Whether you're a first time explorer or seasoned adventurer, the dedicated, passionate and knowledgeable team members on board MS Fram are a welcome addition to our voyages. Our crew on Antarctica voyages are highly-trained and experienced. While many are geologists, biologists, glaciologists, photographers or historians, they all love to share their stories of adventure.
Line Overgaard - Norway
Line started working for Hurtigruten in 2001 as a crew member. She worked on several ships on the spectacular Norwegian Coast before joining MS Fram in 2008. Line is Norwegian and grew up in the small settlement of Klæbu outside Trondheim. She uses every chance she gets to travel and has been backpacking in Asia, South America, Australia and Africa. Line enjoys outdoor activities like cross-country skiing, kayaking, snowboarding, hiking and her newest passion, climbing. Her favourite expeditions have been the 16-day ski expeditions over Spitsbergen's snow-covered glaciers, the 8-day hike on the Arctic Circle Trail in Greenland, and kayaking on the rivers of Nepal. She completed the Arctic Nature Guide study program in 2010 in Spitsbergen.
Jim Mayer - Wales
Jim has been travelling in the Arctic and Antarctic for the last 20 years. His first book, a brand new biography on Ernest Shackleton has been described as “the polar book of the year” by descendent and historian Jonathan Shackleton. Jim gives talks and presentations all over the world. His polar travels began as a student on an expedition to catch and ring Barnacle Geese in Svalbard. Since then he has led expeditions in Arctic Norway, Iceland, Greenland, Jan Mayen and Svalbard. Jim attempted to ski the length of Svalbard from south to north but had to give up when all his food was eaten by polar bears. In 2000 he made the mistake of accidentally skiing 560 kilometres across the Greenland Icecap and since then, has completed several long distance ski journeys in Svalbard and Arctic Sweden. Jim's first visit to Antarctica was to work for the British Antarctic Survey. Subsequently, he has led tourists to the Weddell Sea in search of Emperor penguins, along the Antarctic Peninsula and to the Holy Grail sites of Scott and Shackleton’s huts in the Ross Sea. Jim loves the wonderful wildlife and challenging weather in the sub Antarctic Islands of the Falklands and South Georgia.
Assistant Expedition leaders
Steffen Biersack - Germany
German geologist, born and raised in Berlin, where he spent his "first life" with the Berlin Criminal investigation Department. Feeling the urge to change, he resigned and went to university to study Geology. Before joining Hurtigruten, he gained extensive experience as a field trip guide in many European countries, Northern America and Southern Africa. In his opinion, geology and the complex "System Earth" is a most intriguing and important subject. He aims to convey this to a wider public by offering a wide range of lectures, dealing with our planet's phenomena.
Pål Ranheim - Norway
Pål grew up in Tromsø, Northern Norway, and loves every outdoor-activity. At a young age he started to explore the mountains. Before leaving for his small “expeditions”, his mother said that he should learn basic mountaineering skills. She therefore sent him on a course in “search and rescue” in the organization Norwegian People Aid, of which he still is a member.
His fascination for the arctic nature led Pål to study geography at NTNU, Trondheim. After finishing his studies and becoming a certified teacher, he moved to the top of Norway, North Cape, to teach earth science and social science at an upper secondary school. In his spare time he hiked around Northern Norway, was certified as hiking guide in DNT, worked part time as a guide to the North Cape and actively participated in the climbing club. In 2014, Pål travelled to Nepal to work as a volunteer in an outreach school project in the Nepali countryside. After a fantastic time in the mountains of Nepal, Pål got a new job at the meteorological station at Jan Mayen. At Jan Mayen, he spent six months in the company of two huskies and 17 colleagues, and took every opportunity to explore the island. He looks forward to sharing his experiences and knowledge with fellow travellers.
Ina Schau Johansen - Norway
Ina has been working as a Tour Leader with Hurtigruten since 2000. Some of her best memories from Hurtigruten are "Hurtigruten minute by minute", special cruises in Norway with MS Lofoten and all the beautiful nature she has seen all over the world. Before she started work with Hurtigruten, she worked as a lecturer on different cruise ships in Norway and as a staff member at Kandersteg International Scout Centre in Switzerland. She has a university degree in social work and she has also studied marketing management. In her spare time Ina loves to go sailing and fishing.
Judith Heinreich - Germany
Growing up in Potsdam, Germany, Judith developed her passion for travelling and the outdoors from a very early age. As a child, she went on kayaking, skiing and camping trips with her parents and enjoyed her first backpacking tour at the age of 14, visiting Greece.
