Exploring the cave system is a team effort. Around 20-25 people are involved in the project and the team includes divers, speleologists, local area experts and surface staff. Below you can read about some of our team members

Bo Lenander
Bo LenanderOr ”Bosse” was the one, who discovered the entrance of the cave on the bottom of lake Dolinsjön in July 1979. Almost four decades later, at the age of 69, Bosse still is a cave diver, and he enjoys visiting the beautiful passages of the cave now and then. He is also following and assisting the mapping work with the help of electromagnetic devices.

Bosse has been caving since 1968, diving since 1973 and became a cave diver in 1980. He has been working as an electronics/physics development engineer in the ASEA/ABB company for more than 46 years and is now retired. Bosse is a radio amateur (SM5CJW) and active in amateur radio direction finding (ARDF) since 1961. During the last 35 years, he has developed a number of communication/radiolocation devices for caving. His equipment is used to follow the divers in the cave and to locate points on the surface above the reference points.

 

Micke Tilja
Micke TiljaMicke is one of the original team members back from 2007 when the first expedition was planned and he has attended almost every year since, as a diver, media expert and photographer.
Micke started diving in 1997 and was an enthusiastic wreck diver before he discovered the fascinating world of caves and mines.

Working in a media agency and being the founder of the scandinavian scuba forum dykarna.nuMicke is in charge of our homepage and social media updates. He also produces movie clips for the expedition as well as mapping new areas of the cave.

 

 

Dmitri Gorski
Dmitri GorskiDmitri is helping to manage the expedition, taking care of a lot of organization and preparations. He is also an explorer cave diver and enjoys visiting the far corners of the cave, trying to uncover more of its secrets. Dmitri holds a PhD in chemistry and lives in Bergen (Norway), where he works in the offshore oil industry.

He started as deep wreck and rebreather diver and went on to explore caves all over the world, from Australia and Russia to Florida and Mexico, although it is in Bjurälven that he has found his true call for exploration. Winter adventures, dry caving, extreme diving conditions are all among the things, making Bjurälven so special place to explore!

 

Mats Fröjdenlund
MatsMats is also one of the original team members from back in 2007, when the first expedition to Bjurälven was conducted. He has attended almost every year since, as cave diver and communication-, mapping- and survey expert.

Mats started caving in late 70´s and started diving in the early 80´s. He then combined caving and diving in Scandinavian caves (mainly sump diving) starting in 1989. Mats is a former army officer and works today as a GIS-expert at Esri. He lives with his family in Mackmyra, Gävle.
 

Johan Utas

Johan is the expedition leader and one of the founding members of the expedition. He started diving in the age of 23 and soon came in contact with Swedish sump diving, which has become his passion for more than 22 years. He has been exploring most of the large caves in Sweden and attempted to dive in Bjurälven for the first time in 1997.

Johan has commercial diving license and is a part-time fire fighter. He lives with his family in the mountains of Funäsdalen, not far away from Bjurälven, and works as engineer for the municipal real estate office.

 

Oscar Svensson
OscarOscar has been diving since age 13 and still loves it every time. He lives in Gothenburg on the west coast of Sweden, where he currently works with distribution of dive gear. His background is marine biology and biotechnical engineering.

Oscar was the 2012 European Rolex scholar for Our World Underwater Scholarship Society, something that has resulted in a lot of diving and travels all over the world. He is an active technical diver that enjoy testing and using different equipment depending on the situation at hand. He can get equally excited about a rare nudibranch and a big cave room but it is the sense of exploration that is the most exciting to him.

 

Stina Gabrielsson
Stina

Stina was instantly dazzled by the beauty and mystique of the caves after making her first cavern dive in 2011. She decided on the spot to start the training to become a cave diver. Since then she has explored caves in Mexico, Bahamas and Sweden, driven by her great curiosity and admiration of the geological formations.

Stina joined the expedition in 2016. She works as anesthetist and is a dive physician. With her medical background, combined with experience in dry cave rescue, her main task in the expedition is healthcare and diver safety .

 

Marcin Wojturski
Marcin has been with the expedition since 2013. He started diving in 1999 and has been into technical diving since 2010. Marcin works in the diving industry full time and is participating in a number of diving-related projects.

He is head of diving in the Tuna-Hästberg mine. He considers being a part of the Expedition Bjurälven to be an incredible opportunity for development, both as a diver and an individual. Sidemount is Marcins favourite form of diving and mine/cave exploration is what gives him most peace of mind and satisfaction.

 


Øyvind Hegle

Øyvind is a new member of the expedition. He joined in 2016, but he has been diving caves for more than 15 years. Øyvind made his first cave dive after encountering a sump during a dry caving trip. Being a scuba diver, the natural thing was to continue under water.

Realising the need for proper training, he soon became a certified cave diver. “It’s the adventure in what’s behind the next corner, and the beauty of the caves that drives me” he says. Øyvind contributes to the expedition with his skills as a photographer, surveyor and handyman.

 


Pirre Sandberg

As one of the early members (joining in 2008), Pirre has seen Expedition Bjurälven develop into what it is today. His main interests are mine and cave diving as well as rock climbing, and he is also a trained marine archeologist.

Exploration and mapping of new cave passages is what drives Pirre. Among his strengths is the long experience of outdoor activities in the mountains, allowing him to efficiently organize the base camp logistics.

 

 

 

 


Ane Mengshoel

Growing up on a farm in inland Norway, you would not guess that scuba diving would be Ane`s main passion in life. Despite that, Ane is an instructor and a technical cave diver. After her first cave dive in Florida, she totally fell in love with caves and have been cave diving as often as she can ever since. “Cave exploration is one of the greatest activities I can do outdoors and my energy level increases by every minute!” says Ane. She joined the expedition in 2016.

Ane lives in Trondheim, where she works as a project manager. She is board member of the Norwegian Cave Diving Association. Her talent as an organizer is highly appreciated among the expedition members!

 

Leif Sigvardsson

After playing in caves in his childhood, Leif started with serious caving more than 30 years ago. Since then, he has been exploring numerous caves all around the world. Gouffre Berger, Lechuguilla – the list is long. Leif was also the president of the Swedish Speleological Federation for many years and has trained more than 200 cavers in SRT (single rope technique) climbing.
Leif is also a cave diver, although lately he has been mostly concentrating on helping the expedition to keep track of its finances. He is responsible for the budget and all matters, related to money.