ALLROUND ADVENTURER, PHOTOGRAPHER AND JOURNALIST
Jolanda is an allround adventurer, photographer and journalist, always looking for new outdoor challenges.
Her trips to Alaska, Canada, Greenland, Iceland, Scandinavia and the Alps among others, have resulted in outdoor articles, hiking and paddling guides, which she hopes inspire outdoor people to visit new places.
Jolanda's love for wild places made her cross the Greenland icecap together with husband Frank van Zwol. She has also solo-skied through northwest Canada in the company of a husky, to explore the wilderness of the Richardson Mountains and arrive in the native settlement of Old Crow, where the Vuntut Gwichin First Nation live out their vision of wilderness.
In 2011, Jolanda was the winner of the TDS race, which is a part of the UTMB. TDS, or "Sur les Traces des Ducs de Savoie", is a wild and technical ultra marathon in the Alps.
In April and May 2013, Jolanda did Running Wild - powered by Haglöfs, a solo running adventure, crossing Great Britain all the way from Land's End in the south to John O'Groats in the north. Without a support crew, 2000 km cross country on foot and bivouacing overnight. The project combines Jolanda's ultrarunning passion & professional adventure business with her love for wild and lonely places. The target was not to cover the distance as fast as possible, but experiencing wild places as intense and active as possible by running beautiful long distance paths (West Coast Trail, Offa's Dyke, Cumbria Way, Hadrian's Wall, The Pennine Way, West Highland Way) and once in the wild Scottish Highlands, by following no paths at all across the mountains.