Expedition Team

Our team is the key to your incredible adventure

Explore Iceland and Greenland in the company of top experts. Benefit from their expertise—marine and terrestrial biology, botany, geology, and more—and benefit from their passion to share the wonder of this incredible region. Enjoy their company; you’ll find our Arctic tour guides highly engaging and fun to share a drink or dinner with, as well as a hike.

Meet the expedition team for this departure

  • Maya Santangelo

    Undersea Specialist
    Maya was born and raised in Southern California, where her curiosity for the natural world was encouraged from an early age. Relocating to Sydney, Australia with her family at 11 years old, she learned to scuba dive, eventually becoming a PADI Instructor. Her fascination for the underwater world undoubtedly fueled her interest to study marine biology at James Cook University. Working as a professional guide in some of the world’s top dive destinations, including Palau and Mexico’s Guadalupe Island and Revillagigedo Archipelago, Maya realized a passion for sharing her love for the ocean with others, and the value of citizen science in the dive industry.

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  • Paul North

    Naturalist/Expedition Diver
    For over a decade Paul North has been exploring the marine ecosystems of our planet. Whereas most think of diving as a warm water activity, he has chosen the road less traveled–specializing in polar diving. This has provided many rare opportunities to dive and explore from the Arctic to Antarctica and many wondrous places in between.

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  • Stephen Alvarez

    National Geographic Photographer
    Stephen Alvarez is an award-winning National Geographic photographer and filmmaker who produces global stories about exploration, adventure, culture and archeology. He has published over a dozen feature stories in National Geographic magazine, traveling on assignment from the highest peaks in the Andes to some of the world's deepest caves. Stephen is also a frequent consultant and commentator on how new photographic technology is changing the world. He embarked on a project to photograph the Seven Natural Wonders of the World with Microsoft Smartphones in 2016 (nationalgeographic.com/Microsoft/SevenWonders), which included chasing the Aurora Borealis across the Arctic Circle. More recently, Stephen traveled Iceland’s Southern Coast as the National Geographic/Canon digital nomad. His latest National Geographic story on the Origins of Art led from early human sites on the southern coast of Africa to Paleolithic art caves in France and Spain.

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