Our Lecturers:

Viktor Boyarsky, Expedition Leader

52 years old, well-known Russian Polar adventurer and explorer. From 1973 to 1987 he worked as polar scientist for Arctic and Antarctic research Institute in S.-Petersburg. During that time he took part in 5 Antarctic Expeditions and more then 6 expeditions in the Arctic.

Viktor’s Achievements

He is PhD in Physics and Mathematics and author of two books about Transgreenland and Transantarctic expedition. At the present moment he is working on his third book.

1988. He became a member of International Expedition, which crossed the Greenland from South to North on ski and dog sledges.

In 1989-90 he was a member of International Transantarctic Expedition - the first in the history crossing the seventh continent by the longest route. During 7 months lasting journey the expedition went on ski and dogs sledges more then 6,500 km from east to west coast across South Pole.

1995. He was co-leader of the International Transarctic expedition, started from the Siberian coast and finished on Ward Hunt island in Canadian arctic archipelago.

1997-2002. He led 14 expeditions on ski to the North Pole and has worked 5 seasons as a guide-lecturer and expedition leader on board of nuclear icebreakers cruising to the North Pole.

Currently. He is a Director of the Russian state museum of Arctic and Antarctic in St. Petersburg, head of the Polar commission of the Russian geographical society. Viktor Boyarsky is a member of the National geographic society of USA. Together with his wife and son he is living in St. Petersburg.

Viktor speaks fluent English.

Sonja Heinrich, Lecturer

29 years old. A sea-biologist. Specialization – whales. Sonja was born in Germany in the City of Cologne.

At the moment she is studying at St. Andrews University in Edinburgh. In 2004 Sonja will be applying for her Ph.D.

Sonja Heinrich often conducts her research
work at biological sea research station in

For 5 years she has been working as a lecturer
aboard expedition cruise vessels:
- “Akademik Ioffe” (which is presented as “Peregrine Mariner” to tourists),
- M/V “Orlova”,
- “Akademik Shuleikin”,
- “World Discoverer”,
- “Nordnorge”.

Several times she has been working as Expedition Leader aboard the “World Discoverer”. Good personality and cheerful approach toward everything she does makes Sonja really favorite person among passengers of any vessels. Her lectures are vivid and full of impression. She has good skills in Zodiac driving.

She is in possession of excellent command of English and Spanish.

Yoshihide Ohta, Lecturer

Born: 14.01.1933 at Nagano prefecture, Japan.

1957: Graduated from faculty of science Geology, Hokkaido University, Japan.

1962: Finished the graduated school of Hokkaido University. (Faculty of Science) obtained the degree of Dr. of Science.

1962: Research Associate of Hokkaido University. (Geology)

1972. Tought Petrology.

1962: First Antarctic geology article, presented to the First Antarctic geology symposium.

1964-66: Post doctorate fellow from Japan to Oslo University studied under Prof. T. Birth on feldspar crystallography. First visit to Spitsbergen.

1968: Second visit to Norway by Norwegian Polar Institute. Second visit to Spitsbergen.

1969-70: Deputy leader of Himalayan Expedition from Hokkaido University, field works in Nepal.

1972-2000: State Scientist of Norwegian Polar Institute. Visited Antarctic 6 times, 30 summers to Arctic from Alaska, Canadian Arctic. Greenland, Svalbard, Franz Josef Land, as a leader of geologist party.

1973: Received Prince Chichibu Science prize by the book “Geology of Nepal Himalayas”.

1975-80: Based member of Japan Norway Society.

1993-1999: Member of Science Community for INSROP (International Northern Sea Route Project) by Russia-Norway-Japan.

2000 till now: Half-time scientist of Norwegian Polar Institute. 4 books and more than 200 scientific articles have been written.

2002-2003: A lecturer for the North Pole cruises of “Poseidon Arctic Voyages”.

Mr. Ohta speaks fluent English.

Christian Kempf, Lecturer, expedition leader

Born in Strasburg (France) in 1952.

