Born in the Netherlands, Rinie
has been a keen naturalist his entire life. He received his education in forestry and civil engineering and then set out to travel the world in search of wildlife, particularly in the polar regions. With more than 200 expedition voyages around Spitsbergen, Franz Josef Land, East and West Greenland, and the Canadian High Arctic, Rinie
is one of the most experienced European Arctic Expedition Leaders in the world, often employing his expert wildlife photography skills for our photo tours. He has thus far observed more than 1,000 different polar bears and has developed a strong affection for the “King of the Arctic” while guiding Arctic expeditions as well as subarctic adventures in Churchill, Manitoba. Rinie
has also published several books on polar bears and polar environments,
and has had many photographs published in magazines and photo books.
Upcoming Adventures with Rinie:
Polar Bears of Churchill
Praise from Natural Habitat travelers:
“He was right on top of everything – if you had a problem he had an answer –He was right at the door to be sure we did not slip or fall getting out and in the buggy – he walked the ladies that needed help on slippery areas while smiling all the time. The greatest- KEEP HIM!"
was a fantastic guide with a wealth of information on the polar bears, the environment and photography in general."
was a great guide--informative, funny, helpful, and they handled the group very well. he worked well with other guides and the lodge staff."
was fun to be with, extremely knowledgeable and very entertaining. His sense of humor and love of the bears made for a very enjoyable experience. I would gladly go on another trip with him and hope to sometime in the future. Hats off for a job extremely well done."
“His presentations were of professional quality and not condescending or pretentious. He was incredibly generous with his time from sunrise to past sunset. Rinie
gave more presentations in the lounge than I could attend (I missed a couple for a necessary short nap). However, if I was not there, my spouse was, as were at least some other members of the group as no one wanted to squander those fabulous opportunities. Rinie
must have been exhausted by the end of our trip, but they certainly gave us our money’s worth."
“I was continually impressed with the expertise of Rinie. Clearly, he knows and loves the work he does and loves polar bears. He answered all questions asked. He was extremely flexible, especially when his presentations were interrupted by bear sightings! He has a warm, engaging personality that made me feel right at home.”