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Welcome to the Zegrahm Expeditions Blog! Here you will find inspiration for your next adventure and information from your last adventure, produced by our field leaders, Seattle office staff, and contributing writers. You may filter this content by geographic region or by type, including blog post, field report—daily recap of a past expedition with photos—video, or image slideshow. Explore your world, from our perspective.

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Northern Fur Seals, St. George Island, Pribilof Islands
July 28, 2009
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The Pribilof Islands are known for the dense fog that regularly envelops them throughout the summer months, and today was no exception. We couldn’t see the island of St. George from the ship, nor for most of our short Zodiac ride to shore. However, soon the rocky coastline materialized before us, and we arrived at a small and very atmospheric village, nestled amongst green hillsides accented with beautiful wildflowers.

The Pribilofs are the most important breeding site in the world...

Polar Bear
August 11, 2009
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We continued our exploration of unvisited fjords farther south on the eastern Greenland coast where we entered Napassorssuaq Fjord, a spectacular glacial inlet containing a huge number of icebergs. We passed many sharp horned peaks and wide glaciers and had a view of the Greenland Ice Sheet. Our captain carefully maneuvered the Clipper Adventurer through the ice to the head of the fjord where we took the Zodiacs out for a cruise through the icebergs.

After enjoying a barbeque...

Taveuni, Fiji
December 2, 2009
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Beginning our voyage in Tahiti, we have sailed toward the sunset across the vast Pacific Ocean to find ourselves, on this last day aboard the Clipper Odyssey, anchored off the island of Taveuni, Fiji.

During our voyage across the Pacific we have observed various features of Polynesian culture. Some commonalities include social systems articulated by royal lineages, nobles and commoners, a remarkably similar pantheon of gods, as well as reverence for ancestors, and an economic...

Rangiroa, Tuamotu Islands
October 24, 2009
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We have just spent a superb week in the Tuamotu Archipelago of French Polynesia. The Clipper Odyssey sailed amongst the many atolls with enchanting names – Fakarava, Tahanea, Motu Tunga, Raroia, Napuka – under clear blue skies, with an occasional cumulus cloud bringing a welcome moment of shade, and the reliable south-easterly trade winds kindly cooling the atmosphere. Wherever we went ashore we were greeted in the Polynesian tradition, with lei, singing and dancing, and magnificent...

Nuka Hiva Island, Marquesas Islands
October 20, 2009
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On our last day in the Marquesas Islands, we were treated to a real Polynesian experience. While having breakfast, the Clipper Odyssey entered Hatiheu Bay on the north side of Nuku Hiva. The nature show was grandiose: the little village of Hatiheu is located at the bottom of an amphitheater shaped basin. The jagged peaks surrounding us provided an impressive backdrop to the black-sand beach onto which the long Pacific rollers broke in the early morning light. On either side of the...

Kirkwall, Orkney Islands
July 3, 2010
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An excellent way to start the day! Brunch, sunshine, and a full day tour of the stunning archaeology of the Orkney Islands. Of course, I confess to being somewhat biased in my enthusiasm—having spent some 30 years of my life digging in Orkney and discovering its Viking past—but enthusiasm is infectious!

The small capital city of Kirkwall, whose skyline is dominated by the magnificent red and yellow sandstone Cathedral dedicated to St Magnus, the martyr saint of Orkney, positively...

Tarsier, Indonesia
March 15, 2010
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The day started with a scout to the small island of Lehaga, located off the northern tip of Sulawesi in the Gangga Island group. It was the firm belief of our expedition leader, Mike Messick, that this is pronounced “Ganja,” and that we needed to explore this region further. As it turned out, we spent a very mellow morning on Lehaga, where we met a most friendly and hospitable Indonesian host named Heri who oriented us to the best snorkeling spots and led a walk across the island. The...

Puffin
July 30, 2009
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A following wind saw us arrive ahead of schedule at the little port of Heimaey in the Westman Islands off the southern coast of Iceland. The narrow entrance to the harbor was spectacular, with a 36-year old lava flow on one side and steep lava cliffs on the other. This little fishing community made headline news around the world in January 1973 when, without warning, fountains of lava began to erupt on the edge of town.

Although the morning had dawned gray, the sun shone as we toured...

Tenerife, Canary Islands
April 11, 2009
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Last but most certainly not least, we drove to the town of La Laguna, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, noted for being the first unfortified Spanish city. The pastel-colored colonial architecture is a visual candy box, and special delight was the chance to see the numerous iconic religious floats being polished and decorated with flowers in preparation for the Easter processionals. Our walking tour culminated in a covered market where we bought honeys made from the local wildflowers and palms,...

Gentoo Penguins
January 13, 2009
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We began our day of exploration at Carcass Island, named after the Royal Navy ship HMS Carcass which reached the Falklands in 1766. We set out on a pleasant walk, noting Cobb’s wren and Falkland steamer ducks, found only in the Falklands; striated caracaras; snipes; upland and kelp geese; meadowlarks; and finches. We also saw our first penguins of the trip, gentoos and Magellanics. Today Carcass Island is owned by Rob McGill, who treated us to a delightful tea at the end of our...

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