Studiedgeography and then tought animal ecology in several universities (especially Strasburg, Munich, Geneva).

Expedition leader of 16 scientific expeditions studying seabirds in Svalbard and predator ecology in East Greenland. Has traveled the whole Arctic and has written an Arctic guide.

23 books published on Alsace, large animals of Europe, Arctic and Antarctic. Former president of the French union of ornithologists and vice president of the French mammal society.

European award for nature conservancy president's exploration awards (1978), special award of the University of Strasburg. Expedition leader for several polar cruise organizations since 1990 and lecturer on large cruise ships.

Rolf Stange, Lecturer

30 years old. Born in 1973 in West Germany. Rolf started traveling to the north in 1993 and have never stopped it since. He studied geography and geology first in Munster, later in Bonn and finished in 2002. Now he lives in Rostock at the coast of the Baltic Sea.

Rolf is closely acquainted with Svalbard Archipelago, being there at least once per year since 1997. He started with guiding hiking and trekking trips for a specialized German company. In late winter 1999, Rolf worked at Isfjord Radio/Kapp Linne at the west coast of Spitsbergen. The station was built to serve as radio station and later as ground station for satellite-based telecomunication between the other settlements in Spitsbergen and the mainland of Norway.

In April 2001 Rolf went on a ski expedition to explore southern Spitsbergen. This expedition lasted for several weeks.

In April 2003 he was part of the ski expedition in the Liverpool Land in East Greenland.

During the Arctic summer 2000 Rolf started to work on board the ice-strengthened vessels of Russian origin now operated by “Oceanwide Expeditions”. Since then Rolf has been regularly going around Svalbard, East Greenland and Antarctica, working as a guide and lecturer or as expedition leader on expedition style cruises.

His lectures cover glaciers, permafrost, various aspects of regional geology and plate tectonics.

Rolf’s first book on the geography and geology of Svalbard and East Greenland has come out in spring 2003 in German.

At the moment he is working on his next book about Antarctica. Rolf has excellent command of English.

Natalia Chernova, Lecturer

Burn 11.12.1957 in Petrozavodsk, Russia

Current position: Zoological Institute, Russian Academy of Sciences (St. Petersburg)

Education: Petrozavodsk State University (1980) Specialization: Biology

Ph.D: “Liparid fishes (Scorpaeniformes, Liparidae) of the Eurasian Arctic” Made in the Zoological institute, Russian academy of sciences (St. Petersburg) and Murmansk marine biological institute (Dalnie Zelentsy). Defence of the theses: in the Leningrad state university, December 1988 Certificate of Ph. D Degree issued in May, 1989.

1980-1991: Murmansk marine biological institute (Dalnie Zelentsy) as technical assistant, junior scientist, senior scientist 1992-present: Zoological institute, Russian academy of sciences (St. Petersburg): Scientist, Senior Scientist

Natalia made reports at some conferences and congresses including the VIII European Congress of Ichthyology in Oviedo, Spain (1994) and the X European Congress of Ichthyology in Prague, Czech Republic (2001). The last report in English abroad was about the Russian marine research in the Arctic in Tromsoe, Norway (2003).

She participated in a few scientific international cruises: aboard of the German research icebreaker "Polarstern" to Spitsbergen (1991), aboard of the German Research Vessel “Walter Hervig III” to Greenland (2001). Natalia took part in several scientific cruises in the Barents, Norwegian and Kara seas, to Spitsbergen and Novaya Zemlya. She is experienced in field work and in describing new species.

In 2002 and 2003 was employed as a lecturer aboard icebreaker “Yamal” for the expedition cruise to the North Pole by Poseidon Arctic Voyages.

The list of publications contains 89 titles, including 33 published in English.

Christoph Ransmayr, Lecturer

Christoph Ransmayr was born 20.03.1954 in Wels, Austria in a family of schoolteacher. He spent his childhood in Roitham village near Alpine lake Traunsee.

