Sofie Vanmaele

Co-founder and lead wilderness guide of Puffins

“You’ll forget all about Norway, once you’ve set foot in Greenland”. Willem’s enthusiasm was not exaggerated when he convinced his buddy Sofie (34) to explore further North. She joined a sailing expedition, was awestruck and returned to convince Willem in turn to realize a joint dream and spread out Puffins in Greenland.  

Meanwhile the nation of powerful nature and pioneering people has become her second home and she unveiled herself as a talented boatwoman with real sea legs.

It was during a life-changing solo bike trip through Scandinavia Sofie discovered herself to be a natural guide, both at her best in real Nature and as a cheerful initiator inspiring & leading a group. Since then, she followed her compass North whenever she saw a chance and she was lucky enough to touch upon so many interesting lives while guiding numerous groups on mountain treks in the High North for respected travel organisations with a heart for sustainability.

Sofie adds a natural smile to a varied skill set and sparkles with inexhaustible & positive energy. She masters group dynamics and can also listen to and act upon your individual needs, like a genuine friend. She will make you experience surprising things you would not have considered and will take you safely through Greenland’s wild nature. Connecting people to each other and our beautiful planet is her drive.

When this Puffin is not guiding abroad, she hosts visitors in her guestrooms at home and teaches her mother tongue to motivated expats.

What our guests say about Sofie:

“She enjoys every hike as much as we do. She is as curious as we are. Always cheerful and a big pot of glue for the group. Her social skills are extremely high. She can handle everyone and she brings that extra atmosphere on board.”
– Jonathan, 40

“A wonderful guide, and woman! Initially I was a bit scared, as I am not a true adventurer, but this feeling quickly evaporated because of the trust I had in Sofie. She was our guide, organizer and cook, always busy for us, but never tired, and always with a big smile and that contagious enthusiasm.”
– Katrien, 56

“This strong, sweet and crazy young lady’s heart breathes adventure and nature. She shares her rich knowledge of Greenland via colorful stories and interesting facts. We learned so much thanks to her! She is a seasoned adventurer with untamable enthusiasm. She brings atmosphere and motivates at the right timing, without ever pushing.”
– Jasmina

“In a brilliant way, Sofie combines a passionate drive with her social skills. She is a natural leader with an eye for everyone.”
– Wim, 40

“Well prepared, extensive knowledge of terrain and equipment… and above all always super enthusiastic and in a great mood, thanks to which everything runs perfectly smooth.”
– Lieven, 36

What our guests say about Sofie:

“She enjoys every hike as much as we do. She is as curious as we are. Always cheerful and a big pot of glue for the group. Her social skills are extremely high. She can handle everyone and she brings that extra atmosphere on board.”
– Jonathan, 40

“A wonderful guide, and woman! Initially I was a bit scared, as I am not a true adventurer, but this feeling quickly evaporated because of the trust I had in Sofie. She was our guide, organizer and cook, always busy for us, but never tired, and always with a big smile and that contagious enthusiasm.”
– Katrien, 56

“This strong, sweet and crazy young lady’s heart breathes adventure and nature. She shares her rich knowledge of Greenland via colorful stories and interesting facts. We learned so much thanks to her! She is a seasoned adventurer with untamable enthusiasm. She brings atmosphere and motivates at the right timing, without ever pushing.”
– Jasmina

“In a brilliant way, Sofie combines a passionate drive with her social skills. She is a natural leader with an eye for everyone.”
– Wim, 40

“Well prepared, extensive knowledge of terrain and equipment… and above all always super enthusiastic and in a great mood, thanks to which everything runs perfectly smooth.”
– Lieven, 36

Sofie guides these expeditions:

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THE BIRD ITHE WORD

Follow our adventures before, during and after the expeditions: