THE TEAM ONBOARD OCEAN DIAMOND

Our experienced Iceland and Greenland specialists will give you interesting insights into history, flora, fauna and geology. All Iceland ProCruises team members speak English and German and will assist you both on board and ashore. The following bios describe some of our team members. Due to organizational reasons expedition staff may vary during the season.

Cruise Leader

Peter von Sassen

Peter von Sassen

Peter von Sassen worked as a television journalist and host for a German television channel until 2016. Since 2008, Peter has regularly been working on smaller expedition cruise ships in the most remote areas of the Arctic and Antarctica. From 2019 on, Peter von Sassen will join our team onboard the OCEAN DIAMOND as a Cruise Leader. He will look after guests welfare and comfort throughout their time aboard.

Expedition Leaders

Sturlaugur Dadason

Sturlaugur Dadason

Sturlaugur Dadason is a native Icelander. After his chemistry studies in Germany, he moved back to Iceland to working in the local fish industry. During his travels and journeys around Iceland and the highlands, Sturlaugur discovered that he wants to share this amazing experience and impressions with other people. Since the beginning of his pension, he works as a guide specialized in the highlands and the nature of the Icelandic coast.  

Hermann Gudmundsson

Hermann Gudmundsson

A former professional handball player, Hermann recently completed his studies in Tourism Management at the University of Iceland. In addition to studying, he worked as a guide at the Arbaejarsafn open-air museum in Reykjavik. The native Icelander spent two years of his childhood in Germany and speaks the language fluently. Hermann feels most comfortable in nature and looks forward to assisting guests onboard the OCEAN DIAMOND.

Jens Ruminy

Jens Ruminy

Jens Ruminy was born and brought up in Munich, Germany but has been living in Reykjavik, Iceland since 2000. He is married to an Icelander, they have 2 children. He has diplomas in political sciences (corresponding to M.A.) and is a registered translator (IS–DE). Jens has been working in tourism in Iceland since 1998 and is a certified tour guide in German, English and French. He has a wide range of interests: history, geology, society, energy. On the OCEAN DIAMOND he has served as a tour guide and zodiac driver.

Guides

Arndis Halla

Arndis Halla Asgeirsdottir

This native Icelander is a well-known opera singer and the voice of Apassionata, a long-running European equestrian entertainment show. Her other passion is making her home country more accessible in a very charming and entertaining way. Arndis enjoys talking about Iceland, its people and especially its folkloric superstitions, especially century-old tales about elves and trolls. She loves Iceland’s fresh air, the colors found in nature and the wide variety of natural landscapes.

Dorothee Hippel

Dorothee Hippel

Dorothee graduated from the University of Cologne with a Master of Arts in Scandinavian Studies, German Literature and as History. She has been associated with Iceland for a long time. She worked seven years for the largest Icelandic book collection in Germany, gave Icelandic lessons for beginners at Nordica language institute, and co-organized readings with Icelandic authors. In addition she lived in Iceland for longer periods during her studies. A few years ago she transferred her permanent home over to the island and attended shortly after the move the guide school in Kopavogur. Since then she loves to work, beside other jobs, as a guide.

Lecturers

Dietmar Schäffer

Dietmar Schäffer

Immediately after school he traveled to Iceland for the first time and was fascinated by the far north. Already during his study time he traveled often to Iceland, Greenland and Norway and since 1994 he is also tour guide in these countries. Since 2008 he also works as regular tour guide, On-board lecturer and expedition leader on various ships in the North Atlantic and has published various books, e.g. about the eruption of the volcano Eyjafjallajökull.

Expedition Counter

Svenja Laukart

Svenja Laukart

The Scandinavian countries have been fascinating Svenja her whole life. She was born not far from the Danish border in Northern Germany. Her bachelor course in Flensburg with focus on sport and event management included also two semesters in Norway and the U.S. The subsequent master course Svenja absolved in Denmark in 2015. Valuable working experience she could moreover gain as a management team member of a language travel camp in England. Svenja is looking forward in showing our guests the extraordinary sceneries of the North, which she enthuses about herself.

Frederike Olms

Frederike Olms

Frederike spent the summers in her childhood primarily in Scandinavia and was very enthusiastic about the beautiful landscape, the flora and the fauna. Within her tourism studies, she already gained professional experience in the marketing department of a cruise company in Germany and in the customer advisory services department in Spain. But she discovered the passion for ships at work on board a cruise ship. Full of anticipation, she embarks the OCEAN DIAMOND to explore the land of the elves and trolls together with the guests.