Tessa van Drie - Germany
Tessa, from the Netherlands, finished her 1-year course as Arctic Nature Guide, hosted at Spitsbergen, Norway, in June 2011. She has her Masters degree in Physical Geography from the University in Utrecht. After working for four years in an office she decided to travel and do voluntary work for two years in Central and South America. She enjoyed travelling so much that she got a job as a tour leader for a Dutch company. For three years she guided Dutch groups through several countries in Central and South America. Now she is living in Norway and is really enjoying the outdoor life like cross country skiing, kayak paddling and hiking in the mountains. Since 2011 Tessa works as a lecturer on board FRAM, both in the Antarctica and the Arctic.
Tudor Morgan - Wales
Tudor gained his passion for polar places from an early age. Born in Cardiff, Wales, he learned of the exploits of Captain Scott; Cardiff was Scott's last UK port of call. This drove the passion to visit and work in the polar regions. After expeditions to Norway, Iceland, Spitsbergen and the European Alps and studying Geology at Manchester University, Tudor secured a job as a guide for the British Antarctic Survey (BAS) working out of Rothera Station, Marguerite Bay, for two and a half years followed by a further three years as Field Operations Manager. In April 2008 he became Operations Manager for the Antarctic Heritage Trust overseeing the museum and gift shop at Port Lockroy as well as Detaille, Wordie and Damoy. In 2012 he became a project consultant for the Trust which gave him more time to pursue other interests including working for Hurtigruten. For the last two years he worked as Operations Manager for IAATO. He has been awarded the Queens Polar Medal for outstanding service to Antarctic science and Heritage.
Assistant Expedition leaders
Tomas Zadrozny - Poland
Tomasz (Tom) Zadrozny obtained a Masters of Science and Engineering degree in Animal Science at the Agricultural University of Warsaw/Poland. He overwintered twice in Antarctica where he worked as biologist and base commander of the Polish Antarctic Station - Arctowski.
From 1999, he works on board of Passengers Expedition Vessels which operate in Arctic, Antarctic, South Pacific, Amazon, Orinoco and Gambia River. His favorite Earth’s “corners” are the areas around the Poles - the Polar Regions. There he shares with the guests his personal experience and presents lectures about wildlife of the Arctic and the Antarctic.
One of his highlights has been the discovery of a previously unknown channel in Melchior Islands Archipelago on Feb. 2, 2003. The new channel, named Bremen Channel, divides Omega Island on two islands. The new discovered island got also the name Bremen. Both new names - Bremen Channel and Bremen Island, were approved by Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research and are now official names used in Antarctica.
Steinar Aksnes - Norway
Steinar grew up in the mountains of Norway close to Bergen and moved to Svalbard in 1996. He worked within tourism on different ships in the summer and snowmobile in the winter seasons for the first 9 years. After that he moved on to work for the film industry, and mainly within natural history film making. He did field work for films like, BBC "Natures Great Events", BBC Frozen Planet, BBC Life, HC "Life after people", IMAX " to the Arctic".
After this he had a five year period were he worked for The Norwegian Polar Institute as a logistical engineer, helping scientist with their fieldwork. Now, Steinar is taking on a new challenge as Assistant Expedition leader on Hurtigruten's Explorer voyages.
Therese Appelberg - Sweden
Thess was born in Sweden, but early on her interest for languages led her to language and cultural studies abroad and she has many years of experience within the travel industry. In 2009, after 15 years in San Diego California, she came to Norway and was taken away by the extreme nature and wildlife while travelling around the country and on board one of our ships. Since 2010 she has been working for Hurtigruten along the Norwegian coast, as a Tour Leader on board MS Kong Harald. She remains an avid traveler, and share her enthusiasm for adventure and nature with all our guests.
Cathrine Moen - Norway
Cathrine comes from a village close to the city Tromsø in the North of Norway, and nature has always been a natural part of her life. She studied Tourism in Trondheim in 2001, after that she went to Tromsø University College to study teaching for 4 years. She lived 7 months in Nürnberg, Germany in 2007 were she took part in one of EU’s educational programmes and worked as an assistant teacher at a school with hearing impaired students. She has worked as a guide in Ilulissat the last two summers and there she fell in love with the icebergs.