Who we are

Our passion for Antarctica and the Arctic inspired us to start ICE TRACKS EXPEDITIONS. We are dedicated to make Polar Adventure Travel a life-changing experience for our clients. We set out to give you a trip of a lifetime, working with a team of enthusiastic professional staff and a sea faring crew who practically have ice in their veins!

As founders of Ice Tracks Expeditions Caro and Angie are immensely proud of their once fledgling company that continues to soar ever higher – buoyed by a passion and commitment to offer a unique experience ‘to the ends of the world’.


Meet the Ice Tracks Team


 Angie Butler

Angie was born and brought up in Johannesburg, South Africa but moved to England many moons ago where she brought up a family of five  talented daughters with her husband James Butler, Royal Academician. Her love of journalism and passion for Polar history and travel, makes for the perfect combination to run the PR, communications and media side of the business from Ice Tracks UK Headquarters, based in Warwickshire.

She is the author of “Ice Tracks – Today’s Heroic Age of Polar Adventure” (the book that inspired the name of our company) and “The Quest for Frank Wild” (a biography of Shackleton’s right hand man.) During her research she discovered Wild’s lost ashes and subsequently his remains were returned to Grytviken, South Georgia and buried  alongside his dear friend and “Boss” Shackleton.

Angie also sits on the committee of Friends of the Scott Polar Research Institute, and beside running a busy agenda for Ice Tracks she has a new Polar research subject: the controversial Eric Marshall diary and memoirs.


Carolina Mantella

Caro managed to get a degree and a master in Hospitality in Tourism before she fledged the nest to discover the world. For the past 15 years Caro has sailed the Polar Regions and worked as an expedition guide in the most inaccessible places on earth, spending much of her time in the ice worlds of the Arctic and Antarctica. Her passion for adventure compelled her to travel, live and work in all 7 continents. Soon after co-founding Ice Tracks she moved to the heart of Patagonia to be amongst the glorious lakes and stunning mountains of San Martin de los  Andes.  It is here, where for the past five years she has merged her love for travel, an outdoor and active lifestyle and her professional commitment to look after the Operations side of Ice Tracks Expeditions.

With more voyages to the Arctic and Antarctica than she (or anyone) can count, Caro’s vast knowledge and experience is only eclipsed by her inexhaustible energy and desire to share her passion for wild life and icescapes.


Cristina Mason

Cris was born and brought up in Buenos Aires where she found her first love: “languages”. Fluent in Spanish, English and French, it was only natural that she attained a degree in tourism.

In the following years she threw herself into the outdoor world, venturing across the Andes on a horseback where she found her second love and future husband. Her constant quest for adventure has taken her to live and work in South East Asia, Eastern Europe and the Caribbean. Last December Cris visited Antarctica for the first time in a trip that she describes as a ‘mind blowing experience”

Now settled in San Martin de los Andes with her family, she works at Ice Tracks Patagonian office. Very quickly Cris has become an essential team member involved in every detail of the daily operations of Ice Tracks, making sure each of our clients are treated with great care and dedication.


 Juan Pablo Thourte

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Juan Pablo was originally from Buenos Aires where he attended the Navy Academy. With extensive sailing and a strict military education under his belt, he followed the least expected route  into Design School. Juan graduated with a Master in Marketing and Advertising and in 1996 he moved to Patagonia were he has lived for the past 20 years. A dedicated father he loves spending time with his 3 children, instilling in them a love of music and literature.

Juan has developed many important brands and concepts for well-known companies, amongst his most important accounts are Fin del Mundo Winery, Chapelco Resort, Neuquen Tour and of course Ice Tracks Expeditions. We feel blessed to have him as part of the team as our  brand developer. Whenever there is a new project cooking at the Ice Tracks headquarters, we count on him to give it shape  and just the right flavour!


Richard Anderson

Growing up in South Africa, Richard developed an early passion for spending time in the bush in search of wildlife. He started his guiding carrier in Kruger National Park and in Northern Zululand. His role as a private specialist guide includes Leopard research safaris and general guiding on reserves within the greater Kruger Park.

Currently based in Johannesburg, he guides Ice Tracks unique expeditions in Africa. Whether canoeing in the Okavango Delta, watching the great migration in the Serengeti, or tracking gorillas in Rwanda, Richard’s knowledge and enthusiasm for wildlife is second to none and we are thrilled to have him as part of our team!


Mo Foreman

Mo Foreman

Mo Foreman is our keeper of accounts. She lives in the beautiful town of Stratford upon Avon, the birthplace of William Shakespeare.Mo joined us at the inception of our company and has an incredible ‘head for figures.’ Although she assures us she won’t be “making tracks to the ends of the world” as she much prefers the tropical weather, she manages very well to keep Ice Tracks accounts on track as we move forward and into our 6th year of operations.

She has 4 children and grandchildren as well as two dogs to keep her amused while she makes sure Ice Tracks admin is running smoothly.


priscilaPriscila Gacio

Priscila IT whizz kid,  joins our team!! Priscila was born in Buenos Aires but grew up in Patagonia. Five years ago, studying Graphic Design, she met her partner and decided to spent some time travelling and working abroad, in places like exotic Thailand, USA and Brazil. Now settled in San Martin de los Andes she is the perfect foil to keep Ice Tracks website on track and up to the minute and  our social  media ahead of the game!

She is a keen photographer, amateur tattoo artist and she loves the outdoors, specially skiing and the mountain life.


Ice Tracks Photographic Gurus


Rob-portrait-1Rob Stimpson

Rob is an internationally published, award-winning photographer. His success came from working for the prestigious National Film Board of Canada, he has also worked for Ontario Tourism, Ontario Parks and Parks Canada. He has garnered numerous awards, including a Northern Lights Award from the Canadian Tourism Commission and Best Travel Photography Award from the Ontario Tourism Summit. From 2012 he is a Fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society. He has co-authored An Artists and Photographers Guide to Wild Ontario and his work has graced Canadian Geographic, Explore Magazine, Cathay Pacific, Japan Air in-flight magazines. Travels have taken him to Antarctica and the Arctic, and in November 2014 Rob was part of Ice Tracks Expedition’s centenary celebration of Sir Ernest Shackleton’s 1914 Trans Antarctic Expedition. In 2015 5 of his images have been selected for the ” Wildlife Photographer of the Year” competition run by the Natural History Museum in the UK.

For more of Rob’s inspiring images check out his online gallery www.robstimpson.com


EM_2013_portraitIsaias Miciu Nicolaevici

Isa was born in Montevideo, Uruguay but moved to San Martin de los Andes at an early age. It was here where he discovered a real passion for fly-fishing and the natural world. In 2006 he started his photographic career in the Caribbean. His skills were improved working and studying along well-known photographers such as Theo Ribeiro, Marcos Furer and his older brother Eliseo Miciu. Isa travelled throughout Argentina working on a number of productions for National Geographic, Vogue, Gulf Stream as well as international brands like Beretta from Italy and Eddie Bauer from the States. His photographic journey has taken him to the far ends of Russia and deep into Africa, and recently to the ice covered continent of Antarctica. Eliseo and Isa have recently edited and published the photographic bible of their beloved town, San Martin de los Andes.

For more of Isa’s inspiring images check out his online gallery www.isaiasmiciu.com