The Altai Greenland Family
In charge of the organisation and logistics, we are based in Greenland. We are always happy to help; we love sharing our knowledge, offering advice and helping you plan and prepare for your trip. From our first email or phone call to our last goodbye, we are delighted to share everything we know and love about this unique and beautiful region.
Quentin grew up in southern France where he was able to enjoy an exclusive playground of sea and mountains, ideal for adventure sports. He then moved to Canada and discovered that such escapades could also be enjoyed in harsher conditions. It is in Canada that he uncovered his ingrained passion for outdoor winter sports and his desire to explore the polar regions. He is drawn to the unique wilderness of the Far North, a vast universe where man remains a guest and where calm smplicity reigns supreme. He began his guiding story leading adventures in Iceland, then he became the manager of our basecamps in Norway, Spitsbergen and Iceland before finding himself as he is today, in charge of organising trips in Greenland, a country which has truly captured his heart.
Yannick grew up near Marseille in France paddling in the creeks. At the age of 15, he came across a book by Paul Emile Victor and this was the beginning of a long journey which shaped his passions for the Far North. During his studies of geography and geomorphology, his passions for the Arctic World of glaciers, icebergs and bears grew and grew. He spent his first summer as a guide in Spitsbergen in 2009 after passing his French Certificates of kayak competence and guiding; today his seasons are shared between Greenland and Svalbard.
Having grown up in the Alps, Aurelia has always loved climbing in the mountains. Passionate about outdoor sports, she loves to travel and discover the mountains of the world by foot, bike, rock climbing or skiing. Aurelia has been working with us for 7 years now sharing her passions for travel and sport. If you are lucky enough to be in an expedition team with Aurelia, get ready to discover secret locations and to share countless special convivial moments. She is also excellent at pushing adventurous on more extreme trips to their limits, always striving for excellence.
Arnaud first discovered travelling through the writing of Jack London, Jules Vernes, Herman Hesse and the explorations of Nansen and Shackleton. He has now been an Arctic guide for 20 years in a range of northern territories including Iceland, Greenland and Russia. He expresses how each polar destination deserves a stop to appreciate what nature has to offer in these unique untamed parts of the world - landscapes sometimes covered with immaculate glittering white frost, sometimes verdnant, dotted with rumbling rivers and majestic icebergs - the rare and varied beauty of the Great North never fails to impress.
The polar lands captured Elodies heart during a trip to Iceland in 2010 when the eruption of Eyjafjallojökull revealed the raw natural power in the far north. A quote she loves by Flemming Jensen describes why Greenland in particular is so special for her... '' Thinking of the large amount of Greenlandic words he had learned since his arrival, he was suddenly struck by the fact that he had never fallen on the phrase 'because'. (...) In Greenland, when faced with a difficult situation that requires a clear choice or decision, there is a whole other word that is always used: imaqa ... maybe."
The newest member of our team, Isabelle works primarily with our English speaking travellers. Her passions for the outdoors have flourished sine the age of 15 when she organised a trek along the English Welsh border raising money for charity. SInce then, she has not stopped pushing her boundries, exploring new places and planning expeditions. The wild nature of the Far North with its promise of endless adventure holds a very special place in her heart. When she is not mountaineering, climbing or kayaking, Isabelle can be found planning her next expedition to the North.