Offbeat Video

By Joe McFarlane

Three mates walked from Norway to Sweden with only the bare necessities as they started their journey without any clothes.

Daniel Zonneveldt and pals Jacob and Ole decided to hitchhike 155 miles (250km) from Oslo to a Swedish lake called Jarnsjoen with no money and using only items they were donated.

Starting in a forest with literally no clothes on their back, the intrepid trio quickly made some makeshift underwear out of leaves.

Having found their way to major roads for a spot of hitchhiking, the group finally reached their destination in just four days.

Daniel said: “By using only items people were willing to throw away, we wanted to show the abundance of items people own.

“It was an amazing experience to see that it was actually possible to rely just on yourself and the kindness of others and create a potentially sustainable lifestyle from scratch, without money and starting with absolutely nothing.

“We relied almost completely on strangers’ help to get the food, clothes, water and shelter that we needed to survive.

“It was quite cold during the nights, down to 4 degrees, so we would have had a really bad time if we got no help.

“We also used what we found in nature, including making some simple clothes out of leaves, building fires to cook and stay warm and eating wild plants.”

The original idea was to do the journey wearing just the clothes on their backs, however, Jacob suggested it might be more interesting if they started naked.

Daniel said: “People reacted incredibly positively, which was my favourite part of the trip.

“People were sometimes a little sceptical at first, because of our strange appearance wearing plants and plastic for clothes, but as soon as we told them what we were doing they all opened up.

“It was really clear that having a specific purpose with our trip made people trust us much more, because it made all the weird things we were doing make sense.

“We had many, many amazing encounters, conversations and experiences with all the people we met.

“We definitely experienced that most people are actually very kind and helpful, despite the general perception that strangers can be are dangerous.”