AEX team photo 2019

Staff

Thank you for making us your expedition leaders of choice

Below you will find the staff that conforms Albatros Expeditions, both in our Copenhagen Headquarters and On Board. An amalgam of knowledge from different regions, whose passion is exploring the world... and sharing their expertise to ensure that every journey abides to the high standards of quality and service that define Albatros Expeditions.

Anders Ellemann Kristensen
Sales Manager in China

Anders Ellemann Kristensen

Sales Manager in China

Originally from Denmark and now residing in China, Anders is the General Manager of the Albatros Travel Office in Beijing. He is responsible for marketing, sales and the daily management of Albatros Groups operations, as well as of Albatros Expeditions in Greater China.   

In 2006, Anders took to the road as a guide for Albatros Travel, being the first to run back to back Beijing - New Delhi road and train trips over the Tibetan Plateau. This evolved into a passion for remote areas and in time, Greenland, Svalbard and the Antarctic Peninsula were added to Anders ‘another day at the office’ locations. 

Anders has a M.A in Chinese from Aarhus University, a B.A in Philosophy from the University of Southern Denmark and a Graduate Certificate in Business Administration (HD 1) from Aarhus University. In his spare time, he enjoys running and spending time with his family. 

Anne Marie Hashiba
Sales Manager in Japan

Anne Marie Hashiba

Sales Manager in Japan

Born in Japan to a Danish father and a Japanese mother, Anne Marie grew up in Southern Jutland. Anne Marie lived in California as a young adult and started her passion for Airline and Travel industry in Los Angeles.

Now residing in Yokohama with more than 25 years of experience in the field, she works in the Sales team for Albatros Expeditions. She is fluent in Danish, English and Japanese, and also knows some German.

In her spare time when not travelling with work, Anne Marie enjoys spending time with her family and friends, exploring new destinations and learning about other cultures, as well as tasting great local food.

Elise Grøndahl
Operations Manager

Elise Grøndahl

Operations Manager

Born and raised in Southern Jutland to a Danish father and Taiwanese mother, Elise lived in South Korea, China and Taiwan during her youth and as a young adult. Her passion for travelling led to an academic background in intercultural management.

Elise has worked in the tourism industry for more than 13 years, where she previously focused on incoming tourism and cruise ship ground management. Elise's natural talent for great customer service and detail has resulted in many happy guests.

In her spare time, Elise loves to create tasty dishes inspired by her travels and enjoys making organic wellness products for her family and friends. Elise's continued passion for discovering new places (and food recipes) is alive and kicking - as she strives to eat her way around the world!

Gorm Pedersen
Managing Director

Gorm Pedersen

Managing Director

Originally from Jutland on the west part of Denmark, Gorm Pedersen is now a Copenhagen resident, working as managing director for Albatros Expeditions.

Gorm holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Copenhagen University and a Bachelor degree in Tourism management from Plymouth University in England.   He has 25 years of experience working in the leisure and tourism industry,  building up strong service and sales teams, and ensuring an extra ordinary experience to the customers.

Gorm has traveled to more than 85 countries, and is always looking for new adventures. In his spare time, he loves all kinds of sports and hikes, and his greatest satisfaction is focusing on his children’s activities on the weekends. 

Hans Lagerweij
President, Albatros International

Hans Lagerweij

President, Albatros International

Hans is known for his global mindset, having worked and lived in six countries and managed various travel companies around the world. Hans holds an MBA from Erasmus University, Rotterdam. He combined his passion for adventure travel and his expertise in commercial management to become Managing Director of Sawadee Reizen in Amsterdam. In 2010, Hans moved to Toronto and became president of Quark Expeditions. In 2015 Hans took over responsibility for all adventure brands within TUI Travel, a business that was sold in 2017. In 2018 Hans became CEO and President of boutique luxury cruise start-up Victory Cruise Lines, a business that was successfully sold in 2019. 

 

Currently Hans resides in Copenhagen, and is president of the international businesses of Albatros Travel, including Albatros Expeditions, Albatros Arctic Circle, Albatros Africa and Adventure Marathons, while he is also a trustee of the Safer Tourism Foundation.

Katrine Bøgelund Find
Purchasing Manager

Katrine Bøgelund Find

Purchasing Manager

Born and raised in Fyn, Katrine is an educated tour leader with a great passion for the travel industry. Now residing in Copenhagen, she works for several of the sister companies of Albatros Expeditions: Albatros Adventure marathons, Albatros Travel and Albatros Arctic Circle. 

Katrine has a degree in purchasing and logistics and previous experience in procurement for production companies. Her role as buyer for Albatros combines her talent and interest in travel, shopping and logistics, for the development of new products that strongly represent the image of each company. Some of her achievements include setting up a purchasing department for Albatros and developing products in collaboration with her colleagues, some which are now part of the products available in the new shop in Ilulissat. 

Lene Guldmann
Product Coordinator

Lene Guldmann

Product Coordinator

Originally from Aarhus, Jutland on the west part of Denmark, Lene is now a Copenhagen resident.

Lene has more than 20 years of experience working in the individual leisure and tourism industry with focus on building strong B2B relations, high customer service, sales and production. She joined the Expedition team in 2018.

Traveling has always been very important for Lene, who is constantly looking for new adventures. In her spare time, she loves all kinds of sports, a good book and time with friends and family.

Maria Pedersen
Product Coordinator

Maria Pedersen

Product Coordinator
Michael Hjorth
Product Manager

Michael Hjorth

Product Manager

Michael has been with Albatros since 2002 – all the time with keen interest and expert knowledge in polar regions and small ship adventure. He is originally from and continues to reside in Copenhagen, but is often traveling.

Small expedition vessels has always been in the DNA of Albatros, and Michael has been producer of voyages all around the North Atlantic, along Baltic coasts, Kamchatka, into the Arctic Canada, Greenland, Pacific – and of course to Antarctica.

A geologist of education and longtime mountaineer, Michael has worked and climbed all over Greenland, and as an avid photographer has supplied our programs with stunning photos.

Philip Stack
Production Lead

Philip Stack

Production Lead

Mexico, Cuba, China, Greece, Turkey – he’s been there and been there thoroughly. Swedish mother, Irish father, brought up in Denmark. Needless to say that Philip was but a mere boy when his path towards entanglement in the addictive web of charter tourism began. Breaking a sweat under the burning sun, Philip has guided many a Dane, Swede and Norwegian through everything from the maze of treacherous markets vendors in Beijing to the pitfalls of Havanese cuisine before finally settling down with the Albatros family. He now roams the halls in Toendergade planning voyages for Albatros Expeditions. Philip knows a little bit about everything and is the perfect go-to-guy if you are in dire need of nerdy information or just a fun chat – he WILL make you laugh!

Push Shetty
Sales Manager

Push Shetty

Sales Manager
Rashidah Lim
Sales Representative for SE Asia

Rashidah Lim

Sales Representative for SE Asia

Rashidah graduated with a Degree in Accountancy from Nanyang Technological University and worked in KPMG. Afterwards, Rashidah decided to go the unconventional route and pursue her passion for dance, and has been working as a professional dance instructor and performer. She now has over 10 years of experience under her belt, and is often featured on national TV, newspapers and magazines. Rashidah was once selected to demonstrate some dance moves to the ex-President of Singapore, and be a leader in the introduction of Zumba, which has now grown to be one of the most popular form of exercise. She has in the past performed for renowned celebrities and brands such as Nike, Adidas and Sephora.

A keen interest in learning about different cultures, as well as gaining new experiences, has led Rashidah across the globe and allowed her to connect with people from various parts of the world. She discovered her love for polar regions, and has worked as an expedition guide in the Falkland Islands, South Georgia and Antarctica. Rashidah is tri-lingual in English, Chinese and Malay. She is positive and sociable, and enjoys meeting new people with a smile. When not on board one of our vessels she is busy selling our Polar voyages to agents in all of South East Asia. 

Sara Brandt Kronborg
Art Director

Sara Brandt Kronborg

Art Director

Born and raised in Jutland, Sara is now living in Copenhagen and working for Albatros Expeditions and Albatros Arctic Circle.

She holds a Master Degree in Service & Experience Design from Designskolen Kolding, an exchange at ArtEZ Academy of Art & Design in Arnhem, and has worked with design projects in China, Africa and Greenland. Her passion for tourism was founded when she made her Masters project, Greenland Off Grid, where she created a new tourism strategy for the Eastgreenlandic bygd, Ittoqortoormiit. Having a close family relation to Greenland, Sara has created various design solutions and educational materials for and about the Greenlandic society.

In her spare time, Sara makes her own designs and illustrations, selling them at various design markets or taking time for travelling around the globe.

Sebastian Arnoldus
Business Controller

Sebastian Arnoldus

Business Controller
Steven Dobbins
Sales Manager in US & Canada

Steven Dobbins

Sales Manager in US & Canada

Born in Germany to a German mother and American father, Steven grew up in Berlin and still resides there. During the past 10 years he specialized in river cruise and small ship expeditions working for several innovative, niche tour operators and cruise lines. 

Prior to his tourism career, Steven held management positions in the market research departments of two large consumer goods companies analyzing trends in food & beverage retail. A corporate sabbatical took him for the first time to the Southern hemisphere setting him up for a career in the travel industry. 

Steven joined Albatros Expeditions’ international sales team in 2016 focusing on developing wholesale client relationships in the Western hemisphere . He has traveled all 7 continents with a passion for remote destinations like Greenland and Mongolia, but just as much enjoys cycling on the backroads of Berlin discovering his ever-changing hometown.

Søren Frederiksen
Director of Sales & Business Development

Søren Frederiksen

Director of Sales & Business Development

Originally from Denmark, Soren studied Chinese at the University of Aarhus and Zhejiang University in Hangzhou China, and while studying he spent his free time playing drums in local multi-international blues bands and guiding for Albatros Travel. Soren has traveled the seven continents and his favorite places include Bhutan, Japan, Tanzania, Botswana, Canada and Argentina. Polar regions and especially the mix of culture and nature in Greenland fascinates and draws him back to this great island again and again.

Soren has worked in the Albatros group for more than 17 years and lives with his family just outside Copenhagen. 

Thomas Olufson
Technical & Safety Manager

Thomas Olufson

Technical & Safety Manager

Thomas is an Emergency Medical Technician, Firefighter, Maritime Security Officer, Urban Search and Rescue Specialist, Rescue Diver and Coast Lifeguard, Kayak and Fitness Instructor, with a Masters in Disaster Management from the University of Copenhagen and experience in the military. He has long experience working as an expedition guide arranging trips and hikes to the mountains of Tanzania, Ethiopia and the Alps of Italy, as well as to the Arctic. When living in Greenland, Thomas used to work as a Travel Coordinator and Hotel Manager in a small Greenlandic city. He was active in the Thule US Air Force Base in north Greenland as a fitness Instructor and arranging trips for the military.

