• Uitzichten over Kobåset vanaf de Drottingleden
    Sweden,  We12hike

    Drottningleden in Hemavan: an amazing day hike in Vindelfjällen Nature Reserve

    Are you looking for a nice day hike in the Vindelfjällen Nature Reserve in Sweden? Then the Drottningleden is an excellent option. This 8 kilometer long walk between Hemavan and Laisaliden is also known as the little sister of the famous Kungsleden (King’s Trail) as “drottning” means queen in Swedish. Fun fact: the Drottningleden was opened in 2002 by Queen Silvia of Sweden. Because the section at Laisaliden is very steep, a series of stairs were constructed especially for her so that she did not have to climb. The Drottningleden is a relatively easy mountain hike between the village of Hemavan and the abandoned lodge at Laisaliden. You are walking…

  • Greenstone Caples Track
    New Zealand,  We12hike

    Greenstone Caples Track: a great alternative for The Routeburn Track

    Welcome to this article about the Greenstone & Caples Track. If you have come to this article to read more about this amazing hike, you’ve come to the right place. I’ve written a complete hiking guide of the Greenstone Caples Track for you below and hope you’ll find it useful. I’ve hiked this trail in 2018 and a few weeks later I hiked The Routeburn Track for the second time in my life. In 2023, I went back to this amazing place and combined the Routeburn with the Caples Track. The Greenstone Caples Track proved to be a worthy alternative for the Routeburn Track. It’s almost as scenic, much cheaper,…

  • New Zealand,  We12hike

    Bushline Hut: an easy alpine backcountry in Nelson Lakes National Park

    All of us travelers are looking for special places, those that the big masses of tourists skip because they are in a hurry to see as much as they can. Or that they don’t bother going to because it may not be on the list of top-things to see … When I travel in New Zealand I obviously try to see the highlights. However, during my more recent travels I also enjoyed places that are not on everyone’s list. One of them is Nelson Lakes National Park with the perfectly located Bushline Hut. This article first appeared online in 2018 and was updated in 2024 after my most recent visit…

  • hiking tongariro alpine crossing
    New Zealand,  We12hike

    Hiking the Tongariro Northern Circuit in New Zealand

    This blogpost originally dates back to 2014, just after we hiked the Tongariro Northern Circuit. It’s a story of how we experienced it and includes the old routing, which was changed a couple of years ago. At the bottom of this post, you will find recent updates and current additional information, which I added after my most recent visit to New Zealand in 2023. When planning our stay in Tongariro National Park, we were extremely thrilled to find out there’s a four day tramping track which is called the Tongariro Northern Circuit. While on this track, you will of course do the famous Tongariro Alpine Crossing but luckily, the Tongariro Northern…