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We know that one of the other keys to a successful expedition is having knowledgeable and enthusiastic leaders. These are the guides that take you to some of the most remote corners of the world! Some of them have more than 20 years experience of the Polar Regions.

  • Adam Rheborg

    Guide & Expedition Leader

    Adam has been guiding adventurous tourists like yourselves amongst polar bears and walruses in Svalbard since 1998. He works full time as expedition leader, dive master, television reporter, journalist and lecturer with the whole planet as his work place.

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  • Adrian Nordenborg

    Guide

    Adrian has spent most of his life adventuring in over 100 countries around the world. As expedition leader and guide, he has done almost everything – from leading treasure hunting in Morocco and skiing in Iran to walks in Turkey to kayaking outside Manhattan. Adrian has a great love for nature and wildlife.

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  • Andreas Bergström

    Guide & Expedition Leader

    Andreas has studied biology at the Swedish University of Agricultural Science. In 2003 he started working as a guide and has been guiding ever since. He has also been working on different research projects and research stations, from gerbills in the Kalahari desert and green sea turtles in Costa Rica.

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  • Elke Lindner

    Guide & Expedition Leader

    Always fascinated by cold and snow, Elke soon discovered the Polar Regions. This German scientist has spent extended periods of time in Svalbard and shorter periods of time in Greenland and in Antarctica as a student, field biologist and naturalist, working on various expedition-cruise ships.

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  • Mattias Horntrich

    Guide & Expedition Leader

    Mattias started his career as guide at PolarQuest 2012 after he had been working as a diving instructor for many years. His great passion is the arctic mammals, but he is also a newfound bird enthusiast! Mattias also works on our expeditions in Antarctica and the Galapagos.

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  • Mia Lundqvist

    Guide

    In 2010 Mia started working at PolarQuest and she now works as Staff Manager, putting the guide teams on the ships together. The same year she visited Svalbard for the first time, and as for most visitors, it was love at first sight. Today she is splitting her time between the PolarQuest office, the Arctic and the Antarctic.

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  • Nikita Ovsyanikov

    Guide

    Nikita has spent much longer time in the Arctic and around polar bears than most people on the planet. He is the Deputy Director for science and senior research scientist of Wrangel Island State Nature Reserve. On Wrangel Island, Nikita has in particular studied the polar bear population for decades.

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  • Thérèse Horntrich

    Guide & Expedition Leader

    Thérèse is Swiss and grew up close to the Alps. She has a master degree in media and communication but her life changed direction when she visited Svalbard for the first time in 2010. Already the next summer she returned to Svalbard and worked as a trekking guide. In 2012 she left Switzerland and moved to Longyearbyen.

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  • Malenthe Teunis

    Guide

    Malenthe has always had a fascination for the polar areas, thus when the University of Groningen offered classes about the Arctic she quickly signed up. Since then her love for the Arctic has only grown. She is a Master student in Marine Biology with a focus on the Arctic regions and new technologies.

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  • Henrik Haaning Nielsen

    Guide and Expedition Leader

    Henrik has always had an adventurous angle to his life and is considered to be a specialist in identification of seabirds and marine mammals, with particular expertise in the Arctic. He has participated in Arctic cruises with the purpose of counting and mapping the distribution of seabirds and marine mammals.

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  • Manda Lundström

    Guide and Expedition Leader

    In December 2015 Manda joined her first expedition as a team member off the west coast of the Antarctic Peninsula. She loves to travel and has spent several years abroad both working and studying. One of her biggest passions is marine mammals, which led her to Iceland to study marine biology.

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  • Christian Engelke

    Guide & Expedition Leader

    Christian was born in Germany, but ever since his first vacation in Norway he has suffered severely from a “Scandinavia fever”. He has curiously explored the mountain and coastal regions of Norway, Sweden and Greenland. Since 2009 he works as a fulltime guide in the Arctic and Antarctic.

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  • Hannah Lawson

    Guide and Expedition Leader

    Hannah studied Zoology at the University of Liverpool and gained a Masters in Natural History Illustration from the Royal College of Art, London. After studying the parasites of mountain gorillas, she changed direction and worked as an artist and mural painter at Chester Zoo and in East Africa.

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  • Zet Freiburghaus

    Guide

    Zet is a former successful member of the Swedish national kayak team who after his active career gained a Master's degree in Molecular Biology. He has also travelled around the world and is always planning his next adventure. His sharp eyes and great experience in nature implies he rarely misses an animal.

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  • Martin Berg

    Guide and Expedition Leader

    Martin’s passionate interest in birds and mammals has brought him all over the globe. He has always been drawn to adventures and has participated in several expeditions, for example to the Amazon rainforest, Caucasus and the Himalayas to study rare and endangered bird species.

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  • Rutger Bianchi

    Guide

    Rutger has studied biology and has a particular fascination for animal behavior. He loves cold climates and the cold serenity of a winter landscape. The adaptations needed for animals and plants to survive in the rough Arctic is what fascinates Rutger. He loves being a guide in this magnificent place.

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  • Sara Orstadius

    Guide and Expedition Leader

    Sara grew up in Uppsala, Sweden, but lives since 2013 permanently in Svalbard. Sara has a master’s degree in linguistics and used to work as a translator in Stockholm and Berlin. But one day she decided to leave the office for the mountains and wilderness, and she spent the next couple of years up north.

