We meet you once a year at various trade shows, and maybe a very few of you have kayaked in Patagonia or driven through the Namibian desert with us during a pre-summit adventure, but more often than not, we are too pressed for time to small talk and meet each other as real people.

 

At Visit Greenland we love how close we are to each other both on and off the clock, and we want that human element to seep into to our relationships with you, too. As a starting point, get to know our sentimental and quirky sides through this fun interview with Team VG.

 

Q1: GIVE US A SNAPSHOT OF YOUR DAILY LIFE OUTSIDE THE OFFICE.

Idrissia Thestrup: Hmm, trying to figure out the best work-life balance possible and being a parent in the Arctic, where some days just walking to the daycare center is one tough expedition with a screaming one-and-a-half year old.

 

Kim Insuk (Student helper): My life is totally Greenland! After work or university, I study and research about Greenland, and in my spare time I write about Greenland for my blog and even for a Korean travel magazine.

 

Aviaja Lyberth: Dog parenting and watching marathons of tv shows.

 

Mads Lumholt: Apart from work, I walk my dog, practise guitar, sing in a band, run and sail with my family.

 

Sarah Woodall: I have a standing date at CrossFit Inua every afternoon, and my free time goes toward experimenting with new baking projects and transforming my house into a cosy home.

 

Lykke Yakaboylu: I love spending time with my husband and kids, travelling for rock concerts and making - or going out for - good food and coffee!

 

Q2: WHAT IS THE BEST THING ABOUT GREENLAND?

Arina Kleist: The nature has so much to offer everywhere, whether it is a spectacular view, the great calmness or the best and purest food and water. It is great to have the possibility to sail and hunt your own food in the great nature. And then there are the people, too!

 

Idrissia Thestrup: It pushes all your limits. Its remoteness and challenges push you to constantly reevaluate what is most important in your life and your place as a human being in this world.

 

Lykke Yakaboylu: The adventures are always just outside your door step, and the people are the best to laugh and smile with.

 

Aviaja Lyberth: It is not overcrowded and you can walk 5 meters to get to a free landscape with minimum noise.

 

Tanny Por: The everyday quality of life. Crisp fresh air and refreshingly cool water. Little hellos to random strangers along the street. And the fact that you only have to drive 15 minutes to get anywhere!


Q3: WHAT IS ON YOUR BUCKET LIST?

Filip Gielda: Try all the cheesecakes in the world.

 

Arina Kleist: Travel to as many countries as possible to try their cuisines and learn how to cook their best dishes. Live in a vineyard to learn about wine and winemaking. SCUBA diving in these places, too. I could go on :)

 

Mads Lumholt: Sail around the world with my family.

 

Aviaja Lyberth: Get fit! Travel to the Amalfi Coast, and make peace with the cold.

 

Kim Insuk: Take pictures of/with polar bears and penguins (but not at the same time). Try a flying suit. Own my own boat and snowmobile. Wear the Greenlandic national costume.

 

Mads Skifte: I would like to have a boat that can be used as a ‘summer place’. Plus travelling to Vietnam, New Zealand and Cuba.

 

Aningaaq Carlsen: Skydiving! And travelling.

 

Q4: WHAT ARE 3 WORDS THAT DESCRIBE YOU?

Aningaaq Carlsen: Calm. Welcoming. Careful.

 

Filip Gielda: Cheesecake… just kidding. Curious. Ambitious. Aesthetical.

 

Mads Skifte: Cautious. Humble. Friendly.

 

Sarah Woodall: Determined. Thoughtful. Dedicated.

 

Idrissia Thestrup: Fierce. Kind. Curious.

 

Q5: WHAT ARE YOUR CURRENT BIG PROJECTS AT WORK?

Mads Skifte: Keeping an eye on what is going on the coast, helping to and develop the local tourism businesses. 

 

Sarah Woodall: Right now I feel like life revolves around Vestnorden Travel Mart! In all honesty, I am loving this one year marathon toward September 2017 that lets me stretch my wings as an International Relationship Manager, storywriter and event coordinator.

 

Filip Gielda: Re-launching our website, improving our online presence, building the visual elements of the Vestnorden Travel Mart website, and social media.

 

Aningaaq Carlsen: Showing Greenland visually in the best possible ways via 360 degree cameras, pictures, videos and drone footage.


Tanny Por: I have just returned from maternity leave, and there are so many interesting projects to dig into! I will be focusing on integrating the social media elements of my job with PR and and B2B relationship management. And yes, nearly everything seems to have a connection with Vestnorden!

 

Q6: WHAT IS ONE NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTION YOU MADE THIS YEAR THAT YOU INTEND TO KEEP?

Lykke Yakaboylu: I stopped doing that - I never keep them anyway! But I am always trying to get healthier and fitter.

 

Tanny Por: To kiss my husband good morning and good night everyday. It is harder than one thinks! Plus, I want to simplify my life, as in, dinner parties do not always have to be a gourmet, lavish affair… which I feel like they are in Greenland sometimes.

 

Mads Lumholt: No alcohol consumption for a year and to practise the guitar for one hour per day.

 

Sarah Woodall: Post with purpose. In an effort to post no more (ok, fewer) gratuitous food pictures or selfies, I want to take more time to ask myself, “Do I really need to share this?” before pressing Post.

 

ON THAT NOTE, HERE ARE 6 VG’ERS’ SO-ME ACCOUNTS WORTH FOLLOWING!

Idrissia Thestrup: @nuuknuan. Every now and then I like to share shots from my daily life in Nuuk.

 

Aningaaq Carlsen: @aningaaqrc

 

Sarah Woodall: @polarphile gives the best look into my life at the top of the world, but I also have a blog - search for Adventures of a Polarphile.

 

Filip Gielda: @filipgielda

 

Tanny Por: @fourthcontinent. Plus I have www.thefourthcontinent.com, but since having a baby, I have hardly written!

 

Kim Insuk: My blog galaxylake.blog.me has been running since 2003 about my world travels, but since I got to Greenland, I have only been writing about Greenland. Most importantly, I am writing in Korean!


AND AS ALWAYS, FOLLOW @ILOVEGREENLAND AND #GREENLANDPIONEER!