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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
Anders Ellemann Kristensen
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
Anne Marie Hashiba
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.
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!
Originally from Colombia and raised in the US, Elizabeth is a multimedia artist, writer and translator, with a prolific career that began at an early age. Elizabeth pursued an education in Fine Arts and Media & Film with emphasis in Broadcast at Kean University. She also studied Advanced Spanish in Spain and Costa Rica.
An award-winning author of over 20 published books, Elizabeth travels extensively, participating in international festivals and projects of a cultural nature, and is very passionate about documenting the communities she encounters in her journeys. Elizabeth is fluent in English and Spanish, studies Danish, and understands basic Italian and Portuguese.
Elizabeth now resides in Copenhagen, where she works at Albatros Expeditions and Albatros Travel. In her spare time, she directs Red Door Gallery in Cph and is a part of the NolitchX project (Nordic Literatures in Change and Exchange).
Originally from Denmark, Gitte resides outside Copenhagen. She has a Bachelor in Accounting and Financial Management from Copenhagen Business School.
After working in the Oil and Beer industry, Gitte started at Albatros in the finance department in 2007 and has been taken care of the finances for Albatros Group’s Greenlandic division since 2008. In the early 80´s, she resided in the State of New York teaching swimming.
Gitte speaks Danish and English fluently. In her spare time she loves to travel and has seen more than 50 % of the world.
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.
Jakob Ebbe Tertz
Jakob Ebbe Tertz
Originally from Copenhagen, Jakob was raised in Bornholm (a Danish island in the Southern Baltic Sea), thus sailing and maritime travel have always been natural parts of his life. Jakob resides outside Copenhagen. He speaks fluent Danish and English. His personal interests are history, shipping and sports – especially football. Most of his spare time is spent enjoying with his family.
Having worked for Albatros since 2016 after graduating from Copenhagen Business School with a Masters Degree in Supply Chain Management, a Minor in Maritime Business and a Bachelor in Business and Administration, Jakob now works as Business Controller at Albatros Expeditions and Financial Controller at Albatros Travel.
Klara Pauline Søgaard Jensen
Klara Pauline Søgaard Jensen
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 a 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 and English, understands some German, and has worked as a field staff manager, expedition leader, naturalist and Zodiac driver on 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.
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.
Originally from Greenland (Ilulissat), Malik resides in Copenhagen, and spends his days working for Albatros Group’s Greenlandic division, as well as for Albatros Expeditions.
Malik holds a Master of Communications degree from Roskilde University; his exchange-stays back in the days to France, Canada and Sweden laid the foundation for his passion for travelling and tourism.
Together with a Spanish expedition team of five members in total, Malik crossed the Inland Ice Sheet of Greenland in 2016 on a wind sled – a simple way of travelling with zero emissions and perfect for scientific crews on research expeditions.
In his spare time when not at the office or travelling, Malik loves kayaking, standup paddle boarding, hiking, hunting and riding dog sleds back in his home country.
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.
Sara Brandt Kronborg
Sara Brandt Kronborg
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.
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.
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.
Tina Bentsen Schou
Tina Bentsen Schou
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.
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.
Anne Dorthe Jacobsen
Anne Dorthe Jacobsen
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.
Artem is a highly qualified interpreter, historian and ethnographer who has a rich experience of acting as a guide for the Chinese delegations in Russia. Originating from the Republic of Buryatia in East Siberia, he was instructed as a specialist in English and Chinese (Mandarin) languages. First as a post-graduate student and then as a full-fledged PhD scholar within the Russian Academy of Sciences, he participated in a great number of academic expeditions around Lake Baikal featuring both Chinese and Russian researchers.
He can also speak some German, as has done his postdoctoral research on the migration of Chinese people at the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology in Germany and Japanese. He also studied at the Toyo University in Tokyo. His passion for the Polar Regions started in 2017 working as an interpreter and lecturer first in the Arctic and later in Antarctica.
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 has always lived her life in harmony with nature. Coming from Poland, became a sea scout early on in her childhood thanks to her parents. Since then she developed a strong bond with the beauty of nature. Later on, she decided to broaden her horizons, explore and meet different cultures around the world. She lived a few years in China working as an outdoor education teacher and then moved on to Iceland where she became part of the Icelandic Search and Rescue team.
