By Michael van Vliet | May 16, 2013
If you want to get closer to nature, but not too close, then the Canvas Hotel is the first-class glamping operation for you.
Located on an island in the middle of a lake in southern Norway, the Canvas Hotel consists of nine yurts with sleeping accommodations, a specially designed sauna yurt, and large communal dinning area.
Mountain biking in the surrounding granite hills is very popular and staffed trail guides are available to show you the way. When you return, portable hot tubs can be placed out on the dock to help you unwind.
To visit this incredible sanctuary of pastoral pleasure, visit their website canvashotel.com for more details.
By Michael van Vliet | April 24, 2013
Even the most rugged outdoor types need a good cup of coffee in the morning to get going. Now with the Handpresso Wild Hybrid portable espresso machine, you’re free to explore what little of the world there is not in walking distance of a Starbucks.
The Handpresso is simple, light, and compact, with no batteries or electricity needed, which makes it ideal for travel. To generate the stem pressure, the device functions like a traditional bicycle pump and allows you to generate up to 16-bars of pressure. Just add hot water and coffee and you’re in business. You’ll have to provide your own stemmed milk for your cappuccino though.
Pick up one for your next glamping adventure on Amazon for $139.00
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By Michael van Vliet | March 20, 2013
Not for the faint of heart or light of sleep, the Waldseilgarten adventure mountain resort in Bavaria Germany lets you spend a night up in the trees.
During the warm summer months the resort offers guests the ability to spend a night high above the ground in their very own portaledge, a platform tent system normally used by rock climbers on multiple day climbs. This “hanging tent” is essentially a fabric covered metal frame with a top fly. It’s attached to a thick tree branch with a single rope and guests can only ascend and descend with assistance from the ground. So don’t drink a lot of water before bed.
Waldseilgarten offers a truly unique camping experience, however it doesn’t come cheap. A night sleeping in the trees on a portaledge will cost EUR250 ($336) per person.
For more information, visit their website: waldseilgarten-hoellschlucht.de
By Michael van Vliet | March 5, 2013
Built in the 1970′s, this glass yurt is the work of famed Big Sur architect Mickey Muennig. Its earthy foundation seems influenced by ancient cave dwellings while its glass capsule roof seem to have a futuristic inspiration. Hovering between these two aesthetics is a hanging bed that offers stunning views of the surrounding coastline.
Past, present, and future, this scenic retreat along the Pacific coast looks like a place where time could stand still. At least for a little while.
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By Michael van Vliet | December 7, 2012
Joining the HemLoft, Swedish Tree Hotel, and Treebones Nests, comes the sustainable “Tree Tent” by Luminair. While all of the above were custom one-off designs, the Luminair Tree Tent will soon be for sale to the general public.
The culmination of three years of research, the Tree Tents are constructed from steam-bent green ash with aluminum sub-frame attachments. The exterior is made from a high density waterproof cotton canvas, which has been insulated with sheep wool to allow the tent to be used year round. The exterior will be available in olive green, red, and natural canvas.
Measuring three meters in diameter, the interior room can comfortably accommodate two adults. Luminair offers kits that include two benches that fold out into beds for sleeping. A bio-fuel stove for heating and cooking is also optional, which can store warm water inside an under-floor tank.
Head over to luminair.co.uk to find out more.
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By Michael van Vliet | October 11, 2012
With its warm days and cool nights, early Autumn can be the perfect time for a canoe trip. One spectacular route is along the Meltausjoki River in Lapland Finland. This free flowing river travels for 43 kilometers through the wilderness before joining the significantly larger Ounasjoki river. The route is suitable for a relatively inexperienced canoeist, with only a few mild rapids. However, there’s one section of class 2 rapids that can make for a spirited ride, or require a short portage.
When night falls on the river, travelers can spend the evening at a variety of huts equipped with bunks, a stove, and cooking utensils. These wilderness shelters cannot be booked in advanced, however a shelter with a few new friends is much better than no shelter at all.
Fishing along the Meltausjoki can be quite good throughout the season. It’s mostly grayling, salmon, and trout coming up to take the bait, but there are some whitefish, perch, and pike mixed in as well. So bring along your fishing gear and cook up a delicious trout dinner on the campfire.
There are a couple of companies that offer canoe rentals in the area. Luontoon and Safartica. For anyone looking to escape the hustle of the city, there’s no better trail to wander down than a winding river in early Fall.
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By Michael van Vliet | September 20, 2012
Embracing the slow food movement, Industrial Designer Xavier Lopez designed the Dome Oven to encourage people to take a moment and enjoy the simple pleasures of a slowly prepared meal. “We are experts in precooked meals made in 5-15 minutes,” he said to design blog Knstrct. “The idea is to recover the idea of DOME cooking fire and slowly, as our ancestors did, generating a meeting around food because you have to wait to be done.”
Similar to a Tajine, the oven is handmade using refractory ceramic and is sculpted for optimal heat distribution. It has a dark black glaze on the inside so food appears to pop when presented. The Dome is lightweight and can be used either in the kitchen or out camping.
By Michael van Vliet | August 23, 2012
For those who think that Zippo just makes pocket lighters, think again. Back in 2009 Zippo launched an outdoor line to supplement their traditional butane fueled fire starter business. They are now introducing the 4-in-1 Woodsman, a collapsible multi-tool for outdoorsmen tight on space.
The tool combines a 5-inch hatchet blade, 15-inch wood saw, and mallet head. Zippo says the 4-in-1 Woodsman is ideal for chopping and sawing midsized logs for firewood and setting up tent spikes with the back end mallet. The whole contraption folds up for easy storage and transport. Perfect for a trip camping or to have stowed away in the back of the trunk in case of emergencies.
The Woodsman will retail for $79.95 and be available start late Spring 2013.
By Michael van Vliet | August 20, 2012
The worst part of setting up a tent, or best part, depending on how you look at it, is the slapstick routine of affixing the segmented poles, running them through the spiderwebs of loops and channels, and then finally pitching the tent upright. For many people, this has ended poorly, very poorly. No matter how many times you setup a tent it feels like a new adventure. In an attempt to simplify this process Hamburg-based company Heimplanet has developed The Cave, which uses inflatable airbeams instead of traditional poles.
The design of The Cave was inspired by the molecular structure of a diamond and the unique inflatable exo-structure offers much needed rigidity during windy nights. The double layered airbeams are modular and compartmentalized to prevent a potential leak from affecting the entire tent. Setup now only requires a foot pump and a few minutes.
For more information about The Cave tent check out Heimplanet’s website here.
By Michael van Vliet | August 13, 2012
Looking more like a space capsule than a camper trailer, this polyhedron caravan will certainly turn some heads at the local camp grounds this summer. Made by Austria-based Mehrzeller, this camper was designed to incorporate a modern living space with an outdoor lifestyle. Each trailer is meant to be customized to reflect the intended use and personality of the user.
“Using our Configurator, we set up a design that is unique for our customers, including their own layout that they can identify with,” Mehrzeller explains. “The configuration is generated by a computer using the customer’s inputs, and then the final design is done by parameters from the architects to yield an attractive and practicable result.”
The interior is just as 2001: Space Odyssey as the exterior. It has an open, bright atmosphere, but is still able to fit a few spots for sleeping, a sink, a dishwasher, a dining table, and a flat-screen TV. Our one complaint is that the sliver of window might make sense for traveling the vacuum of deep outer space, but for enjoying the outdoors it’s not exactly ideal.
[ via Mehrzeller]