Smiling rice farmer on Nias Island. Afulu, North Nias Regency, Indonesia. Photo by Bjorn Svensson. www.northniastourism.com

A smiling woman in a rice field, Afulu sub-district, North Nias Regency.

Colorful fishing boats in a river in Gunungsitoli, the main town on Nias Island. North Sumatra, Indonesia. Photos by Bjorn Svensson. www.visitniasisland.com

Colorful fishing boats in a river in Gunungsitoli, the main town on Nias Island. North Sumatra, Indonesia. Photos by Bjorn Svensson. www.visitniasisland.com

Many farmers on Nias are rubber tappers. This man carries 30 kilos of raw rubber from his village to the buyer once a week. North Nias Regency, Nias Island, Indonesia. Photo by Bjorn Svensson. www.northniastourism.com

Once a week this man carries his weekly harvest of rubber (around 30 kilos) from his village to the nearest road, 8 kilometers away. Alasa sub-disctrict, North Nias.

Girls in scout uniform (every friday) posing for a photo. North Nias Regency, Nias Island, Indonesia. Photo by Bjorn Svensson. www.northniastourism.com

Throughout Indonesia school children are wearing scout uniform on Fridays. These girls are from Lotu in North Nias.

Tree climbing, a very important skill on Nias Island where coconut harvesting is one of the most important economic activities. Nias Island, North Sumatra, Indonesia. Photo by Bjorn Svensson. www.visitniasisland.com

Tree climbing, a very important skill on Nias Island where coconut harvesting is one of the most important economic activities. Nias Island, North Sumatra, Indonesia. Photo by Bjorn Svensson. www.visitniasisland.com

Friendly locals in front of a traditional house in Hilimondregeraya Village. Nias Island, Indonesia. Photo by Bjorn Svensson. www.visitniasisland.com

Friendly locals in front of a traditional house in Hilimondregeraya Village. Nias Island, Indonesia. Photo by Bjorn Svensson. www.visitniasisland.com

Nias Petrol Station. In the three larger towns on Nias there are actual petrol stations, but in most villages you fill your vehicles from small stands like this one. North Nias Regency, Nias Island, Indonesia. Photo by Bjorn Svensson. www.northniastourism.com

Nias Petrol Station. In the three larger towns on Nias there are actual petrol stations, but in most villages you fill your vehicles from small stands like this one. North Nias Regency, Nias Island, Indonesia. Photo by Bjorn Svensson. www.northniastourism.com

Kids on Nias Island with a home-made kite. Kite flying is a popular hobby for here, as in elsewhere in Indonesia. Photo by Bjorn Svensson. www.visitniasisland.com

Every Nias boy (and a lot of adult men) are passionate about kite flying, especially during the windy months of June - August.

Nias girl with Ukuele, Orahili village, South Nias. Nias Island, Indonesia. Photos by Bjorn Svensson. www.visitniasisland.com

Nias girl with Ukuele, Orahili village, South Nias. Nias Island, Indonesia. Photos by Bjorn Svensson. www.visitniasisland.com

Grilled fish, or "Ikan bakar" is wildly popular on weekends in places like Tureloto or Asi Walo in North Nias Regency, Nias Island, Indonesia. Photo by Bjorn Svensson. www.northniastourism.com

Grilled fish, or "Ikan bakar" is wildly popular on weekends in places like Tureloto or Asi Walo in North Nias Regency, Nias Island, Indonesia. Photo by Bjorn Svensson. www.northniastourism.com

Cheeky school boy on Nias Island, Indonesia. Photos by Bjorn Svensson. www.visitniasisland.com

Cheeky school boy on Nias Island, Indonesia. Photos by Bjorn Svensson. www.visitniasisland.com

Tögi Gana'a waterfall, perfect place to cool off on a hot day. Afulu, Nias Island, Indonesia. Photo by Bjorn Svensson. www.visitniasisland.com

Tögi Gana'a waterfall, perfect place to cool off on a hot day. Afulu, Nias Island, Indonesia. Photo by Bjorn Svensson. www.visitniasisland.com

Fishermen hauling in a net at Tanayae Beach on the east-coast of North Nias Regency, Nias Island, Indonesia. Photo by Bjorn Svensson. www.northniastourism.com

Fishermen hauling in a net at Tanayae Beach on the east-coast of North Nias Regency, Nias Island, Indonesia. Photo by Bjorn Svensson. www.northniastourism.com

Kids collecting Kangkong, a typ of wild vegetable found along streams and in wetlands. North Nias Regency, Nias Island, Indonesia. Photo by Bjorn Svensson. www.northniastourism.com

Smiling children with bundles of Kangkung (water spinach). This is a vegetable that is growing wild along creeks and rivers.

Nias Umbrella; a girl is covering her younger sister with a banana-leaf. North Nias Regency, Nias Island, Indonesia. Photo by Bjorn Svensson. www.northniastourism.com

Nias Umbrella; a girl is covering her younger sister with a banana-leaf. North Nias Regency, Nias Island, Indonesia. Photo by Bjorn Svensson. www.northniastourism.com

Durian season in North Nias Regency. Durian is a Asian fruit which the locals go mad for. This is an acquired taste (and smell) and most foreigners stay away from it.  Nias Island, Indonesia. Photo by Bjorn Svensson.  www.northniastourism.com

Durian season in North Nias Regency. Durian is a Asian fruit which the locals go mad for. This is an acquired taste (and smell) and most foreigners stay away from it. Nias Island, Indonesia. Photo by Bjorn Svensson. www.northniastourism.com

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