Barbara’s biggest interested is human connection to the nature and life in isolated, polar regions.
She graduated Arctic Nature Guide school and works as dog sledding guide taking people out on trips showing them beauty of Svalbard’s nature. Barbara started her Antarctica exploration on board Ocean Atlantic with Albatros Expeditions in 2017 as a Zodiac driver.
If you are interested in learning how is it to live in a place where the sun doesn’t rise, then doesn’t set for 4 months every year, you found the right person to ask!
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).
Born in Argentina and currently living in Patagonia, all of his studies leaned towards biology. During his Exchange Student time in Johannesburg, South Africa, Berna fell in love with nature and wildlife, travelling extensively around southern Africa, especially Zimbabwe, Zambia, Namibia, Mozambique, South Africa and Botswana. In the past 17 years he has been working as a Guide, Zodiac Driver, Lecturer and/or Expedition Leader to Antarctica, the Arctic and around South America. South America is his home, and Berna has a vast knowledge of the Atlantic and Pacific coasts, from Tierra del Fuego to Brazil and as far North as Panama and Colombia. Berna’s passions are the Polar Regions and travelling, making this his favorite place on Earth.
During the excursions, Berna shares his knowledge about wildlife, especially marine mammals, seabirds and the history of the area. From 2006 to 2009 he worked as an External Consultant for UN in Tierra del Fuego Province in a major program called Coastal Management of the Argentine Patagonia. He has worked at Punta Tombo Magellanic Penguin Colony for several years as well, enjoying every moment around wildlife in its fullest. During his little spare time, Berna is a Whale Watching, Tug and Pilot boat Captain around Peninsula Valdes, in the home of the Southern Right Whales.
Brian is a Sea-kayak Guide, having spent summers leading multi-day trips to remote islands from North Vancouver Island British Columbia, Baffin Island, Nunavut, and Georgian Bay in Ontario.
Growing up in Parry Sound Ontario, gave Brian access to 30,000 islands on Georgian Bay. Boating, kayaking, canoeing, snowmobiling became second nature at an early age. Moving to British Columbia, Canada to study Adventure Tourism in the rugged Rocky Mountains fueled his love for the outdoors and his drive for adventure.
Working on Baffin Island was his first experience in the expedition industry, building base camps above the Arctic Circle on the floe edge to view Polar Bears, narwhal, and many other species of wildlife. He has returned to Baffin Island for expedition work, managing a tent camp set up for photographers, guiding a kayak trip to paddle with Narwhal and working as a field coordinator sending expedition gear to small remote communities all across Canada’s Arctic.
He enjoys spending summers in his hometown, living on his boat, working at the local kayak shop and leading multi-day trips. Traveling whenever time allows, he enjoys scuba diving, hiking, and surfing.
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.
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’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 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.
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.
Born in Moscow, Russia, Dmitri studied biology at Moscow State University (MSU) where he completed his Ph.D. in Zoology and then continued his work in MSU’s Laboratory of Ornithology. During his employment at MSU, Dmitri conducted his research in the high mountains of Central Asia. He also worked in the Caucasus and Siberia, where he climbed the Sikhote-Alin mountains. His research expeditions have taken him to many remote areas and led to various adventures, such as crossing the Kamchatka peninsula by foot and covering more than 1000 km by kayak along Siberia’s Tunguska river. Dmitri also studied migratory birds in the White Sea, Sea of Japan, Sakhalin and Kuril Islands. Because of his achievements, Dmitri was invited to work for the USSR Ministry of Natural Resources as the Head of the Department of Science. There Dmitri established and developed research programs for all Natural Reserves of the former Soviet Union and represented the Ministry during workshops and negotiations abroad.
Since coming to the U.S.A. at the invitation of the University of Washington, Dmitri has been able to pursue a lifelong interest in comparing high mountain ecosystems with those of the Polar Regions. Dmitri enjoys sharing his knowledge of Birds and Mammals with cruise passengers through his presentations on Ornithology and Marine Biology.
Elke is a true polar polymath. Not only has she been working as a naturalist and Expedition Leader from Spitsbergen, Greenland and the Russian Far East since 2001, but also to the far reaches of the Southern Hemisphere in South Georgia and Antarctica.
