Uncharted Backpacker

Author - Stephen Gollan

Kayaking Gwaii Haanas National Park, Canada

Gwaii Haanas National Park, British Columbia, Canada 

What does it do to one to leave modern civilization and the modern comforts of home behind? To delve deep into the natural world? To get lost both physically and within one’s own consciousness? Here I am, someone who has always avoided this kind of “hippy crap” yet writing about this, knowing that I have found a place to surround myself with pure, natural beauty. A place to reset myself and make me feel human again. Paddling through Gwaii Haanas was a transformative experience, a cleansing of the soul, whatever that means. Floating amongst a sea of life, passing by mystical, dark forests and towering mountains covered in mist makes for a legendary setting. This is my story of a journey into one of planet Earth’s hidden paradises. This is the ancient land of the Haida: Gwaii Haanas National Park, Canada. 

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Hovercraft to Kizhi Island and Lake Onega, Russia

Kizhi Island, Russia

Hidden deep in Russia’s off the beaten track Republic of Karelia are the UNESCO churches on the Island of Kizhi. This is the real Russia, small remote wooden villages whose locals still primarily make a living from farming and hunting. Kizhi couldn’t feel further from Russia’s glitzy high life in the capital. Hopping aboard a Soviet-era hovercraft we blast across the frozen lake ice passing by these intriguing villages before the giant UNESCO wooden church towers emerge from the black forested island deep into Karelia’s wilds. This is the Russia I was looking for, the Russia many believe to be long gone! Welcome to Kizhi Island deep in the heart of remote Russia!

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Best Trips from Cusco – Peru’s Andean Wonderland

Peruvian Andes

Remote mountains of rainbow colors, high altitude lakes age-old Inca secrets, ancient hidden archaeological wonders and steamy jungles teeming with life are just some of the amazing sights outside of Cusco. I traveled this region for over a month in search of some of Peru’s most off the beaten track sights which are all still close to Cusco the capital of the Inca Empire. What I discovered was a culturally rich region with a plethora of amazing archaeological sights and climate zones that can change in the blink of an eye. This is the real Peru! The one we all dream of.

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Travels Final Frontier – Uummannaq, Greenland

Traveling to the furthest corner of the planet and living amongst Greenlandic Inuit hunters was one of the greatest adventures I have accomplished to date. Traversing the Arctic ice by dogsled I joined a hunting dogsled group into the wilds of Greenland to fish. hunt and experience this absolutely raw natural environment. Teaming up with Guide to Greenland we experienced something I can profoundly say might just be travels final frontier. Here is my video for this epic adventure! if you want to join along with the next expedition you can see it on Guide to Greenland website HERE

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