PolarNEWS was founded by Heiner and Rosamaria Kubny, who had been infected by the Polar Virus in 1997 on their first trip to the Antarctic. Ever since, they have revisited this last true wilderness area, sometimes several times a year. Later, they extended their visits also to the Northern Polar Regions and have been equally amazed by the wild beauty of these areas. In 2004, they decided to form a news platform for those interested in the cold, yet beautiful regions around the poles, PolarNEWS was born.Due to their extensive visits and their accumulated knowledge about how to travel in these true wild regions, they have also become experts on polar voyages and have been offering the organization and guidance of expeditionary trips to the Arctic and Antarctic. They are supported by a team of experienced tour guides, travel agents and tour operators to offers a unique experience for everyone interested.PolarNEWS was founded by Heiner and Rosamaria Kubny, who had been infected by the Polar Virus in 1997 on their first trip to the Antarctic. Ever since, they have revisited this last true wilderness area, sometimes several times a year. Later, they extended their visits also to the Northern polar regions and have been equally amazed by the wild beauty of these areas. In 2004, they decided to form a news platform for those interested in the cold, yet beautiful regions around the poles, PolarNEWS was born.
Michael Wenger, born 1972 in Laufen, Switzerland, fell in love with the oceans during his stay in Australia. To this end, he studied biology with a major focus on marine biology at the University of Basel supervised by Prof. David Senn. He investigated the life of coral reef fish and thus earned his MSc. After a short visit in the corporate sector, Michael switched back to research and investigated the influence of pollution and pathogens on the health state of freshwater and marine fish. This way, he learned about the relativity of stress and earned himself a PhD title.
His compassion for the Polar Regions was awakened by Prof Senn who had worked together with PolarNEWS during his time. Not being able to conduct a trip to Antarctica, he sent Michael whom then got infected with the polar virus. 10 years and many voyages later, Michael still hasn’t recovered from the infection and spends a lot of time in the cold arears. However, his knowledge goes beyond the Earth’s freezer and he has worked and travelled in many countries. Since 2012, he entirely works for PolarNEWS and is responsible for the scientific aspects in PolarNEWS and also guides trips to the Arctic, Antarctic and Galapagos. This enables him to sparks people’s interests for these regions and the dangers they are facing.
Katja Riedel grew up in Germany where she studied and completed a Phd in Atmospheric Chemistry at the Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research. For her research she overwintered 1997 at the German Antarctic Base Neumayer where she was responsible for the Atmospheric Observatory. Since then she has been on several scientific expeditions to Antarctica, for example measuring ozone at Scott Base and drilling ice cores at Law Dome and in the Dry Valleys.
In 2001 the great outdoors drew her to New Zealand which she now calls home. For over 12 years she worked as a scientist at the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research in Wellington. Her main research interests were greenhouse gases in the atmosphere and in ice cores. Since 2013 she works as freelance guide, science journalist and photographer.
Life is an adventure for Katja and whenever she can she travels, hikes, cycles, sea-kayaks and skis to the remote and beautiful places on earth.