Since 2012, he has managed cruise expeditions and trips to the west coast of Greenland, Svalbard and Iceland. There, he has guided tourists on different types of boats, expeditions, and dogsled - with his own 13 dogs - to the Inland ice, taking care of the runners on the Albatros Polar Bear challenge Marathon in Greenland.

Besides from his work at Albatros, Thomas has seven years of experience working in the humanitarian and security sector, mainly as a Global Safety advisor. In more than 15 countries he has participated in different missions; putting up camps in north Uganda for the UN, Relief, logistic and camp management in Haiti after the Earthquake, as Maritime Security Officer and as a Safety Advisor and trainer in Iraq, Afghanistan, Lebanon, Jordan, Nigeria and most of East Africa. He is fluent in Danish, English and some Swahili.

Timea Kovacs
Operations Assistant

Timea Kovacs

Operations Assistant

Originally from Romania of Hungarian ethnicity, Timea currently lives in Copenhagen and continues to work in the travel industry, which she is most passionate about.

To kick start her journey in tourism, she pursued a BA in Cultural Tourism in Cluj-Napoca, Romania and after graduation started working as a Travel Consultant specialized in South-East Asian destinations. During this time, Timea has also been a tour leader in China and Japan and grew even more fond of Japanese culture.

Now working with Albatros Expeditions, she believes she found the perfect opportunity to learn about destinations she only heard great stories about and to work in a company that matches also with her values concerning sustainability.

When she is not experimenting with Japanese recipes, in her free time Timea can be most probably found in a museum or drawn into a Haruki Murakami book.

Tina Bentsen Schou
Product Coordinator

Tina Bentsen Schou

Product Coordinator

Originally from and currently residing in Copenhagen, Tina has a business education, but has been devoted to the travel industry since 1995. She started as a hotel receptionist, then worked for a large charter travel agency where she sat in several job functions: travel-consultant, sales-support, web-support & supervisor, and has been employed by Albatros Travel as a product coordinator in areas such as: Greenland, Iceland, Norway and Svalbard. 

Tina loves to travel, to experience the world, tasting the local food and learning about each place’s culture and history. Recently, her focus has become exploring the Nordic Regions. In her spare time, Tina likes to be with her family, embark on other various projects, as well as all kinds of outdoor activities like cycling and hiking.

Aaron Strahlke
Lecturer & Expedition Guide

Aaron Strahlke

Lecturer & Expedition Guide

Aaron is a geologist and was born in Berlin, Germany. He began studying geology out of curiosity. After he accomplished his B.Sc. in Berlin he went to Edinburgh, Scotland, to further satisfy his thirst for knowledge in a postgraduate study.

Always having loved to travel the world to see new places, meet new people and encounter other cultures he did not hesitate to take the opportunity to become an expedition guide in the polar regions in 2017. Since then, he visited the northernmost point of Europe, made friends in Greenland and Svalbard and saw thousands of birds in the South swimming and walking instead of flying.

Aaron will talk to you with pleasure about the polar regions and the geological history that created the beautiful scenery of these regions.

Ab Steenvoorden
Lecturer & Expedition Guide

Ab Steenvoorden

Lecturer & Expedition Guide

Born in the Netherlands and growing up in a small coastal town, Ab started bird watching at a very young age. Watching and counting birds while migrating along the Dutch coast is one of his favorite activities. Later he started to survey breeding birds in the dunes around his hometown Noordwijk, wrote several reports and advised landowners how to protect the breeding birds.

After graduating with a diploma in Nature and Landscaping, he worked for the Dutch Royal Family for over 15 years.  He got his International Tree Worker Certificate and started his own landscaping company. He also used his climbing skills to help with several research projects, ringing Barn Owls and Tawny Owls.

After travelling and bird watching all over Europe, Ab started to guide small private groups to good birding places in Europe, USA, parts of Africa and Asia, using local bird guides and staying in local places. In his hometown Noordwijk, Ab was a volunteer crew member on a lifeboat  with the Dutch KNRM (Royal Dutch Lifeboat Association) for over 10 years.  He did his training in the Netherlands, Scotland, with the Dutch Coastguard and the Dutch Navy.  He loved to be out on the North Sea in bad weather conditions during SAR operations and training days.
Since 2015, Ab works part-time as a bird guide on Expedition Ships and has made several trips in the Artic and Antarctica.

Alejandro Ursino
Expedition Guide

Alejandro Ursino

Expedition Guide

Founder of USH Magazine, Alejandro has been working on several projects connecting the communities from all over the world with valuable content through his Magazine, Social Media and all the marketing tools available so people can have access to great and motivational stories.  
He’s started as a Graphic Designer, traveled to Colorado, USA, where he worked at The Aspen Times among other publications. After some Awards on his work, he decided to drive a Kombi throughout 14 countries to Mar del Plata, ARG., he’s home town. Tire of been part of a superficial media world decided to start his own production agency and try to make a difference. Now with thousands of followers and readers, the concept of International Culture Collective makes more sense, publications like National Geographic and BBC are participating in he’s projects, also WWF, PEW among other organizations.  
Now he is on a new journey, sharing new stories and experiences with you, so you can become the next story. Find his work at the library on board.

Amanda Dalsgaard
Expedition Guide, Equipment Master, Guest Services

Amanda Dalsgaard

Expedition Guide, Equipment Master, Guest Services

Born in New York to an Italian mother and Danish father, Amanda grew up in the San Francisco bay area. She has experience working as an International Student Travel Guide throughout the South Pacific region as well as teaching marine biology in a variety of outdoor and interactive settings. 

While studying at Oregon State University to earn her degree in Fisheries and Wildlife Science specializing in Marine Science, Amanda spent a semester studying abroad at Murdoch University in Perth, Western Australia where her desire to see the world began. Following this semester, she involved herself in a variety of international experiences.
Her passion for the ocean, wildlife, travel and conservation is what led Amanda to become involved with Albatros Expeditions in 2018 as an Expedition Guide. She is excited to share with others the magic of our natural world and to guide guests through ‘once in a lifetime’ experiences in the Antarctic and the Arctic regions.  

Anne Dorthe Jacobsen
Lecturer & Expedition Guide & Assistant Expedition Leader

Anne Dorthe Jacobsen

Lecturer & Expedition Guide & Assistant Expedition Leader

Anne Dorthe has a Double master’s degree in Environmental Science from University of Copenhagen and University of Vienna. Anne speaks Danish, English and German fluently - together with Norwegian and Swedish on an understandable level. She has been working with tourism since 2007, where she spent the past 5 summers and a winter in Greenland as a destination manager and coordinator on expedition cruises along the Greenland coast. Today she resides in Denmark working as an environmental consultant in Copenhagen

Besides Greenland, Anne Dorthe lived in Greece, Thailand, New Zealand and Austria where either work or her studies on environmental science took her on new adventures – from being an activity and fitness instructor in Thailand to exploring the beautiful nature in New Zealand, and studying the impacts of pesticides in vineyard soils in Austria. Her focus is on contaminated soils and groundwater where remediation measures are the action to secure a cleaner environment towards human health and the ecosystem itself. 

Aviaaja Schlüter
Expedition Guide

Aviaaja Schlüter

Expedition Guide

Aviaaja was born in Greenland and spent most of her childhood in the Arctic. She has a BA in Spanish Language and Culture, combined with Tourism and Marketing, from the University of Copenhagen. She speaks Danish (native), English (fluent), Spanish (fluent), and French (basic).

Her career in the tourist business started in Venezuela as an adventure guide, where she also taught Spanish on the side. Since 2014, she has spent the summer seasons in the Disco Bay area of West Greenland. Here she has been Manager at Glacier Lodge Eqi, guided travelers on various boat and hiking excursions, and worked onboard the cruise ship Ocean Diamond.

The dream of Antarctica came true when Aviaaja started working at the world’s southernmost tent hotel “Union Glacier Camp” at 80 degrees South. Here she spent a total of 5 months living in a small tent on the ice. Her work, among other things, consisted of looking after the 100 tents in the camp, maintaining camp facilities, helping out with the Ice Marathons, assisting the many guests, and shoveling never-ending amounts of snow. Aviaaja loves telling about the history, exploration, and culture of the Arctic and Antarctic regions.

Barbara Post
Assistant Expedition Leader, Lecturer & Expedition Guide

Barbara Post

Assistant Expedition Leader, Lecturer & Expedition Guide

Barbara was born in Austria and has always had a sincere passion for nature and mountaineering. Therefore, the biology study in Innsbruck fit perfectly to her interests. During her bachelor study program, she already worked for several scientific projects on cold ecosystems (Alpine region, Arctic) as well as the tropics (Central America). During this time, she developed a strong passion for the lives of animals, especially invertebrates.

She finished her Master of Science/Zoology with writing a thesis about a water bear species, a tiny resilient multicellular animal, living on the surface of glaciers. 

In 2012 the freshly graduated zoologist entered the world of tourism as a passionate nature guide and ever since joined many expedition cruises in cold regions (Arctic, Antarctica) and warmer climes (South America, Southeast Asia, Australasia, Oceania).

Brian Seenan
Lecturer & Expedition Guide

Brian Seenan

Lecturer & Expedition Guide

Brian started his career as a Geologist searching for the source of alluvial diamonds in the Congo.  As an Oil Industry Specialist with IBM he worked with oil companies around the world selecting and installing IT systems to optimize the search and production of hydrocarbons. His expertise in project management took him into troubleshooting and delivering major projects.  He is a competent marksman and has handled weapons for over 30 years. His spare time is spent sailing, skiing and walking in the Scottish Highlands where he indulges his enjoyment of photography, and he is also a published author. Latterly, Brian has been working as an expedition team member on cruises in The Arctic, Central and South America and New Zealand, specifically as geologist and Zodiac driver.

Chloe Zhang
Shop Assistant

Chloe Zhang

Shop Assistant

Chloe was born in China. Her thirst to see the world lead her to work on international cruise ships in 2011, where she developed a passion for retail. When not on a ship, Chloe enjoys travelling,snorkeling and road trips around the world.

