Staff World of Greenland
Mike Rinno Kruse – CEO
As long as I remember I have had an urge to go travel and seek the adventure – that was what made me, at the age of 7 store away all of my toys and hang a map of the world on the wall instead. Since then, I have been travelling most of the world, mostly on my cross-country bicycle, the longest tour being from my hometown in Denmark to Bangkok, Thailand. In the summer 2016 I started working as a tour leader for the Danish travel agency Topas Travel, which afterwards led me to Greenland and World of Greenland, where I have been since the summer of 2017. Greenland touches me with its beauty, wilderness and diversity. You rarely meet a landscape so untouched and at the same time so magnificent and wild. This is what makes a wide range of experiences possible here – I especially like our helicopter tour to the inland ice, which on one hand touches my old pilot-dream and on the other, give the views of the fastest moving glacier on the northern hemisphere, as beautiful as it is impressive!
As the directing manager in World of Greenland, I will invite everyone to come and experience this magical place with us – We are looking forward to welcome you here, in the land of ice.
Kristina Kruse – CFO
Rejselysten blev tændt på en 9 måneders arbejds- og rygsæktur i Australien lige efter gymnasiet. Den blev hurtig efterfulgt af et halvt års tur gennem Indien, Nepal, Indonesien og Filippinerne. Herefter vandt fornuften og studiet blev påbegyndt. En kort vinterferie i Grønland var nok til at overbevise mig, dét var stedet at være! Herefter blev de efterfølgende somre anvendt med at arbejde i Grønland. Da biologistudiet var overstået, var det tid til at rykke dagligdagen til Ilulissat. Kort efter jeg flyttede til Ilulissat, blev hundespandet købt og fundamentet var lagt for de mest fantastiske oplevelser!
Jeg er vild med vinterens sne, nordlys og hunde, men glæder mig også hvert år til sommerens ankomst. Så er der mulighed for vandreture og sejlture med isfjelde, hvaler og bræ. Skal jeg vælge et favorit sted og tid er det Glacier Lodge Eqi i August måned, hvor jeg elsker roen og udsigten!
Lotte Cecilie L. Søndermark – COO / Operationel Manager
I came to Greenland for the first time in the summer of 2017, working in Ilimanaq Lodge. The big scales of untouched nature had a paralyzing effect on me from the very first second, and when I left a few months later I knew I had to come back. Since I graduated in 2014 i have mostly been abroard working very diverse jobs all over the world. What makes traveling so fascinationg to me is primarily the adventures provided by nature and the ability of active living in great contrasts. As Operationel Manager I feel priveleged being able to combine this passion with my sense of planning. Greenland has got so much potential and I look forward to developing and showing you this potential through our many tours.
Troels G. Kristensen - Hotel Manager
The last 4 years I worked in the hospitality industry in Denmark, and then I had the desire to spend a couple of years outside the Danish border. A big opportunity was presented in Greenland, and I grabbed my backpack. I’ve travelled big parts of the world among others, New Zealand, Australia and a trip to Kangerlussuaq in 2008. You will be seeing me at the office in Ilulissat where I’m planning the summer for our hotel and restaurant facilities at Glacier Lodge Eqi and Ilimanaq Lodge. We look forward to welcoming you!
Vibeke Koefoed Hueg – chief coordinator
After handing in my thesis in June 2018, I needed some time away from my desk. So the first of July I packed my backpack and went to Greenland for the very first time, where the plan was to work as a guide for World of Greenland for around two months.
I immediately became mesmerized by the beautiful nature and the quietness. My first boat trip in the Disko Bay is still very clear to me: the giant icebergs shinning in the sunlight and groups of humpback whales playfully swimming around. All of this was enveloped in the kind of silence, you only find in the nature.
As I quickly fell in love with the Greenlandic nature and culture, I decided to move to Ilulissat. I do not work as a guide anymore, but at the office taking care of planning our excursions. My mission is to make your visit in Ilulissat truly unforgettable!
