Willem Vandoorne

Co-founder and lead wilderness guide of Puffins

“Impressive, grandeur beyond imagination, a life-changing experience. What a wilderness! It won’t take long before I will go back”. This is an extract from an e-mail Willem sent to a friend upon return from his first Greenland trip in 2013.

However, no one could have thought it would be life-changing in such a dramatic way – eventually leading to founding Puffins together with Sofie, and living the dream of guiding like-minded pioneers through the vast expanses of Greenland’s coastline.

During his twenties, Willem received international attention in the outdoor community with unprecedented solo hiking and packrafting traverses in Scandinavia, New Zealand and Greenland. For this string of expeditions the American Packrafting Association awarded him the Golden Paddle Award, the highest international recognition. Willem has also become a real reference for expedition planning, and has an incredible talent to find the very best spots and possibilities in this vast wilderness with just a blink of the eye on the map, even on the spot.

Willem combines his genuine passion for the Arctic with a tireless smile and a calm, gentle personality and a subtle role in managing group dynamics and acting in personal needs. Thanks to his unrivalled skills on the terrain you are in safe hands at any moment. And it will be impossible not the be inspired by so much enthusiasm!

When Willem is not in Greenland, you might find him hiking, biking or (ultra)running in some other mountain range, or just the lush green hills back home in Flanders.

What our guests say about Willem:

“He’s the best! Infinite knowledge, well brought to the group.”
– Karel, 28

“Despite his relatively young age, Willem is an incredibly passionate guide who has world-class experience planning ánd successfully completing difficult expeditions. Everyone feels at ease in his hands. Very committed to safety of the group at any moment, knows what he is doing. Very calm and pleasant way of managing the group”
– Wim, 40

“It was so pleasant to be guided by Willem. Puts everyone at ease. Great social skills and knowledge”
-Wouter, 29

“It was clear from the start that Willem’s knowledge of Greenland is incredible. It was striking how well he could estimate what a day trip would be and look like, even on unknown terrain. Very committed to the safety of the group.”
– Jonathan, 40

“Incredible job Willem! It was a great trip, and your continuous smile, calm appearance and humour definitely contributed to that. Very empathic and reassuring. Nice briefings which just make you long for another day out. And everything is possible!”.
– Ilse, 30

“Top! Incredible knowledge, really knows what he is doing as a guide, took us to the very best spots out there. It was already clear from the information meeting months in advance that Willem knows how to design the perfect trip”
– Pieter, 32

What our guests say about Willem:

“He’s the best! Infinite knowledge, well brought to the group.”
– Karel, 28

“Despite his relatively young age, Willem is an incredibly passionate guide who has world-class experience planning ánd successfully completing difficult expeditions. Everyone feels at ease in his hands. Very committed to safety of the group at any moment, knows what he is doing. Very calm and pleasant way of managing the group”
– Wim, 40

“It was so pleasant to be guided by Willem. Puts everyone at ease. Great social skills and knowledge”
-Wouter, 29

“It was clear from the start that Willem’s knowledge of Greenland is incredible. It was striking how well he could estimate what a day trip would be and look like, even on unknown terrain. Very committed to the safety of the group.”
– Jonathan, 40

“Incredible job Willem! It was a great trip, and your continuous smile, calm appearance and humour definitely contributed to that. Very empathic and reassuring. Nice briefings which just make you long for another day out. And everything is possible!”.
– Ilse, 30

“Top! Incredible knowledge, really knows what he is doing as a guide, took us to the very best spots out there. It was already clear from the information meeting months in advance that Willem knows how to design the perfect trip”
– Pieter, 32

Willem guides these expeditions:

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