About me and my adventure

It started with El Camino de Santiago de Compostela in 2010 – 800 kilometers (almost 500 miles) on foot through Spain. Something happened with me when I spent 20 days (an average of 40 km a day) on my own, walking between 8 and 12 hours a day. The feeling of carrying everything you need for living in a backpack and not having any other plans or musts than to put one foot in front of the other – that’s true freedom for me, and truly living your life to the fullest.


El Camino de Santiago de Compostela, April 2010 – 800 km on foot

In June 2014, me and my mom was 5 seconds from a car accident, and there and then I got a huge and clear reminder about life not being eternal. I booked the trip I’d been dreaming about since forever and three months later, I celebrated my 35th birthday on the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro – the roof of Africa – overlooking the sunrise over Tanzania. The feeling of total freedom hit me again and once again I noted that my life could be so much more than spending my days in the crowded hometown of mine – Stockholm – working, stressing and sleeping my life away.

So, I opened my dusty book that I bought three years ago – Te Araroa, a walking guide to New Zealand’s Long Trail – the book about the trail across the country of my dreams, the adventure I thought would remain a huge and unattainable dream for me. I was wrong. Between October 2015 and April 2016 I will take five months off from my work as a personal trainer and experience the adventure of my life – 3000 kilometers on foot through New Zeeland. I hope you’ll follow me along the trail!


Mount Kilimanjaro Uhuru Peak, September 2014

Contact: helena@healthbyhelena.com

3 thoughts on “About me and my adventure

  1. Anna Belfrage

    Good luck Helena, you can and will do this!!!
    New Zealand is a great and beautiful country and its people will take good care of you!
    All the very best!

  2. Mats

    Am very much looking forward to following your journey. As I get closer and closer to finishing my own walk from Stockholm to Sydney, one of the things I have been thinking about is where to walk next. Te Aurora is one walk that is high on my list and it will be interesting to se how you like it.
    Good luck!

  3. Paul

    Wow, the start of your journey has coincided with unusually heavy rain.
    In some ways this is good, as the first few days are pretty much a desert environment, so the rain will have kept you cool and reduced your hydration worries.

    The Northland sunlight can be savage when you’re exposed on a beach for day after day (when it isn’t raining so much).

    This may mean your approaching forest/bush crossings will be wet and muddy. Blogs by people ahead of you have reported no water sources, so please take plenty of fluids before you leave Ahipara.

    Ohh, and a word about the possums (opossums) – they make weird noises at night, like someone with bad lung disease might make. Don’t let their coughing and huffing spook you. They are pests, but won’t approach you (you’ll see lots of traps in the trees to catch them once you’re further along the TA) Their fur is a beautiful soft fibre. They sleep in the trees during day, and browse for food at night.

    Hope you’re still enjoying it. The first week is the probably the toughest.


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