Lars Thorbjørn Monsen (born 21 April 1963 in Oslo) is a Sámi-Norwegian adventurer and journalist, famous for his explorations and backpacking expeditions in harsh wilderness. In particular, he became especially known for his thru-hiking trip in northern Canada and Alaska, which was filmed and documented by Monsen himself, and then broadcast on NRK in 2005. He spent 2 years and 7 months on this trip alone.
In 2010 Monsen was expedition leader for the Norwegian program "Ingen Grenser" which is a remake of BBCs Beyond Boundaries. In 30 days they covered 500 kilometers over Cap of the North, some of the participants with severe physical limitations. He is currently living with American-Norwegian artist Trine Rein.
His well-documented expeditions include:
- Walking and dog-sledding across northern Canada (2 years and 7 months, going from Kaktovik to Goose Bay). A lot of filming was done during this expedition, the footage was subsequently cut together into the documentary series Canada På Tvers.
- Walking across Alaska (10 months)
- Walking across Norway (12 months)
- Walking across Kodiak Island, Alaska
- Walking across Admiralty Island, Alaska
- Paddling in canoe, twice, through Katmai National Park, Alaska
- Traveling 900 km by foot through Norway, Sweden and Finland
- Walking 90 days in Børgefjell National Park
- Three 1-month trips through Finnmark, Femundsmarka og Saltfjellet for NRK.
- 365 days of wilderness traveling through Norway, Sweden, Finland for a TV show on NRK called Nordkalotten 365.
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