Icetrek Team

Icetrek Expeditions' network of professional guides represents the elite in high-latitude adventure travel.

Drawing on the skill and experience of IPGA members, we pride ourselves in assigning guides that specifically match the group, skill set and environment that embody your trip.

Icetrek Eric Philips IPGA Master Polar Guide
​Eric Philips IPGA Master Polar Guide

Eric is the founder and head guide at Icetrek Expeditions. With a history rooted in professional adventuring, Eric, from Australia, brings to guiding decades of personal experiences skiing to both the North and South Poles and across every major icecap in the world. Visit Eric's website

Icetrek Audun Tholfsen IPGA Polar Guide
​Audun Tholfsen IPGA Master Polar Guide

Audun lives in Spitsbergen at almost 80° North where he works professionally as a guide and lecturer in outdoor studies. His experiences include two winter drifts across the Arctic Ocean on board an expedition yacht and a hovercraft, and a ground-breaking ski and kayak journey from North Pole to his home town, Longyearbyen in Svalbard.

Icetrek Jose Naranjo IPGA Polar Guide
​José Naranjo IPGA Master Polar Guide

José Naranjo has a wealth of experience guiding expeditions throughout Greenland, the Canadian High Arctic and to the South Pole. A native of Spain with a perfect command of English, he brings a latin flair to our trips together with his trademark calm and compassionate demeanour. José is principal guide on our Chinese South Pole and Emperor penguin trips out of Cape Town.

Heath Jamieson
Heath Jamieson IPGA Terrestrial Polar Guide

Heath Jamieson trained and worked as a geologist and as a soldier with the Australian Defence Force before embarking on a career as an adventurer and helicopter pilot. He has completed ski expeditions in Iceland, across Greenland and to the North and South Poles and is an avid skier and mountaineer. Heath is a passionate and dedicated guide and an excellent communicator.

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Mardi Philips Trainee Polar Guide

Mardi Philips grew up adventuring, with her first trip to Antarctica at the age of 10. Now an accomplished white-water kayaker, climber and skier, she applies her outdoor sensibility to the polar environment with ease. Holding a degree in Outdoor Education and a Master of Applied Learning and Teaching, Mardi brings a blend of personality and technical know-how to her trips.

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Susy Blair Business Manager

While Susy Blair manages most of Icetrek’s business operations she is also an avid outdoor enthusiast and traveler with hiking, climbing, paddling and skiing experiences in Tasmania, New Zealand, Japan and Spain. Having visited Antarctica in 2006-07, and worked for Icetrek for many years, Susy is a fountain of information on travel into the polar environments.