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Lake Tekapo & Mt Cook : Story of a Perfect Day in New Zealand

Lake Tekapo & Mt Cook : Story of a Perfect Day in New Zealand

Nestled in the heart of New Zealand's southern island, Lake Tekapo is a picturesque stop you can't miss on your road trip. This is one of these places that stole our heart in NZ. 

Hong Kong : 10 Things to do on Lantau Island

Hong Kong : 10 Things to do on Lantau Island

After a year in Hong Kong Island's madness, we decided to move before we get crazy. And we discovered the other Hong KongFor those who follow me on Instagram, you've seen the photos of my afternoons on desert beaches and my running sessions along the sea, looking at the sunset. Yes, Lantau is kinda cool. Real escape from the crowds of the city in only a few minutes ferry or MTR, Lantau will surprise you by its authenticity. Forget about Ngong Ping and explore the real beauty of Lantau Island.

The family that lives above the Arctic Circle... in a glass bubble

Some people have crazy dreams. Some choose to realize them, then have a crazy life...

The Heart Followers : The family that lives above the Arctic Circle... in a glass bubble

Benjamin and Ingrid Marie Hertefølger have decided to realize the impossible to embrace the lifestyle of their dreams. After having built a unique all-natural house completely covered by a glass dome on a plot of land in Norway, they've started their incredible journey into sustainable living. It may all seem like some sort of hippie day dream, but it’s fascinating!

Meet the Hertefølger, a Norwegian family of six who is truly living on their own terms...


The Hertefølger - a life philosophy

Hertefølger –Norwegian for “heart followers”– wasn’t always their family name, but they changed it few years ago to reflect their life philosophy. “We have only listened to ourselves and what we wanted to do, we went all in”, said Ingrid. “It doesn’t matter what anyone else thinks, there will always be someone who disagrees and who thinks what I do is wrong,” the mother of four adds.

"I believe that the recipe for failure is to try making everybody happy, because it’s not possible.” So instead of worrying about what people may think, the Heart Followers just follow their hearts.

The aim of this adventure is for Benjamin and Ingrid to offer their four children a great childhood and to give them the insight they need to manage life on Earth. Instead of spending their time in front of a computer or at a mall, the Hertefølger's kids swing in hammocks, play in the garden, do yoga sessions under sunset, watch Aurora borealis or roam the surrounding forests in search of mythical creatures -the daughter swears she saw a fairy. They surely will grow up with a deep sense of appreciation for nature.

cosy living in a glass bubble above the Arctic Circle

The Hertefølgers always knew they wanted to live in an eco-home made of only natural materials -the challenge was to adapt it to the harsh weather conditions of the Arctic Circle. Indeed, life in the Arctic isn't only snowy landscapes, elves in the forest and Santa's secret atelier. It's a constant battle with extreme weather conditions, especially when you live in such a remote place as Sandhorney Island, in north Norway.

The family managed to beat all the odds and organize a cosy living in a three-story cob house wrapped in a glass dome. It withstands the heavy snowfalls and strong winds, maintains a uniform temperature throughout the year and reduces ultraviolet radiation while acting as a greenhouse for the organic vegetable and fruit garden. How cool is that : they somehow manage to grow apples, cherries, plums, apricots, kiwis, grapes, cucumbers, tomatoes, herbs and melons in an area that doesn't see the sunlight for three months a year!

We may not all be able to build our domed natural house in the Arctic Circle –which Norwegian magazine The Nordic Page reports cost the Hertefølger $490,500 to build– but you have to admit their story is an inspirational one. Make sure to watch The Heart Followers documentary below, you won’t regret it!

A road trip in Nelson Tasman Region [secret spot inside]

A road trip in Nelson Tasman Region [secret spot inside]

Known as the sunniest region of the country, Nelson Tasman is fringed with lush nature, golden sand beaches and turquoise waters -it's a true paradise for nature lovers. If Abel Tasman National Park is absolutely stunning, it's when we kept going north that we discovered true hidden gems...

Exploring Rotorua, a volcanic wonderland

Exploring Rotorua, a volcanic wonderland

The city sits within a volcanic crater and as you walk through the streets of the city, you can literally see holes in the ground with bubbling mud pools and steam! From giant shooting geysers, colorful crater lakes and natural hot springs all over the place, Rotorua is a stop you can't miss on your New Zealand itinerary...

10 Things that made the Catlins one of our favorite places in New Zealand

10 Things that made the Catlins one of our favorite places in New Zealand

Situated off the beaten track in the South Island, the Catlins region is broad and wild, with lush forests, rugged coastlines, hidden waterfalls and vertiginous caves. Such a stunning untamed nature attracts an extraordinary wildlife. It's a true haven for travelers.

Itinerary of a Road Trip in the Coromandel Peninsula

Itinerary of a Road Trip in the Coromandel Peninsula

With a beautiful mountains, a magnificent coast fringed with golden sand beaches, picturesque fishing villages and mining town, the Coromandel Peninsula is fabulous. And not only it's rich with a gorgeous nature, this region is off the beaten path -which means you might find yourself alone on the road with the most scenic views for yourself.

Into the wild Australia : A Guide to Kangaroo Island

Into the wild Australia : A Guide to Kangaroo Island

About 16km off the coast of South Australia stands a beautiful, untouched island. We hopped on a ferry from Cape Jervis, knowing sandy white beaches, rolling green hills and an amazing wildlife were awaiting for us. Kangaroo Island appeared to be far, far beyond our expectations...

Falling in love with Japan: 10 things to do in Kyoto

Falling in love with Japan: 10 things to do in Kyoto

Surrounded by mountains, the city hides countless zen gardens, traditional ryokans, delicious restaurants, ancient temples and historic streets. The city is so full of enchanting sites, it's a pleasure just wandering around Kyoto, getting lost in search for new discoveries... 

Trekking in the Himalayas : Langtang Valley

Trekking in the Himalayas : Langtang Valley

Bordering Tibet, Langtang is a magnificent region of the Nepalese Himalayas. After April 2015's disaster, communities are slowly rebuilding their livelihoods, charm has survived and trekking in Langtang Valley is possible again. And that's a wonderful news.

Island hopping in Okinawa: A Guide to the Kerama Islands

Island hopping in Okinawa: A Guide to the Kerama Islands

The islands of the Kerama group are a world away from everything you know. An archipelago surrounded by coral reefs and unbelievably transparent seas where time has stopped years ago. A place where you live in close communion with the ocean, in a unique atmosphere. It consists of 22 small islands, southwest of Okinawa's main island. It's picturesque, with few people and an incredible wildlife. 

How to spend a day in Central Park?

How to spend a day in Central Park?

Besides being the city's primary green lungs, Central Park is a favorite spot for many New Yorkers. It's perfect for walks, outdoor sports, sunbathing, ice-skating, picnics -and it's fringed with beautiful museums, boutiques and others great places.

Hiking Hong Kong: Sunset from the Sunset Peak

Hiking Hong Kong: Sunset from the Sunset Peak

With almost 300 kms of tramping and countless smaller tracks, the range of options for hiking is so wide it can even be hard to chose sometimes. Looping around the south of the island, the 70 km-long Lantau Trail offers stunning panoramic views of the offshore islands... 

Powder Hunt in Hokkaido : a Ski Trip in Japow

Powder Hunt in Hokkaido : a Ski Trip in Japow

With an average annual snowfall of 15 meters, it's clear why Hokkaido is known as one of the hottest ski destinations in the world. Located in northern Japan, the island gets the cold air from Siberia across the Sea of Japan, which results in the ski resorts being absolutely DUMPED with dry powder. 

10 things that will make you pack & go traveling in Mauritius

10 things that will make you pack & go traveling in Mauritius

Our road trip in Mauritius has led us from surprise to surprise during twelve beautiful days. And even though we've explored a large part of the island, we feel like there is still plenty to discover, and would definitely be in for another trip...

Itinerary of a road trip in Mauritius

Itinerary of a road trip in Mauritius

The main part of Mauritius island is surrounded by an outer reef, which creates magnificent lagoons... Whether you are into culture, nature, adventure or luxury, the island will not disappoint. Now, let me tell you about our 12 days road trip itinerary...

Itinerary of a Summer Road Trip in Hokkaido

Itinerary of a Summer Road Trip in Hokkaido

I've heard there are more foxes than people during summer in Hokkaido -it kinds of reminds me another place I fell in love with a few years ago. If you dream about an escape in the countryside with fresh air, outdoors and excellent Japanese food, well you're in for a treat...