Welcome to the Secret Atlas team page.

The passion for remote destinations brings us together to create and share authentic experiences with you. 


Michele D'Agostino
Co Founder

An avid high latitude sailor and explorer, Michele co-founded Secret Atlas to bring the small group expedition experience to the Polar regions. 

Holder of Yacht Master Ocean (commercially endorsed) and PTGA Polar Guide.

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Andy Marsh
Co Founder

A passionate traveller and explorer of remote places, Andy co-founded Secret Atlas to share his love of the wilderness in a low impact and intimate way.

Read Andy’s blog post here

Expedition Team

Expedition Leaders

John Rodsted
Photo & Expedition Leader

Originally trained as a commercial photographer, he has impacted the world of imagery from the moment he set up his own studio in Melbourne at 22. 

Today, he is not only known for his award-winning work as a photojournalist of communities at risk, but also for his artistic and written work.

Meet John here

Meet the Team - David Berg

David Berg
Expedition Leader

David is an accomplished professional polar guide from Sweden who has led expeditions in Svalbard, Greenland, Scotland, Iceland, the Faroe Islands, South Georgia, the Falkland Islands and Antarctica.

Meet David here

Meet the team - Andreas Umbreit

Andreas Umbreit
Expedition Leader

Andreas has extensive experience in Svalbard, Greenland and the Russian Arctic. First visited Spitsbergen in 1986, he is an author of guide books and was a first tour operator registered in Spitsbergen.

Meet Andreas here

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Mette Elisuessen
Photo & Expedition Leader

Mette has guided in all polar regions for over 16 years, totaling over 300 voyages. Before this, she was program manager for Save the Children in Afghanistan from 1990 to 1997 and was a key member of the international campaign to ban landmines, who were awarded the 1997 Nobel Peace prize. 

Meet Mette here

Julia Wellner Expedition Guide

Julia Wellner
Expedition Leader

Julia has been working as a guide and expedition leader since 2017:  in winter & spring as a snowmobile guide on Svalbard, summers as a guide and expedition leader on expedition cruises in Svalbard and Greenland.

Meet Julia here

Meet the Team - Morten Jørgensen

Morten Jørgensen
Expedition Leader

Morten first visited Svalbard in 1997 and has been a polar guide ever since. His broad experience make him a much valued expedition leader.
Meet Morten here
Laali Berthelsen

Laali Berthelsen
Expedition Leader

Laali is from Nuuk in Greenland. She is a highly experienced Arctic guide and has extensive knowledge of all places cold including Greenland, Canada, Iceland and Svalbard.

Meet Laali here

Meet the Team- Rickard Berg

Rickard Berg
Expedition Leader

Rickard began his polar career working in the Norwegian high Arctic and works as a wilderness guide on expedition vessels in Norway, Svalbard, Greenland, Iceland, the Falkland Islands, South Georgia and Antarctica. Meet Rickard here
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Josephine Schulze
Expedition Guide

Josephine is a marine mammal scientist from Germany. She has studied whales in Canada, Iceland, Scotland and the Falkland Islands and worked several seasons as a guide in Svalbard and Antarctica onboard small cruise ships.
Meet Joesphine here
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Ali Liddle
Expedition Leader

Ali has been working on cruise ships since 2010 and is a self-confessed ‘Polar Addict’. Her particular interest is natural history, the wildlife and flora and she enjoys sharing her local knowledge of and passion for the polar regions.

Meet Ali here

Rinie Van Meurs
Expedition Leader

Rinie van Meurs is the only person who spend 31 consecutive years as expedition leader in Svalbard. He has been fortunate to photograph and study many Polar Bears in the Arctic and has become passionate about these magnificent animals as well as other Arctic wildlife.

Meet Rinie here

Our Photographers

Meet the Team - Florian Ledoux

Florian Ledoux
Photography Expert

Florian Ledoux is an artist, documentary filmmaker and photographer. Lately, he worked for BBC “Frozen Planet II”, Disney “Polar Bear” as well as Netflix and National Geographic.

Meet Florian here

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Chase Teron
Photography Expert

Chase is a Canadian environmentalist, adventurer and photographer. He has travelled extensively across the Arctic in search of the perfect shot. He is passionate about conservation and teaching photography.
Meet Chase here.

Jenni Teron
Photography Expert

Jenni Teron is an artist and photographer with a deep love of nature. Her work has been featured in major commercial campaigns for international brands such as Canon, Arc’teryx, and Aquatica. Meet Jenni here

Hannes Becker
Photography Expert

A pro photographer and guide, Hannes specialises in the adventure and landscape niche. He is inspired by the north and drawn to the remoteness faraway. Meet Hannes here

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Frauke Hameister
Photography Expert

Frauke is a professional adventure and travel photographer and creative freelancer passionate about capturing the big and small moments of the world around her. Meet Frauke here

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Konsta Punkka
Photography Expert

Konsta is an award winning wildlife, outdoor and commercial photographer, speaker and Nikon Ambassador. He specialises in capturing close up intimate portraits of wildlife mostly in the arctic region. Meet Konsta here


Roger Brendhagen
Photography Expert

Roger is a photographer and workshop leader with extensive experience shooting in the Arctic and Antarctica, including 7 expeditions to Svalbard.

Meet Roger here

Rick Tomlinsson
Photography Expert

Rick is a professional, expedition, wildlife yachting photographer. His pictures have been published in magazines all over the world, including National Geographic and in Yachting World.

Meet Rick here

Office team

Meet the Team - Lidia Stranc

Lidia Stranc
Sales & Operations

Lidia has over 8 years of experience running  operations and production for several organizations.

Becky Matthews

Becky Lima-Matthews
Freelance Content Writer

Becky is a freelance copywriter, content writer and scriptwriter based in London. She has over seven years’ experience in writing words that inspire action, raise awareness, educate and entertain. As well as her work for Secret Atlas, she also works with organisations such as Into Film, YHA and King’s Health Partners.

Meet the Team - Kalena Martensen

Kalena Martensen
Digital Content Producer

Fascinated by the polar regions since her early childhood, in preparation for her studies she has been supporting the Secret Atlas team since January 2022.

Craig West
Web Development

Craig has 22 years of experience in Front-end UI Web Developement. He is a multidisciplinary front-end UI developer working with Startups and Agencies within the UK and EU.

Prakash Shah

Prakash is a qualified accountant, with years of financial experience with blue-chip names such as Deloitte, Nomura, Barclays, M&G, UBS and JP Morgan.