Pioneer of the Month: Johan Unplugs!

Nowadays, it has become increasingly important to unplug, to get away form it all, to make sure that you leave behind the constant pulls on your attention, from everything to click bait to the endless stream of notifications. 

Our Unplugged Wilderness tour helps you do just that, and a lot more. Johan and his daughter got out there into the Greenlandic wilderness 

What motivated you to visit Greenland?

I have always wanted to visit northern countries and after having been to Iceland a couple of times, so  it seemed like a logical step, Of course, it was important that it is one of the last unspoilt places on earth and that the trip could be fairly adventurous.

How long was your stay? Did you travel solo or with a group?

We stayed about ten days and travelled with a group. All group members were complete strangers before we met.

Which tour did you take and why did you choose it?

We did IMG 81,  Unplugged Wilderness. I chose it together with my daughter, who also participated. We choose it because it was quite challenging walking especially because we planned to do a 12 day horse riding trek in Iceland just before going to Greenland. We wanted to test ourselves and this Greenland trek did exactly that.

What is one thing you will always remember about your tour?

The enormity and grandeur of the landscape is something never to be forgotten. We also missed our mountain hut and had to sleep in the open high up between glaciers and that on the one night is was raining and drizzling. Quite an experience as we walked about seventeen hours out of twenty four with just a three hour snooze in the open air and some rest periods during the day.

What is something that you learned about Greenland that surprised you?

The weather. It was much warmer during most days than I anticipated. Also the fact that the original inhabitants of Greenland are divided in quite distinct groups.

If you had more time in Greenland, what else would you like to see and do?

I think I would like to take a mixed kayaking/hiking tour but I would have to learn how to use a kajak. Dogsledding in winter would be nice too.

What tips do you have for people that want to visit Greenland?

Splash out on a really good sleeping bag as the nights are very cold. Cheap hiking boots will not do but if possible take old stuff with you so you can leave it behind for the locals. Hiking boots etc.. are really appreciated. The guides know people who will make sure your gear will go to families who need it most.

Make sure your daypack is a comfortable one as some of the walks are really tough with no paths and continuous climbing and descending over rough terrain.

What adventure are you off to next? 

We (my daughter and myself) will be back in Iceland for horse riding. Nothing else has been decided yet but I am thinking about a trip to Patagonia.

Did you enjoy reading about Johan’s adventure? Have you been to Greenland with us and would like to be featured as a “Pioneer of the Month?” Feel free to email us at jewells@mountainguides.is or call +354-522-4933.

Start planning your unforgettable winter adventure in Greenland by browsing our tours here.

 


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