Born in 1973 in West Germany, I started travelling to the north in 1993 and have never stopped it since. I studied geography and geology first in Münster, later in Bonn and finished in 2002 with a »Diplom«. Now I am living in a glacial moraine landscape south of Rostock, not too far from the Baltic Sea coast.
I have been in Spitsbergen at least once per year since 1997, initially starting with guiding hiking and trekking trips for a specialised German company. Since then, a great number of long skiing and hiking expeditions and ship-based expedition-style cruises in the Arctic and Antarctic have followed, and there will be more, that is for sure.
My voyages to the Arctic have included a number of visits to Jan Mayen. This is what started my interest for the island and why I finally created this website and wrote the book, which I have not (yet) translated into any other language – sorry…