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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

    Swedish 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 working ground. During the Swedish summer and winter you find Adam in the Polar Regions and in the spring and fall at destinations such as India, Galapagos Islands and Brazil.

  • 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 and has guided for PolarQuests since 2006. He has been on our trips to Svalbard and Antarctica, as well as to Greenland, India, Mongolia, South Africa and Namibia, Botswana & Zambia.

  • 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, to glacier research and bird ringing in northern Sweden. Andreas started guiding in Svalbard in the summer of 2008 and since then Svalbard has more or less been his home.

  • Carol Knott

    Guide

    Carol has been passionate about archaeology since her teens. After receiving a Masters degree in Archaeology and History from the University of Glasgow, she continued this work with excavations at some of the great medieval abbeys, Tudor and Jacobean palaces and historic gardens of England. In 1988 she returned to Scotland, and since then she has lived and worked in the Outer Hebrides. Carol currently works for the National Trust of Scotland as archaeologist for the World Heritate Site of St Kilda.

  • Caroline Svärd

    Guide

    Caroline has several years of experience as a riding guide in Iceland and she has crossed this barren island on horseback numerous times. With a university degree in Biology, she has worked in many places around the world, from Canada to Kenya. Since early age Caroline has cultivated a passion for environmental issues and sustainable development. She has conducted research on sea lions in Canada and studied marine ecosystems in East Africa. Her special interest in marine mammals has led her to research on how environmental toxins in the Baltic Sea affect the stock of grey seals.

  • Cecilia Sandström

    Guide

    Cecilia Sandström lives “where her heart is” and she currently calls Luleå in northern Sweden her home. During her worldwide travels, she discovered that her true passion aligned with snow, ice, and cold waters. For 13 months she studied in Svalbard, and considers the high Arctic her second home. In 2009 she finished her Master’s Degree in Marine Ecology with Arctic specialization, and the following year she became a PhD Candidate at the Arctic Centre at the University of Groningen.

  • 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. During 2008, whilst studying engineering, he moved to Svalbard. There he spent three unforgettable years filled with many adventures and experiences. He then moved to “southern latitudes” and settled down in Tromsø in Northern Norway. Since 2009 he works as a fulltime guide in the Arctic and Antarctic.

  • David Berg

    Guide & Expedition Leader

    David is a Swedish adventurer with a love for nature which started early. He has always been interested in the Polar Regions, and now has two university degrees in Earth science and Nature guiding. He caught the famous polar bug during his first visit to Svalbard and since then he has visited both Svalbard and Greenland several times, and spent a month in a tent on Greenland during a research session on the movement of the inland ice.

  • Eirik Grønningsæter

    Guide

    Eirik grew up on the west coast of Norway. Through his keen interest in birds already from early childhood he is an acknowledged birder in Norway. After finishing his university studies in Zoology he started his own company, designing and running fieldwork for various scientific projects. Through the years a particularly strong interest in the Polar Regions has grown on him, and he has worked in Antarctica and the Arctic for many field seasons, and Svalbard in particular. Since 2007 he has also combined his field biology with a career in wildlife photography.

  • 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 vessels. Her main field of interest comprises polar ecology. Elke finds it very interesting and inspiring to meet people with a common interest in nature, history and culture.

  • Hannah Lawson

    Guide

    Hannah studied Zoology at the University of Liverpool and gained a Masters in Natural History Illustration from the Royal College of Art, London. After spending a year studying the parasites of mountain gorillas, she changed direction and worked as an artist and mural painter for several years at Chester Zoo and in East Africa. She now divides her time between doing artwork and working as a wildlife guide, Zodiac driver and expedition leader on various expedition cruise ships. Her love of marine mammals and bird life has taken her around the globe since 2000.

  • Henrik Haaning Nielsen

    Guide

    Henrik has always had a curious and adventurous angle to his life and he has been travelling in many parts of the world. Henrik 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 in Davis Strait, 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.

  • Kerstin Langenberger

    Guide

    Kerstin Langenberger has fallen in love with the Polar Regions. Deeply. Originally from Germany she spent seven years in Iceland, where she graduated in Environmental Science before she started working with tourism. She studied in Longyearbyen, Svalbard, to become an Arctic nature guide, which eventually brought her into expedition cruising. Kerstin is a general naturalist who loves everything about the Arctic. She is also a skilled photographer.

  • Malenthe Teunis

    Guide

    Malenthe 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. Moreover she has done research on Arctic terns in Ny-Ålesund in Svalbard. Since the summer of 2014 she works as a guide for PolarQuest, a job that she loved from day one.

