Whether you're a first time explorer or a seasoned adventurer, the dedicated, passionate and knowledgeable team members 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 Overgaard started working as a crew member for Hurtigruten in 2001. She worked on several ships on the spectacular Norwegian coast before joining MS Fram in 2008. Line is Norwegian. She 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 Mayer loves the wonderful wildlife and challenging weather in the sub Antarctic Islands of the Falklands and South Georgia. He has been travelling in the Arctic and Antarctic for the last 20 years. His first book, a 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. He has led expeditions in Arctic Norway, Iceland, Greenland, Jan Mayen and Svalbard. In 2000 he made the mistake of accidentally skiing 560 kilometres across the Greenland Icecap and since then, he 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
Assistant Expedition leaders
Steffen Biersack - Germany
Steffen Biersack is a german geologist, born and raised in Berlin. He studied geology at the University, and before joining Hurtigruten, he gained extensive experience as a field trip guide in many European countries, Northern America and Southern Africa. In Steffens 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 Ranheim grew up in Tromsø, Northern Norway. At a young age he started to explore the mountains. Before leaving on 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. Påls fascination for the arctic nature led him 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. He 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. He then got a new job at the meteorological station at Jan Mayen, where he spent six months in the company of two huskies and 17 colleagues. Pål looks forward to sharing his experiences and knowledge with fellow travellers.
Ina Schau Johansen - Norway
Ina Schau Johansen 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 working 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. Ina has a university degree in social work and she has also studied marketing management. In her spare time she loves to go sailing and fishing.
Judith Heinreich - Germany
Growing up in Potsdam, Germany, Judith Heinreich 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. Judith successfully managed to combine her personal interest 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, she has been working in a hotel on Mauritius, discovered Scandinavia as a tour guide, worked in a tourism marketing agency in Madrid, Spain, as an Event Manager in a 5 star hotel in Costa Rica and and with a local tour operator in Chile. 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 Apon 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 in outdoor life at Hardanger folk high school, located beautifully in the Hardangerfjord in 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 2014. He has had several jobs within the tourism industry, but thrives the best being an outdoor guide in the Norwegian mountains and on Svalbard.
Lauritz Schönfeld – Germany
Lauritz Schönfeld was born in Freiburg im Breisgau in Germany. In 2010 he went to Nuuk, Greenland as an exchange student. After finishing High School in Germany he went straight back to Greenland as a Volunteer for the Greenlandic Youth Council (SORLAK) and the American Field Service (AFS). He also worked for the local tourist office Touring Greenland and Tupilak Travel in Nuuk, and has lived in Qaqortoq, Sisimiut, Ittoqqortoormiit and Ilulissat, where he worked for World of Greenland and Greenland Travel as a Touristguide. Lauritz currently studies Geology and Geoscience at the University of Potsdam, Germany.
Yann Rashid – Norway/UK
Arctic Nature Guide
From one extreme to another, Yann Rashid 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. 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. He currently works as a certified guide and is based in Longyearbyen, specialising in snowmobile excursions and ski expeditions. Yann is 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 Langstein grew up in a small fjord on the west coast of Norway. She is a wilderness-enthusiast, and after spending a year outdoors 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 went to the arctic archipelago of Svalbard where she had family roots, and there she finished the one year Arctic Nature Guide-course. Elida 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, and simply just watching and enjoying it.