Vanlife with panoramic view: in a Sprinter across Europe.

The burgundy red Mercedes-Benz Sprinter in front of a mountainscape

Julia and Tommy have found a second home alongside their home in Sweden: their Mercedes-Benz Sprinter and the spectacular natural scenery of the Alps.

The perfect life: the Sprinter and the mountains.

What Julia and Tommy like most about their vanlife: “Every time we see the mountains, we feel small.” The photographer and her boyfriend, a journalist, are particularly taken with the Alps. “I know it sounds kitschy, but when we stand on top of a mountain, everything around us is so quiet and beautiful. In this moment only nature matters.” In 2017, the two 26-year-olds from Sweden spent nine months in their Mercedes-Benz Sprinter. On board are their dogs Tok and Elvis, a Shetland sheep dog and an Australian Kelpie. After stations in the Czech Republic, Germany and Spain, the French Alps followed as the crowning finale. They spent four months in the mountains – skiing, hiking, doing odd jobs and simply relaxing.

  • Julia with Elvis on a hiking tour
  • Julia with her dogs in the Sprinter
  • Tommy and Shetland sheepdog Tok
  • Mountain panorama at night

It all began with a camping trip through northern Europe.

Their desire to travel was aroused on a camping trip two years ago. After a semester abroad in Ireland, they drove through various countries in Northern Europe. First with a tent and Julia’s car. After a while, they had the idea that a trip with a bigger car could be much more comfortable. That it was to be a Mercedes-Benz Sprinter was not immediately planned: “We looked on the web for a van that had already been converted, and then our burgundy red Mercedes-Benz 316 appeared as the very first in the search.” Looking back, it was a happy coincidence: “Throughout the trip, we noticed how tough and efficient our Sprinter was.”

You travel, but are always at home.

Explore Eastern Europe with Tok and Elvis.

Back in Sweden, Julia and Tommy planned their next trip – a tour through Eastern Europe: “We are really looking forward to countries like Poland, Slovakia or Romania. Because we are hoping to experience something very special. Not the typical European destinations, which are all a bit alike.” The destination for the two ski fans in the winter months: the Alps, this time the Italian Alps. In terms of travel comfort, there is another upgrade: with a part of their budget, they are redesigning the interior of the Sprinter. Among other things with a larger bench seat and built-in shower – which Julia is especially looking forward to on cold days.

“We hope to experience something very special.”

Profile

Model

Mercedes-Benz 316 CDI Automatic

Height

2.80 m

Length

5.75 m

Width

1.94 m

Mileage

234,079 km

Total weight

2,730 kg

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There are still so many places to discover.

What do you like most about vanlife? “It’s exciting that you never know exactly what’s going to happen next. On the other hand, we feel very safe in our van. You travel, but are always at home,” Julia explains. They also share their experiences since the last trip with friends and followers on their Instagram channel “theonewiththevan”, which will also be equipped with panoramic motifs in the future: “We definitely want to see more ski resorts next in the USA and Canada.” It’s their dream to one day own a country house in Sweden with lots of animals. But until then there are still many fascinating mountain landscapes waiting to be discovered with the Sprinter.

Julia in front of the converted Mercedes-Benz Sprinter

Besides hiking, Julia and Tommy have a great passion for skiing.

Camping stop in the French Alps

This is how deceleration works: A cozy lunch break on a mountain slope.

The dogs Elvis and Tok in front of the Sprinter

A well-earned break: Australian Kelpie Elvis (front) and Shetland sheepdog Tok.

Julia taking a morning shower

Sunbathing with the solar-powered shower.

Tommy reading in the van

Pure deceleration with a view of the mountains.

The shown conversions were carried out by independent third parties. The suppliers and conversions were not checked by Mercedes-Benz. In this respect, these illustrations do not represent an assessment of the supplier and/or conversions by Mercedes-Benz.

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Regardless of what job you have to tackle – the Sprinter will make your day-to-day tasks easier. And even if those tasks are weighty ones, together, you’ll move mountains. Thanks to a host of different variants and over 600 optional features, the Sprinter can meet a wide variety of requirements.

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