Follow our path through Summer 2009 on the itinerary below:

One Step Beyond’s voyage across Scandinavia through May, June, July and August



Hurdal Ecovillage's site

Hurdal Ecovillage

5.19 – 5.21 – The team assembles at Hurdal Ecovillage . We used this thriving 8-year-old community as a gathering point before setting out on our journey.

5.21 – 5.26 – By foot, mule, balloon, or trailer, One Step relied on the hospitality of Norwegians and Swedes to reach the crystal waters of Stockholm.



6.1 – 6.21 – After a brief visit to Stockholm, Sweden’s maritime capital and a world leader in sustainable practice and innovation, One Step headed south to the island of Gotland.  Gotland holds many remnants of its medieval past as a Swedish fortress and center of trade. With the developing Suderbyn ecovillage, Gotland is now becoming a modern stronghold of green community projects.  One Step spent most of June in the growing community, documenting their practices and working alongside the Hall family (owners of Suderbyn) on many design and construction projects for the ecovillage.

6.21-6.25 – One Step traveled along Sweden’s south coast on our way to Malmo, catching lifts along the way towards an action-packed July.

Malmo's new signature building, designed by Santiago Calatrava
The Turning Torso – Malmo’s new signature building, designed by Santiago Calatrava

6.26-6.30 – Malmo – Sweden’s third-largest city, Malmo has recently undergone a rapid transformation from a depressed post-industrial zone to an energized city with a strong commitment to sustainable growth.  One Step Beyond visited two neighborhoods undergoing development.   The first, Augustenborg, is the site of Ekostaden project, an ambitious undertaking funded by the Swedish government. The project’s aim is to simultaneously reduce the environmental impact of the neighborhood and improve the quality of life of its residents. The second neighborhood of interest, Vastra Hamnen, is a former shipyard site redesigned in the past decade as a vibrant downtown neighborhood. The project will be under construction for many years to come, but a strong theme of sustainable design has been included in the plans.



6.30-7.5 –  Traveling from Malmo, One Step crossed the Oresund strait and headed west to the Scandinavian center of urban planning and design.  Around the world, many look to Copenhagen as a model for sustainable development. In the past 50 years, the city’s leaders have made a conscious effort to transform it into a lively, enjoyable place to live. Pedestrianized streets and independent bike lanes have reduced the number of automobiles in the downtown area, enticing more people outdoors. 37% of Copenhagen’s residents bike to work each day. The city is home to the famous free district of Christiania, whose sustainable practices are now spreading to a wider audience.  One Step Beyond spent time in the city learning from residents, architects, planners, and politicians about their successes and failures on the pathway to a better way of life.

Stroget, Copenhagen's first pedestrianized street, is now a focal point for the city

Stroget, Copenhagen's first pedestrianized street, is now a focal point for the city

Just outside Copenhagen, the planners of the Roskilde Music Festival are attempting to create one of the world’s largest sustainable events.   80,000 people attend the weeklong festival, and many of them camp on site.  This year they found wind turbines, recycling, loads of good practices to run a clean and environmentally aware festival, and the One Step crew – some of us infiltrated the festival on a daylong excursion to learn from the organizers’ unique approach to sustainability.

Roskilde aftermath - we've got work to do
Roskilde aftermath – we’ve got work to do

7.6 – 7.12 – Outside of Copenhagen lies Svanholm, a thriving, well-established ecovillage near the town of Roskilde.  One Step stopped by the site to compare a developed ecovillage with the younger sites at  Gotland and Hurdal.

7.13-7.19 – Nearby, in the Roskilde suburbs, lies Munksøgård, an ecovillage with a unique feel.  The village is composed of 5 clusters of apartment houses built with low environmental impact in mind and plenty of open space to foster a strong community.  One Step checked in at Munksøgård as the last official stop on our travels.

7.20-8.2 – One Step transitioned into editing our footage for the film, readying it for the waiting world by 2010.

