In April 2015 Bert Poffé visited Raphael Fiegen in Esch-sur-Alzette, Luxembourgh for the Wild And Adventurous BENELUX Expedition 2015. After a day of mushing (quad) together in the green woods of Luxembourg, both adventurers started talking about possible future expeditions together and about a way to support GoodPlanet Belgium. Hours later both adventurers went home with a new project: THE KUNGSLEDEN DOGSLED EXPEDITION 2016.
In the extreme north of Sweden, a hundred miles (160 kilometers) inside the Arctic Circle, hides the last remote wilderness in Western Europe. This is Lapland, and through it runs Kungsleden;
the "King of Trails" is a 275-mile (443-kilometer) route between Abisko in the north and Hemavan in the south. an expansive landscape of birch forests, hidden glaciers, powerful rivers, and the highest mountains in Sweden.
Kungsleden runs through four national parks and a nature reserve.
In the midst of the Swedish Arctic winter, Raphael, Bert and the dogs will travel the 450 kilometers on the famous Kungsleden between Hermavan and Abisko.
Raphael’s 10 dogs have been part of a well-trained team for over 10 years. While still standing strong, for some of them it will be their last big adventure before retiring while for others it will only be the beginning of a long career as expedition-dogs.
The Luxembourg-Belgian team will be on the Kungsleden trail for around 20 days, plus or minus a few. Blizzards might hold them up for several days. If good progress is made, they will take time for extra exploration on snowshoes.
The goals of the KUNGSLEDEN DOGSLED EXPEDITION 2016
- Make people see the beauty of the Kungsleden and the Swedish Arctic region
-Inspire people to start exploring the beauty of our planet
Bert Poffé (46) Explorer and rewilding coach - PR GoodPlanet Belgium
Belgian explorer Bert Poffé has a special interest in the First Nations of the North, and indigenous people and nomads in general. Travelling through wild places and learning from nature is what he loves most.He has met many inspiring people of different Canadian First Nations such as the Anishnabe, Atikamekw, Huron and Mic Mac, and has lived with several nomadic Mongolian families. Bert is also a rewilding coach, inspiring people to reconnect with nature and with their wilder self in order to gain optimal physical and mental health.
Film maker Romain Gierenz (Lux) will make the documentary "ON 40 PAWS" about Raphael and Bert’s Kungsleden Dogsled Expedition 2016. Romain studied film and media in Stuttgart and works as a film maker since 2013. He worked primarily in the field of promotional films but recently decided to dedicate himself exclusively to storytelling, in order to be able to promote thrilling projects. The documentary “On 40 Paws” appeals to him in particular, because he aims to reach people's interests in what motivations in life does one gain from spending 3 weeks in the wilderness?
He wants to raise awareness for following issues: • climate change: How does the climatic change affect the northern territories? Romain hopes to draw attention to this problem, and show how every single person can contribute to counteract the climate change • alternative lifestyles: Are we slowly losing our connection to nature? How can we reclaim our affinity to nature and the peace it provides?
The bottom line question of this documentary is: "Is it possible to inspire people or motivate them for changes through the obtained insights of a 3 weeks arctic expedition?"