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WE ARE PUFFINS

Social seabirds driven by safety and sustainability

Sofie Vanmaele

Mission control & Guide

Adventure is a mindset. I’m no climber, nor a sailor, but I love mountains and the sea. Adventure is feeding a curious spirit. Finding new places and seeing old ones with new eyes. Let nature be your guide and smile to strangers. Embracing adventure is accepting challenges instead of seeing obstacles. Connecting people to each other and our planet is my drive. Some of the most beautiful and most fragile scenery I found, is up North. Our planet is under pressure and I believe tourism can power to preserve, with knowledge & respect. What I hope for you to experience is more than a holiday break. It is a sensational awakening that electrifies your mind. I am privileged that Puffins brought me to these amazing people who make this happen and whom I’d like to introduce you to.

Roger Wallis

Captain of Abel Tasman

He has sailed since he was 11 years old and has been building boats since high school. His achievements are grand, his personality modest and amiable. He has skippered more than 90 expeditions to the Antartica Peninsula and sailed 8 consecutive years to the Arctic, including 4 successful attempts across the North West Passage. He captained the yacht for BBC’s ‘Frozen Planet’ and he will surprise you with a wealth of expertise and knowledge. He has a way of engaging the best sailing crew and incredibly interesting people. With Rog, you really will be in the most experienced hands. He sleeps with an original copy of Nansen’s ‘Farthest North’ below his pillow.

Keith Tuffley

Owner of Abel Tasman

He is always busy trying to improve the world. An entrepreneurial investor with his heart in the right place. He walks the talk and is one of the grand people who will contribute to a sustainable future. He is sporty and loves to ski, sail and cycle. He has sailed to the Antarctic and in the Arctic, and has cycled the world.

With The Adventure Yacht Company he lets us enjoy his beautiful expedition schooner Abel Tasman. And if you ever fancy a legendary cycling holiday on Europe’s most beautiful roads, there is only one address and it’s grandtoursproject.com.

Sofie Vanmaele

Founder & Mission control

Where puffins nest, I am at my best. In wild places up North, surrounded by likeminded spirits. I discovered this after a life-changing long distance bike trip through Scandinavia. From policy negotiator on renewables, to travel guide addicted to the North & people. Puffins is there, because it brings me in touch with amazing people like the team below, and because I want the world to better appreciate the fragile beauty of the Arktis. I smile a lot and love to swim between ice. Connecting people to each other and our planet is my drive. Puffins is there, because it brings me to this team of incredibly interesting individuals, and because I want the world to better understand the fragile beauty of the Arktis. Always welcome at my guesthouse in Knokke to talk about travel dreams. I smile a lot and I love to swim between ice.

Roger Wallis

Captain of Abel Tasman

He has sailed since he was 11 years old and has been building boats since high school. His achievements are grand, his personality modest and amiable. He has skippered more than 90 expeditions to the Antartica Peninsula and sailed 8 consecutive years to the Arctic, including 4 successful attempts across the North West Passage. He captained the yacht for BBC’s ‘Frozen Planet’ and he will surprise you with a wealth of expertise and knowledge. He has a way of engaging the best sailing crew and incredibly interesting people. With Rog, you really will be in the most experienced hands. He sleeps with an original copy of Nansen’s ‘Farthest North’ below his pillow.

Keith Tuffley

Owner of Abel Tasman

He is always busy trying to improve the world. An entrepreneurial investor with his heart in the right place. He walks the talk and is one of the grand people who will contribute to a sustainable future. He is sporty and loves to ski, sail and cycle. He has sailed to the Antarctic and in the Arctic, and has cycled the world.

With The Adventure Yacht Company he lets us enjoy his beautiful expedition schooner Abel Tasman. And if you ever fancy a legendary cycling holiday on Europe’s most beautiful roads, there is only one address and it’s grandtoursproject.com.

Gilles Denis

Greenland & Kayaking Guide

It was our Belgian flag in Greenland that brought Gilles to us and we are proud to have him on board. He is a climate physicist by education, and an adventurer at heart & mind. Greenland is his second home as he has been guiding several seasons there. He is a qualified ISKGA seakayaking guide and loves to share his skills & passion about the great outdoors. One chat with Gilles and you’re inspired to conquer the world. In 2020, Gilles will attempt his GreenlandicTriathlon : cross the Inlandsis in wintry conditions, paddle a 1000 miles around the wild Southeastern coast and climb some of the highest big walls on earth. Very few outdoor athletes show such versatile skills as Gilles does. We wish him all the luck on this titan challenge!

Nele Vandenbroecke

Digital Creative

This online nest for the Puffins is here thanks to Nele’s web developer’s skills. She is a social media strategist and storyteller and is often contracted by Belgium’s most popular radio station. She is patient, efficient, extremely quick and good fun to work with and makes updating the site something to look forward to. She carefully listens to our needs and translates this into a website we take pride in. We share a vision on minimalist design where the product speaks for itself. I love our live website talks, as Nele bakes superb cakes.

When she is not working hard, she travels the world. 

Jens Behaeghe

Outdoor Equipment Expert

Jens owns Mounteqshop, a specialized outdoor shop that excels in personal advice and quick online processing. A carefully selected and wide range of brands guarantee quality gear.

Jens has an impressive in-depth knowledge of every product in his shop and knows how to translate technical specifics in human language.

Mounteq supplies Puffins with gear and dresses the crew. Our customers enjoy significant discounts on expedition gear & clothing. A visit to Mounteq is more than just shopping, it is the start of your adventure.

Gilles Denis

Greenland Guide

It was our Belgian flag in Greenland that brought Gilles to us and we are proud to have him on board. He is a climate physicist by education, and an adventurer at heart & mind. Greenland is his second home as he has been guiding several seasons there. He is a qualified ISKGA seakayaking guide and loves to share his skills & passion about the great outdoors. One chat with Gilles and you’re inspired to conquer the world. In 2020, Gilles will attempt his GreenlandicTriathlon : cross the Inlandsis in wintry conditions, paddle a 1000 miles around the wild Southeastern coast and climb some of the highest big walls on earth. Very few outdoor athletes show such versatile skills as Gilles does. We wish him all the luck on this titan challenge!

Nele Vandenbroecke

Digital Creative

This online nest for the Puffins is here thanks to Nele’s web developer’s skills. She is a social media strategist and storyteller and is often contracted by Belgium’s most popular radio station. She is patient, efficient, extremely quick and good fun to work with and makes updating the site something to look forward to. She carefully listens to our needs and translates this into a website we take pride in. We share a vision on minimalist design where the product speaks for itself. I love our live website talks, as Nele bakes superb cakes.

When she is not working hard, she travels the world. 

Jens Behaeghe

Outdoor Equipment Expert

Jens owns Mounteqshop, a specialized outdoor shop that excels in personal advice and quick online processing. A carefully selected and wide range of brands guarantee quality gear.

Jens has an impressive in-depth knowledge of every product in his shop and knows how to translate technical specifics in human language.

Mounteq supplies Puffins with gear and dresses the crew. Our customers enjoy significant discounts on expedition gear & clothing. A visit to Mounteq is more than just shopping, it is the start of your adventure.

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