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Pukka Travels Team Winter 2019-2020

Meet the Pukka Travels Family

The Pukka Travels team is a versatile family.

We sail in Arctic waters, we catch, fillet & cook cod for lunch on a daily basis. We ride alongside whales (without getting too close of course) though, they often initiate regattas right next to us. They win. Did we mention that happens while we are still sailing a catamaran, driving busses and electric vehicles filled with explorers from all over the world… in the Arctic? We also try to be as eco-friendly as possible by off setting our carbon footprint with Chooose. We ski, snowboard, sauna, hike, bike, sail, serve Arctic beer & French champagne, make people smile, host local events, we help produce content for explorers, and want to ensure travelers, adventures, and locals respect the world we live in. Oh, and we drink coffee but that goes without saying. This is our family, come & explore with us.

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We promise to foster an environment that enables our guests to become as inspired as possible without sacrificing the comfort and service expected when traveling in harsh, ever-changing conditions. For many, this is a trip of a lifetime and we want to ensure our guests will go home with stories that will be passed on for generations to come.

Meet our Team

Anton Heijbel

Anton Heijbel

Operations & Partnerships

Learn more about Anton

What is your hometown? Gotland, Sweden
What do you like to do in your free time? Sailing
Favorite Pukka Travels Tour? Arctic Sail Safari
Which languages do you speak? English, Swedish & Norwegian
Easiest way to reduce your carbon footprint? Eat Less Meat

anton@pukkatravels.com

Perri Rothenberg

Perri Rothenberg

Marketing & Brand Manager

Learn more about Perri

What is your hometown? Tampa, FL. USA.

What do you like to do in your free time? Doing anything outside! Skiing, kayaking, swimming, the list goes on. I also enjoy traveling and seeing how different cultures live. 

Favorite Pukka Travels Tour? Sail to Ski in the Springtime

Which languages do you speak? English & Basic Swedish

Easiest way to reduce your carbon footprint? I love to bike or walk, and to buy local when possible!

perri@pukkatravels.com

Alice Heijbel

Alice Heijbel

Sales Manager

Learn more about Alice

What is your hometown? Gotland, Sweden

What do you like to do in your free time? Slaying weights in the gym, spinning tracks on the dj deck and exploring the world

Favorite Pukka Travels Tour? All of them, but I think I love the Arctic Sail Safari, Northern Lights Sailing & Northern Lights Minibus Chase the most… And snowshoe hike

Which languages do you speak? English, Swedish & Norwegian

Easiest way to reduce your carbon footprint? Go vegetarian!

alice@pukkatravels.com

Björn Vedin

Björn Vedin

Operations & Logistics

Learn more about Bjorn

What is your hometown? Gotland, Sweden
What do you like to do in your free time? Creating things (such as the furniture in the base camp), fixing things, driving motorcycles, spending time with friends & teaching people!Favorite Pukka Travels Tour? RIB-Boat Experience
Which languages do you speak? English, Swedish & Norwegian
Easiest way to reduce your carbon footprint? Buy used or repurpose old items to new.

bjorn@pukkatravels.com

Henriette Andrea Hansen

Henriette Andrea Hansen

Administration

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What is your hometown? Tromsø, Norway
What do you like to do in your free time? Hiking, spending time with friends/family/boyfriend/dog & binge watch TV shows while drinking hot chocolate.
Favorite Pukka Travels Tour? Arctic Sail Safari
Which languages do you speak? English & Norwegian
Easiest way to reduce your carbon footprint? Reduce food waste and buy less clothes! Also – get a reusable thermos & water bottle. Reduce & reuse.

henriette@pukkatravels.com

Debbie

Debbie

Land Operations

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What is your hometown?Lucerne, Switzerland
What do you like to do in your free time? Climbing mountains, anything outdoors & photography
Favorite Pukka Travels Tour? Eco-Fjord Hiking
Which languages do you speak? (Swiss-) German, English, Dutch, Spanish, some Norwegian
Easiest way to reduce your carbon footprint? Recycling whatever is possible is definitely the easiest way, especially here in Norway. And just being aware of whatever products I or we use, both at home or at work, where and how they were made and what happens when we no longer use them.

debbie@pukkatravels.com

Nick

Nick

Maritime Operations

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What is your hometown? Gold Coast, Australia

What do you like to do in your free time? Play music & dive

Favorite Pukka Travels Tour? RIB Boat Experience

Which languages do you speak? English

Easiest way to reduce your carbon footprint? Become vegan & fight against cultural consumerism

nick@pukkatravels.com

Ari

Ari

Operations Manager

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What is your hometown? Sacramento, California

What do you like to do in your free time? Consume all true crime media, knitting to various degrees of success and enjoying the outdoors with my fiance.

