2016: Year in Review / by Gustav Thuesen

A new year is a weird phenomenon as the only thing that has actually changed is a number. Although it still makes me and many more think of what was and look for what is to come. 2016 was an eventful year. A year where I got to do many things I really love! Looking back it will be year of many good times with friends in different parts of the world. 

2016 started of with a night kayak shoot in Sweden. It was very challenging both technically and personally, but me and the team eventually made a shot we were happy with - after running around a snowy forest in -10c for most of the day. Good times. The shot got picked up by Canoe & Kayak Magazine and they made an interview with me here: link.

Shortly after I went south. Not for the warmth though. I went skiing. I found my way to Austria where I was for about 2 months. Sweet powder turns and great buddies. What time is it? The best time of your life! 

Then I got home and had a little down time where I worked on some commercial projects here in Denmark. In that period I also got the call that I was going to Greenland. Stoked.
But before taking off for Greenland I made the time to explore my own backyard. A bikepacking trip along the west coast of Jutland. A trip that ended up being a bit of a rollercoaster ride. A predominantly fun rollercoaster but with a few downs. Also a trip that shows that you don’t have to travel to the other side of the world to find adventure. 

Off to Greenland I was. I didn’t really know what to expect but got overwhelmed by massive icebergs, calving glaciers and jumping whales. Before I went I had got my hands on a drone. I was really happy I did! What a fantastic tool. Flying under the midnight sun was unforgettable.
If you ever get the opportunity to go to Greenland, then go - you will not regret it. 

All of a sudden I was back in Denmark. Usually it is a bit of a bummer to get back to the rather dull Danish nature - especially after being surrounded by the majestic Greenlandic nature! So to smoothen the transition a made a small trip to Southern Sweden. It is always a good and easy getaway when living in Copenhagen. 

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I have had a hunting license for some time now but had never really put it to use. That changed in November as a few buddies and I packed the car and went hunting in Norway. We tramped around in the woods for hours but never shot anything. Still a really nice time! 

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But what about the future, 2017? To be honest I haven’t planned much yet. There are a lot of things I would like to do, places I would like to visit - but no dates have been set or tickets bought.
But with that being said I have some things I know I will do. First of all I have a few personal projects I will finish and some long term ones I will work on.
One thing I really look forward to is to fly my drone. Immediately after buying my first drone in 2016 I was hooked. I have just upgraded my aircraft to the DJI Phantom 4 Professional and really look forward to spend more time with it in 2017.  

So let's attack 2017 head on! I wish you the very best of luck in the new year and hopefully many great adventures!

Stay curious!