Our itinerary in nugget form:

Land Art5.19-5.21 – Hurdal Ecovillage

5.21-5.26 – Travel to Stockholm

6.1-6.21 – Stockholm/Suderbyn Ecovillage (Gotland)

6.21-6.25 – South coast to Malmo

6.26-6.30 – Malmo

6.30-7.5 – Copenhagen

7.6-7.12 – Svanholm

7.13-7.19 – Munksøgård

Land Art

7.20-8.2 – Begin post-production in France


9 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Kathy Collins  |  March 27, 2009 at 16:25

    What a grand itinerary! I look forward to learning from you along the way, and to meeting with you, if possible, in Copenhagen on 7/6. 🙂 We are friends of Micah.

  • 2. James Yuen  |  April 7, 2009 at 18:19

    I noticed that your travel route time line is contradictory. One states you are traveling to Stockholm in May and the other(larger map) states you are traveling in June.

    i also noticed that you are traveling through Sweden on an indirect route to Örebro. Is there anything specific you going to visit up there?

    Happy Surfing!


    • 3. msewell  |  April 7, 2009 at 18:33

      Hey James – thanks for the catch, i cleared up the confusion. And, the reason for the indirect route is a proposed stop at Hallefors to speak with Torbjorn Lahti, a renowned planner working to make that city more sustainable. If you know of developments we should take a look at in Orebro or anywhere else we could get to between Hallefors and Stockholm, let me know! Thanks again –

  • 4. James Yuen  |  April 7, 2009 at 18:50

    Hej Micah,

    That was a fast fix! Unfortunately, while I love the beauty of the area and even have a summer house in Kopparberg, I am not familiar with any of the eco-movement going on there 😦

    i am a bit concerned with how you will manage for your team to make it to Stockholm in such a short time, but i’m sure you have already given that much thought 🙂

  • 5. Isabelle Ullman  |  April 7, 2009 at 19:53

    Wonderful idea, really! I would love to do the same, but I’m happy to see such enthusiasm and creative people on this trip! Good work…
    Tips for more stops on your way…
    one of the oldest “ecovillages” in Sweden – Järna, not far from Stockholm. They are known for being a Rudolf Steiner center and for producing flour, grains and more…
    Read more on andärna
    another place that has a own food production is the famous community Moder Jord in Tollarp, Skåne,
    and if you want to visit a very beautiful place and a very newly built ecovillage, my mother would love your kind of visitors!
    It’s called Ekobyn Utsikten and is situated in Orust, an island north of Gothenburg…
    Tell me if you’d like to and I’ll send you an e-mail…

  • 6. Annika Ullman  |  October 8, 2009 at 20:51

    Hello filmmakers!
    A little wondering from Orust Sweden, have you forgotten about us and your stay during Midsumer 2009. It would be nice hearing from you and know how the project goes along.

    Please say hi to everyone who stayed here at Utsikten Ekovillage.

    Regards Annika

    • 7. msewell  |  October 26, 2009 at 06:09

      Annika – I didn’t have the pleasure of celebrating Midsummer with you, but i can tell you that those that did visit haven’t forgotten about your wonderful home. Etienne is in Iceland studying, while Adrien is in France working on how to transform all our footage into a finished product. We’ll be passing on more information as we go along – take care,


  • 8. lena  |  October 31, 2009 at 10:49

    Hi there!

    ecovillages is an amazing project and would like to contribute though in Greece, where I live, there are one or two ecovillages.

    I plan to go to south Germany, around Munich and Stuttgard, to see friends and would like to take the opportunity to see some ecovillages there. Does anyone has an idea where I have to go?
    i’ll check the site of ecovillages too, but if you have any experience of an ecovillage, I’ll be grateful to have some information on it.


  • 9. Annika Ullman  |  November 6, 2009 at 23:44

    Thanks for the information. I would like to send my warm appreciation to the whole crew and wish you all the best in making this project to a wonderful finish.
    Annika Ullman


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