Chris Guzzo
Zodiac Trainer & Expedition Guide

Chris Guzzo

Zodiac Trainer & Expedition Guide

Originally from Ottawa but moved out west to Whistler in 2001 and just recently moved to and now living in Nicaragua.
Chris is a big fan of traveling and loves anything outdoors especially being on the water.
He splits his time by guiding in the Arctic and Antarctica as well as a fishing guide on Vancouver Island

Christina Langer
First Aid Respondent, Hiking Guide & Expedition Guide

Christina Langer

First Aid Respondent, Hiking Guide & Expedition Guide

Christina, also known as Tina was born and raised in the South of Germany where she learned to ski, hike and climb from an early age onwards. She loves nature and the outdoors. To make a career out of her passion, Tina decided to study Sport Events Management and focused on Adventure Expeditions. After finishing her degree, she decided to move to the Arctic, where she worked as a dogsled and hiking guide for eight months. However, penguins have always been her favorite animals. Penguins and the fascinating landscape are the reasons why Tina also joins Albatros in Antarctica, where she is working as a First Aid Respondent. In the Arctic Tina is on board as Hiking and Expedition Guide. 

Christophe Gouraud
Assistant Expedition Leader

Christophe Gouraud

Assistant Expedition Leader

Christophe was born in France and has been passionate about birds since he was a child. After spending five years in Canada studying ecology, Christophe went to Alaska. He lived on the tiny Middleton Island as a research assistant to study the ecology of seabirds. He explores polar and tropical regions since 2007 and joined many cruises from Svalbard to the Russian Far East, from Antarctica to South Georgia, and from Amazonia to the West Indies.

Christophe also worked with birds as a biologist field worker in Morocco, United Arab Emirates and Kazakhstan. Christophe found another way to travel by inventorying collections of birds that have been collected worldwide during the 18 and 19th centuries.

Daniel Wu
Interpreter & Expedition Guide

Daniel Wu

Interpreter & Expedition Guide

Daniel’s thirst to see the world lead him to be a seaman. He graduated from Taiwan Ocean University, with a major in merchant marine. Daniel has worked on ships since 2010. For four years Daniel worked on container ships, then another two years on well-known cruise lines as navigator, assistant safety and training officer. Now he is working as an Expedition Guide / Mandarin Interpreter in Antarctica and the Arctic.

Outside of work, he enjoys swimming, snorkeling, and driving luxury yachts near Taiwan’s coast line. Daniel also volunteers as a guide in a maritime museum, sharing the collection of historic vessels including steam-powered boats and warships with visitors. He recently started learning Spanish.

David Macdonald
Lecturer & Expedition Guide

David Macdonald

Lecturer & Expedition Guide

David has had a varied career as a geologist in some of the most remote parts of the world.  He grew up on the edge of the Scottish Highlands, leaving him with a lifelong love of wild places and a serious interest in rock.  He graduated in geology from Glasgow University and joined the British Antarctic Survey (BAS) as a geologist, working on the island of South Georgia for two long field seasons and gaining a PhD from Cambridge for his research. Over the next four years, he worked on projects in Sabah and the New Guinea highlands.

David rejoined BAS as a team leader, doing five more Antarctic expeditions: three in the Antarctic Peninsula and two in the Transantarctic Mountains.  He reached the South Pole, courtesy of the US Navy (but not by ship) and was awarded a Polar Medal in 1987. In the 1990s, he was Chief Geologist of an Arctic research organisation based in Cambridge University. He managed frontier projects across the globe, with personal expeditions to Spitsbergen, Siberia, Sakhalin, Patagonia, and the Falklands. In 1999 took up his present post as professor at the University of Aberdeen, working on projects in Russia, California and Brazil. In his spare time, he reads, dances, and makes and restores furniture.

David Reid
Kayak Master & Expedition Guide

David Reid

Kayak Master & Expedition Guide

For over twenty years, David has been involved in the Arctic expedition and travel business. To date he has led, organized or participated in more than three hundred Arctic and Antarctic expeditions, trips and projects. In that time he has traveled thousands of miles by dog sled, ski, snowmobile, boat, kayak, ship, foot and most recently by mountain bike; the first person ever to cross Baffin Island by fat tire bike. He has completed nineteen successful expeditions through the famous Northwest Passage and guided over sixty trips to the polar bear capital of the world – Churchill, Manitoba. David has been recognized by the Explorers Club and was recently honored by becoming a Fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographic Society.

 

David has traveled on many ship-based expeditions to Antarctica working as part of an expedition team providing interpretive guiding, zodiac driving (licensed) kayak guiding and general expedition experience. In addition to Antarctic expedition ship experience, he has guided on more than twenty five Arctic ship expeditions. Responsibilities have included being in charge of the firearms on board, driving zodiacs, leading shore excursions, lecturing and general expedition team duties and responsibilities.

 

After living in Arctic Canada for more than twenty years, David is now based near Ottawa in Canada.

Delphine Aures
Assistent Expedition Leader & Expedition Leader

Delphine Aures

Assistent Expedition Leader & Expedition Leader

Delphine has always been fond of travels to explore both the wonders of the natural world and the different cultures. During her scientific studies, she grew a definite passion for polar areas. In 1996 she was selected to be in charge of the long term monitoring surveys of albatross, penguins, seals and orcas on remote Crozet Island, also becoming then the first woman to winter over at a French Polar station!

In order to share her passion with the greater audience, Delphine then worked several years as a reporter, with her articles and photographs published in various newspapers and science, nature and travel magazines. She also wrote and hosted a series of Canal Plus TV documentaries in which she revealed the daily life of some of the remotest communities in the world!

Meanwhile Delphine has never ceased since 1998 to visit the Arctic and the Antarctic, leading expeditions for tourists and scientists, sports and events. She also worked as a musher on Svalbard and she is always keen to take you on a sled ride with the

fabulous huskys!

Diego Punta Fernandez
Lecturer & Expedition Guide & Assistant Expedition Leader

Diego Punta Fernandez

Lecturer & Expedition Guide & Assistant Expedition Leader

Diego is an active birder, naturalist guide and professional photographer. He grew up in Buenos Aires, and as an enthusiastic member of Aves Argentinas (BirdLife in Argentina), he spends many days in assorted trips in search of birds all over Argentina and other destinations.

After traveling through Latin America, North America and Europe, getting to know the diverse cultures and landscapes, he finally chose Patagonia as the place to develop his interests in constant touch with nature.

Naturalist Guide, licensed Trekking Guide and certified First Responder, he has worked for more than four years as a resident staff of Los Glaciares National Park, Patagonia. He has developed and participated in many conservation projects in Santa Cruz

Province and in local schools and communities. He teaches birdwatching courses all along South Patagonia and does volunteer work for the NGOs that seeks to protect the environment and educate young generations on a sustainable way of life in southern Patagonia.

Since 1998 Diego has based in El Chaltén at the foot of Mt. Fitz Roy, and leads trekking, birding, and photographic trips in Patagonia, Antarctica and the Arctic.

Dorte Christiansen
Expedition Guide and Hiking Lead

Dorte Christiansen

Expedition Guide and Hiking Lead

Dorte always had a profound interest in Greenland. She ended up living and working 5 years in Greenland as Personal Assistant for The Governor of Greenland. Together, they visited and worked all around Greenland - from Kap Farvel to Station Nord - from East- to West Greenland.

She was headhunted by the then Prime Minister to work as his Personal Assistant in the Danish Prime Ministry and worked also as PA for the next two Danish Prime Ministers. This job involved among others: Planning, organizing, traveling on official visits worldwide with the Prime Minister and major industry delegations, and facilitating political, economical and cultural issues.

Apart from Greenland, Dorte lived in Switzerland, Kenya and South Africa, as most of her family has lived there since 1940. She worked as project manager at Art Galleries and at the National Museum of Art. She is a lecturer and author, educated systemic and professional coach and owner of Coaching Company, Step2.

Dorte has worked as tour guide for Albatros since 2006, covering destinations from North to South Pole. Experiences from her jobs have made her an expert in always having a plan B and knowing to expect the unexpected – handy tools, also for a tour leader. She is about to be educated as Ranger in South Africa.

Emma Hansen
Expedition Leader

Emma Hansen

Expedition Leader

Emma (Emmarentia) Hansen was born and raised in the stunning Lowveld area of Mpumalanga, South Africa, adjacent to Kruger National Park.

 

Growing up on a farm, wildlife, animals and nature have always played an integral part in her life. After a chance cruise in 1998, she switched careers and literally ran away to sea. Moving to Durban, where she

completed her commercial skipper’s ticket, she joined the large cruise liners operating in the Indian Ocean, as a Zodiac driver. In 2007, her move to ‘Small Ship Cruising’ as an Assistant Expedition Leader greatly

enlarged her geographical knowledge base and she is now a veteran of the globe, including the polar regions. “No matter how many times you visit, the polar trips knock you out. The fabulous scale of the Norwegian

landscape and the 24-hour daylight are like another world. In the Antarctic you see this amazing contrast between the bumbling behaviour of seals and penguins on land, versus their sheer grace in the water. You are surrounded by a landscape made entirely of water in liquid and solid forms and you are amazed at how beautiful that can be.”

 

“People often ask, ‘What’s your favourite destination?’ and that’s difficult. My answer is that there are three “g’s” - and then a fourth. There’s the gang (of staff), the guests and the geography. It’s my job to create the chemistry so all three coalesce, and when that happens then wherever we are, is great.”

Federico Campanelli
First Aid Respondent & Expedition Guide

Federico Campanelli

First Aid Respondent & Expedition Guide

Federico Perez Campanelli was born in Argentina. He has been involved working with NGOs that support environmental conservation and positive social impact. His passion has lead him to train and study in diverse professional fields where the common thread has been caring for people, nature and life.
He is also a certified Mountain Guide and for 11 years Federico has been leading expeditions up Aconcagua Mountain in the South American Andes. He is a Lifeguard and Rescue Swimmer and he has volunteered his professional service at humanitarian rescue organizations working in open sea. 
Federico holds a technical degree in Civil Protection and Emergencies and continue studying. He currently works in Search and Rescue teams and is a Wilderness First Responder trainer.
Traveler, music and book lover, Federico is always looking for new answers to life. 

Gaby Pilson
Snow Shoe & Expedition Guide

Gaby Pilson

Snow Shoe & Expedition Guide

Originally from the Northeastern United States, Gaby is a guide and outdoor educator with a passion for introducing people to the world’s most beautiful and unique places. She is a keen hiker, climber, paddler, and skier and has travelled extensively in search of the next great adventure.

Gaby has a bachelor’s degree in philosophy and environmental studies from Hamilton College and is currently completing a master’s degree in outdoor education at the University of Edinburgh. Her academic interests are in phenomenology, existentialism, meteorology, glaciology, education, and the history of mountaineering and exploration. Gaby speaks English and American Sign Language, conversational Spanish, and broken Danish.

When not with Albatros Expeditions, you can find Gaby guiding on glaciers in Alaska, freelance writing, travelling, or in the backcountry learning alongside her students on remote wilderness expeditions.

