Mikkel Aaland

"It's All An Adventure"

Mikkel Aaland is a photographer, filmmaker, publisher, And author. His non-technical books include, "County Fair Portraits,” (for which he made an appearance on Late Night with David Letterman) “Sweat” (an illustrated tour of international bathing customs, culminating a three-year project), "The Sword of Heaven," "Pilgrimage to Kailash" and a recently published memoir, "The River in My Backyard.” He is also the author several best-selling training books and videos on digital photography.


He is the host of the seven part documentary series Perfect Sweat and co-founder of Sauna Aid, a multicountry initiative, sponsored by the International Sauna Association (ISA), to provide movable sauna facilities and supportive services to people facing natural and man-made disasters.


Aaland, along with his wife, Rebecca Taggart, is based in San Francisco and Ulefoss, Norway.


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Here is a list of my recent "It's All an Adventure" newsletter topics with links. Sign up to receive the latest newsletters here.


A Sauna For Staryi Sambir


On the Road to Ukraine: There is No War in Sauna


Sauna Aid for Ukrainian Refugees


Angler Fish Sauna


Spirit Photography: Photographing the Sublime


Sweat Art in the Time of Covid


The Aaland Ulefoss Sauna: Reinventing the Modern Nordic Sweat


When Sweating is a Good Thing


To-to-no-tta: The Power of a Word


What is Aufguss?


Book Review: Without the Banya We Would Perish


Honoring the Dead: From Burning Man to Mt. Kailash


Nude or Not Nude?


23 and Me: Where are you from, where are you going?


Do Rocks Have a Spirit?


Chris Marker & Honoring Creativity


The Aufguss towel, a wizard's wand


Photography is Dead


Why Sweat? A Medical Research Update


Perfect Sweat Towel Installation: An homage to world wellness


On Photographing Inside Hot Steamy Rooms


The Sauna & Coronavirus


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