George is an English ecologist with a lifelong passion for birds. Prior to joining the Albatros team, he worked as a guide in the Scottish Highlands leading groups on a variety of tours centered on wildlife watching and walking.
Alongside guiding, George’s training in conservation and ecology has taken him on research expeditions across the world including trips to the Amazon jungle, New Zealand’s uninhabited islands and sub-Saharan Africa. Some of his most recent work has involved studying the ecology of free-ranging dogs in remote sections of Chad and Ethiopia. From these trips, his best wildlife encounter was spotting a snow leopard and her cub hunting high in the Himalayas.
In 2017 George was awarded a PhD from the University of Exeter in Cornwall, UK. His thesis explored the management of predatory animals and the conservation conflicts this creates. Most recently, George has moved to Southern Chile where he is busy exploring is new home’s amazing flora and fauna. Of particular focus are the incredible seabirds of the South Pacific!
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 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.
Henrik Haaning Nielsen
Henrik Haaning Nielsen
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.
For the last 35 years, Jeff has worked in the marine and tourism industry in Canada and the USA. His experience varies from fleet management for his own Marina, as well as working with various recreational manufactures and resorts. Jeff has also worked with extensively with television production companies sharing his knowledge of environmental concerns affecting the Great Lakes in Ontario Canada as well as other reality shows in his area.
Jeff has done extensive travel to Canada’s Hudson Bay’s Moosonee and as well, most of the communities on Baffin Island working with Inuit and businesses in both the marine and snowmobile industry observing climate, terrain and identifying specific needs, providing useful information back to manufactures to better adapt product offerings. In his spare time, Jeff enjoys competitive sailing, coaching sailing for the province of Ontario, hiking and generally being outdoors breathing in Nature.
Jerry, born and raised in China until he was 15 years, has a Business dregree from Drexel University in the US, where he also worked as a future trader for one of the metal trading companies in Chicago.
In search of more exciting adventures, Jerry returned to China and started working in the travel industry. He continued working in this field as a tour leader to Europe, Australia, Africa and the Polar Regions, earning a promotion as project manager in charge of all Antarctic related trips.
After receiving all required certificates, in 2016 Jerry embarked on new adventures as guide in the Polar regions, which he continues to do now as an expedition guide for our company.
Jes W. Gravgaard
Jes W. Gravgaard
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.
Holding a mechanical engineering degree from Tongji University in Shanghai, Jianxi worked for seven years at the Polar Research Institute of China as an Antarctic mechanical equipment manager. Meanwhile, he joined the Chinese National Antarctic Research Expedition four times, including a winter stay at the Great Wall Station in 2005/06; joining the traverse team to Dome A in 2007/08; building the highest Antarctic research station – Kunlun Station on Dome A in 2008/09; and leading another team to Dome A as the chief mechanical engineer and second station leader in 2010/11.
Now, Jianxi Cao has worked as a guide in the Arctic and Antarctica for 3 years. In his spare time, he has especial interest for History, Glaciology, Geology.
Josef Nathan Jensen
Josef Nathan Jensen
Josef has a great passion for outdoor activities and is a keen orienteering runner, hunter, shooter, sea kayaker and polar swimmer. He has a Bachelor of Medicine from the University of Copenhagen. Since 2013, he has combined his passion for outdoor activities and fascination with the polar regions by working in tourism in Greenland. Josef speaks Danish, English and broken German.
He has worked as a hiking guide in West Greenland as well as doing lectures on culture and history. In the Swiss and Italian Alps, he has guided extended hiking trips. He has worked as an ice camp manager in Eqi, and a Zodiac driver on an expedition ship in North and West Greenland.
Josef has worked for five years in pediatric cancer research and published his own research on pediatric cancer. When Josef is not travelling, he is studying medicine in the University of Copenhagen and works part time as a doctor in an Emergency Department.
Ke Hua Yang
Ke Hua Yang
Born in Taiwan, Hua Yang has lived in Bolivia and Brazil, and resides in Argentina.
She graduated from Business international college in Buenos Aires, then went back to Taiwan for 10 years and studied Linguistics and a master in Education. She also got 20 master credits in Chinese teaching as second language and has worked as a Chinese teacher in many universities of Taiwan for 5 years.