Studied at Stiftsgymnasium der Benediktiner in Lambach.

1972-1978 studied philosophy at Vienna University. Now he is living in West Cork, Ireland. He started his literature career in 1979 as a redactor in monthly magazine "Extrablatt" in Vienna as well as reporter and essay author in German magazines Starting from 1982 he is a free writer. Christoph Ransmayr has published several novels which have been translated into 26 languages.

Sepp Friedhuder, Lecturer

Prof. Mag. Sepp Friedhuber
Born 1948 in Upper Austria,
Studied Biology and Geology at the University of Salzburg. Teaching Biology in Linz.

First Expedition to Bolivia Cordillera Real 1973 More than 30 Expeditions to South America, Africa, Himalaya, Iceland, Spitzbergen, Alaska and Siberia with many first ascents. Scientific adviser in 11 Filmprojekts for Austrian TV in Afrika, South America , Asia , Spitzbergen, Alaska, Siberia.
Last international Filmproject: Beringia –Atlantis of the North Winner of Golden Romy, most important TV Award in Austria.

Photographer: Many publications in international books and magazines.

Books: "Afrika – Berge Wusten Regenwalder"
"Uramazonas- Fluss aus der Sahara".

Helfried Weyer, Lecturer

Helfried Weyer, born 1939 in Konigsberg / Kaliningrad, is a professional photographer and a journalist who has worked all around the world.

The result are nearly 50 picture- and travelbooks. His favoured locations are cold areas like Arctic and Antarctic.

So Weyer worked as a photographer and lecturer on ships like MS Europa, MS Hanseatic, MS Bremen, MS World Discoverer, MS Lindblad Explorer and more.
Helfried Weyer worked as a staffmember in 2003 on IB Kapitan Dranitsyn in Franz Joseph Land an gave lectures about the history of this country, about professional photography and much more.

If you travel together with Helfried Weyer, you will get better pictures on this tour and you will learn a lot about your destination.
Helfried Weyer was also a member in Himalaya- and Sahara-Expeditions.

Christine Reinke-Kunze, Lecturer

Dr. Christine Reinke-Kunze works as a freelance journalist for a variety of radio stations, newspapers and magazines.

Her principal fields of work include art, cultural history and travel reports, for which she has hitherto gathered material in Scandinavia, New Zealand, Namibia, Southeast Asia, China, Mongolia and Russia. In recent years she has produced numerous radio features on scientific topics, with modern polar exploration having become a further main area of work. The writer’s desire to give listeners a close-up account of modern science has caused her to accompany polar explorers on expeditions to the Arctic and Antarctic and in doing so, she has developed a special personal liking for the extreme latitudes of our planet. Her excursions result in thrilling radio documentaries and also books relating to the history of German research vessels and polar exploration. In her spare time this Hamburg journalist has published many books including "German Research Vessels" (1986), "Research Vessels of the World" (1994), Alfred Wegener - Father of the Continental Drift" (1994), "History of German Polar Science" (1992), "Penguins" (1993), "Antarctica - Portrait of a Continent" (1992), "Discovery of Antarctica" (1996), "Ice" (1996) and "Antarctica - An Introductory Guide" (1997).

Andreas Umbreit, Lecturer

Andreas Umbreit, Expedition Leader

Born in Munich in 1959 and brought up in the Bavarian Alps, where he served also his military service in a unit of the army mountain forces. He studied agriculture in Kiel at the Baltic Sea, from where he traveled to Scandinavia and from 1986 also to arctic Spitsbergen.

Spitsbergen and the polar areas captured him, so he started the first tourism company registered in Spitsbergen in 1987 and is a permanent resident of the archipelago since 1992, with his main base in Longyearbyen.

Many years of residence in the Arctic, his practical work with scientific, tourist and media expeditions, and research for his publications make him a first-hand expert on polar issues with a wide spectrum of knowledge.

