Expedition Team in South America
Our experts are here to safeguard both explorers and the pristine environment. They serve as your invaluable hosts throughout your expedition cruise.
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.
John is a Canadian ornithologist. After undergraduate and post-graduate studies in Canada and the UK, he taught at university before joining Environment Canada as a Seabird Research Scientist.
He has worked as a lecturer aboard expedition cruises for the past 25 years on ornithology, climate change, oceanography, biogeography and ecology.
Lecturer and General Naturalist Switzerland
Thérése fell in love with polar regions when visiting Svalbard for the first time several years ago.
She has a master’s degree in media and communications from Switzerland, and spent a year living in Longyearbyen, Svalbard, while completing her Arctic nature guide education.
Linda is from Svalbardseyri, Iceland. She studied biology at the University of Iceland and University Centre in Svalbard, focusing on plant ecology.
She is also a park ranger and has worked in Vatnajökull National Park and other nature reserves in Iceland. She is an Arctic nature guide and has also worked as a snowmobile guide during the winter season on Svalbard.
Joshua van der Groen
Josh was born and raised on Malta, where his deep fascination for the sea and nature developed. He pursued an undergraduate degree in biology focusing on marine biology in the Netherlands.
Since then he has worked on whale-watching boats, carrying out research in the Canary Islands, and guiding tourists to see the aurora borealis in Finland.