Dr. Anne Elina Flink
Glacial Geologist and Polar Guide
Anne did her MSc and PhD in marine glacial geology at the University Centre in Svalbard, where she spent five years studying the Holocene history of Svalbard’s surging tidewater glaciers and the deglaciation of the Barents Sea Ice Sheet. She obtained her Phd in 2017 from the University of Bergen and has since worked as a guest lecturer and a polar guide. Anne has wintered at Rothera Research Station on the Antarctic Peninsula, where she worked as a field guide and spent two summer seasons guiding scientists on the Antarctic Ice Sheet. She is a passionate ski-tourer and mountaineer who enjoys painting mountain landscapes and writing stories.
Where are you right now and where are you originally from?
I am currently in Luleå, a coastal town close to the Arctic Circle in northern Sweden, where I have spent most of this summer living off the grid in the forest, the mountains and the archipelago. I am originally from a small town in south western Sweden.
What is your job?
I am sort of in-between jobs at the moment. I have worked as a polar guide for the last two years, but I am now looking to get back into science.
Can you describe yourself in 3 words?
Determined, Funny, Tough.
What does “Climate Sentinels” mean for you?
To me the Climate Sentinels project is a way of connecting with the public in order to raise awareness of the rapid climatic change that is currently taking place in the High Arctic.
What are you hoping to achieve with this project?
I am very excited to be part of an all-female project that is not only a classic endurance based polar expedition, but also a scientific field campaign. Even today, very few scientific expeditions in remote regions are entirely run by women and I hope to inspire young women to pursue careers in the STEM-fields and to spark an interest in polar expedition work.
Is there anything that scares/worries you about the expedition?
I always worry about the potential for horrible weather when I travel in the polar regions. Storms, extreme temperatures and lack of sea ice will make the trip much harder, both physically and mentally. So fingers crossed for sunny skies.
What are you most excited about with this project?
I love spending time in the nature and testing my physical and mental limits. I am very excited to carry out polar science the “old way”, without the use of airplanes/snow scooters or helicopters. I also know that we will have a lot of fun as a team during the journey.