Our experts are here to safeguard both explorers and the pristine environment. They serve as your invaluable hosts throughout your expedition cruise.
“Our Explorer and small boat cruising activities are a great way to discover smaller places that can´t be reached by big ships.” - Tomasz, Assistant Expedition Leader
Expedition Teams at Hurtigruten represent the best of the best. The Expedition Team Leader and Assistant Expedition Leaders are experts on safety and sustainability, making sure your exploration of these remote destinations is done right.
Together with guest lecturers and scientists, they will enhance your voyage with first-hand knowledge and fascinating insights, ensure your complete safety during landings and guarantee the lightest possible footprint in this pristine environment.
Leading and teaching
During your discovery of Alaska and Canada, your Expedition Team will lead the way on hikes, guided tours, historical site visits, landscape explorations, and flora and fauna spotting (birds, bears and more).
Briefings occur before each landing, making you aware of any potential risks and of strict protocol regarding local wildlife. Both on and off the ship, lectures are held on a wide variety of specialist topics that cover:
geology and geography
sea ice and glaciers,
biology (marine biology, ornithology)
history and culture
photography and storytelling
Expedition Team members in Alaska and Canada
Get to know some of the Expedition Team members you may encounter on a cruise to Alaska or Canada:
Tudor studied geology at Manchester University. He previously worked for the British Antarctic Survey, the Antarctic Heritage Trust and was operations manager at IAATO.
He has been awarded the Queen’s Polar Medal for outstanding service to Antarctic science and heritage.
Assistant Expedition Leader
Tomasz has a Master of Science degree and an engineering degree in animal sciences from the Agricultural University in Poland. He worked as a biologist and base commander of the Polish Antarctic Station Arctowski. While working with Hurtigruten, he discovered a previously unknown channel in Antarctica.
“We were whale-watching, and a mother and daughter hunchback decided to dive under our ship, surfacing on the port, then the starboard, port, starboard, on and on for 20 minutes. Everyone was so excited, they ran back and forth from side to side to get a better look.”
Lecturer in history
Born and raised in Barcelona, Arnau studied history at Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, where he got a master’s degree in Near Eastern Archaeology.
After 10 years of field experience, he joined Hurtigruten in 1999. As a licensed mountain guide, he enjoys sharing his passion for history, travel and mountaineering.
Ornithologist and lecturer in biology
As an undergraduate in geology, Bob started working on oceanographic expeditions. The fieldwork for his PhD was conducted along the coast of Alaska and in the Bering Sea.
In his 20 years with the US Geological Survey, he has been involved in research projects that have taken him from Indonesia to the Ivory Coast.
Thomas Grant Olsen
Thomas moved to northern Norway to study for a year. That first year subsequently turned into several years studying sports, friluftsliv (outdoor life) and Arctic nature guiding.
He later worked in Svalbard as a guide for dogsledding, kayaking, skiing and glacier exploration. It’s what he enjoys doing most! His hobby is kayak polo.