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Rinie van Meurs: Expedition Leader & Photographer

After a formal education in Forest Management and Nature Conservation, Rinie started to travel in search of wildlife, although, he was already attracted by the Polar Regions since his youth. He knew; to explore the pack ice in the high Arctic Ocean that was his goal. In 1989, he accepted a job on board a small ship as a potato peeler for his first season in Spitsbergen, (Svalbard). After he came back he knew he was definitely hooked on the high latitudes. Since ’89, he has made around Spitsbergen more than 200 expedition cruises and he has logged in his sea man’s book a total of over 350 voyages including; Norway, East- and West Greenland, the Canadian high Arctic, Franz Josef Land, Novaya Zemlya, Geographical North Pole, Antarctica, South Georgia, the Falklands, and many islands along the Atlantic Ridge.
Over the last 31 years he had the opportunity to study and photograph many Polar Bears in the pack ice; he has become passionate about these magnificent animals as well as other Arctic wildlife and has developed a broad interest in the entire sea ice ecosystem and marine life.

Get to know Rinie and his passion for the Arctic in our recent interview with him:

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Expedition Cruises with Rinie van Meurs

On board with Waterproof Expeditions, Rinie shares his enthusiasm for the Arctic during our ‘Winter Whales of Norway’ voyages and during several expeditions cruises in Svalbard & Greenland. Departures with Rinie van Meurs:

Oct - Dec 2023 on board Polarfront
Winter Whales of Norway - LAST SPOTS!

25 May - 03 Jun 2024 on board Polarfront
Svalbard Photography Cruise

03 Jun - 13 Jun 2024 on board Polarfront
Svalbard Photography Cruise

22 Jun - 01 Jul 2024 on board Polarfront
Svalbard Photography Cruise - FULL!

11 Aug - 20 Aug 2024 on board Polarfront
Greenland Scoresbysund Photography Cruise

Rinie van Meurs

Check out Rinie’s last published book “The Future Polar Bear: The impact of the vanishing sea ice on an Arctic ecosystem”, about the impact of declining sea ice on the ecosystem as a whole. The book also features a lot of photographs, illustrations and maps regarding the many animals impacted by disappearing sea ice, from plankton to Polar Bears.