  • Manda Lundström

    Guide

    In December 2015 Manda joined her first expedition, as a team member, off the west coast of the Antarctica Peninsula. She loves to travel and explore new places 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. She also studied glaciology, geology and ecology at Umeå University in Sweden. When not guiding Manda works in environmental conservation with focus on pollutions and soil remediation.

  • Martin Berg

    Guide

    Martin’s passionate interest in birds and mammals has brought him all over the globe in his search for rare species. 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. He has also done a lot of research on seabird ecology around New Zealand and conducted at-sea surveys on seabirds and marine mammals in the waters around Antarctica.

  • Marty Garwood

    Guide

    Born in Sydney, Australia, Marty’s love for the ocean lead him to a degree in Marine Science (honours), some extensive SCUBA qualifications and a very hands on job with an assortment of marine animals as a senior keeper at Sydney Aquarium. This role provided Marty some very unique experiences such as being foster parent for penguin chicks and hand feeding sharks. Marty first visited Antarctica five years ago and since then he has tried to spend as much time in the ice as possible.

  • Mattias Henningsson

    Guide & Expedition Leader

    Mattias started his career in Sweden as a diving instructor and has since worked in several countries such as Australia and Thailand. In 2012 he started working as a PolarQuest guide in Svalbard. He fell completely for the grandeur and the wildlife that the Arctic offers and was, without any doubt, bitten by the "Arctic bug". His great passion is the arctic mammals, but he's also a newfound bird enthusiast! Mattias also works on our expeditions in Antarctica and the Galapagos.

  • 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 and feels very lucky to be able to work and spend time in these pristine areas.

  • 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 studied in particular the dynamics of the polar bear population and behaviour for decades. He has also visited polar bear habitats and populations in most other areas of the Arctic, from Hudson Bay to Svalbard, Franz Joseph Land and the North Pole.

  • Olle Carlsson

    Guide

    Olle is a former teacher who left his profession in order to write, photograph and travel. Since 1991, he has spent the northern winter seasons in Antarctica. He thereby shares the migration route of the Arctic tern, always heading for summer, in the north and in the south! Olle has been working as expedition leader, naturalist and lecturer on several expedition ships in Antarctica and around Svalbard.

  • Pär Skog

    Guide

    Pär’s interest for travel and nature has followed him throughout his life. After his military service in the Mountain Rangers, he has been on big and small adventures all around the world. He started his career in the travel industry within the hotel business in the United States, continued in mountain hotels in Sweden, and has worked with the indigenous people in Finland and on expeditions in Norway. Pär has been working for PolarQuest on several expeditions since 2008.

  • Rickard Berg

    Guide & Expedition Leader

    Rickard was born in Stockholm and found the spirit of adventure at an early age. His polar career began after he had completed a ship's officer exam and started working as an adventure guide. He went to Svalbard for the first time to drive a dogsled, a great interest of his. By now Rickard has worked a number of winter seasons in Svalbard as a dogsled guide, as well as in Canada. He loves his job as a guide, and admits he is hoping for a bit of wind, because then he really feels at home!

  • 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. Ever since he visited his girlfriend at Svalbard, also a biologist, he has been eager to follow her example and become a guide in this magnificent place.

  • Sara Orstadius

    Guide

    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 in Kebnekaise, Lofoten Islands and Tromsø, the northernmost parts of Scandinavia. Sara works as a hiking and cruise guide in the summer and as a skiing and snowmobile guide in the winter. She is also an authorized Svalbard guide and a member of the Longyearbyen Red Cross avalanche and glacier rescue team.

  • Sarah Gerats

    Guide

    Belgian Sarah Gerats lost her heart to the Arctic during her time as an exchange student at the Academy of Arts in Reykjavik. For many years she lived in Finland, and all the time she kept travelling north as often as possible. When in 2012 she reached Svalbard, she simply did not take the plane back to Brussels. Sarah has been guiding expedition cruises in Svalbard, Lofoten and the Antarctic.

  • 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 where she studied to become an Arctic Nature Guide. Since then, she works all-year-round as a guide, lecturer and expedition leader.

  • 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. Just last year he hitchhiked around Palestine, walked and rode in the Tien Shen mountains of Kyrgyzstan and before the year was over he went to Ethiopia, where he saw the Ethiopian wolf and were standing on the rim on an active volcano. His sharp eyes and great experience in nature implies he rarely misses an animal.

  • Åsa Lindgren

    Guide

    Normally Swedish Åsa’s work consists of planning and conducting research expeditions to the Polar Regions - in Antarctica, Svalbard and the Canadian and Russian Arctic. She previously worked for the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) in Nairobi, with projects focusing on ecotourism and the protection of mountain gorillas. Åsa has also done a study on the opportunities and risks of ecotourism on Samoa in the South Pacific.