The Jubilee Expedition – 150 years apart but connected through the ages

13 January 2024 25 February 2024

Photo exhibition at Färgfabriken

Telling the story of the melting polar region through the lens of adventure – a major unsupported scientific expedition in one of the most hostile environments on earth. The adventure will be shared through a cinematic adventure film, books, a lecture series and a major photography exhibition at Färgfabriken.

On 4 July 1872 Professor A.E. Nordenskiöld and his team set off from Gothenburg, Sweden towards Svalbard. After spending a challenging winter in Svalbard the team set off on the 6th of May to attempt to be the first team to ever reach the North Pole. The attempt to reach the North Pole was abandoned on 17th of May and the team became the first to explore North East Land instead.

Now, 150 years later, a science expedition team will follow in the same path as of professor Nordenskiöld to research and document the changing climate in the Arctic. Will it even be possible to retrace his footsteps?

The team will set off to Svalbard April 26th 2022 on an unsupported expedition with start the 1st of May and conduct climate science to compare findings today with those made by Prof. Nordenskiöld 150 years ago. The team will travel with skis and heavy pulks and be out on an unsupported journey of around 35 days. Estimated date of return to Svalbard is June 5th.

About the team

Jonas Paurell

Expedition Leader and Project Founder 

Jonas is a nature photographer, explorer and conservationist. He is also a certified International Mountain Leader (UIMLA).

Jonas is the founder of the Jubilee Expedition. He initiated the project to be able to give something back to the wild world that he loves.

Jonas is also the CEO of Terra Photography Expeditions, a global photography expeditions provider. Before this, he used to manage a corporate strategy firm specialising in socially responsible growth and turn-around scenarios in Africa, and before that, he worked as a lawyer for the United Nations.

Jonas has had the honour to serve as a board member of several NGOs, such as Project Playground and Enterprise Parliamentary Dialogue International.

Susana Hancock

Multidisciplinary climate researcher

Susana Hancock, PhD, the team’s resident Yank, graduated in 2019 with three degrees from the University of Oxford. As both a physical and social scientist, Susana works to have a global impact on the climate crisis through multi-sector collaboration and policy. She has been an invited speaker at international TED events, UN climate events and other global fora where she shares the dais with world leaders. 

Susana is an expert reviewer for the IPCC – the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, has co-chaired a team with the UN’s Decade of Ocean Science and runs her own climate NGO. Susana is also Vice President of APECS – Association of Polar Early Career Scientists and is leading some exciting new polar cross-cutting initiatives. 

As an elite alpine skier, Susana is excited for the challenge of skinny skis–with polar bears!

Erik Huss

Glaciologist, Earth System Scientist 

Erik is a postgraduate geographer with a focus on glaciology and climate development, and holds an exam as a science journalist. 

During the 1990s, Erik was connected to Tarfala Research Station in the Swedish Lapland mountains doing studies on glacier behaviour on climate and topography. As a glaciologist in the SWEDARP Antarctic Expedition 1993–94 Erik drilled ice cores to model the best place for a deep multi-ice age ice core. It later resulted in the deepest ice core in the world (EPICA), stretching 800,000 years back in time, equalling eight ice ages.

Erik has been Head of media for the Nobel Prizes at The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, as well as the Science editor for the largest network of Earth system scientists, the International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme. He is also trained in military leadership (UGL). 

Since 2016, Erik runs his company Husstainability with Emma Rehnberg Jensen. The business supports the industry achieving sustainable business development within the planetary boundaries. 

On his free time, Erik loves climbing and ski mountaineering in alpine environments.

Markus Fjellström


Markus was born in Arjeplog in northern Sweden and Sápmi and is a postdoctoral researcher based at Oulu University in northern Finland where he studies reindeer domestication processes. He has an affiliation to the Archaeological Research Laboratory (ARL) at Stockholm University and research centre Silvermuseet/INSARC in Arjeplog. Markus is an archaeological scientist and has a special interest in diet and mobility of pas populations, as well as Saami archaeology.

Since 2017, together with colleagues from both from ARL and the department of Natural Geography at Stockholm University, Markus has archaeologically surveyed melting glaciers and perennial snow patches in Swedish Sápmi looking for both organic and inorganic traces from the past. Since the beginning of 2021, the team involves museums from northern Sweden and Sápmi.

Ingeborg Pay


Ingeborg Pay is a glaciologist, lecturer and science communicator. She holds a Master’s in Geography from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (Trondheim), with several modules taken at the University Centre in Svalbard. For her Master’s project, she studied inter-decadal fluctuations in glacier dynamics on Hellstugubreen (Jotunheimen, Norway). Over the years, Ingeborg has built up extensive field experience, and she has participated in field campaigns on Svalbard, the European Alps, and the Andes, as well as on mainland Norway. Recently, Ingeborg has kindled her interest in international relations, and she completed a specialization course in international politics and governance.

Previously, Ingeborg worked as the outreach coordinator for the Nordic Countries for the International Cryosphere Climate Initiative. Ingeborg’s goal is to bridge the gap between science and the public, and to inspire them to take action to preserve as much of the Earth’s ice and snow as possible. At the moment she works as a guide on the Hurtigruten Coastal Express where she conveys her love for Norway and the Arctic to people from all over the world. She lives in Trondheim (Norway) with her husband and two daughters. 

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Elsa Isaksson


Carnegie Investment Bank – David Carnegie Jr, the founder of what is today Carnegie Investment Bank (Carnegie) was one of the funders of the original Swedish Polar Expedition of 1872-1873. History repeats itself for the Jubilee Expedition. Carnegie is proud to have been invited to take part in this important project. Not only do they have an historical link to the Nordenskiöld expedition 150 years ago, but they also believe in the impact this expedition can achieve.