He works also as an expedition leader or a lecturer on selected polar expedition cruises - including the Russian Arctic with Poseidon Arctic Voyages since 2003. Furthermore, he is engaged in polar environment work, including arctic tourism related projects of the WWF.

Andreas Umbreit shares his experience of these arctic areas with other travelers by being the author of the detailed reference guide books "Guide to Spitsbergen with Franz-Josef-Land and Jan Mayen" (3rd edition 2005) in English, respectively in German "Spitzbergen Handbuch mit Franz-Joseph-Land und Jan Mayen", (7th edition 2004).

Lonnie Dupre, Lecturer

During an arctic career spanning seventeen years, Lonnie Dupre has traveled over 13,500 miles throughout the high arctic by dog team, ski and kayak. His path has often followed in the footsteps of the Arctic explorers of the last century - Robert E. Peary, Roald Amundsen and Knud Rasmussen. Like them, Lonnie has lived and traveled with the Polar Inuit, learning from these hardy people and developing a deep appreciation for their culture and way of life.

Born in 1961 and raised on a Minnesota country farm, it was natural as a young boy to spend hours exploring every nook and cranny of the nearby woods and creeks. It may also have had something to do with family heritage - he is descended on his mother's side from Jacques Cartier, the French explorer and founder of Quebec. He also discovered in himself an affinity for Minnesota's cold winters, as he ice fished on nearby lakes at every opportunity. He came to prefer winter over summer.

Dupre was awarded the Soviet Sportsman Medal for Arctic exploration in 1989 and was elected Fellow National of the Explorers Club in 1996. Upon completion of the Greenland Expedition, Dupre was keynote lecturer to the Fellows of the Royal Geographic Society in London. He has authored a book titled "Greenland Expedition - Where Ice is Born", and his expeditions have been featured in such varied publications as Reader' Digest, Sports Illustrated, Outside Magazine and Online, National Geographic Online, Backpacker, Australian Geographic, Sea Kayaker, Explorers Journal, Computer User, Lake Superior Magazine, Above and Beyond, Up Here, and Northwest Airline-World Traveler as well as international newspapers in Denmark, Canada, Greenland, Russia, Scandinavia, Japan, Spain and England. His most recent expedition was partially sponsored by the National Geographic Expeditions Council.

Lonnie is an accomplished outdoor photographer whose special interests include a continuing study of traditional Inuit lifestyle and culture. In his spare time he enjoys woodworking and back country skiing in the Quetico/Boundary Waters Wilderness of the Minnesota/Canadian border area.
Lonnie readily confesses that the spirit of adventure is strong within his soul. So is his belief in ones ability to overcome the seemingly insurmountable obstacles that may stand between an individual and their dream. The success of his arctic expeditions, with the extreme physical, mental and logistical hurdles they have represented, stand as testament to this . But even with all of his achievements, he remains very much that farm kid from Minnesota. His extensive knowledge and experience, his sense of humor, and his ability to captivate and inspire audiences of all ages, make him a sought-after speaker for corporations, schools and nonprofit organizations.


Dr. Eckhard Pott, Lecturer

Was born in 1948, studied in University of Freiburg. In 1980 he acquired the PhD in biology.
After finishing his science studies he started working as an Editor of biological division in one of the biggest German Publishing Houses. Later he started writing himself.
At the moment Dr. Eckart Pott is a well-known author of numerous books in biology, environmental protection and photography. One of the most significant topic for his research is studying of the ecological interconnectivities. His books were translated into many languages of the world.
Photos from his vast photoactive were printed in hundreds of books and specialized publications like Natural History, Das Tier, Kosmos, Natura Oggi, Oasis è Naturfoto. Also many photo exhibition presenting his works were made.
Expedition voyages brought Dr. Eckart Pott to different remote destinations of the World: Scandinavia, Greenland, Iceland, Alaska, Canada, Svalbard, Antarctic. From the list of visited areas we can see that most of his voyages were taken to the Polar regions. During the recent years Dr. Eckart Pott is working as expedition lecturer aboard polar expedition cruises.

