Born and raised in Green Bay, Wisconsin, Erika is a direct descendant of an ancient clan of Norwegian Vikings. A fearlessness of the wild, propensity towards exploration, and resilience to freezing temperatures are all traits that encourage her adventurous nature. Her guiding experience started on the white waters of Colorado as a white water guide and on the mountains of Big Sky, Montana as a Ski Instructor. Graduating from Montana State University with a degree in photography, Erika blended her love of guiding with her photography education to join National Geographic Expeditions designing and guiding photography trips around the world.
She currently joins photography workshops in Morocco and Cuba with National Geographic Expeditions, on board National Geographic/Lindblad ships through the Arctic and Alaska, and has led National Geographic Student Expeditions through Tanzania, Iceland, Tuscany, Peru, Yellowstone, Yosemite, and Ecuador & The Galapagos.
Erika is a recent recipient of National Geographic's Early Career grant and working on a photography project documenting the Scandinavian-American culture of Wisconsin. Through this cultural preservation project, Erika also hopes to encourage others to become more interested in their family’s genealogy and immigration stories, fostering an appreciation for the myriad of unique sub-cultures within the U.S. with renewed understanding and respect of the continued immigration stories of today.
Erika currently lives between Vermont (where she coordinations National Geographic Student Expedition programs) and her home state of Wisconsin pursuing the National Geographic grant work. She is also working on publishing her first book on traveling and photographing in Morocco.