Gerard Baker
Equipment Master & Assistant Expedition Leader

Gerard Baker

Equipment Master & Assistant Expedition Leader

Gerard is a renowned author and artist, with an education in Botany and Zoology, and an MA in International Politics and Environmental Management. He is also a fully trained Michelin chef and speaks English (his native language), French and Spanish.

His impressive biography includes having authored 15 books, creating documentaries for the BBC, writing for The Times newspaper, and being a stamp designer and beekeeper on his spare time. Gerard has more than 20 years working in Antarctica, and has overwintered 4 times with the British Antarctic Survey filling roles in both science support and conservation projects. 

Gregers Gjersøe
Snow Shoe Master & Expedition Guide

Gregers Gjersøe

Snow Shoe Master & Expedition Guide

Gregers has 25 years of experience as an airline pilot, including a year stationed at Thule Airbase, located on Greenland’s northwest coastline. He is fluent in Danish and English.  He shares a deep fascination for the Arctic region’s people, spectacular nature, wildlife and the old polar explorers.

In 2014, Gregers was funded by the Danish Ministry of Education to write a book for Danish schoolchildren about Greenland and the Arctic. These interests and his desire to better understand the Arctic and Antarctic, inspired Gregers to open a polar school for Danish schoolchildren. Through this program, he travels Denmark, visiting schools and sharing his innovative education about our polar regions. Gregers has traversed Greenland on skis and together with his friend, they were the first Danes to walk on skis to the South Pole.

Guillaume de Remacle
Lecturer & Expedition Guide

Guillaume de Remacle

Lecturer & Expedition Guide

After travelling the world and working in Thailand, Japan, New Zealand and Australia, Guillaume ended up in Antarctica in 2018. He worked there for four months on a small base called Port Lockroy where he was in charge of monitoring the wildlife, and more specifically, in charge of following and observing a Gentoo Penguin colony. In love with this area of the world he decided to join Albatros expeditions to share his experiences.

Heidi Ahvenainen
Lecturer & Expedition Guide

Heidi Ahvenainen

Lecturer & Expedition Guide

Heidi started her career in the travel industry a decade ago as a safari guide in Finnish Lapland where she studied her bachelor degree in business and tourism research. She has since lived in the English countryside, spend seven months exploring Australia and studied international project management in Italy and South East Asian studies in Indonesia. She fell in love with the Scottish Highlands through books when she was a teenager and finally moved to Scotland 2013 where she studied master degree in International Marketing and worked the next five years for Scottish and Irish tour operators exploring both countries to her heart’s content.
She has always loved adventures and seeing the world so when she was offered an opportunity to work as a Base Leader in the historical British base Port Lockroy in Antarctic Peninsula for four months she didn’t hesitate to take it. Heidi lived on an island the size of a football pitch with four other people and 1500 Gentoo penguins for the Antarctic summer 2018-19.

Henrik Haaning Nielsen
Lecturer & Expedition Guide

Henrik Haaning Nielsen

Lecturer & Expedition Guide

Henrik is an Ornithologist and a Photographer.  has studied bird migration along coastal China, coastal Texas and in Egypt. He has trekked the Himalayas, visited the steppes of Central Asia, the Sahara Desert, the Galapagos Islands and has travelled all over New Zealand, Chile, Ecuador, Mexico, Nicaragua and most European countries.

He is considered to be a specialist in identification of seabirds and marine mammals. He has participated in five arctic cruises in Davis Strait, in Melville Bay, in the fiords of North East Greenland and in the Greenland Sea with the purpose of counting and mapping the distribution of seabirds and marine mammals. Around Svalbard he has participated in a number cruises guiding tourists. Henrik also works as a professional ornithologist and guide in Denmark. 

HIdeaki Hirose
Interpreter

HIdeaki Hirose

Interpreter

I was born in Kyushu, Japan. I majored in the Faculty of Geo Environmental Science at university. Natural geography major course (meteorology, topography, astronomy, Geology, Glaciology, Seismology, Regional Geography, Hydrology, Vegetation Geology). I went to research fields in Japan and fields around the world.

In Iceland, I did research on volcanic topography and glacier topography. In Greenland, I did research on glacier topography & geology and settlement geography.

I need mountain climbing technology to investigate mountain glaciers, so I belonged to the Tokyo Mountains Alliance to learn about mountain climbing technology. I climbed Mont Blanc, Kilimanjaro, McKinley and Aconcagua, the highest peaks of the five major continents.

Taking advantage of the above experience and knowledge, I have been a tour agent for travel agents as a mountain nature guide for around 25

years through the four seasons.

In addition, I am currently a part-time lecturer at three universities and elementary and junior high schools.

I listen to the message from nature and lecture that it coexists with nature. I will use the experience and knowledge to the participating customers, we will do the best hospitality to get the impression and satisfaction.

Isabelle Howells
Expedition Guide

Isabelle Howells

Expedition Guide

Isabelle comes from the UK where she grew up sailing, surfing and spending as much time near the water as possible. After stopping competitive sailing to pursue her studies and work in marketing, she once again answered the call of the sea and has been working on traditional sailing boats for several years.

Isabelle has got to know the sea life of the Arctic pretty well, having enjoyed three years of whale watching guiding on the north coast of Iceland and season of whale and northern lights guiding in Tromsø. In the summer of 2018 she worked as Expedition Leader on an expedition sailing boat, sharing with guests the incredible landscape that is Scoresby Sund in East Greenland. More recently, Isabelle has been expanding her knowledge of Arctic environments working as a guide on Svalbard. She loves teaching yoga and has studied to become a sailing boat captain.

James Floyd
Lecturer & Expedition Guide

James Floyd

Lecturer & Expedition Guide

Professor James Floyd is a professional geologist and spent most of his career with the British Geological Survey (BGS) in Edinburgh, where he was the District Geologist for the South of Scotland (Borders and Dumfries & Galloway). He retired from the BGS in 2008 and has since worked as a geological consultant and freelance science and maritime history lecturer on cruise and expedition ships.

 

A graduate of Glasgow (BSc), Heriot-Watt (MSc) and St Andrews (PhD) Universities, James has wide experience of the geology of many parts of the world, including the Arctic and Antarctic.

In 2007 he was awarded an honorary professorship in the School of the Built Environment at Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, for his research on architectural conservation, includingwork in Valletta with Heritage Malta.

 

As an earth scientist, James is particularly fascinated with the way in which geology and the environment has influenced the history and development of human cultures, settlements and societies. In addition to communicating popular science, expedition cruising allows him to share his other passions of modern naval, maritime and polar exploration history and travel.

Jamie Watts
Expedition Leader / Assistant Expedition Leader

Jamie Watts

Expedition Leader / Assistant Expedition Leader

Jamie is a marine ecologist and expedition leader, who spends as much time as possible in 
Earth’s most spectacular ecosystems.  After two years overwintering with British Antarctic Survey on South Georgia from 2004, Jamie has been full time on expedition ships across the globe, logging over 370,000 miles and 2850 days on ships at sea, including 221 expedition voyages.  Jamie presents on marine and polar wildlife, global-scale ecology and human ecological footprints, and has written for magazines and websites around the world.  Jamie has dived and free-dived from under the ice at the North Pole to the Antarctic, and has logged 1700 dives.  He is father to twenty-year old Alex.

Jes W. Gravgaard
Lecturer & Expedition Guide

Jes W. Gravgaard

Lecturer & Expedition Guide

Jes has more than 40 years of experience as a Naturalist, Meteorologist and Specialist in bird studies and also has an education as an Atmospheric and Space Science Assistant. He has worked with Denmark’s Ministry of Environment and the Danish Ornithological Society; studied various species of sea birds, sea animals and whales in the North Atlantic; and conducted a 3-month study of migratory birds of prey and storks in Egypt in order to investigate the relationship between wind patterns and migration.

Jes is fluent in Danish and English and is a trained meteorological weather observer, who worked for 11 years with the Danish Meteorological Institute (DMI), operating radiosondes to measure meteorological data for air traffic in Greenland. Following a number of encounters with polar bears and walruses, while on Zodiac boating trips and dog sledding expeditions across thousands of miles in Greenland, he became hooked on the Arctic. Inspired by these experiences, he studied walruses in Dove Bay for the Greenland Fisheries Research Institute. Jes has travelled much of the world, especially in Africa, Northern Europe and South America. He has been fortunate to spend time in Antarctica, including landings at six different stations and Half Moon Island.

Jon Marin
Expedition Guide

Jon Marin

Expedition Guide

Jon was born in Copenhagen but moved to the deep Swedish forests at a young age. Jon´s passion for a life outdoors made him a captain in the Royal Danish Army before he resigned his commission and started his own adventure travel company in

Sweden.

Showing people from around the globe how to thrive in nature and enjoy a simple life has been his job for 10 years and has taken him on journeys across the globe.

Jon is native in Danish and Swedish, does guided tours for Norwegian groups, and is fluent in English.

Jordan Koroll
Kayak & Expedition Guide

Jordan Koroll

Kayak & Expedition Guide

Jordan was born and raised in a small lakeside town north of Toronto, Canada. From an early age he spent most of his time traveling coastal countries and developed an avid passion for the oceanic environment. Jordan has been working in  the outdoor industry for over six years now with some of his more memorable pursuits including  working in the Canadian Sub-Arctic in the polar bear capital of the world and of course kayaking in the polar regions.  When Jordan is not on a ship, you can find him warming up on the beaches of the west coast of Australia where the waves are pumping and the sun is shining.

Kevin Burke
Expedition Guide

Kevin Burke

Expedition Guide

Kevin Burke was born in Baffin Island in Canada’s arctic.
He spent his childhood in variouslocations in northern Canada, settling in Churchill, Manitoba, on the western shore of Hudson Bay.
Churchill is known as the polar bear capital of the world where Kevin has worked for over 30 years as a tour guide/bear guard.

Kevin has worked on several cruises in the Arctic and Antarctic in many capacities from expedition leader to lead zodiac driver.

Kim Schuster
Lecturer & Expedition Guide

Kim Schuster

Lecturer & Expedition Guide

Kim wanted to be a marine biologist since she was six growing up in North Carolina. She moved to Alaska for graduate school, and after obtaining her Masters degree, realized she had fallen in love with polar regions and never left. She has worked many seasons up in the Arctic Ocean as a marine biologist on research ships, where she studied the invertebrate communities in the Chukchi Sea. She has also worked as a cold water diver around Alaska, studying underwater organisms in the Gulf of Alaska and along the Aleutian Island chain.                                                                 

Currently, Kim works as a marine biologist  in Homer, AK where she studies paralytic shellfish poisoning (PSP) and how it affects shellfish, forage fish, and predator fish.                                                                                              

Outside of the ocean, Kim enjoys back country skiing, hiking, exploring, and traveling with her husband Martin.