Borge Ousland, polar adventurer.

Born 31 st of May 1962 in Oslo, Norway

First unsupported crossing of the Southern Patagonian Icecap in Chile from Tortel to Puerto Natales, with Thomas Ulrich. Started from Tortel 24 th of August. Duration 54 days. Distance 460 km.

Expedition to Mount Everest, south side. April – May. Reached South Summit at 8750 metres, but had to turn back to help another person who needed assistance.

Reconnaissance trip to the Northern and Southern Patagonian icecap in Chile, with Thomas Ulrich.

Crossed the Arctic Ocean alone, via the North Pole, from Siberia to Canada. Started from Cape Arctichesky in Siberia 03 March. Reached Ward Hunt Island in Canada 23 rd of May. Became the first person who has skied solo across both poles. Duration 82 days. Distance 1800. km.

Climbed the worlds 6 th highest mountain, Cho Oyo in Tibet. 8201 metres. Climbed Huano Potosi in Bolivia. 6200 metres.

First person to ski alone and unsupported across Antarctica. Started from the Weddel Sea 15 th of November, via the South Pole, to Scott Base in the Ross Sea. Duration 64 days. Distance 2845 km. This was at the time the longest ski expedition in history.

Skied alone and unsupported to the South Pole. Became the first person who have skied alone to both poles. Started from the Weddel sea 8 th of November. Duration 44 days. Distance 1350 km.

First person to ski alone and unsupported to The North Pole. Started from Cape Arctichesky in Siberia 2 nd of March. Duration 52 days. Distance 1000 km.

Skied through the arcipelago of Frans Josef Land, Russia, with Agnar Berg. Started from Fridjof Nansens winter camp at Jackson Island 1 st of April. Duration 21days. Distance 300 km.

First to ski unsupported to the North Pole, with Erling Kagge and Geir Randby. Started from Ward Hunt Island in Canada 8 th of March. Duration 58 days. Distance 800 km.

Special Naval Forces of Norway.

Crossed Greenland unsupported on skies, with Agnar Berg and Jan Morten Ertsaas. From Agnassalik to Umanak. Duration 37 days. Distance 800 km.

During the period 1982-1993 Borge worked as a professional diver in Norway and on North Sea oilfields.

Based on his expeditions, Borge has written four books and made four TV documentaries. The book “Alone across Antarctica” was finalist at Banff Mountain Book Festival. The film “The big white” won first price in Moscow adventure film festival and in Torello Mountain Film Festival. The film “Alone to the North Pole” won first price in Dijjon Adventure film festival.

Borges expeditions have been published in TV and print media world wide. He has pubished articles in magazines such as National Geographic Magazine, Outside and Geo magazine. Borge Ousland have received several international awards for his achivements.

Franz Gingele, geologist.

Franz Gingele was brought up in Oberstdorf. Being a teenager he began to explore the local mountains. The surrounding landscape early aroused his keen interest in stones, ice and historical natural phenomena.

During the study of geology, glaciology and climatology in Erlangen he took part in mountaineering expeditions on other continents and conquered some mountain peaks in the Rocky Mountains, and also the summits of 5,000 m and 6,000 m high in the Andes in South America.

When working toward Doctor’s degree in Alfred Wegener’s Marine and Polar Research Institute in Bremerhaven and in the University of Bremen, Franz studied the polar regions of the Earth and participated in some great research Antarctic expeditions on the icebreaker “Polarstern”.

Later his activities were also related to Greenland and Arctic. Other scientific expeditions brought Franz to South Africa, South America, Arabian Peninsula and the Pacific Ocean area.

Since 1998 Franz has been accompanying the passenger cruises to Antarctica, Svalbard, and Greenland and also on the Northwest Passage.

Since 2000 he has been working as a marine geologist and climatologist at the University of Canberra, Australia. His scientific activity is concentrated on research of the oceans surrounding the Red Continent.