Meet the Team!
A team of adventurers and climate scientists are heading out to study the Arctic climate in 2022. They will retrace the journey made by the historic polar explorer A.E. Nordenskiöld and his team during the Swedish Polar Expedition of 1872-1873. The team will travel with skis and heavy pulks and be out on an unsupported journey of around 35 days. During this time, they will conduct climate experiments to learn more about the melting polar regions.
Expedition Leader and Project Founder
Jonas is a nature photographer, explorer and conservationist. He is also a certified International Mountain Leader (UIMLA).
Jonas is the founder of the Jubilee Expedition. He initiated the project to be able to give something back to the wild world that he loves.
Jonas is also the CEO of Terra Photography Expeditions, a global photography expeditions provider. Before this, he used to manage a corporate strategy firm specialising in socially responsible growth and turn-around scenarios in Africa, and before that, he worked as a lawyer for the United Nations.
Jonas has had the honour to serve as a board member of several NGOs, such as Project Playground and Enterprise Parliamentary Dialogue International.
To Be Announced
Technical Lead Guide
The Science Team
Multidisciplinary climate researcher
Susana Hancock, PhD, the team’s resident Yank, graduated in 2019 with three degrees from the University of Oxford. As both a physical and social scientist, Susana works to have a global impact on the climate crisis through multi-sector collaboration and policy. She has been an invited speaker at international TED events, UN climate events and other global fora where she shares the dais with world leaders.
Susana is an expert reviewer for the IPCC - the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, has co-chaired a team with the UN’s Decade of Ocean Science and runs her own climate NGO. Susana is also Vice President of APECS - Association of Polar Early Career Scientists and is leading some exciting new polar cross-cutting initiatives.
As an elite alpine skier, Susana is excited for the challenge of skinny skis–with polar bears!
Glaciologist, Earth System Scientist
Erik is a postgraduate geographer with a focus on glaciology and climate development, and holds an exam as a science journalist.
During the 1990s, Erik was connected to Tarfala Research Station in the Swedish Lapland mountains doing studies on glacier behaviour on climate and topography. As a glaciologist in the SWEDARP Antarctic Expedition 1993–94 Erik drilled ice cores to model the best place for a deep multi-ice age ice core. It later resulted in the deepest ice core in the world (EPICA), stretching 800,000 years back in time, equalling eight ice ages.
Erik has been Head of media for the Nobel Prizes at The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, as well as the Science editor for the largest network of Earth system scientists, the International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme. He is also trained in military leadership (UGL).
Since 2016, Erik runs his company Husstainability with Emma Rehnberg Jensen. The business supports the industry achieving sustainable business development within the planetary boundaries.
On his free time, Erik loves climbing and ski mountaineering in alpine environments.
Markus was born in Arjeplog in northern Sweden and Sápmi and is a postdoctoral researcher based at Oulu University in northern Finland where he studies reindeer domestication processes. He has an affiliation to the Archaeological Research Laboratory (ARL) at Stockholm University and research centre Silvermuseet/INSARC in Arjeplog. Markus is an archaeological scientist and has a special interest in diet and mobility of pas populations, as well as Saami archaeology.
Since 2017, together with colleagues from both from ARL and the department of Natural Geography at Stockholm University, Markus has archaeologically surveyed melting glaciers and perennial snow patches in Swedish Sápmi looking for both organic and inorganic traces from the past. Since the beginning of 2021, the team involves museums from northern Sweden and Sápmi.
Ingeborg Pay is a glaciologist, lecturer and science communicator. She holds a Master’s in Geography from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (Trondheim), with several modules taken at the University Centre in Svalbard. For her Master’s project, she studied inter-decadal fluctuations in glacier dynamics on Hellstugubreen (Jotunheimen, Norway). Over the years, Ingeborg has built up extensive field experience, and she has participated in field campaigns on Svalbard, the European Alps, and the Andes, as well as on mainland Norway. Recently, Ingeborg has kindled her interest in international relations, and she completed a specialization course in international politics and governance.
Previously, Ingeborg worked as the outreach coordinator for the Nordic Countries for the International Cryosphere Climate Initiative. Ingeborg's goal is to bridge the gap between science and the public, and to inspire them to take action to preserve as much of the Earth's ice and snow as possible. At the moment she works as a guide on the Hurtigruten Coastal Express where she conveys her love for Norway and the Arctic to people from all over the world. She lives in Trondheim (Norway) with her husband and two daughters.