Kristoffer Ronning
Expedition Guide

Kristoffer Ronning

Expedition Guide

Kris is a friendly Canadian, and his yearn for adventure is what brings him here today. For the last 3 years Kris has been living & working as a guide on Svalbard in the high Arctic. He has studied outdoor studies in Norway for 3 years at various institutions. Norway is where his ancestors are from which has drawn him to the mainland & eventually Svalbard. He has been spending most of his days in the Arctic but the Antarctic has always been interesting after reading some polar histories in his youth. He is just as excited as you are to be visiting these beautiful remote areas of our earth. 

Laali Berthelsen
Expedition Guide

Laali Berthelsen

Expedition Guide

Born and raised in Greenland, Laali left for college to study service and tourism at Cold College in Odense, Denmark. She has worked in the tourism industry for 10 years, in Greenland during summer seasons as an Arctic guide and spends much of her winter months traveling abroad for work and pleasure.

She has worked as a lead guide, as a coordinator for over 20 guides and manages boat and helicopter logistics. Laali has both worked on land as the responsible for coordinating shoreside activities for cruise ships, and on board of three different cruise ships sailing in East, South and West Greenland and have been through Northwest passage.

Laali enjoys exploring the world and spends much of her free time traveling and working internationally, often as a guide/translator in South Africa as well as in Greece. As sports and fitness have always been a big part of Laali´s life, she is also a certificated fitness instructor, personal trainer and nutritionist.

Lars Maltha Rasmussen
Lecturer & Expedition Guide

Lars Maltha Rasmussen

Lecturer & Expedition Guide

An experienced Naturalist and Field Biologist originally from the coast of Denmark’s Wadden Sea, Lars has a Masters in Landscape Planning and a prolific background in science and exploration. A multitude of opportunities have allowed him to pursue his passion for birds, as well as for marine mammals and plant life. His scientific research positions have included time as biologist managing a field station, conducting marine mammal surveys by ship and air and counting caribou by snow mobile. He has also conducted raptor migration studies and even spent 5 years as a scientist in Greenland.

Lars is fluent in Danish, English and some German, and has worked as a field staff manager, expedition leader, naturalist and Zodiac driver one expedition cruises throughout the cold waters of Greenland, Iceland, Svalbard, the Bering Sea, the Gulf of Alaska, Antarctica and the South Pacific’s sub-Antarctica Islands. Other expeditions have led him to Southeast Asia, Central America and the West Indies. During his spare time, Lars is also an avid photographer. 

Li Ye
Shop Assistant

Li Ye

Shop Assistant

Li Ye was born and raised in China. She loves to travel and experience new things. Hence, she has seen the world and broadened her horizon by working on ships. In addition to a passion for jewelry, Li is a good Tea Specialist as well. When she is not working on-board, she likes learning a new skill, such as calligraphy. Recently she has been improving and learnining to do handicraft.

Lisa Pettenuzzo
Lecturer & Expedition Guide

Lisa Pettenuzzo

Lecturer & Expedition Guide

Lisa has over 20 years’ experience in the polar regions through work adventures ranging from fishing, mining to tourism: commercial fishing King Salmon in the Bering Sea; navigating thru remote tundra across Canada’s Arctic gold prospecting; assisting mountaineering expeditions to summit Denali; working at a basecamp facilitating tourism and research below the Ellsworth Mountains in Antarctica.

In her personal time, she finds herself hiking though the Arctic mountain ranges, travelling to northern Siberia to learn the culture of the Evans Peoples, on surf expeditions on the coast of British Columbia and backcountry ski touring from her home in the Selkirk Mountains. She just completed a master’s degree in Polar Law, having studied in Iceland, Greenland and Norway. Topics included; Antarctic Law and Policy, Law of the Sea, Societies and Cultures in the Arctic, Maritime Industries and Resources Law, Arctic Development Economics.

Luis Turi
Kayak & Expedition Guide

Luis Turi

Kayak & Expedition Guide

Luis Turi is originally from Patagonia. Born in Neuquén city, in the north of Patagonia, he is now living in Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego the last 25 years.
Luis loves the outdoors and nature, and really enjoy the work traveling in the wilderness, guiding interesting people in that amazing places. 
Luis has guided and traveled to many places, like Antarctica, Ladak in north India, Greenland, South America (Peru, Ecuador, Chile, Brazil, Argentina), and, of course, in the wonderful Patagonia. 
When he is not sailing or guiding, Luis is writing, developing inventions with scrap or planting trees in remote impated areas of Tierra del Fuego Island. 

Luyang Zhao
Interpreter & Expedition Guide

Luyang Zhao

Interpreter & Expedition Guide

Born in Beijing, China, Luyang moved to Chile with his parents when he was still a teenager. He studied Cultural Tourism in the University and then got a MBA, but he discovered his true passions when he started working as a freelance translator and guide, showing people the amazing polar regions. Lu is really passionate about history of both Arctic and Antarctic. Luyang is fluent in English, Spanish and Mandarin Chinese, and he prefers to be called “Lu”.

Marc Hébert
Snowshoe guide, Lecturer & Expedition Guide

Marc Hébert

Snowshoe guide, Lecturer & Expedition Guide

Marc had the itch for the great outdoors right from the start. He took a leap of faith over two decades ago to join this passion to his career and got an opportunity to start on the Athabasca glacier at the Columbia Icefield in 2000. From there doors have opened up and he was able to expand his experiences in many fields such as rafting, guiding dog sledding journeys and outings in the tundra of Churchill to find polar bears. He also had the privilege to work across the Arctic/Antarctic as a zodiac driver for many years.
Safety being a priority, Marc has been certified as a emergency medical responder with the Alberta college of Paramedic and has taking many courses such as crevasses rescue, swift white water rescue, avalanche awareness and other such certifications to implement prevention and care.
 

Marc Jansen
Guest Services

Marc Jansen

Guest Services

Marc has over 4 years of experience working at sea. After finishing his master’s degree in International Business & Foreign Cultures he spend a year in China studying this fascinating ancient culture while traveling all around China & Asia. 
Marc fell in love with the sea when he did a research expedition on a small wooden boat sailing through the Amazon river helping researchers observe the “pink river dolphin”. Soon after that he started his adventure managing the hotel part on-board floating luxury liners sailing the seven seas. When not on board ships Marc divides his work as a wildlife guide & outdoor educator in Antarctica, Iceland, Alaska and Canada. 
 

Margarette Yan
Interpreter & Expedition Guide

Margarette Yan

Interpreter & Expedition Guide

With the experience on working on cruise lines since 2016, Margarette has taken the opportunity to visit a lot of countries in South East Asia. 
 She was  with a master’s degree in Interpreting and Translating from Heriot-Watt University in UK, with good command of mandarin and English. Margarette was mainly working with guests’ engagement on board to assist them to achieve better on board experience when working on cruise lines.  Travelling to different countries and encountering people coming from different cultural backgrounds enables her to be more passionate towards life.
To travel or walking on her own is her favorite thing during her vacation.  Music, radio and some sketches are the one to go with her on the way.
 

Mariam Pousa
Expedition Guide

Mariam Pousa

Expedition Guide

Mariam is a conservator of Cultural Heritage and originally from the coast of Ushuaia, Argentina. She has a Masters in Preservation of Artifacts from Nautical Archeology and a prolific background in History of exploration and preservation of the historical sites. A multitude of opportunities have allowed her to pursue her passion for exploring the wilderness herself, as well as working as scientist on the field. Growing in Ushuaia, surrounded by mountains and great nature, Mariam has developed a deep love for the mountains and nowadays also works as Mountaineering Instructor for Guide Trainees. 
She is fluent in Spanish and English, understands French, and has worked as an expedition guide in the Patagonian Andes,  and Chilean Fjords.   Other expeditions have led her to the Alps, Central America Andes as well as working in logistics for adventure film crew in UK and Spain. During her spare time, Mariam is also an avid skiier and sports climber.

Marieke Egan
Expedition Leader & Assistant Expedition Leader

Marieke Egan

Expedition Leader & Assistant Expedition Leader

Born in Europe, Marieke spent much of her time among the foothills of the Swiss Alps, learning to cross glaciers before she could tie her own shoelaces. Developing her adventurous spirit, she took up speed skating, winning medals in the Dutch National Championships. 
In 2006 Marieke moved to Tasmania where she found her true calling in the Guide/Naturalist role, developing her knowledge and love for pure wilderness and sharing this with international guests from around the globe. 
Marieke’s appetite for new experiences and wilder places have drawn her to explore the incredible beauty of Polar environments only accessible through Expedition Cruising.
Today, she enjoys sharing nature’s best from the bottom to the top of the world, from icy Antarctica, to wildlife havens on Sub-Antarctic Islands, to New Zealand & Australia, to tropical Seychelles, Indonesian & Pacific Islands, to high Arctic’s Greenland, Iceland, Svalbard & Russian Far East.

Martin Schuster
Lecturer & Expedition Guide

Martin Schuster

Lecturer & Expedition Guide

Martin is a fisheries biologist from Homer, Alaska. He studies recreational fisheries in Alaska, including the world famous Pacific Halibut fishery in Homer. Before beginning his career with the Department of Fish and Game in Alaska he spent four seasons working for the United States Antarctic Program as a SCUBA diver, logging many dives under the ice of the Ross Sea near McMurdo station. Martin has a Master's degree in Marine Biology from the University of Alaska in Fairbanks. In his spare time he enjoys traveling, hiking and mountain climbing.

Mayumi Brazil
Interpreter

Mayumi Brazil

Interpreter

• A National Government Licensed Guide Interpreter, Mayumi was born and educated in Hokkaido, Japan. Since 2009, Mayumi has been traveling extensively throughout Japan from Hokkaido to Okinawa with clients ranging from BBC Radio to groups and families.

Her interests include Japanese Literature, film, and contemporary Japanese culture. She enjoys cross-cultural experiences and particularly enjoys explaining her own culture to others. She is self-confident in a multicultural environment, organized, attentive to detail and customer needs.

Mikaela Von Koskull
Expedition Guide

Mikaela Von Koskull

Expedition Guide

Originally from Korpo, in the southwestern Archipelago of Finland, Mikaela inherited her love and respect of nature and sea, from a long line of seafarers in her family. She started her career graduating as Radio Officer from Mariehamn Maritime Institute, working on merchant ships,  followed by ship´s purser on passenger ships . Slowly she gained seamiles and experience to follow her real dream:To become a professional yachtswoman on sailing yachts!

These yachts have taken her around the world several times, participating in races like the Volvo Ocean Race, Jacques Vabre and Jules Verne. Having spent so many miles and years on fast, extreme yachts, both in the Northern and Southern Hempishere, she now enjoyes being part of similar expeditions , although on somewhat slower ships.