She successfully managed to combine her personal interests, of travel, with her job and has been working in the tourism industry ever since. After completing her Masters degree in Tourism Business Administration in Birmingham, UK, Judith has been working in a hotel on Mauritius and discovered Scandinavia as a tour guide.
With the objective of improving her Spanish, she moved to work in Madrid, Spain, in a tourism marketing agency. During her stay she became acquainted with the Latin community which ultimately convinced her to move to Costa Rica, where she worked as an Event Manager in a 5 star hotel. After two years and having explored most of Central America, she accepted an offer from a local tour operator in Chile and moved to the outdoor hotspot, Pucón. Judith organised all imaginable outdoor trips, such as: volcano climbing, rafting, canyoning, hidrospeed and horseback riding with Mapuche natives. She topped off her South american experience with a three-month road trip through Chile, Bolivia and Peru, sleeping in an old Fiat, which made it up to 5,000 metres above sea level while crossing the Andes. Moving back to Germany, she worked as a Product Manager for a German tour operator, selling mainly expedition cruises to the Arctic and Antarctica.
Recently relocated to Oslo, Norway, Judith enjoyed her first Norwegian winter, going cross-country skiing in every spare moment. She is thrilled with her new role at Hurtigruten and is looking forward to sharing her enthusiasm with fellow travelers.
From trainees in 2015 to expedition staff in 2016
Johannes Apon– Norway/Netherlands
Arctic Nature Guide
After finishing high school in his home country, The Netherlands, Johannes (born 1984) spent a few summers cycling 30,000 kilometers around Europe. In 2006, after having cycled from the Netherlands to Norway and back, he decided to participate in a one year course outdoor life at Hardanger folk high school, located beautifully in the Hardangerfjord, western Norway. Here, he learned the basics about hiking and cross country skiing, as well as the Norwegian language and culture. Having fallen in love with being outdoors in the Norwegian mountains and fjords, Johannes took a Masters degree in nature-based tourism and attended the Arctic Nature Guide course at Longyearbyen, Svalbard in 2013/2014. Johannes has had several jobs within the tourism industry, and works among others with tourism research and development, but thrives the best being an outdoor guide in the Norwegian mountains and on Svalbard.
Lauritz Schönfeld – Germany
Lauritz was born in Freiburg im Breisgau in Germany. He went in 2010/11 as an exchange student to Nuuk, Greenland. In 2013 he finished High School in Schwerin, Germany and went straight back to Greenland as a Volunteer for the Greenlandic Youth Council (SORLAK) and the American Field Service (AFS). Beside that Lauritz also worked for the local Tourist office Touring Greenland and Tupilak Travel in Nuuk. He also lived in Qaqortoq, Sisimiut, Ittoqqortoormiit and Ilulissat where he worked during the last summer for World of Greenland and Greenland Travel as a Touristguide. He recently studies Geology and Geoscience at the University of Potsdam, Germany.
Yann Rashid – Norway/UK
Arctic Nature Guide
From one extreme to another, Yann exchanged the hectic city life of London to pursue his dream of travelling north, eventually ending up on Svalbard where he has now lived for the past 6 years. His first taste of Svalbard involved camping continuously for 3 months in the Arctic wilderness.
Yann has a degree in Environmental Sciences from the University of Edinburgh, and has also spent a year studying Arctic Biology at the University Centre in Svalbard, and another year undertaking the Arctic Nature Guide course (Svalbard). He currently works as a certified guide and is based in Longyearbyen, specialising in snowmobile excursions and ski expeditions. His is now an expert at navigating through whiteouts conditions.
A day in the Arctic is always unpredictable, and the thought of not knowing what will happen next is what has kept him on the island for so long. Most recently he launched his own line of outdoor clothing designed for extreme conditions.
Elida Langstein– Norway
Arctic Nature Guide
Elida is an wilderness-enthusiast, and she grew up in a small fjord on the westcoast of Norway. After spending a year outside in Finnmark in Northern Norway, doing hunting, fishing and going on long hikes on foot and on skis, she decided she wanted to go even further north. She then went to the arctic archipelago of Svalbard where she had family roots, and there she finished the one year Arctic Nature Guide-course. She now lives and works as a nature guide in Longyearbyen. Her favourite expeditions are the long ski trips she has done in Northern Norway and on Svalbard. But her deepest passion is for the wildlife, both when it comes to hunting and trapping, but also simply just watching and enjoying it.