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It’s always a fascinating story to hear of the origin of goods, and how they made it into the market. Every single manufactured product in existence, from flint tools to the space-shuttle originated as an idea – a vision, driven often by a passion and determination to succeed.

The origins of Tentipi are no different, of course, and the vision behind the brand in this case was (and still is) driven by Bengt Grahn, the founder, who developed this into a product line, meticulously considered, designed and manufactured to meet a wide range of needs and environments. The vision in this case was to make the perfect tent, incorporating modern technology and materials, and yet drawing upon a Sami heritage for many of its influences. Bengt’s vision for these designs also had a unique relationship with the primary elements of water, air, Earth and fire – evident in the video which follows.

Bengt’s background provided him with a good foundation in practical problem-solving. Born in the north of Sweden as the second youngest of five children, his family were farmers and part-owners of a saw-mill. By necessity his parents were very practical people – able to work with, repair or produce items in yarn, textile, wood or metal, and these early practical influences were absorbed in the beautiful Swedish natural forest environment – unpolluted by traffic, industry, or city lights, and watched over by the Aurora Borealis. This was home for the first 18 years of his life.

These natural and practical influences took root, maturing over the years and interwoven with his parents’ very sound Christian values – Universal in their essence and applied in their everyday life with family, friends and strangers alike. These strong influences continue – shared by Lena, his wife, and daughters Joni (14), and Tilde (11).

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Tilde, Lena, Joni and Bengt Grahn.


Sports for Bengt were very much a product of his passion for the outdoors and his closeness to the natural environment. Skating and skiing in the wilderness of Swedish Lapland gave way as the seasons changed to forest running and whitewater canoeing trips on rivers swollen by meltwater, and it was on one of these trips where the idea which was to become Tentipi came into being. In 1989, under the Company name Moskoselkatan AB, the Tentipi brand came to life – influenced by the Sami Kata heritage, the varied environment of Swedish Lapland, and also by Bengt’s enquiring and problem-solving mind.

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Bengt, at home in the outdoors.


His focus on providing the absolute best quality at all stages of design, materials and production is evident everywhere and this was to provide the stimulus for acquisition of the Company’s own manufacturing facilities, providing the ultimate in terms of quality control. Design rights and Patents for their original ingenious designs have been granted, and the company have been awarded several prestigious industry awards too.

We deal with detailed descriptions of designs, constructions and materials elsewhere in our Blog, but Bengt’s original vision of producing an all-weather Nordic tipi using totally modern constructions and yet still faithful to the original design principles of their Sami predecessors has been ultimately successful. Now, 22 years after manufacture of their very first product, Tentipi are regarded as the World’s leading producer of premium quality Nordic tipis, with their products in use across the globe.


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It was the first day of the trip, adventurer Mike Fuchs and his friend Eric Folz had just a couple of hours before been dropped off as far north as they could possibly come in Svalbard when they saw them. Two polar bears, one mother and its cub. A situation that could become deadly if the bears decided to have a closer look on their new visitors.

“I know how protective the mothers can be of their cubs. We had to set up our camp in a place that provided a good overview of the location so we could spend the night bear watching. It was both a scary feeling seeing them so early into our trip, but it was also very fascinating”, says Mike Fuchs.

Wouldn't it be exciting to spend the night right in the middle of a zoo? – That is exactly what you can do at Skånes Djurpark, a wildlife park in southern Sweden. At their campsite, Camp Oak, you stay in the park after it closes and will make yourself at home in a Nordic tipi from Tentipi. When the night comes you might just fall asleep to the wolves’ howls.

Skånes Djurpark is a Wildlife Park with a long history, it dates back to 1952. It focuses on animals from the Nordic area and has always lived by the ruling with “no animals in cages”. The animals live in large paddocks that recreates the animals’ natural environments.

Lennart Pittja is a Sámi entrepreneur with a mission: with his world-renowned eco-tourism company he wants to spread the knowledge about his people – the Sami, indigenous of northern Scandinavia and Russia. With over 20 years of experience as a wildlife guide and nature photographer in the arctic region he started Sápmi Nature Camp. Where his guests stay in Nordic tipis from Tentipi on his reindeer herding land outside of Gällivare, in northern Sweden.

At Sapmi Nature camp you can experience real winter, see the northern lights, eat traditional Sami food, and have a cultural exchange in a genuine atmosphere. The scenic location has gained attraction from around the world. In 2017 it was listed by National Geographic as one of the top 21 places in the world to visit if you care about the planet.

Prepare before setting out for winter camping. Here are nine tips and tricks from Tentipi about what you need to think of before you go: the right tent for winter camping, how to pack the snow, comfort in snow, which tent pegs to use, where to pitch the tent, about snow weight, what heat sources can be combined with the tent, how to make a fire safely and other equipment.

Choose tents according to occasion, different tent types work differently at winter camping. When it’s icy, the tent needs to be more robust than a tent which is exclusively used in summer. The tent frame needs to withstand a certain amount of snow and functional ventilation is important. If you want to use a heat source, for example a fireplace or a stove, the tent needs to have ventilation openings both at ground level and at the top.  Without a heat source, a smaller tent is preferable, as it heats up faster when the air volume is smaller.

A tent from Tentipi is a Nordic tipi and the tent has eight or nine sides, if it is not the smallest that has six sides. In the smallest tent you can stand straight if you are less than 160 centimetres long and in the largest you can get together several thousand people. The tent is versatile in more ways. Continue to read to see why these tents are so flexible and adaptable. This blog post is about the smaller tents in Tentipi's range, tents used by adventurers, families, hikers and others who want to live close to nature for a shorter or longer period of time.

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