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  • Christian Brüttel

    Guide & Expedition Leader

    After his teaching studies in Germany, Christian went after his long-cherished dream to live and study in the Arctic. He signed up for a yearlong guide study in Svalbard in 2012 and has since then been living in Longyearbyen, guiding in one of the most fascinating places in the world.

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  • Max Schweiger

    Guide

    Max was born in Nuremberg, Germany and first started to work in the film industry, which brought him to Abisko in the Swedish Lappland where he got addicted to the Arctic landscape and decided to move to Svalbard. He works as a snowmobile guide in the winter and does hiking during the summer.

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  • Marcel Paul

    Guide

    With an interest in exploration history and as a keen hobby photographer, the North Pole and the Arctic have always been drawing Marcel's attention. At his first arrival to Svalbard in 2011, he felt connected with the remoteness of the place and the dynamics of the polar nature.

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  • Ryan Hope-Inglis

    Guide

    Brittish Ryan lives in Longyearbyen, Svalbard, and guides winter trips on the snow and ice when not onboard. In his spare time Ryan enjoys rock climbing, mountaineering and mountain biking. He began his guiding career in Southern France as a white-water canoe instructor.

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  • Annette Bombosch

    Guide

    German biologist Annette has swapped a job behind the computer for an office with a view since 2014 and has been working on various expedition cruises to the Arctic as well as the Antarctic. Up North, Annette has guided in Svalbard, Greenland and Franz Josef Land. She has stood at the North Pole nine times.

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  • Annette Scheepstra

    Guide

    Annette's background is in social science, but she has a broad knowledge of polar biology and history. She has devoted her life to the polar regions and since 2011, she combines her work as a teacher at the Arctic Centre at the university of Groningen, with guiding on Arctic expedition cruises.

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  • David Berg

    Guide and Expedition Leader

    David has spent a big part of his life travelling between the Arctic and Antarctica, working full time as an adventure guide and Expedition Leader. He has a wide range of experience having led expeditions in various places including Svalbard, Greenland, Scotland, Iceland and South Georgia.

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  • Erik Edvardsson

    Guide

    The passionate bird lover Erik is an educated biologist, specialized in ecology and conservation. He has great experience from field studies and surveys all over Sweden and has also worked several years as a guide at Nordens Ark, an animal park that works with endangered species.

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  • Ida Olsson

    Guide and Expedition Leader

    Former history and physical education hight school teacher Ida has worked as a guide in the wilderness in the northern part of Sweden. At the moment she lives in Longyearbyen on Svalbard and guides travellers on kayak, snowmobile, glacier hikes and boat trips. She loves every second.

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  • Beau Pruneau

    Guide and Expedition Leader

    Growing up in a log house in the Canadian wilderness in Northern Ontario, Beau understood at an early age to appreciate the great outdoors while learning wilderness skills such as survival, navigation, tracking, and firearms marksmanship. He is happiest out on deck searching for polar bears.

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  • Gunilla Lindh

    Guide

    Gunilla started her career as a guide as her love for the white, remote and pristine places of the polar regions became too strong to materialise into anything but a lifelong passionate career as a polar guide. When not guiding expeditions, she is found skiing and photographing wildlife.

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  • Henrik Tornberg

    Guide and Expedition Leader

    Henrik became part of PolarQuest in 2018 as our Operation Manager. He works "behind the scenes" with security and logistics for our guests and guides. But the polar bug still has a firm grip on him, and he guides several trips every year to experience the polar regions.

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  • Magnus Danbolt

    Guide

    Marin biologist Magnus's work has taken him to many places around the world, all the way from the tropics to the polar regions. He has surveyed penguins in the Sub-Antarctic, Monk seals in Africa and has been researching blue whales in the seas surrounding Iceland and Greenland.

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  • Miriam Vermeij

    Guide

    Miriam's interest in nature led her to environmental science studies and she’s got a degree with a specialisation on soil pollution. Nowadays Miriam is a self-employed environmental planning officer working part time guiding travellers in the Arctic and the Antarctic.

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  • Karin Amby

    Guide

    Karin lived in Longyearbyen for nine years and during that time she studied the fascinating Svalbard flora, gave birth to two children and founded the company FatBike Spitsbergen. Today she earns her living as a freelance guide and is proud to be at home with her kids in between her working periods.

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  • Ronald Visser

    Guide and Expedition Leader

    Working at the department of Marine Biology, University of Groningen, has brought Ronald from the Antarctic to the Arctic and many places in between.  He has spent countless hours in Zodiacs and ships in polar regions to collect water samples for biological research.

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  • Hadleigh Measham

    Guide and Expedition Leader

    English Hadleigh has been living and working in the polar regions for over a decade, spending most of his time on ice-strengthened vessels and icebreakers. He likes sharing his impressive knowledge with lectures on a broad range of topics and is also a keen diver, skier and mountainbiker.

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  • Nils Carlsson

    Guide

    Nils is a Ph.D. in limnology/invasive species biology and splits his time between guiding in polar regions and working with issues regarding invasive species and wildlife management at different Swedish government bodies. He is a quite a storyteller and is very passionate about fishing.

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