Owner and director of GELCO Paul Walker has more than 30 years experience of Greenland adventure and exploration services since organising his first two month expedition to East Greenland in 1989. Since then, he’s gone on to organise over 250 expeditions all over Greenland, becoming the leading expert in his field. He has guided many of these himself and now works with a team of highly qualified associates including IFMGA Mountain Guides, IPG Polar Guides, WMCI Mountain Instructors, Safety Advisers, Field Assistants and Snowmobile Guides.
Prior to GELCO, Paul ran the highly successful Tangent Expeditions enterprise. His new vision for GELCO was born from the experience of running Tangent and the desire to streamline the business when the world re-opened after the pandemic.
GELCO has a dynamic structure that can meet the needs of the rapidly changing world of exploration and adventure in Greenland in a post-COVID-19 world.
GELCO specialises in providing highly professional logistical support and guiding services to Greenland expeditions and exploration companies, including scientific and mining operations, as well as custom consultancy, logistics and location services to the TV, film and documentary industry.
Corporate, school and youth groups can also enjoy a real challenge in Greenland. We have access to specialist guides in leadership and personal development and offer corporate team development expeditions.
GELCO can also organise custom trips to other parts of Greenland for totally unique and bespoke adventures. We also provide bespoke logistics to self guided ski touring, snow shoe, climbing, mountaineering, kite skiing, boating and sea kayak expeditions.
To deliver our services, GELCO works closely with a hand-picked and highly experienced self-employed guides who accompany groups throughout the main expedition seasons. Our associate guides provide specialised and experienced leadership for all manner of ski touring, mountaineering, snowshoeing, and climbing expeditions.
Constable Point Facility
GELCO utilises two unique storage, accommodation and equipment facilities at Constable Point and Mestersvig to delivers its bespoke Greenland expedition and consultancy services.
Originally owned by Tangent Expeditions since 2011, these facilities were purchased by GELCO’s in-country delivery partner Futures Greenland ApS (‘Futures’). Futures is a wholly Greenland owned and operated company, from which GELCO is able to rent storage facilities and other services.
Having access to snowmobiles and inflatable SIB boats and a fleet of sea kayaks allows clients to receive the best possible support throughout winter or summer expeditions in the most remote regions of northeast arctic Greenland.
The storage facilities at at the remote airstrips off Constable Point and Mestersvig enable groups to more easily access their stores, food and equipment, as well as utilise camp accommodation before heading out into the mountains. This transforms accessibility to the region. The nearby mountains of Liverpool Land ranges provide easy access to stunning alpine mountains, glaciers and fjords. Travelling further afield into the National Park rewards expeditioners with unclimbed summits, untouched landscapes and a true wilderness experience.
Other local services are also available from Futures, such as snowmobile and boat transport.
GELCO is a trading arm of California Ocean Northumbria Ltd, a UK based travel company, and was set up to handle sales of non-domestic travel services. California Ocean Northumbria Ltd offers UK based travel and tourism services and specialises in luxury camper van rental tours and holidays.