Expedition Team in North America
Our experts are here to safeguard both explorers and the pristine environment. They serve as your invaluable hosts throughout your expedition cruise.
Tessa Van Drie
Expedition Leader Netherlands
Originally from the Netherlands, Tessa finished a one-year course as an Arctic nature guide in Spitsbergen, Norway, in June 2011. She has a master’s degree in Physical Geography from the University of Utrecht.
Since 2011, Tessa has worked as a lecturer on board MS Fram in both Antarctica and the Arctic
Assistant Expedition Leader Norway
Pål grew up in Tromsø, northern Norway and loves all outdoor activities. His fascination for Arctic nature led Pål to study geography at NTNU, Trondheim.
He is certified as a hiking guide in the Norwegian Tourist Association (DNT), and has worked at the meteorological station on the remote Arctic island of Jan Mayen.
Lecturer and bird biologist Canada
Holly’s passion for wildlife has always been present. For her MSc degree, she studied Forest Songbird Ecology.
Holly has been involved in various aspects of seabird research, conservation and management for over 30 years. In recent years, she has spent long periods of time at sea conducting surveys.
Assistant Expedition Leader and Biologist Norway
Helga took her master’s degree in biology on Svalbard, and today works as a guide for hiking groups, leading snowmobile tours, doing city guiding and serving as a manager for Camp Barentz.
Helga works as an environmental agent for Hurtigruten and is an environmental advocate at large.
Geologist United States
Herb received his PhD in Palaeontology from the University of California at Berkeley.
His interests include geologic history and fossil plant evidence for climate change during the past 40 million years, and he does ongoing research work in Peru. He is the author of several books about palaeontology and geology.