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Rinie van Meurs Guide

After a formal education in Forest Management and Nature Conservation, Rinie began travelling in search of wildlife, although he had been drawn to the polar regions since his youth. He knew he wanted to explore the pack ice of the high Arctic Ocean.

In 1989, he accepted a job on board a small ship as a potato peeler for his first season in Spitsbergen, (Svalbard). When he came back, he knew he was definitely hooked on the high latitudes. Since '89 he has logged over 400 voyages in his seaman's book, including East and West Greenland, the Canadian High Arctic, Novaya Zemlya, the geographic North Pole, Antarctica, South Georgia, the Falklands and the Georgia, the Falklands and many islands along the Atlantic Ridge.

Around Spitsbergen alone he has done over 250 expedition cruises! Taking groups (snorkellers) to the orca and humpback whale feeding frenzy in Northern Norway is one of his more recent adventures.

Over the last 34 years he had the opportunity to study and photograph many Polar Bears in the pack ice and he has become passionate about these magnificent animals. He is now an expert in leading Polar Bear trips in the high Arctic and Hudson Bay, and has developed a broad interest in the entire sea ice ecosystem and marine life. He has published four books on the Polar regions of which one was about the Polar Bears of Spitsbergen and his last one was published 2019; “The Future Polar Bear: the impact of the vanishing sea ice on an Arctic ecosystem.