What’s it like to lose yourself in true wilderness for five weeks? Willem Vandoorne, a Belgian packrafter, sought solitude in Southwest Greenland and found a spectacular landscape completely devoid of human activity. Vandoorne made a tour of about 300 miles, which included 100 miles of packrafting on a total of 9 fjords, 10 lakes and 2 rivers. With a pack weighing over 60 pounds at the beginning of his trip, he made only one resupply for food.
“And then there was this Greenland expedition… a trip which was without any doubt the most beautiful I have ever made and which has impressed and touched me deeply. The feeling which I had during those weeks in the wilderness is hard to explain. As I struggled through boulder fields and moraine, watched the sun set from mountain with views unknown to human gaze, and slalomed along countless muskoxen, I no longer felt like a spectator of any kind in this vast wilderness, but was an integral part of it, obeying to the same rules and laws of nature as any animal out there.” —Willem Vandoorne