Welcome to the Secret Atlas team page.
The passion for remote destinations brings us together to create and share authentic experiences with you.
Head of Sales and Partnerships, 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.
Head Of Product & Marketing, 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.
Head Of Operations & Sustainability, Partner
Mariano Curiel is a senior polar guide and expedition leader with a wealth of experience in the execution and management of operations. As a seasoned expedition veteran, Mariano Curiel has sailed pole to pole, becoming the first Argentinian to cross Greenland.
Photo & Expedition Leader
Originally trained as a commercial photographer, he has impacted the world of imagery with his work as war photographer. 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.
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.
Raphaël has a lifelong interest in nature and holds a Master of Advanced Studies in Hydrobiology. In 1997, he participated in his first scientific expedition to Arctic Siberia. He works as a guide, instructor, and expedition leader aboard our expeditions in the Arctic.
Ombline has been working as a guide and expedition leader all over the Arctic and Antarctic. With more than 12 years of guiding experience and her passion for the polar regions, she’ll make your trip unforgettable.
Bob has enjoyed 18 seasons working in the polar regions as Expedition Leader and Lecturer on Geology, Glaciology and Sea Ice. More recently, he and a few colleagues have developed a citizen science initiative that is helping scientists understand how climate change is affecting the Polar Regions.
Jon is a science communicator and expedition guide. He has a Master’s degree in glaciology and has worked for the Natural History Museum in London and the British Antarctic Survey. Jon has traveled to six continents and has a passion for the polar regions, astronomy, planetary sciences, and climate change. He is also an avid photographer.
Virgil is a polar expedition leader and professional photographer who specializes in polar landscapes and the Northern lights. He has won international photography awards and teaches photography in Northern Norway during late winters.
Rayann is a professional photographer, guide and expedition leader in the polar regions. He lives permanently in Utsjoki, the northernmost municipality in Finnish Lapland, where he spends his winters chasing the northern lights.
Ida, an expedition leader from Svalbard, has explored the polar regions extensively, skiing to the North Pole in 2018 and leading a women's group across Spitsbergen in 2019. With a deep passion for nature, she continues to guide adventurous travelers on extraordinary journeys.
Giancarlo is an Arctic-focused adventurer, photographer, videographer, and educator, striving to inspire conservation through his educational efforts and capturing the beauty of nature.
Julien is an enthusiastic recently graduated doctor in Geosciences with 10 years' academic knowledge about Earth. He is eager to contribute actively to current societal challenges, e.g., fighting climate change, developing future technologies, or educating people on these challenges.
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.
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.
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.
Martin, a biologist, photographer, and expedition leader from Stockholm, holds an Honours Degree in Biology and an MSc in Ecology. His passion for preservation extends to leading diverse expeditions, unveiling the wonders of ecosystems like the Arctic, Amazon, South Georgia Island, and Antarctica.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Marit, who initially worked as an engineer at sea for five years, transitioned to the role of a guide and instructor in Svalbard after managing a research station in Antarctica. While she occasionally works as an engineer in the space industry, her true passion lies in leading wilderness adventures and sharing the wonders of the North.
Dr. Richard Hann
Dr. Richard Hann is one of the leading researchers in the emerging research field of icing on unmanned aircraft. Richard is also promoting the application of drone technology in the Arctic with several ongoing projects in the fields of meteorology, glaciology, and atmospheric pollution in Svalbard.
Paul is a passionate Ornithologist whose family has a longstanding connection with Antarctica. He has conducted fieldwork and expeditions, spending several seasons on South Georgia and the Antarctic Peninsula.
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.
Paul Goldstein is a wildlife photographer and conservationist based in the UK. He is best known for his stunning wildlife photographs, which have been featured in numerous publications and exhibitions worldwide.
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.
Frauke is a professional adventure and travel photographer and creative freelancer passionate about capturing the big and small moments of the world around her.
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.
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.
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.
Jonas is a seasoned wildlife photographer, known for his stunning captures and leadership in expeditions. He has received multiple photography awards, including recognition from National Geographic.
Jean Paul De La Harpe Z.
Jean Paul, biologist and photographer, leads expeditions, capturing nature's beauty. He promotes conservation through media and teaching, advocating for nature photography's impact.
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.
Sales & Operations
Lidia has over 8 years of experience running operations and production for several organizations.
UX Designer & Developer
Chris is responsible for keeping the website afloat, and ensuring you find what you need quickly and easily.
Sophie, with her solid background in sailing and a serious love for all things water-related, has found a way to combine her passion for the ocean and the environment through storytelling in journalism and brand stories.
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.
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.
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.