Meet the Team

TEAM POLAR

PolarX has, throughout decades of involvement in countless number of projects, built up a team of experts in all things polar.

Our team’s experience and ability has achieved world-renowned results. Click on a team member to learn more.

Jason Roberts

Managing Director

Jason Roberts is an award-winning filmmaker, polar expert, dedicated environmentalist, and world leading authority on Polar Bears. He has devoted his life to both the Arctic and Antarctic, working with the production of natural history documentaries, Hollywood feature films, and landmark Drama series.

Prior to filmmaking he worked for research institutes doing field studies on a number of projects concerning our polar regions. Through his passion for the poles he has aided yachts, art projects and intrepid explorers to achieve their near impossible goals. Jason’s inspiration is that through information presented in Natural History programs, art, and exploration younger generations can create a wave of change to protect the planet’s environment for the future.

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Jason Roberts

Managing Director

Oskar Strøm

Head of Logistics

Oskar stems from a childhood of adventure, growing up in the wild outdoors of Sweden. He is responsible for the planning and implementation of our bespoke productions/projects bringing efficiency and detail to the drawing board built on a lifetime of exploration knowledge. Also, with an in-depth awareness into polar wildlife, a skilled photographer, cameraman, drone pilot and an expert in polar safety. Oskar has noteworthy experience with natural history productions, science research, cruising yachts and exploration.

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Oskar Strøm

Head of Logistics

Tom Forman

Head of Guiding

Tom spends extensive time in the field where he enjoys the challenges of leading a variety of projects ranging from natural history documentaries and feature films, to coordinating the days’ activities on a Superyacht. He has a broad knowledge spanning the entire polar regions and is an expert in Polar Bear behaviour, filming and safety techniques. An environmental scientist by education, he enjoys working on projects with an educational and outreach focus.

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Tom Forman

Head of Guiding

Timothy Bürgler

Logistics Coordinator

Timothy studied photography in Oslo before moving to Svalbard where he has worked in all aspects of guiding, including snowmobiling, hiking, ice caving, skiing, kayaking, and boating. A keen outdoorsman, he has a very wide skillset, from detailed wildlife knowledge, to carpentry and mechanics. Always outdoors, and never without a camera, Timothy has extensive experience on long film projects, glacial work, hunting and all aspects of polar safety.

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Timothy Bürgler

Logistics Coordinator

Jonas Jonsson

Mechanic

Jonas was raised in the mountains of Sweden and has been fixing anything motorised since he was 5 years old. Living for several years in Svalbard, he has been working as a snowmobile mechanic, workshop master and a guide. He holds a licence and has vast experience in driving heavy vehicles such as wheel loaders, snow groomers & track vehicles. His free time is spent building a mountain cabin in Sweden and enjoying adventurous and challenging snowmobile expeditions in both Svalbard and Sweden.

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Jonas Jonsson

Mechanic

Arran Laird

Guide

Arran has dedicated his entire life to the outdoor industry and has been actively working within the outdoor field for the past decade. He is a certified Arctic Nature Guide and holds a BA in Outdoor Leadership. In addition, he holds several mountaineering and climbing qualifications. Arran has many years of experience working in the Arctic where he has been guiding remote excursions, snowmobile tours and long skiing expeditions.

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Arran Laird

Guide

Mikael Härd

Drone & UW-ROV

Mikael emanates from a childhood spent in the mountains of Sweden. With a long carrier in food and beverage management and his life passion in the wilds of the polar regions. He is responsible for the planning and implementation of PolarX’s Drone and UW ROV operations. A skilled photographer, cameraman, drone & ROV pilot and an expert in polar safety. Mikael’s private expeditions has led him across most off the Svalbard archipelago and has work experience with natural history productions, drama series, cruising yachts and exploration.

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Mikael Härd

Drone & UW-ROV

Marius Witte

Mechanic & Logistics

Marius grew up in the mountains around Alta in Northern Norway. He joined PolarX as a camp manager for our Ice Train project, so impressing with his diverse skill set and diligent work ethic that he was quickly onboard as a permanent team member. Having been educated on the Arctic Nature Guide course at the University Centre in Svalbard in 2017, Marius has in-depth knowledge in polar logistics, snowmobiles, and heavy belt vehicles in winter; to boats, hiking and glacier work in the summer.

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Marius Witte

Mechanic & Logistics

Jonathan Teuchert

Guide & Logistics

Jonathan origins from the North of Germany, but his Degree-Studies in Geosciences and a fascination for Wilderness areas led him to Svalbard in 2004. He has a very diverse skillset having worked in every aspect of polar field work, from facilitating research and education, to guiding throughout all seasons, and working as a field inspector with the regulatory authorities. Jonathan is just as comfortable at navigating boats as he with alpinism, and never happier than on a snowmobile.

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Jonathan Teuchert

Guide & Logistics

“One might wonder what their real purpose is in these desolate icy lands. The ice tugs at one’s heartstrings, whatever those who have not seen it may say; they return because they want to be there. Its beauty, its aloofness, its weird isolation, are compelling. In the midst of discomfort and danger one can find peace, so rare. Explorers talk of science, but they mean they wish to be where other people cannot go. Perhaps some day, somebody will explain this call of the ice, for it is the call of immobility, of silence, of death, and of a beauty one can realise only by being fortunate enough to have experienced it.”

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