Tina Olsvig Madsen – Coordinator
I am born and raised in Ilulissat. I love traveling, but my home is Ilulissat, where i love sailing in the summer catching supply for the long dark winter. I am an optometrist, but have worked with tourism several times and have fallen for it. In World of Greenland I started as a guide and coordinator 2 summers. With the company increaseing I am now daily at the office, where i answer e-mails and plan ahead.
Simone Kølle Petersen - Senior Guide
I sommeren 2007 var jeg på ferie i Grønland, og det gjorde et dybt indtryk på mig. Jeg blev betaget af roen, menneskene, naturen, den friske luft, lyset og de store vidder man ikke finder andre steder end i Grønland. I vinteren 2008 vendte jeg tilbage og kørte 4 dage på hundeslæde. Det var så fantastisk, at jeg kort efter min hjemkomst søgte arbejde i Ilulissat og flyttede hertil.
Siden 2013 har jeg arbejdet som guide i World og Greenland. Jeg har altid holdt af at være ude i naturen, og som uddannet socialpædagog har jeg haft mulighed for at forene det med mit arbejde med børn og unge. Jeg nyder at fortælle om livet her og den smukke natur. I min fritid kører jeg hundeslæde og sejler om sommeren.
Lars Noahsen - Adventure Guide
I was born and grew up in Ilulissat. What I love most about Ilulissat is that nature is right by us. From my home it takes no more than 30 minutes to go down to the harbor. Then I can just sail out at the ice fjord mouth and look at the icebergs. When it's midnight sun, we can sail for 8-10 hours just to enjoy it. It's not just Ilulissat I've sailed in, it's the whole Disko Bay. In Disko Bay there are different cities that I have visited and experienced the culture. One reason why I decided to take the Adventure Guide education is that I love to tell about my city and its surroundings. I look forward to showing you my hometown.
Tanja B. Damgaard - Guide
Back in 2005 I visited Greenland for the first time when I moved to Ilulissat for 5 months with my family. The big icebergs in the bay in front of the town and the dog sled tours in the winter made me fall in love with the country. Since then this country has meant something special to me. I was more than ready when the opportunity to return to this country came up and I have now been a guide for World of Greenland since May 2017. I love to show and tell about the beautiful nature and the Greenlandic people who are always smiling and openhearted. This makes Ilulissat an amazing place to work and live.
Kristoffer Bach Kynemund - Guide
I’ve since the summer of 2016 travelled for more than two years. My longing for the unknown culminated when I packed a backpack with a few belongings and hitchhiked from Denmark to Turkey. 14 months later I came back to Denmark, having visited 22 different countries and 4 continents. My urge for travelling hadn’t dampened the least and after a brief time in Denmark I once again hit the road. My travelling dreams are driven by my longing for the unknown and my love for nature. It’s also the nature I’ve been hunting on my backcountry skiing trips and when I bought by own horses and travelled around the steps of Mongolia. In the summer of 2018 I went to Greenland to experience the amazing nature through my job as a guide for World of Greenland. I was so taken aback by the breathtaking nature and the amazing people, that I decided to stay indefinitely. I’m now working as a guide for World of Greenland and in my spare time I among others go sledding with my own sled dogs. I look forward to giving you guys some amazing experiences and show you my world!
Anders Baagø - Guide
In the 17/18 year I studied to be an outdoor guide in Copenhagen where nature became a big part of my life. Before that I spent much of my time traveling around the world and experiencing the many amazing differences that exist everywhere. The highlight of my various travels is undoubtedly the time I was a camel owner in India and rode 600km through the desert state of Rajasthan. So when the chance came that I could come to Greenland I did not hesitate for a second! Here you can get everything you need (except vegetables, unless you’re rich) The magnificent and unspoiled nature, together with great and friendly people and an interesting history quickly made it difficult for me to leave the country again. So 3 months have been replaced by 13, and the camels have been replaced with dogs. But the adventure is still alive, and I'm looking forward to taking you on one!
Every summer our staff expands by about 30 enthusiastic guides. All our guides are passionate about communicating their knowledge about Greenland and you will meet them on all of our tours where their main goal is to give you a fantastic experience.