our firstborn child, horses and some of our clients with us to Tiveden. Today both the family and the business have grown. / Klas & Jessica Sannö

About us

We met in South Africa in 1996. From the very beginning we found that we wanted to live, work and experience life together. Not only live parallel lives. We found that we had similar dreams, goals and that we both were committed not only to make it work but to make the most of it, this adventure called life.
We worked in Africa and when we didn’t have groups to take care of, we travelled by ourselves. In 1997 we cycled to Rwanda to fullfil a dream – meeting the mountain gorillas of Virunga. It was a crazy and tough trip. We were happy to come home alive to be honest. That same summer we went to Tiveden on our bikes. It was like coming to paradise. One night we put up the tent by Stora Trehörningen. The lake was completely still, it felt as if you could reach out and touch the silence. Only the loon was calling.
It was one of those multidimensional experiences that we will keep in our hearts for ever. A magic moment – it felt so safe, so clean, so wild but still so welcoming. It was like coming home. And 5 years later Ösjönäs actually became ours, not only emotionally.
By then we had started Aktivera and we took our firstborn child, horses and some of our clients with us to Tiveden. Today both the family and the business have grown. / Klas & Jessica Sannö

Our co-workers

We are genuinely grateful for all the guests that find their way to Ösjönäs and make it possible for us to continue holding this space open for people that want to come closer to nature in different ways. It wouldn’t be possible without our fantastic co-workers and family. May we proudly present:

Klas Sannö

I have worked with experiences and adventures all my life. I have been running Ösjönäs in Tivedens National Park together with my wife Jessica Sannö for 15 years. When I don’t spend time with all our guests, I love to travel, ski, paddle and enjoy the outdoors.

Jessica Sannö

Coming to Tiveden was to come home. You will find me with my children, with the horses, in the fight for the forest, on the yoga mat and in many roles. I have worked with people and active nature experiences as an entrepreneur throughout my life. Nature is my passion.

Barnen Sannö

We consist of Joar (who knows everything about our kayaks and survival), Juni (who you often meet at the horses), Joline (who often helps with animals, cleaning and kitchen) and the smallest helper – Jasper. We come from the forest – fell free to ask us about it.

Lina Vestman

I fell in love with Tiveden in the summer of 2017 and decided to leave Stockholm and move out in the forest. Ösjönäs is like my second home and I spend most of my days here guiding guests on our horseback rides. But you can find me doing other things as well. I’m also responsible for our website.

Lisa Szanto

I moved to Tiveden from Gothenburg 5 years ago. Since then I’ve been spending most of my time outdoors, hiking or riding in our beautiful surrounding forests. I’ve been traveling a lot in South America and I’ve been working with tourism and people for many years. You’ll find me in the reception at Ösjönäs.

Thomas Persson

2008 I started working at Ösjönäs and started my own company as a masseur. I work a lot with the high-rope course on Ösjönäs, which I also built, but also with other activities such as cooperation exercises, pentathlon, paddling, etc. In my spare time I like to take out the kayak on a trip or train Chinese martial arts (Tai chi chuan).

Berit Gustavsson

I have left my career behind and can now enjoy outdoor life at full scale. Hiking, biking, canoeing, riding and ice skating. Every season has something to offer! At Ösjönäs I am mainly occupied with horses and riding tours but I am happy to engage in other outdoor activities.

Leif Gustavsson

A greater part of my life has been about sports and outdoor activities, both on a professional level as well as leisure. Summer and winter! I am here becauseTiveden has got it all! You will find me at the High Ropes or at some other outdoor activity here at Ösjönäs.

Agnes Eriksson

Jeannine Jost

Signe Eriksson