Hiking has not always been one of my passions. I grew up in one of the flattest countries in the world, The Netherlands. I found it rather boring to hike through forest and pasture landscapes that seemingly never changed. In that sense, cycling was a lot more fun. It was not until I moved to Norway that I found out hiking actually is a lot of fun. I just learned that I needed elevation differences, views, and a clear goal: be it a mountain summit, waterfall, or a special rock formation.
Hiking became so much fun to me that I studied to work as a certified nature guide, and started my own guiding company. In my free time, I hiked even more. Based on stories of guests from all corners of the world, or just by doing a lot of research, I started traveling to find the best hikes, all around the globe.
When hiking, I am in peace. I love the feeling of being disconnected. Or more precisely: being reconnected with nature. For me, hiking is a way of coming home, true interaction with nature and new people. It is also a way of finding myself while enjoying real-life adventures, searching for the definition of real life itself.
Here are some of my hiking adventures (ok, I have included ski adventures too). I hope they can inspire you to get out and enjoy nature on your own terms.
Pucón - Chile
Chile - Drive & Hike
Kjerag Ski Tour
Abel Tasman NP
All Hiking Posts
The Engadin Valley in Switzerland has more to offer than just St. Moritz. UNESCO railways, glaciers, mountain biking and lots of hiking opportunities.
This Atlantic Portuguese island is the perfect hiking destination, combining a great variety of trails through mountainous scenery with a pleasant climate.
5 days of hiking and wild camping in the unknown, stunning mountains of Hjelmeland in Ryfylke. Cloud berries, small creeks, mountain lakes, gorges +++
Known for Trolltunga, Hardanger has so many other great fjords & mountain hikes to offer. Dronningstien, Husedalen and Buførevegen, to name a few.
The island of ice and fire offers great hiking in surreal scenery. We spend a full week of hiking Fimmvörðuháls, Skaftafjell, Snæfellsnes and other gems.
“The trail of all trails”. A 4-day, 43 km long hike through Andean jungle and mountains, past ancient Inca ruins, ending at Machu Picchu.
Driving through the varied Chilean scenery, I hiked Conguillo National Park, Altos del Lircay National Reserve, and Pan de Azucar National Park.
Pucon is the adventure capital of Chile. I hiked Jurassic Park-like Huerquehue National Park, rafted the Rio Trancure, and climbed Villarica Volcano.
According to the Visitor Guide: “The Overland Track is an extraordinary journey through the heart of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area.” It is!
Jungle and skyscrapers side-by-side. Hiking the 50 kilometer long Hong Kong Trail is surprisingly stunning. Is it possible to hike the trail in one day?
Exploring hikes in Argentinian Tierra del Fuego and Chilean Torres del Paine. Cruising the fjords of Patagonia, followed by a roadtrip to Santiago. Bacán!
Is it possible to hike to Kjerag in winter? We tried on skis, and reached Kjerag in 2 days. We spent the night in a snow cave with a view on the Lysefjord. Magic.
Crossing the largest mountain plateau in Europe is a true adventure, away from civilization. A crossing takes several days. Here, I felt like an expeditioner.
In preparing for starting up a guided tour company, I hiked 80 km around most of the Lysefjord, visiting Preikestolen, Kjerag, Flørli and more along the way.
Part of our final guiding education exam, I have been part of 2 ski expeditions to the magic and desolate glacier world of Trollheimen.
An 8-day ski expedition from Longyearbyen to Svea at the Van Mijenfjord. Crossing glaciers and sea ice, in -20 to -30 degrees Celsius. Challenging!
An ice-cold 150km hike from Longyearbyen to Barentsburg, and back. Glaciers, no hiking trails, risk of polar bear encounters, and majestic arctic nature.
8 days on blue ice at Isfjorden in the high Arctic; to learn about glacier navigation, crevasses, belaying, rappelling, pulley systems, and rescue operations.
A 5-day, 80-km circuit hike at Nelson Lakes National Park. From St. Arnaud, through Travers and Sabine valleys, separated by snowy Travers Saddle.
Hanggliding and wine tastings at Motueka, followed by kayaking, camping and hiking the Tasman Coast Track, full of bays, sand beaches, and stunning views.
Participating in the 60km Runnskrinnet ice skating event on Lake Runn near Swedish Falun, in minus 19 degrees Celsius, is one of my craziest ventures ever.