Puffins are funny seabirds breeding along remote wilderness coastline in the North Atlantic. Half the year, they travel out at sea. In their colonies, they are social and loyal.

The team below shares the Puffins’ lifestyle. Genuine enthusiasm and a passion for exploration is what brought us together. We share a sense for adventure and a curious spirit. In everything we do, we are driven by sustainability & safety. Together with our pioneering travellers we are

PUFFINS

The team below shares the Puffins’ lifestyle. Genuine enthusiasm and a passion for exploration is what brought us together. We share a sense for adventure and a curious spirit. In everything we do, we are driven by sustainability & safety. Together with our pioneering travellers we are

PUFFINS

Willem Vandoorne

(°1987)

Co-founder and lead wilderness guide of Puffins

Belgian, based in Ghent

Master in Geology/Earth science

Professionally shaped as geophysicist

Experienced hiking/packraft wilderness guide

Award-winning worldwide reference for long solo hiking/packrafting
traverses (Scandinavia, New Zealand, Greenland) and wilderness trip planning

Also wild about: (ultra)running and biking, cozy bars, stroking his roommate’s cat called Lou

Read more about Willem

Sofie Vanmaele

(°1983)

Co-founder and lead wilderness guide of Puffins

Belgian, based along the coast at Knokke

Master in International Relations & Diplomacy

Professionally shaped as researcher, negotiator & travel designer

Trained as Travel Guide, Mountain Leader & Wilderness Advanced First Aid

Experienced mountain walking guide in Scandinavia

Solo hike & bike projects in Norway, Finland, Sweden

Also wild about: ice swimming and gazing at campfires

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Kris Wastiels

(°1973)

Belgian, based in Halle (Vlaams-Brabant)

Bachelor in Communications and Press

Professionally shaped as copy writer, communication expert and language lover

Miles of experience in mountain walking all over the world
(Europe, South America, Asia, Africa) and glacier walking in Europe

Experienced mountain walking guide in Europe and Kyrgyzstan

Trained as Travel Guide

Also wild about: Kyrgyzstan, ultra trail running,
GR (Grande Randonnée) trails and ice swimming

Rob Leye

(°1989)

Captain at Puffins

Belgian, based at Nieuwpoort

Bachelor of Science Maritime Operations

Professionally shaped as captain, sailing instructor & skiing instructor

Trained in ice pilotage, superyachts management, first aid at sea

Experienced captain in Alaska, sailing in the North Sea, the Baltic and the Mediterranean

Participated in the Tall Ships’ races for over a decade

Also wild about: chocolate mousse and colorful socks

Jan Martinus Stalmans

(°1985)

Skipper and deckhand at Puffins

Belgian, based in Malaga

Master in product design

Professionally shaped as business developer & service designer

Experienced skipper aboard +60ft yachts

Participated in the Tall Ships’ races for over a decade

Thick as thieves with his buddy Rob

Also wild about: playing didgeridoo in the sauna

Puffins thanks the following dreamteam and expedition volunteers:

Jan Vandamme
Yacht preparation
Bruno Flamant
Food&bev preparation
Georges Heeren
Navigation preparation
Jan Vandamme
Yacht preparation
Bruno Flamant
Food&bev preparation
Georges Heeren
Navigation preparation

THE BIRD ITHE WORD

Follow our adventures before, during and after the expeditions: