Tessa van Drie – The Netherlands
Tessa van Drie 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. She finished her 1-year course as Arctic Nature Guide, hosted at Spitsbergen, Norway, in June 2011. 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 Morgan 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, and in 2012 he became a project consultant for the Trus,t which gave him more time to pursue other interests including working for Hurtigruten. Tudo 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. 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.
Steinar Aksnes - Norway
Steinar Alsnes grew up in the mountains of Norway, close to Bergen, and moved to Svalbard in 1996. For the firs 9 years he worked within tourism on different ships in the summer and on snowmobile in the winter seasons. He then moved on to work for the film industry, and mainly within natural history filmmaking. Steinar did field work for films like, BBC "Natures Great Events", BBC “Frozen Planet”, BBC Life and 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
Therese Appelberg 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. Therese remains an avid traveler, and shares her enthusiasm for adventure and nature with all our guests.
Cathrine Moen - Norway
Cathrine Moen 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, then she went to Tromsø University College to study teaching for 4 years. In 2007 she lived 7 months in Nürnberg, Germany, were she took part in one of EU’s educational programmes and worked as an assistant teacher at a school with hearing impaired students. Cathrine has worked as a guide in Ilulissat for the last two summers and there she has fallen in love with the icebergs.