In 2010 she went back to Argentina and during the past 8 years has worked as Chinese-Spanish interpreter, Chinese teacher and Chinese tour guide.
She has a passion for singing, picture-taking and traveling. In her spare time, she sings and goes traveling. She has already visited more than 40 countries and her goal is to reach 100 countries.
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 32 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 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.
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
Lars Maltha Rasmussen
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.
Massimo started his career as traveler crossing the Ionian Sea, from the south of Italy to Greece by sailboat at the age of 15. That experience marked him for life. He has been crossing all the oceans on a sailboat ever since, and sometimes even solo. But the “bug” of traveling did not stop on the water. Thanks to his ocean knowledge, Massimo got a job as a fixer for National Geographic, which opened a new vision for his career path, and so he decided to become documentary photographer for the Society. In this way, his passion for human culture, history and wildlife became the reason to explore the Planet. After 28 years and 82 countries explored for Nat Geo, he still loves to travel and explore. His passion for photography is the key to open connections with people and Mother Nature.
There is no better combination for Massimo than traveling on a small ship, where the two sides of his life can merge together. He lives between London and Vancouver but, sooner than later, he will move back to the Mediterranean to produce olive oil part time, his new passion.
Mikaela Von Koskull
Mikaela Von Koskull
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.
Mike’s interest in geology began at the early age of 12, and now he has amounted over 20 years of experience working in what he’s most passionate about: Rocks and fossils, which he has also collected from the early days. Mike has been employed as a Petroleum Geologist for the past 20 years, resolving problems of finding and extracting hydrocarbons from highly varied rocks beneath the seas to the East and West of the British Isles.
More recently, Mike has been working as a guest lecturer at Aberdeen University in the UK teaching Engineers about Petroleum Geology, and likes to take field trips to locations around the world where he can study rocks of many types, ages and settings. In his free time, he also enjoys looking for new specimens and sharing his geologist knowledge with his 4 year old son, who has caught the bug and declared himself a paleontologist.
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!
Niall belongs to the Isle of North Uist in the Outer Hebrides archipelago off the west coast of Scotland. Formerly a college lecturer he returned to these islands in 1992 to establish his own adventure training centre. A highly respected outdoor professional, he has pioneered adventure training in the Outer Hebrides and his knowledge and skills are sought all over the world. As well as accepting training commissions in, amongst other places, the Arctic, Australia, South and Central America, Russia, Japan, Scandinavia, The Caribbean and the Indian Ocean, he has worked in Antarctica since 1997 during the Austral summers where he has recruited, trained and led advanced powerboat teams. One of the highest qualified and most experienced powerboat drivers to be found he runs an advanced powerboat training school as part of his centre.
Niall is also closely involved with providing Maritime Security for the Ministry of Defense, and runs an Emergency Response Vessel for the Police.
Niall has been employed by the cruise ship industry as an Expedition Leader, Assistant Expedition Leader and as a consultant on Antarctica as well as Zodiac Team Leader’ Zodiac Trainer and Zodiac Driver. He has set up zodiac operations on numerous cruise ships. He holds five major Instructor qualifications in four key disciplines: Powerboating, Sea Kayaking, Mountaineering and Scuba Diving.
Nils was born in Lindesnes, Southern Norway. From a young age, he has been spending his time outdoors, hunting, fishing and trapping. Nils graduated from the Norwegian tourist association as a certificated outdoor guide. He has been working as a guide in the mountains in Norway as well as onboard Norwegian sailing boats in eastern Greenland and as a crab-fisherman in the Barents Sea. He is also educated as an elementary school teacher.
The real interest for the Arctic and Svalbard came while he had his military service onboard one of the Norwegian Coast Guard vessels in the arctic. The last three years Nils has been living in Svalbard and working full time as a ski and snowmobile guide during the winter and yacht skipper in the summer. During the dark months in the Arctic he likes to go traveling and explore new places.
Peter Croal is an exploration geologist and has been working in International Development for 35 years. He will be the Geologist in Residence on Fogo Island, Newfoundland, Canada for the summer of 2018. Of particular interest to Peter is how climate change is affecting developing countries, and how the knowledge of Indigenous Peoples can be better used and respected by business and governments to solve development challenges.