Favorite Pukka Travels Tour? Midnight Sun Sailing

Which languages do you speak? English, Russian, Norwegian

Easiest way to reduce your carbon footprint? Eat plant-based and go thrifting!

ari@pukkatravels.com

Josh Bayes

Josh Bayes

Support Team Leader

Learn more about Josh

What is your hometown? Tromsø, but originally New Zealand
What do you like to do in your free time? Cheering my boys from the sidelines, helping out on the family farm in Balsfjord, working and training with the volunteer coastguard or dreaming about my next trip home.
Favorite Pukka Travels Tour? Arctic Sail Safari
Which languages do you speak? English & Norwegian
Easiest way to reduce your carbon footprint? Walk, cycle, kick-sled or take the bus instead of taking the car!

josh@pukkatravels.com

Marlene

Marlene

Support & Sales

Learn more about Marlene

What is your hometown? I am originally from Germany

What do you like to do in your free time? Spending time with my dog, reorganizing my apartment, hiking

Favorite Pukka Travels Tour? Arctic Sail Safari 

Which languages do you speak? English, German

Easiest way to reduce your carbon footprint? I reduce the amount of plastic I am using as far as possible

Pete Veale

Pete Veale

Videographer / Marketing

Learn more about Pete
What is your hometown?Bromsgrove, UK

What do you like to do in your free time? Hiking, Bouldering, Surf photography

Favorite Pukka Travels Tour? RIB Boat Experience

Which languages do you speak? English and shamefully little Norwegian

Easiest way to reduce your carbon footprint? Reduce meat intake & switch car transport for walking, biking or public transport! 

pete@pukkatravels.com

Caroline

Caroline

Customer Relations & Support

Learn more about Caroline

What is your hometown? Annecy, France 

What do you like to do in your free time? Get outside and explore the world

Favorite Pukka Travels Tour? Northern Lights Sailing

Which languages do you speak? English & French

Easiest way to reduce your carbon footprint? Using reusable coffee cup/water bottle, biking to work or use public transport, not using plastic bags, plastic cutlery, straws, or single-use packaging

support@pukkatravels.com

Tomer Hochman

Tomer Hochman

Skipper

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What is your hometown? Tel Aviv, Israel

What do you like to do in your free time? Surfing, sailing, snowboarding, alpine climbing, cooking & cleaning

Favorite Pukka Travels Tour? Northern Lights Sailing

Which languages do you speak? English and Hebrew

Easiest way to reduce your carbon footprint? Eat less meat!

Dave Thornley

Dave Thornley

Skipper

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What is your hometown? Barrow-in-Furness

What do you like to do in your free time? Anything outdoors, especially go down caves, climb and ski

Favorite Pukka Travels Tour? Northern Lights Sailing

Which languages do you speak? English 

Easiest way to reduce your carbon footprint? I plant trees!

Johannes S. Bolstad

Johannes S. Bolstad

Skipper

Learn more about Johannes

What is your hometown? Oslo, Norway

What do you like to do in your free time? Ski tour, climb and be outside in our spectacular Norwegian nature! I also enjoy making food, listening to the radio and dreaming about my upcoming adventures and expeditions!

Favorite Pukka Travels Tour? Northern Lights Sailing

Which languages do you speak? Norsk, Svensk, Dansk, English and Español

Easiest way to reduce your carbon footprint? Eat less/ no meat. Turn off the heating in your bedroom during the days, or the cold arctic nights. 

Anton Berking

Anton Berking

Skipper

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What is your hometown? Flensburg, Germany

What do you like to do in your free time? Skiing, knitting & singing in choir

Favorite Pukka Travels Tour? Northern Lights Sailing

Which languages do you speak? English, German

Easiest way to reduce your carbon footprint? Eat less meat!

John Macken

John Macken

Skipper

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What is your hometown?Grantham
What do you like to do in your free time? Tea & Biscuits
Favorite Pukka Travels Tour? Arctic Sail Safari
Which languages do you speak? English & Boaty
Easiest way to reduce your carbon footprint? Eat less meat 

Jamie

Jamie

Skipper

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What is your hometown? 

What do you like to do in your free time? 

Favorite Pukka Travels Tour? 

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Easiest way to reduce your carbon footprint? 

Jenka Mergaert

Jenka Mergaert

Guide

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What is your hometown? Kortemark, Belgium

What do you like to do in your free time? Travelling, doing all kinds of outdoor sports, eating food and drinking a good beer with friends, reading a book in an coffeehouse, knitting and making macrame plant hangers, enjoying life.

