Tour Leader: Rinie van Meurs

Rinie van Meurs has been the expedition leader on hundreds of voyages in the Arctic and Antarctica over the past 35 years—more than 250 to Spitsbergen/Svalbard alone! No one else has led so many expedition cruises throughout this archipelago—and Rinie knows it like no other. In addition to his expedition leader duties, he is also a talented nature lecturer and an affable shipmate. Rinie studied forestry and civil engineering before finding his passions for travel, wildlife, and nature photography. He has traveled the world extensively and once spent a year in the Falkland Islands photographing and observing seabirds and wildlife. Rinie has published several books featuring his photography of polar bears and the diverse polar regions encountered on his numerous voyages. His most recent book was published in 2019, “The Future Polar Bear: The impact of the vanishing sea ice on an Arctic ecosystem”.

Rinie's Scheduled Tours

Spitsbergen/Svalbard—The Ultimate Pack Ice Voyage    Jun 26 - Jul 12, 2023