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Puffins are funny seabirds breading along hard-to-reach coastline in the North Atlantic.
Half the year, they travel at sea. In their colonies, they are social and loyal.
As brave adventurers, they dive deep and fly for miles to bring home a mouthful of fish.

We live and travel like puffins.
We seek & appreciate wild nature and bring home a mouthful of experiences.
We enjoy good company and share a sense for adventure and a curious spirit.

 

Become a Puffin, and travel wise to wild places.
— Sofie Vanmaele (s/v)

 

HOW IT STARTED

In 2012 & 2013, a long solo bike trip through Scandinavia made me change course from policy negotiator to tourism industry professional. Whereas before I had been talking about protecting the environment, I now feel the urge to show the fragile beauty of our planet.

Since I cycled out of my comfort and into the travel zone, I have met incredibly interesting people. Positive people with a vision for the future. I started guiding groups on mountain hiking trips in the North and experienced how enriching small group interaction out in pure wilderness can be.

I started Puffins because it brings together amazing people & creates safe access to extraordinary places.

I promise we’ll do it in the best possible, professional way and at a fair price.


 Trollstigen 2012

Trollstigen 2012

MEET OUR TEAM OF DEDICATED EXPERTS

 
 Founder, mission control & guide

Founder, mission control & guide

Sofie Vanmaele is a Puffin (S/V) 

With those initials, it was only a matter of time before Sofie would discover she has real sea legs. After having guided dozens of groups on mountain hiking trips in Scandinavia, she chartered a sailing vessel together with a befriended guide to explore West-Greenland with 9 groups of Puffins. When she is not out and about sharing her enthusiasm about the Arctic and expedition yachts with fellow Puffins, she hosts travellers at her guesthouse near the sea.

Join Sofie on an Arctic cruise expedition and sea the world with new eyes.

 Greenland & ISKGA Sea kayaking guide

Greenland & ISKGA Sea kayaking guide

Gilles Denis is a Puffin

A climate physicist by education, and an adventurer at heart & mind. He loves to share his skills & passion about the great outdoors. In 2020, Gilles will attempt a titan challenge with his Greenlandic Triathlon: cross the inlandsis in wintry conditions, padlle 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. 

One chat with Gilles, and you are inspired to conquer the world!

 Iceland guide & landscape photographer

Iceland guide & landscape photographer

Jeroen Van Nieuwenhove is a Puffin

Jeroen is a self-taught and award-winning landscape photographer who lost his heart in Iceland. His awe-inspiring images are the result of pure talent, self-study and an otherworldly environment. For this Icelandophile, it was impossible not to move to Iceland. So he chased his dream and now lives in the world of fire and ice, surrounded by plenty of puffins! His basecamp is in Reykjavik and every chance he sniffs, he is out discovering new gems of his beloved country.

With Jeroen's golden tips & secret knowledge, you will get to explore the real and raw natural charm of Iceland, instead of circling around the familiar.

 Outdoor equipment expert

Outdoor equipment expert

Jens Behaeghe is a Puffin

Jens runs 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!