Greenland 2022

With special thanks to the Rolex Institute

The Project

It will be the 20 year anniversary since Dupre and John Hoelscher completed the first and only circumnavigation of Greenland in 2001; a 6,500-mile journey all non-motorized by dog team and kayak. 

We will re-visit polar Inuit friends and villages to find out how their culture has changed as a result of climate change and modernization over the last two decades.

The team will travel by dog team over frozen fjords to Inuit villages and hunting grounds.

To round out the Greenland story, we are focusing on two key areas of Greenland.  The first and most prominent location will be the land of the Polar Inuit in northwest Greenland.  The second area is an extremely remote place in Southeast Greenland called Kangerlussuaq.



To create a feature documentary film and photo essay that will tell their story and pay homage to the Inuit people, unsung heroes of countless Arctic expeditions and pioneers of ingenuity to create rich lives. Their innovation through trial and error and their creative ways of improvising has always amazed Lonnie on past expeditions.

The Impact

Through this documentary, we aim to educate people about this little known place and culture.  To convey the beauty that Greenland is and the humble people that carved out special lives in a land of snow and ice.  By giving folks a glimpse of the Polar Inuit culture, we hope to make it dear in others' hearts too.  

We will produce a feature-length documentary and photo-essay book that share with the world the importance of Greenland’s ice, its people, and its fragility.

The Team



Lonnie Dupre – Team Leader | Minnesota

Lonnie has 30 years of polar expeditions under his belt, pulling sleds on skis from Canada to the North Pole twice and circumnavigating Greenland by dog team and kayak. In 2015, he completed the first January solo winter ascent of Alaska’s Denali, North America’s tallest peak.


  • Completed the first west to east, 3,000-mile winter crossing of Canada’s famed Northwest Passage by dog team

  • Achieved the first circumnavigation of Greenland, a 6,500 mile, all non-motorized journey by kayak and dog team

  • Pulled sleds on skis from Canada to the North Pole twice achieving over 22 million impressions worldwide on issues surrounding climate change

  • First solo winter ascent of Alaska’s Mount Denali (20,340 ft) in the month of January

  • Alpine ascent of Kyajo Ri (20,295 ft) in Himalayas, Nepal

  • First winter ascent of Mount Wood (15,912 ft) in the Yukon, Canada



  • Royal Canadian Geographical Society Fellow 2019

  • Outside magazine's #3 Most Badass Adventure of 2015

  • National Geographic Adventure - Best of Adventure 2005

  • Rolex Award for Enterprise 2004

  • Polartec Challenge Award 2000 & 2001

  • Explorers Club 1996

  • Winter Olympics in Oslo, Norway 1994

Books, Film & Speaking

  • Alone at the Top – Climbing Denali in the Dead of Winter

  • Life on Ice – 25 Years of Arctic Exploration

  • Greenland Expedition: Where Ice is born (photo essay)

  • The Raven’s Gift (children’s book)

  • Cold Love – Film

  • TedX Talk - Life in the Middle of Nowhere (Dec 2019 release)

Pascale Marceau - Scientist & Explorer | Canada

Pascale Marceau, a Fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society is a scientist specializing in risk and renewable energy start-ups. Marceau is also a cold-weather explorer and has recently become the first woman to summit a major subarctic peak in winter and has completed the first ascent of a peak in British Columbia.

Pascale focuses on winter mountaineering and first ascents in areas of Canada and the world that have seldom been explored.  Pascale is happiest with a map and a compass in her hands!

Pascale aims to have a scientific component to her projects, a notable one being the microplastics sampling which produced an article in National Geographic

Josefin Kuschela – Director & Cinematographer | Germany

Josi has been working in the wide world of film for more than 10 years. She is also a psychologist and did brain research for a while, but soon found that her heart is in the outdoors, in nature. She loves to find cool shots in all parts of the earth to show people these wonderful places that our world has to offer.


Being a big dog person and loving animals, she has made films with sled dogs in Alaska, wolves in Germany and is currently filming moose in North America.

Torben Diklev | Denmark


Archeologist specializing in the Polar Inuit culture. Torben was past director and curator of the Danish Polar Explorer Knud Rasmussen house in Denmark and Thule Museum in Qaanaaq, Greenland.

Dave King | Sweden

Born in the UK, Dave has lived all over the World, from Afghanistan to India then the far North of Alaska and now in Lapland where he maintains a  kennel of 40 sleddogs, some horses and a Red Cat. Passions are dog mushing, mountaineering, kayaking & sailing and discovering the wild parts of our planet by these means. Passionate about our global environment,


Dave runs an ocean plastics recovery project in Arctic waters ( in addition to operating a polar training school in Northern Sweden: (  

Tine Lisby Jensen | Denmark


Inuit Culture Tine has lived and toured in Greenland for many years and has a vast knowledge of the Polar Inuit culture.  


Tine is also Owner of LISBY in Denmark, specializing in fine leather creations.

Stevie Anna Plummer | USA

Stevie has handled communications and social media for Lonnie Dupre since 2011.  Stevie is an adventurous soul and working on photography. 


Stevie fell in love with the vast, wild land that is Patagonia where she embarked on a 1,200+ mile crossing of Patagonia by horseback with her pup Darcie.


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