His work has taken him to over 40 developing countries, which has provided him with a wide range of poverty/environment experiences. Peter and his family had the wonderful opportunity of living in Namibia for 2 years to develop and manage a project that would help the poor of southern African countries. Peter started his career prospecting for uranium, zinc, silver, petroleum, peat and groundwater in Canada. Peter also spent 15 years as a wilderness canoe guide for Nature Ontario. He has been to the Arctic many times, and has been a guide for Arctic voyages for 6 years. In his spare time, Peter enjoys photography and fiddle and anything involving outdoor activities.
Phil Norris is a native of Kansas who from an early age desired to climb mountains and sail the high seas. After a gap year volunteer trip to Kenya, he dedicated his life to exploration and the quest to understand the world and its peoples. He earned a degree in Anthropology, but quickly discovered he loved the bear-filled wilderness regions of the world more than the big cities. Thus he set off to Alaska and started his guiding career while also converting to the “mountain man” trail, as he calls it. That trail has also found him working as a camel herder in Mongolia, and as a happy hiker on top of many random things on every continent around the world.
Phil is a keen sailor, kayaker, and is usually happiest at the helm of a boat or on horseback somewhere with rugged, rocky, or icy scenery. After long journeys in the Polar Regions, he is a world class expert at relaxing in hot springs or camping in his hammock.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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 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 5 seasons and Antarctica for 3 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.
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.
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.
Stefano Tricanico was born and raised in South Africa. He has been exploring the earth’s wild places for 20 years and documenting his travels using photography as a tool to share his experiences. Stefano has led an adventurous and nomadic life dominated by climbing and exploratory expeditions in the Himalaya and Patagonian Andes. He has guided over 200 alpine caving trips and volunteered for the British Columbia and Alberta Cave Rescue Team. Stefano spent three winters dog sledding and instructing winter survival for the British Armed Forces on the frozen lakes of the Canadian Rockies.
In addition to being a RYA certified Yacht master Ocean skipper for sailing vessels, Stefano has instructed the technical skills he acquired over the years to many people in order to prepare them to travel and survive in challenging environments. His deep appreciation for the natural world led him to spend considerable time volunteering at sea for Sea Shepherd Marine Conservation Society as a Bridge Officer, 3rd Engineer, Ship Medic, Zodiac driver and drone pilot to help preserve and protect our ocean environment from over exploitation.
Stefano’s dream and inspiration has always been to discover the wild and unexplored corners of the world, and this continues to be the driving force in his life. He hopes to share these experiences with others, to broaden their view of the world so that we can all grow to appreciate it more and take it less for granted.
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 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.
As far back as 1998 Sven Voege sailed in a small 13m-steel sailboat to Antarctica. Pure adventure. He returned every year, out of sheer excitement and enthusiasm. For the ice, the fabulous landscapes, wildlife and the possibilities to make his own discoveries of historical traces! More than 65 trips to the Arctic and Antarctica followed.
For twenty years, Sven has been lecturing at a symposium of the United Nations in Hamburg, the Junior Zoo-Universität Berlin, in the "Winter Magic" - a 14-day urban Christmas event in Mannheim - and in the two zoos in the German capital Berlin.
Later he sold his small construction company and then left the Safety Service in the German Federal Police for a life at sea. Since 2013 he has been working on expedition ships as a lecturer and Zodiac driver. With the non-profit International association Polarworld e.V. he organizes entertaining projects with schools and is constantly looking for interested teachers and schools.
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 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 28 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 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 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.
Born and raised in Austria, now home in the world: After studying International Development and Environment Studies in Norway, Vera pursued a Master in Responsible Tourism Management in England.
Throughout her studies she has also taken the chance to work in the tourism industry and to go on research trips to India, Tanzania and Laos where she could put the learned theory into practice. Her passion for adventures and traveling to wild places finally brought her to Svalbard where she worked as dogsled guide before joining the expedition industry. When Vera isn´t onboard, she is working as professional hiking & snowshoe guide in Austria or guiding land-based adventure trips worldwide. Vera is also a globetrotter, sport enthusiast, outdoor lover and hobby photographer.
Wan Meng Chieh
Wan Meng Chieh
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.