Favorite Pukka Travels Tour? Oeh, hard to choose. I love them all. The views on the sightseeing are crazy beautiful and the northern lights are like magic.

Which languages do you speak? English, Dutch & some French

Easiest way to reduce your carbon footprint? I am vegetarian – unless I would catch the fish by myself. I love secondhand shops and small, sustainable brands.

Hubert

Hubert

Driver/Guide

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What is your hometown? Czersk

What do you like to do in your free time?Mostly games, sometimes books, and most recently taking photos

Favorite Pukka Travels Tour? Northern Lights Tours Forever

Which languages do you speak? English, Polish & Norwegian

Easiest way to reduce your carbon footprint? Turn off the engine! 

Kamila

Kamila

Guide

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What is your hometown? Poznań

What do you like to do in your free time? Outdoor stuff

Favorite Pukka Travels Tour? Hiking Tour

Which languages do you speak? English, Polish & Norwegian

Easiest way to reduce your carbon footprint? Vegan Diet

Carl "Charlie" Andersson

Carl "Charlie" Andersson

Guide

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What is your hometown? Helskini, Finland 

What do you like to do in your free time?Ice hockey, Lacrosse & cross-country skiing.

Favorite Pukka Travels Tour? Northern Lights Mini Bus Chase

Which languages do you speak? Finnish, English, German and Swedish

Easiest way to reduce your carbon footprint? Choice of food, repair instead of buying again and walking everywhere!

Anthony Kobrowisky

Anthony Kobrowisky

Guide

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What is your hometown? Durban, South Africa 

What do you like to do in your free time? Free diving, fishing and surfing

Favorite Pukka Travels Tour? Northern Lights Sailing

Which languages do you speak? English & Afrikaans

Easiest way to reduce your carbon footprint? Limit meat consumption 

Sigrid Mohn Thane

Sigrid Mohn Thane

Guide

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What is your hometown? Trondheim, Norway

What do you like to do in your free time? Climbing, kayaking, hiking and all kind of skis: ski touring, telemark skis, cross country, Nordic skis. Sleep outside summertime under the sky or in a snow cave during the winter. Everything that can be done outside! 

Favorite Pukka Travels Tour? This was hard. I like that I get variety at work with both day and night tours. But if I have to choose it will be the snowshoe hike.

Which languages do you speak? English, Norwegian

Easiest way to reduce your carbon footprint? Do not eat meat.

Dawid

Dawid

Guide

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What is your hometown? Świdnica, Poland

What do you like to do in your free time? Everything which brings a smile and positive energy. Snowboard, splitboard, hike, camp, kayak, dance with friends, listen to live music, dive into deep snow, read and search for new music.

Favorite Pukka Travels Tour? Hard to pick one but Snowshoe hike and Tesla NL tour.

Which languages do you speak? English 

Easiest way to reduce your carbon footprint? More important is methane emission, I am reducing meat consumption to complete minimum and same with dairy products which is the easiest and fastest way.
With carbon emission I try to follow my rule less driving more walking. I barely use car in the cities, mainly walk, bike and skate. I am also trying to propagate green tourism like hiking, splitboarding, kayaking everywhere possible.

Lukasz Kowalczyk

Lukasz Kowalczyk

Driver

Learn more about Lukasz

What is your hometown? Warsaw, Poland 

What do you like to do in your free time? Hiking, cooking, traveling, playing video and board games and web developing.

Favorite Pukka Travels Tour? Northern Lights Mini Bus Chase, of course! 

Which languages do you speak? English & Polish

Easiest way to reduce your carbon footprint? Eco driving , switch to fully electrical vehicles, more walking than driving, less flying more and local sightseeing.

Tom

Tom

Driver

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What is your hometown? 

What do you like to do in your free time? 

Favorite Pukka Travels Tour? 

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Easiest way to reduce your carbon footprint? 

Monique

Monique

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COMING SOON! 

Mike Volpini

Mike Volpini

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Clemént Brun

Clemént Brun

Skipper

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Elise

Elise

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Leung

Leung

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Audrey Coq

Audrey Coq

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Rikard

Rikard

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Finn James

Finn James

Support

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COMING SOON! 

We are growing! 

If you have the drive, ambition and skill-set to help us set the tone for the next generation of travels, then drop us an email today. We are looking for high achievers with experience and connections around the world that want to join this epic adventure and grow with a dynamic team of keen explorers / applications@pukkatravels.com