Since 2009 she has been working as a tour guide, mainly in Europe and Africa, as well as zodiac driver in Svalbard and Greenland. When not enjoying her two favourite areas, the North and the South Pole, Mikaela enjoyes being at home on her small farm in Portugal, riding her horse or hiking in the Alentejo countryside.

Nadine Smith
Shop Manager

Nadine Smith

Shop Manager

Nadine is a proud Londoner, and has for the past ten years worked in High Jewelry management. For names such as Cartier, Tiffany and Bvlgari on London’s Bond Street, where she became a certified pearl specialist. This was before falling in love with the sea and traveling around the world selling jewelry and managing onboard boutiques on both Large and small cruise lines.

Apart from a love of all things that sparkle, Nadine likes nothing more than experiencing the unknown, whether it be food, new cultures or say… Antarctica!

Natalie Gillis
Kayak & Expedition Guide, Photographer

Natalie Gillis

Kayak & Expedition Guide, Photographer

Natalie Gillis has been a professional wilderness guide for the last decade; she enjoys the freedom and challenges of leading extended sea kayaking, whitewater canoeing, hiking and floe edge expeditions in the Canadian High Arctic, East Greenland and the Antarctic Peninsu-la. She specializes in leading small, self-supported expeditions with a focus on pioneering pre-viously unexplored routes in the High Arctic. Outside of her professional work, Natalie has pursued her own extended wilderness travel experiences, including kayaking most of Cana-da’s west coast and hiking across Central America from the Pacific Ocean to the Caribbean Sea; over the past decade she has logged over 1000 days in the field across 6 continents.

Natalie’s academic background includes a Bachelor of Arts degree with a double major in Environmental Governance and Political Science from the University of Guelph in Canada. She is working towards her Masters degree pursuing research focused on political ecology in the Eastern Arctic.  Specifically, she is interested in how language shapes the understanding and management of wilderness landscapes in the Canadian Eastern Arctic.  She also holds a post-graduate diploma in contemporary poetry from the Humber School for Writers.

When not out exploring, Natalie can be found relaxing at her home on a quiet lake north of Toronto; she is also a commercial float plane pilot and freelance photographer with works published in Canadian Geographic, Photo Life, Up Here and Above and Beyond Magazines.  

Phillip Hunter
Kayak & Expedition Guide & Assistant Expedition Leader

Phillip Hunter

Kayak & Expedition Guide & Assistant Expedition Leader

Phil hails from Catalina Island in California. Having been exposed to life on the water at an early age, Phil followed a life-long passion and graduated with a degree in Marine Ecology from UC Santa Barbara. During his time in the university, Phil began working as a kayak guide at California’s Channel Islands National Park as a sea cave kayak guide and naturalist. From that instant he was hooked on the capacity to share the natural world around him with others. He  stumbled upon expedition cruising world and began his first couple sea-going seasons in Southeast Alaska. He’s since worked for a number of seasons in Svalbard and the Antarctic Peninsula as a kayak master, lecturer, rifle handler, and zodiac driver.

Phil is an avid traveler outside of work and spends a lot of time on the road. In his opinion, time on the water is time well spent.

Qi Su
Interpreter & Expedition Guide

Qi Su

Interpreter & Expedition Guide

Originally from Guangzhou, China and have been residing in US since she was 16 years old, Qi speaks English, Mandarin and Cantonese fluently. She holds a master’s degree from University of Pennsylvania in Instructional Technologies. She also earned a bachelor’s degree from University of Rochester with double majors in Business and Film.  
 Qi used to work in a film mastering and distribution company in Hollywood, California. Qi is also an avid snowboarder who spends 8 months a year snowboarding and the other 4 months longboarding as an alternative. Moreover, she is a pianist with over 20 years of practicing.  
 After having travelled to 40 countries and both polar regions, Qi discovered her passion in the high latitude world and decided to become an expedition guide. She appreciates every moment among the rarely discovered wild. 

Rashidah Lim
Expedition Guide & Assistant Expedition Leader

Rashidah Lim

Expedition Guide & Assistant Expedition Leader

Rashidah graduated with a Degree in Accountancy from Nanyang Technological University and worked in KPMG. Afterwards, Rashidah decided to go the unconventional route and pursue her passion for dance, and has been working as a professional dance instructor and performer. She now has over 10 years of experience under her belt, and is often featured on national TV, newspapers and magazines. Rashidah was once selected to demonstrate some dance moves to the ex-President of Singapore, and be a leader in the introduction of Zumba, which has now grown to be one of the most popular form of exercise. She has in the past performed for renowned celebrities and brands such as Nike, Adidas and Sephora.

A keen interest in learning about different cultures, as well as gaining new experiences, has led Rashidah across the globe and allowed her to connect with people from various parts of the world. She discovered her love for polar regions, and has worked as an expedition guide in the Falkland Islands, South Georgia and Antarctica. Rashidah is tri-lingual in English, Chinese and Malay. She is positive and sociable, and enjoys meeting new people with a smile.

Renato Granieri
Photographer & Expedition Guide

Renato Granieri

Photographer & Expedition Guide

Originally from Alghero, Sardinia, Renato now calls the grey skies of London his home, but often heads to cooler places to pursue his passion: Nature Photography.
Specializing in wildlife and Nature Photography, Renato has visited over 70 countries and been commissioned for newspapers, magazines, tour operators and tourist boards… even leading specialist photographic tours to a number of destinations around the planet.

Award-winning photographer and regular contributor to the BBC, Renato has been featured in a number of international contests, such as the National Geographic Traveller Grand Prize winner 2018, International Nature and Bird Contest winner 2017 and 2018, GDT - European Photographer of the Year 2017, Top LATA Published Photographer of the Year 2016 and 2017, Wanderlust Photographer of the Year in 2017, Bird Photographer of the Year 2015 and 2018 among others. 

Renè Olsen
Expedition Guide

Renè Olsen

Expedition Guide

Renè Olsen grew up on the west coast of Norway, with the north sea, deep fjords and big mountains all around him, making him experience all the toughest nature has to offer allready from young age. He early on knew he wanted to be a guide outdoors and allready at age 16 did he's first guideschool. He's later spent time guiding in the mountains as well on the sea in Norway and North America. With he's time from the Norwegian army, experience from guiding on 3 continents, and also handling boat's on the Norwegian coast as a skipper, in Svalbard and on the mainland, he'll be sure to keep you safe and also entertain you, while out adventuring together.

Rose Li
Guest Services

Rose Li

Guest Services

Originally from Wuhan, China, Rose Li Graduated from Wuhan college with a major in Interior Design. During her spare time, Li continued developing her passion for traveling and trying new activities, such as dancing, drawing, singing, skiing, hosting, swimming and creating new activities as a guide.

Rose Li has been to more than 30 countries and is often aiming for new destinations. She has worked on well-known cruise ships since 2014 as an Expedition Guide and in Asia as a VIP Services Shift Leader.

Samuel Gagnon
Expedition Leader

Samuel Gagnon

Expedition Leader

Samuel hails from Quebec City, Canada. He has an education on Electromechanical automated system, and speaks fluent French, English and some Spanish.

At a young age he discovered his interest for videography and photography over there making snowboard videos. A couple of years later, Sam found himself on a cruise ship headed for Hawaii working as a Videographer. This gave him the opportunity to sail the 7 seas, quench his thirst of seeing the world and film it. He eventually moved to the realm of expedition cruising and ended up as a video chronicler filming polar bears and Walruses in Svalbard on a Russian ship much to his amazement. The videography slowly took a secondary role and Samuel’s work as a naturalist and expedition guide began taking all the space.

Over the years Sam has worn many hats on various vessels, from looking after the zodiac fleet to being camping master and photography lecturer. When on land, he is involved in the renewable energy sector. Sam is one of the few people to ever skateboard in Antarctica. On his free time, Sam can be found on his sailboat, the m/v Monsieur Tranquille, on the majestic St-Lawrence river of Quebec, Canada.

Sandra Ophorst
Expedition Guide

Sandra Ophorst

Expedition Guide

Sandra is originally from the middle part of Germany. She worked eight years in a pharmaceutical business as the chief assistant from the director. She always loved to spent her time in nature, especially in Northern Norway and Spitsbergen. Already after the first visit north of the polar circle she got bitten by the arctic beetle and from that point there is no way back. She decided to quit her previous life and to leave Germany. After a year of preparations, she arrived in September 2016 on Spitsbergen. For almost three years she is working as a guide on different expedition ships. During the winter/dark period on Spitsbergen you can find her on skis, snowmobiles or travelling around the world.

Sandra Petrowitz
Photographer & Expedition Guide

Sandra Petrowitz

Photographer & Expedition Guide

From early age, Sandra has been an avid naturalist, traveler and photographer. She is fluent in English and German, and has basic knowledge of a few other languages. Fueled by curiosity and a passion for exploring, her extensive journeys have led the committed semi-nomad across the globe to pursue her varied interests in all kinds of nature and wildlife observations.

She holds a degree in journalism and has been working as a journalist, editor and writer for 20+ years. Temporarily based in Germany, Sandra co-publishes a photo magazine, designs and leads dedicated photo trips worldwide and hosts photo workshops. In addition to these accomplishments, Sandra has published two books on photography.

When visiting the polar regions for the first time, she immediately fell for the high latitudes’ nature, beauty and light. Deeply moved, she answered the calling, and has since returned to the Arctic and Antarctica every season. Sandra has gleaned considerable experience as guide and naturalist, photo guide and Zodiac driver on various expedition cruises in Antarctica, Svalbard and East Greenland.

Sanna Kallio
Lecturer & Expedition Guide & Assistant Expedition Leader

Sanna Kallio

Lecturer & Expedition Guide & Assistant Expedition Leader

Love and passion for great outdoors, adventurers, exploring our planet and taking the steps to unknown has been key things for Sanna all her life. Since childhood traveling and being outdoors has been important part of her life but she really got started when she moved to Svalbard to study in University Centre in Svalbard. Sanna has always been an adventurous person who likes natural environments and discovering how our planet is working. She studied physical geography, glaciology and geology. After her years in Svalbard, she travelled around the world exploring the great outdoors different ways for couple of years. Since living in the Arctic was not enough for her, Sanna worked as an overwintering field guide in Halley research station for British Antarctic Survey. She was the first Finnish female who skied to South Pole from the coast of the Antarctica. Sanna likes to share her passion about outdoors and wildlife with others. When she has free time she is just travelling to different parts of the world. Or, when ever she can, she wants to climb mountains, jump on glaciers, ski middle of nowhere, taking photos of wildlife or be on the water.