The Film Team
Awi Rabelista Nijhof
Awi is a professional award-winning filmmaker based in the Netherlands. Born in the Philippines, Awi has always felt a great need to explore the outdoors. From the deserts in Namibia, mountainous forests in China, the Arctic tundra in Scandinavia, to scorching coastal plains in Yemen, Awi has spent a significant amount of time filming in the wilderness.Awi studied Communication and Multimedia and graduated with honours from Utrecht University of Applied Sciences. As part of an Erasmus exchange, he studied film directing and cinematography in England. He finished his Masters’ degree (MA) with cum laude at Örebro University with a major in storytelling in environmental (science) communication.
Awi believes in the power of storytelling and aims to create compelling and impactful stories through a poetic and personal way of storytelling. Within the field of documentary directing, he specialises in social impact storytelling and narrative persuasion. By echoing the voice of nature and telling the story of our rapidly changing planet, Awi aims to put nature and wildlife into people’s hearts and diminish the artificial divide between humans and nature.
Martin Olson is a photographer and filmmaker who in recent years has taken a place among the foremost practitioners in the Scandinavian outdoor and adventure genre.
Living in Åre, he has one of Sweden’s most beautiful mountain environments around the corner as well as an established network of mountain athletes and guides.
Martin is behind several campaigns and productions for well-known brands and practitioners such as Tierra, Royal Robbins, The North Face, Scott Sports,
Vattenfall, Victorinox, Polyver and Woolpower, to name a few.
In 2021 Martin completed the filming of the adventure documentary film "Arctic 12", successfully filming a month-long self-powered expedition across the Scandinavian Mountains.
While at home, Martin enjoys spending time in the mountains and being with his family.
Expedition Support Team
Expedition Coordinator & Support
Minou works as a freelance project manager and is a licenced wilderness guide with roots in the south of Sweden. Being able to explore her fears and challenge what we all think is possible is what feeds her motivation. Minou does, among other things, guide kayak, bushcraft and winter camping and works as a public speaker and creative director of a variety of projects.
In addition to her HUGE outdoor interest, she is also a skydiver and loves everything that involves a canopy over her head!
Veronica Rojas Paurell
Veronica was born and raised between the Andes mountains and the Amazon jungle in Ecuador. She holds a BA in environmental engineering and a master’s in engineering for sustainable development from the University of Cambridge. She is also a certified life coach.
Veronica is passionate about trekking and mountain running and her dreams have taken her to explore the world and even compete in the world championships of trail running. Veronica is the COO of Terra Expeditions AB and has years of experience supporting expeditions in remote places of the world.
Jakob Nortoft is our legal advisor. He is a lawyer and partner at Norma Advokater. Although not as experienced in guiding or wildlife as the rest of the team, he shares the team's interest in outdoor activities and has covered extensive parts of Sweden's wilderness by foot and skis.
Event & Marketing Intern
Born and raised in Åkersberga, outside Stockholm, Matilda is currently studying Event & Project Management at Campus Åre. Before that she worked as a personal trainer and fitness instructor. Matilda loves all kinds of training (mostly crossfit inspired, where handstands are the best part!)
Matilda very much enjoys being outdoors: from skiing in the wintertime to sailing and hiking in the summertime, she can be found taking part in some kind of strenuous activity! In the summer, Matilda also is working at Äventyrens Ö as an adventure guide. A new found interest for our planet brought Matilda to this project and are excited what this project can become for our furture.
Event & Marketing Intern
Elin is a senior Event & Project Management student at Campus Are, Sweden. She was born and raised in Stockholm but always had a dream to live closer to the mountains and the beautiful areas around it. She has lived in Åre for two years and intends to stay for a long time. She spends most of her days during winter in the slopes skiing, both alpine and randonee. During summer she loves to participate in activities such as hiking and mountain biking. Back in Stockholm, she used to compete in orienteering for many years. Being close to nature has taught her about the great importance of preserving it. She wants to make a difference and inspire people to take responsibility for their actions.
Curious and with a love for exploration. Emma, born and raised in Stockholm, has always had an eye to the north - to the alluring and exciting Nordic mountains. She is a wilderness guide enjoying most things that you can do outside, whether it's skiing, hiking, biking or just spending a moment to sit still and listen to the sounds of nature. Research and solving problems are also things Emma enjoys doing, making her a perfect fit for the logistics and planning team of the expedition.
Sanna is a wilderness guide from Sweden. She has a passion for the variation, power and flexibility of nature. She is a person filled with enthusiasm and enjoys challenging herself. If you ask Sanna about a favourite season she would say “all of them” but if you ever meet her during winter, you know the true answer - she sparkles! Planning a trip in detail to get a successful result is an important part of being a guide and that makes Sanna a perfect member of our team.