Expedition Team

Jan Bryde

Expedition Leader

Jan has worked as an Expedition Leader or cruise director since 1994 on cruise vessel all over the world, traveling to more than 115 countries. He’s made more than 60 voyages to Antarctica and 30 into the Arctic region, including a Northwest Passage and more than a dozen trips to the geographic North Pole.

Anja Erdmann

Expedition Leader

Anja visited Greenland the first time in 2000 as part of her tourism management curriculum at university. Staying in a small village where dogs outnumbered people by five to one, she was quickly won over to the polar environmental and lifestyle and feels that the Arctic and Antarctic are her true homes and professional arenas. Anja has been working since then mainly as Expedition Leader in the Arctic and the Antarctic regions, but also feels at home in “normal waters.”

Jonathan Zaccaria

Expedition Leader

Jonathan made his first experience in Antarctica as a research engineer at the French Dumont d`Urville Station. He liked it so much, that a few years later he overwintered again at an international station.

Saskia Travert

Assistant Expedition Leader

A world traveler and tourism professional from Reunion Island, Saskia has many years of experience on Arctic expedition cruises. She brings her boundless enthusiasm and organizational skills to the important role of AEL.

Dr. Susan Currie

Geo Scientist, Geologist

As a professional geologist for more than 25 years, Susan now enjoys traveling aboard expedition ships and sharing her enthusiasm for the natural environment. Her career in expedition cruising stretches back to 2002 and has encompassed such diverse areas as the Antarctic, Alaska, Greenland, the North Pole, the South Pacific, and Australasia.

Dr. Dmitri Banin

Ornithologist & Marine biologist

Having got Ph.D. in Zoology Dmitri conducted his research in the Central Asia, the Caucasus, Siberia, and the Rusian Far East. With the University of Washington, U.S.A., he organized numerous international research expeditions to the Russian Far East, Mongolia, Alaska, Argentina and Nicaragua. With more than 30 years of travel experience around the globe, Dmitri has a great passion for travel and is always looking forward to his next adventure.

Dr. Annette Bombosch

Marine Biologist; Master in Marine Conservation

Annette’s first trip to Antarctica – camping at the base of Mt Erebus – infected her with a serious case of “polar virus.” She pursued her PhD studying Antarctic whales and participating in research expeditions to the Southern Ocean. Annette has a great passion for the Polar Regions, especially marine mammals, and she loves to share her knowledge and enthusiasm with others no matter the time of day.

Dr. Boris Solovev


After growing up in the Urals and Caucasia, Boris focused his academic career on the conservation of marine mammals across the Russian Arctic, including polar bear surveys, a Ph.D. thesis on beluga whales, and working for WWF Russia.

Dmitry Kiselev

Polar Historian, Chinese Translator

Coming from remote Kamchatka in Russia, Dmitry is a professional Russian-Chinese-English translator, accomplished author, orientalist, and polar historian. His hobbies include backpacking, scuba diving, and model shipbuilding.

Marta Duch

Expedition Staff

Marta, from Barcelona, has been going to sea since the age of eight. She was part of the 2004 Spanish pre-Olympic sailing team in Athens. She has spent three seasons in Greenland as a powerboat driver and tour coordinator.

Anthony Smith

Sculptor and Photographer

Anthony studied Zoology at Cambridge University, after which he began a career as a sculptor and photographer. He has created bronze statues for major institutions such as the Natural History Museum of London and Amsterdam Royal Zoo, as well as designing a new £2 coin which is now in circulation in the United Kingdom. In 2015 he was the winner of a BBC Wildlife Photography Grant.

Lauren Farmer


Born in Australia and raised in America, Lauren is a professional photographer specializing in portraits and travel landscapes. She has worked for many years as expedition photographer on cruises to the Polar Regions.

Ida Olsson

Kayak Master

Ida has been working as a wilderness and adventure guide in the most north part of Sweden. She has been driving snowmobile in all different environments and talked about northern lights. During summer time she has also been out with guests driving off-road in the Swedish forest on an endure bike. Now she lives in Longyearbyen on Svalbard and guide people on kayak, snowmobile, hiking and boat trips.

John Suta

Zodiac Master

John comes from Ontario, Canada, where he is a self-employed landscaper, mechanic, and bicycle shop owner. On his numerous voyages to the North Pole, he puts his Zodiac driving skills and his mechanical talents to excellent use.

Ryan Hope-inglis

Zodiac Master & Logistics

Ryan gained a background in engineering and developed his passion for the outdoors in his native England and in the Arctic. His diverse skillset includes Zodiac driving and maintenance, kayaking, and mountain climbing.

Rainer Ullrich

Artist in Residence

Rainer developed his passion for painting in remote polar environments in 2002 during his legendary crossing of the Northeast Passage and his expedition to Greenland in 2006 together with a German explorer Arved Fuchs. His wonderful books are insider bestsellers in the expedition industry.

Lupe Aguirre

Poseidon Representative in Ushuaia, Argentina

Lupe is from Mendoza, Argentina. She has a great passion for travel, the outdoors, and all the wild, remote regions of the world, especially the Arctic. She is looking forward to sharing her contagious spirit of adventure with you.

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