Sara Hoffritz
Lecturer & Expedition Guide

Sara Hoffritz

Lecturer & Expedition Guide

Sara is a Danish geologist who’s rappelled down into an active volcano in Vanuatu and hiked to the very top of Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. She’s been nose to snout with a polar bear during her mineral exploration activities in Greenland and been far down underground digging for crystals in Slovenia.

Most of the year she spends exploring the world of rocks under the microscope discovering sources of building materials used for ancient castles and churches. In her spare time, you can find her in the forest on the mountain bike, doing walking tours around Copenhagenshowing rocks used for facades and pathways, or out somewhere on a mountain on foot or snowboard.

Sarah Bouckoms
First Aid Respondent, Zodiac Driver & Expedition Guide

Sarah Bouckoms

First Aid Respondent, Zodiac Driver & Expedition Guide

Sarah was born and raised in New England but has traveled extensively throughout the world and calls New Zealand her second home thanks to strong family ties. Her sense of adventure, curiosity and scientific career has taken her to Antarctica, Alaska and the Arctic as she defies the stereotype of a lab scientist. Her research gear includes skis, tents, ice cores and dehydrated meals. Her expedition work includes Mass Balance Pits, Geological Surveys, Seal Census, a multitude of Citizen Science projects and the Juneau Icefield Research Project. She also loves to ride horses, trail run and ice climb.

She has worked as a high school science teacher for 6 years covering courses in Physics, Conceptual Physics, Environmental Lab Science, Robotics, Astronomy, and Climate Change

Sarah is a personable strong leader, certified EMT, WEMT and wilderness first aid instructor. She is also an American Mountain Guide Climbing Wall Instructor. She is a council member for Polar Educators International, a member of the Explorers Club, New Zealand Antarctic Society and Exploring Women advisor. She has her masters in astroparticle physics from the University of Canterbury working with the IceCube Neutrino Detector and her Post Graduate Certificate in Antarctic Studies.

Sergey Shirokiy
Expedition Guide

Sergey Shirokiy

Expedition Guide

Sergey has been working for 6 years for the largest Russian National Park “Russian Arctic” on the remote islands of Franz Josef Land and Novaya Zemlya. He worked as a guide and bear guard on board various expedition ships and nuclear icebreaker. After, he moved to work and to live in a small russian settlement on Svalbard - Barentsburg. Aside his main job he is voluntarily serving as the vice-chair of the World Commission of Protected Areas in the North Eurasia region. 
Sergey’s main background is in history, with master degree in tourist studies from the Arctic University of Norway from 2015 and ecotourism training program from the US Department of State from 2013.

Shannon Jensen
Kayak & Expedition Guide

Shannon Jensen

Kayak & Expedition Guide

Shannon was born and raised in the Canadian prairies. After completing a Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 2011, Shannon migrated west to Vancouver Island. Here her love for the ocean flourished. While traveling overseas Shannon had the opportunity to work as a nature guide and kayak guide in Milford Sound New Zealand; thus beginning the career change from nursing to guiding. She now spends her summers leading kayak expeditions on the west coast of Vancouver Island, traveling in the shoulder seasons and occasionally working as a travel nurse. In her spare time she enjoys scuba diving, teaching yoga and embarking on personal kayak expeditions; most recently a 730 nautical mile circumnavigation of Vancouver Island.

Shayne McGuire
Photographer & Expedition Guide

Shayne McGuire

Photographer & Expedition Guide

Shayne McGuire was born in Missouri, and now lives in Southern California with her husband and 2 Belgian draft horses that are rescues. Shayne has had a camera in her hand for as long as she can remember. For many years she exhibited and sold her photographic work at high-end art festivals. All her work was shot on film and hand developed in the darkroom. She taught at an accredited photography school from 2003-2017 and holds a teaching credential in commercial photography. She has led photographic tours and workshops for over a decade and owns her own company.

Most of Shayne’s tour work, led her to work on boats, spending much time out on the water, which has become her passion. After taking an expedition cruise in the Arctic, she was hooked and came back to work on the same ship as the photographer in residence.  She has worked on expedition ships in the Artic for five seasons and Antarctica for four seasons helping people on the photo zodiacs and photo walks as well as lectures.  She is drawn to the light and wild beauty of both the Arctic and Antarctica.

Shelli Ogilvy
Expedition Leader / Assistant Expedition Leader & Kayak Master

Shelli Ogilvy

Expedition Leader / Assistant Expedition Leader & Kayak Master

Born and raised in Alaska, where she currently resides. Shelli is a Master in Sea Kayaking, Zodiac Driver, Marine Biologist and Polar Naturalist, who has also been a wilderness leader since 1997 and an expedition guide in both Antarctica and Arctic since 2007. Shelli is a native English speaker, can understand Flemish as well as some German and Spanish. 

Shelli has participated in many observational studies in Northern Pacific, North Atlantic / Arctic and Antarctic waters as well as in several research groups, primarily studying the identification and biology of humpback and gray whales. Her passion for spending time in the Polar Regions extends to learning about changing environments, ice, glaciers and evolving distribution of wildlife. When not guiding, Shelli is also an accomplished artist with several exhibitions under her belt and an illustrated bird book publication.

Slava Nikitin
Kayak & Expedition Guide

Slava Nikitin

Kayak & Expedition Guide

Originally from Sergiev-Posad, in Russia, Slava studied in the Moscow University of Sports as a teacher of physical education, swimming teacher, rehabilitation, management of sports. Many of Slava’s shoes have been worn out in paths in Russia, Europe, Asia, Africa, North America, South America, Australia, the Arctic and Antarctica, with 15 years of experience traveling the World as a photographer, writer, guide and translator. However, it was 2013 that defined his starting point in the cruise industry, when Slava had the opportunity to visit Antarctica on a sailboat. He then worked as an expedition guide in the Arctic and Antarctic Waters, peaking his interest for Polar History.

Known as photographer, travel writer, guide and translator in Russia, Slava often give lectures: How to travel the World, Under sails to Antarctic, Tierra del Fuego: journey on foot with a backpack, Wild life in Patagonia, How to survive in wild, Backpacker's life around the World, among other subjects.

Steve Egan
Guest Services & Expedition Guide

Steve Egan

Guest Services & Expedition Guide

Growing up among dramatic landscapes of World Heritage Cradle Mountain in Tasmania well fostered Steve’s innate passion for pure, untouched wilderness. His particular interest is in Earths more extreme environments & the subtle & spectacular adaptations of wildlife that carve out their existence in such places.

 

Desire to discover further shores, led to extended expeditions throughout the Himalaya & Tibet, South American Andes & Galapagos, Morocco’s Atlas Mountains, traversing New Zealand’s Southern Alps & a European journey from Sicily to Arctic Norway. After a rewarding year teaching English in Indonesia & exploring her islands, Steve returned to Australia to complete formal studies in wildlife ecology, turning love of shared nature experiences into his profession, based in Tasmania’s unique wilderness.

 

Further interest in Aboriginal cultures & tropical ecosystems drew Steve to several years leading overland adventures in Australia’s rugged Kimberley & Kakadu National Parks, & as naturalist on coastal expeditions, exploring crocodile infested mangroves & lush ancient rainforests from Borneo to Madagascar & colorful coral reefs as far afield as Aldabra Atoll & Papua New Guinea.

With one eye firmly fixed on the horizon & returning to his native Southern Ocean, Steve’s extensive exploration of Tasmania’s offshore islands naturally grew into his passion for the wild circumpolar oases of Sub-Antarctic Islands & the spectacular beauty of Antarctica. Finding a mirror image of exotic destinations in the Northern Hemisphere, he’s explored Arctic’s Russian Far East, Alaska, Northwest Passage, Greenland & the many island jewels that link them - as an enthusiastic naturalist on various expeditions.

Steve Traynor
Zodiac Master & Expedition Guide

Steve Traynor

Zodiac Master & Expedition Guide

Steve joined the Royal New Zealand Navy when he was  16 years old, and has spent most of his life on, in or around water, hence his nickname – Scuba Steve.  Steve is a PADI Master Instructor in recreational diving, a technical deep diving and gas blending instructor, a construction diver, commercial skipper, a first aid and oxygen provider instructor. He also holds an Advanced Trade Certificate, which he achieved while working for NZ's largest marine outfitter.  His accreditations include a title as Weapons & Electrical Mechanic, Royal NZ Navy, Boat Master, Royal NZ Coastguard, Skipper Restricted Limits, Maritime NZ, a Diploma in Recreational SCUBA Instruction, PADI Master Instructor and Certificate in Occupational Diving – Advanced Underwater Work to 50m.

After training as a Ski Instructor, he became the Health & Safety Coordinator for one of NZ’s largest ski resorts and has lived in the stunning alpine village of Wanaka since 2002. For many years, Steve co-organized the annual ice diving event in New Zealand, where many divers go to gain the cold water experience required for Antarctica.   

In 2012, Steve began planning and leading diving expeditions throughout the Pacific and Indian Ocean regions. An avid outdoorsman, naturalist and experienced Zodiac driver, Steve also lectures on a variety of topics, plus guides sustainable hunting, fishing and camping trips to remote locations. Professional videographers regularly rely on him to provide underwater footage for their productions. His exploits have been featured in adventure magazine articles, and his work has contributed to several blockbuster movies, television shows and commercials. 

Ted Creek
Equipment Master & Assistant Expedition Leader

Ted Creek

Equipment Master & Assistant Expedition Leader

Ted grew up in Surrey, in the heart of London’s commuter belt, and has been working to escape into the wilds ever since. Having a scientific bent and a particular interest in the water, Ted went to the University of Plymouth to study Marine Biology and Oceanography. He emerged in 2012, both with a B.Sc and with professional qualifications as a scuba diver. This training not only allowed him to see and become obsessed with life below the waves but also gave him the chance to help with many student projects as a diver, volunteering at the National Marine Aquarium.

Post university, after a short stint working as an event medic, Ted entered the world of ecotourism as a crew and wildlife guide with a company working out of a tiny island south of Oban. Using small speedboats, it was possible to show off not only the fantastic wildlife of the Inner Hebrides but also to highlight the oceanography of the area and its incredible effect on marine life.  Tours regularly included venturing into the infamous Corryvreckan whirlpool and explaining the interactions of the local currents and their effects. The need to widen his experience of boats and the sea has led Ted to work on engineering projects involving the use of renewable energies and studies into their effect on the marine life around them. Ted is now an advanced powerboat driver and he is learning more about the marine world with every new contract.

