Freya Hoffmeister is one of the most (if not “the” most) accomplished sea kayaking adventurers in the world. She has just recently finished on May 1, 2015 her “The Second Continent” expedition to become the first person to circumnavigate South America. She set out in August 2011, and has successfully completed all of her planned 24 stages. During her other trips around Iceland, New Zealand South and Australia, she has chosen Hilleberg tents, using both the Allak and the Staika.
“I prefer the high Swedish quality of Hilleberg tents as a first class bush accommodation on my hardcore sea kayak expeditions. My recent trip took me all the way around South America, from Buenos Aires via Cape Horn, through the Panama Canal and back to Buenos Aires. A mammoth distance of more than 27,000 km to paddle over about three years! Around the infamous windy southern end of South America, I was relying on the rock stable and solid Hilleberg Staika tent, camping sometimes in some incredible wind speeds of over 100 knots.” (For more information on The Second Continent, and to read her blog entries and trip reports, go to freyahoffmeister.com.)
In 2009, she circumnavigated Australia. The “Race Around Australia” Expedition, which took her roughly a year to complete, entailed 9400 mile/15000 km of paddling, and had been done only once before in the last 30 years. It is considered one of the most challenging sea kayaking routes in the world.
Prior to that, in 2007, Freya kayaked around Iceland in a record 33 days. As a follow up, she set out to become the first woman to circumnavigate New Zealand’s South Island by sea kayak. 70 days later, she had succeeded, setting a new solo record in the process.