Sandra Walser

Expedition Guide

Sandra Walser possesses a wealth of expertise, which she seamlessly applies to her various roles within the industry from Senior Polar Guide to author and historian. She has been working as an expedition guide and photographer since 2009 and is a valued member of the Polar Tourism Guides Association.

Sandra has an undeniable passion for exploring the human history of the Arctic and Antarctica. Her extensive knowledge in this field is attributed to her Master’s degree in History and Film Studies. But Sandra’s expertise extends beyond academia as she has achieved widespread acclaim with her German-language book, which delves into the experiences of pioneering tourists on a cruise to Spitsbergen. Her brilliant work has captivated readers and is a testament to her unwavering dedication to her craft.

Why do we feel this strange attraction for the polar regions? … Why are we so susceptible to the charm of these landscapes when they are so empty and terrifying? … You reach these places ad feel your soul opening up.

Jean-Baptiste Charcot (1867–1936)

Get to Know Sandra

What it means to you to explore the polar regions? 

I caught the “polar fever” in 2004 when I fulfilled my childhood dream by travelling to Iceland and Greenland. Ever since, I have spent a total of more than three years in the Arctic and the Antarctic as a guide and photographer. It is a huge privilege, and I don’t take anything for granted.

Why do you love it so much?

For some reason, I feel at home in these barren lands shaped by the elements. I also feel humble and fragile, yet, simultaneously, empowered and deeply connected to our planet. Last but not least, from a guiding perspective, I delight in sharing my passion and knowledge.

What’s most important to you about guiding?

Our planet’s northern and southern “ends” are fragile. Visiting the polar regions thus comes with an enormous responsibility. Besides creating a safe and genuinely unforgettable experience, my focus lies on helping my fellow travellers to sustainably explore these last frontiers. WE should not have more than a transitory impact.

What do you hope to achieve with your experience?

I have been working as a polar guide for more than 10 years, but this alone doesn’t seal the deal. It is vital to remain curious and keen on learning. For example, I may be super familiar with a site, but I always try to experience it as if was my first time there. This combination of having fresh eyes and being able to fall back to a lot of knowledge allows me to create captivating moments in the field, to catch people’s genuine interest. I love when this happens.