About Claire Wallace
Claire grew up on the edge of the Rocky Mountains in Alberta. Understandably, she quickly developed a passion for the outdoors, traveling and guiding, which propelled her on a path toward the Polar Regions. An avid champion of solo female travel, she has ticked 7 continents and 70 countries off her bucket list. Claire started her guiding career in the rugged and testing wild corners of Iceland, where she spent 5 years working as a rappelling and horse-trekking guide.
A dual Canadian-Swiss citizen, Claire has been working as a polar expedition guide for 4 years throughout the Arctic and Antarctic. She has guided extensively in the Arctic regions of Iceland, Canada, Greenland, Svalbard and northern Europe, as well as in the Caribbean. Cumulatively, she has spent over 500 days guiding in the Polar Regions.
Specializing in polar geopolitics and legal matters, Claire holds a master’s degree in polar law. Her research has led her to live in Iceland, China and Greenland for extended periods of time. These placements provided her with a comprehensive circumpolar overview of both the Arctic and the Antarctic regions, their future challenges and potential geopolitical conflicts. Claire also works as a sea kayak guide in the Antarctic and enjoys the quiet experience that paddling affords.
From her professional and academic experience, Claire has developed a deep passion for the natural world and the Polar Regions. Through her lecturing and guiding, she aims to educate people on the various social aspects of the Arctic and hopes to articulate the various challenges facing this region to inspire involvement in its preservation.