Thomas Bauer
Lecturer & Expedition Guide

Thomas Bauer

Lecturer & Expedition Guide

Thomas is an Australian of Bavarian origin. He is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, London and also a Fellow of The International Centre of Excellence in Tourism & Hospitality Education. He has audited hotel and tourism schools in Austria, China, Dubai, Fiji, Holland, the Philippines and Thailand. His Ph.D. thesis dissertation investigated commercial tourism in Antarctica (1991-1998). Later, it was published as a book entitled, Tourism in the Antarctic: Opportunities, Constraints and Future Prospects. Thomas also filmed and produced, Voyage to Antarctica.

Thomas has travelled extensively in some 75 countries and on all continents. Since his first voyage in 1994, he has visited Antarctica on 35 occasions as a guide, historian, naturalist, presenter, researcher, photographer, and Zodiac driver.  In the 90s, Thomas was lecturer, senior lecturer and Associate Professor in tourism at Victoria University in Melbourne. From 1999 to 2012, he was Assistant Professor of tourism in the School of Hotel and Tourism Management at Hong Kong Polytechnic University. Today, he is an Adjunct Professor in Sustainable Tourism at Central Queensland University.

Thomas and his wife, Lina, are the owners of a large rainforest property in tropical Mission Beach, Far North Queensland, Australia where they have established the Mission Beach Butterfly Garden.

Thomas Bruun
Kayak & Expedition Guide

Thomas Bruun

Kayak & Expedition Guide

While born and raised in Denmark, Thomas has been living in the Western part of Greenland for the past years working as an Adventure Guide. As a certified kayak instructor, experienced ice cap guide and fishing guide he is spending most of his time in camps and on tours in the incredible nature of the Arctic. 
As an avid traveler and educated journalist, Thomas has been published in numerous newspapers and magazines with stories of interesting places and fascinating people from all around the world. 
When he isn't guiding or writing, Thomas is travelling to discover new exciting places. Most of his spare time is spent on all kinds of outdoor activities, including hiking, trail running and biking. 

Thomas Mogensen
Kayak & Expedition Guide

Thomas Mogensen

Kayak & Expedition Guide

Born and raised in Northern Jutland in Denmark, Thomas now resides in Copenhagen, living on his sailing boat between travels.
He trained as a carpenter, but started travelling the world in 2011, and hasn’t stopped since. Thomas also works for a Danish travelling school, and has taken young Danes on more than 20 trips to USA, Canada, US Virgin Islands (Caribbean), India, Nepal, Thailand, Malaysia, Vietnam among other.
On these travels Thomas has been responsible for 15-30 people for up to 3 months, incl. everything from the daily schedule, logistics, daily teachings, everyday wellbeing of students and volunteer projects with local NGO’s and cultural programs. 
Trained as an outdoor instructor, with skills in canoeing, telemark- and backcountry skiing, winter mountaineering, MTB, climbing, advanced PADI diver, hiking and basic bushcraft, Thomas is a man of many skills, which also includes being a well-trained kayak guide and instructor in both Copenhagen and Ilulissat in Greenland - and on Ocean Atlantic. 

Thomas Olufson
Assistant Expedition Leader / Equipment Master

Thomas Olufson

Assistant Expedition Leader / Equipment Master

Thomas is an Emergency Medical Technician, Firefighter, Maritime Security Officer, Urban Search and Rescue Specialist, Rescue Diver and Coast Lifeguard, Kayak and Fitness Instructor, with a Masters in Disaster Management from the University of Copenhagen and experience in the military. He has long experience working as an expedition guide arranging trips and hikes to the mountains of Tanzania, Ethiopia and the Alps of Italy, as well as to the Arctic. When living in Greenland, Thomas used to work as a Travel Coordinator and Hotel Manager in a small Greenlandic city. He was active in the Thule US Air Force Base in north Greenland as a fitness Instructor and arranging trips for the military.

Since 2012, he has managed cruise expeditions and trips to the west coast of Greenland, Svalbard and Iceland. There, he has guided tourists on different types of boats, expeditions, and dogsled - with his own 13 dogs - to the Inland ice, taking care of the runners on the Albatros Polar Bear challenge Marathon in Greenland.

Besides from his work at Albatros, Thomas has seven years of experience working in the humanitarian and security sector, mainly as a Global Safety advisor. In more than 15 countries he has participated in different missions; putting up camps in north Uganda for the UN, Relief, logistic and camp management in Haiti after the Earthquake, as Maritime Security Officer and as a Safety Advisor and trainer in Iraq, Afghanistan, Lebanon, Jordan, Nigeria and most of East Africa. He is fluent in Danish, English and some Swahili.

Ursula Tscherter
Lecturer & Expedition Guide

Ursula Tscherter

Lecturer & Expedition Guide

Ursula grew up in Switzerland where she enjoyed the outdoors and developed a strong interest in nature, animals and conservation. She has an MSc in Marine Mammal Science, from the University of St. Antdrews, Scotland. Ursula speaks fluent English, Swiss German and German as well as French (proficient). After obtaining her teacher’s degree for craftwork she travelled to Canada where her dream of her childhood came true and changed her life; she met whales and dolphins in the wild. She then joined the research organisation ORES and dedicated the next 20 years to the study of baleen whales and, just as importantly, to share the knowledge gained with people of all ages.

Her focus became the little known but highly fascinating common minke whale. The research focused on the habitat use, behaviours, feeding strategies and photo-identification. During thousands of hours in her zodiac she was able to unfold unique in-depth insights into their lives, their tricks to outsmart the prey as well as their individuality and curiosity. She loves to share her fascination and enthusiasm on-site and during lectures to raise environmental awareness and action. Ursula has worked as a tourist guide, lecturer and zodiac driver in Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and Antarctica.
During cruises she will be on the lookout for marine wildlife and always happy to talk and explain. When at home she produces life-sized animals for schools and environmental education.

Wan Meng Chieh
Interpreter & Expedition Guide & Assistant Expedition Leader

Wan Meng Chieh

Interpreter & Expedition Guide & Assistant Expedition Leader

Wan began his career as an Outdoor Planner in Taiwan, arranging hiking, cycling and diving tours. He has gone to Everest Base Camp twice and luckily survived the severe earthquake in 2015. Wan is skilled in activity preparation, trekking, diving, canoeing, and has previous experience as a Super Capacity R&D Assistant Engineer, English Speaking Tour Guide and Outdoor Development Independent Contractor.

Now, he focuses on outdoor education programs such as LNT and sea kayak in Taiwan and is ready to share the beauty of Antarctica with young explorers in Pacific Asia. He currently works as an Expedition Guide and Language Interpreter for Albatros Expeditions on both Arctic and Antarctic expedition voyages. In addition, he brings small groups to China, Nepal, Alaska and Canada for various outdoor programs.

Weixi Deng
Interpreter & Expedition Guide

Weixi Deng

Interpreter & Expedition Guide

A former in-house interpreter working in high-tech industry, Weixi holds a Master of Interpreting and Translating from University of Bath in England. Although most of his life was spent in China,  he always has an adventurous spirit at the bottom of his heart, which is exactly why he decided to embark on this expedition journey.
Weixi can speak both Mandarin and English and has a smattering of Spanish. In his spare time, he is a medieval Europe history lover as much as an avid basketball fan. Travelling is his lifelong hobby and he is ready and willing to explore and learn more about the world with his guests.

Werner Kruse
Photographer & Expedition Guide

Werner Kruse

Photographer & Expedition Guide

Werner Kruse is a well-travelled and experienced Editor, Cameraman and Photographer. Werner has worked on international productions in Los Angeles, travel documentaries for Princess Cruises and Wildlife & Expedition Documentaries in Africa. 
After graduating high school, he studied photography while working as freelance photographer for the regional newspaper, Die Burger. From there he gained experience as assistant to well renowned Fashion/Advertising & Documentary photographer, Johan Wilke.  In 2004 he expanded his career working as Cameraman and Editor in Cape Town, South Africa. His passion for editing took him to Los Angeles where he did an Avid Certified Professional film editing course at Video Symphony in Burbank. 
After his studies he started working all over the world making travel documentaries for 
Princess Cruises. He explored places such as Petra, Machu Picchu, Great Barrier and Rapa Nui, Spitsbergen and Iceland. Currently based in Cape Town, South Africa, working on TV shows, documentaries, commercials and corporate productions as well as fretiuent travels abroad for various video and photo assignments.  The beauty of Antarctica has captured his heart. He is extremely passionate about wildlife, nature and the ocean, supports environmental and wildlife causes and believe in conservation. He has travelled to 112 countries  and loves to capture every moment.  

Yuri Choufour
Photographer & Expedition Guide

Yuri Choufour

Photographer & Expedition Guide

Yuri Choufour is a Canadian nature & travel photographer, who’s been fascinated with the natural world since early childhood. He didn’t pick up his first camera until age twenty, but quickly got hooked on photographing wildlife, landscapes, and his outdoor adventures, which eventually inspired him to pursue it professionally.

After obtaining a diploma in professional photography, and an award for photojournalism, he completed an internship with the Calgary Herald. In 2010 he sought out assisting opportunities with Art Wolfe Inc. & found world travel and teaching photography to be some of his true callings.

Choufour is most driven to create images that cultivate a greater appreciation for the natural world. His photos are sold to galleries, tourism companies, as fine art prints, and cards/calendars. His first book projects are in the works. He also shoots a diverse array of video assignments for various clients.

Yuri travels for a large part of the year, teaching photography in the polar regions, and across North America. He has taught at over fifty photo workshops to date, & though a Nikon shooter himself, is also very adept with Canon DSLR’s, and an expert with Adobe Lightroom Classic CC. Yuri feels very lucky to call British Columbia home, and loves to hike, snowboard & mountain bike in his own backyard when time allows.

Zhongyuan Chen
Interpreter & Expedition Guide

Zhongyuan Chen

Interpreter & Expedition Guide

Born and raised in Jiangsu, China, Zhongyuan has lived in Beijing since 2000.After seven years working as a quality engineer, translator and interpreter in the aviation industry, where he also acted as a representative from China to the International Aerospace Quality Group, Zhongyuan decided to become a professional interpreter. To pursue this goal more effectively, he chose to obtain further advanced qualifications in the UK.  
Zhongyuan finished the Master’s course in Interpreting and Translating at Bath in 2017. His passion for language and nature led him to join in the Antarctic expedition industry immediately after graduation. 
Outside work he enjoys badminton and Chinese calligraphy and also has an interest in tropical fish. 

Zoy Li
Interpreter & Expedition Guide

Zoy Li

Interpreter & Expedition Guide

Originally from China and a major in tourism management with Bachelor’s degree, Zoy worked for a tailor-made travel agency in China which had ranked as the top 10 luxury outbound travel agency by Hurun Report. Here she had several job functions: product planning, travel consultant, sales-support, tour operation & tour leader. Then worked for Costa cruises as a tour manager, now employed by Albatros Expeditions as an Interpreter for Antarctica cruises.