Far North & the Arctic Adventure Travel & Expeditions
An Arctic adventure tour is, in many ways, unimaginable. To travel to what ancient geographers termed ultima Thule (“farthest land”)—and in luxury, no less—is a feat seemingly reserved for the hardiest adventurers among us. And yet, Zegrahm’s Arctic expeditions afford rare opportunities to view Arctic wildlife, seabirds, whales, and polar bears; to meet indigenous peoples who sustain a living at the ends of the Earth; and to explore the North Pole and Northeast Passage for yourself—it’s the top of the world, waiting for you.
For us, Arctic eco travel involves sailing the icy seas from the brightly painted towns of Norway to the rugged Northwest Passage; Zodiac expeditions to see whales, seals, and walruses up close; and keeping a close eye out for polar bears as we cruise Norway’s Svalbard archipelago and Greenland. Your Arctic expedition team offers incredible insight into the region and the explorers who previously navigated these routes, including Sir John Franklin’s ill-fated quest. And now, you can be a part of Arctic adventure travel history as you sail on the Russian icebreaker Kapitan Khlebnikov’s 17th and final transit of the Northwest Passage, including the best of western Greenland and the Canadian and Russian Arctic.
The itineraries we offer vary from year to year; below please find our upcoming Arctic adventure travel expeditions.
Expeditions to Far North & the Arctic
Your Iceland and Svalbard adventure travels will reveal a world of abundant wildlife, marine life, and amazing geological landscapes of black basaltic islands, dazzling glaciers, flowering tundra, smoking volcanoes, and bubbling thermal springs. An Iceland tour explores the fabled Golden Circle and offshore volcanic islands that provide a breeding ground for seals and a rest stop for nearly 90 species of migrating birds.
Having lived in Alaska for over a decade, Zegrahm field director, Kevin Clement, will lead this truly personal Alaska expedition, exposing travelers to the real “Great Land.” Denali National Park adventure travel offers opportunities to photograph wildflower meadows, moose, caribou, Dall sheep, and grizzly bears. In magnificent Wrangell-St. Elias National Park, don crampons for a glacier walk; in Cordova raft amid icebergs; and, in Prince William Sound, photograph bald eagles and sea otters.
Join Zegrahm field director, Kevin Clement, on a Lapland expedition in Norway, a nation within a nation with a unique, semi-nomadic culture based on reindeer herding. Our Lapland tour is timed to coincide with excellent views of the fabled Northern Lights. Explore by boat, snowshoe, snowmobile, and even by dog sled, as we discover sheltered fjords surrounded by majestic mountain peaks, peaceful valleys, and sleepy fishing hamlets. Particular highlights of your Northern Lights expedition include stays in a hotel made entirely of ice and packed snow and in a traditional lavvu.
An area long closed to Western travelers, this White Sea expedition will expose you to sublime beauty, magnificent architecture, and a long and fascinating history. In the fabled Solovetskiy archipelago learn of ancient legends, view archaeological finds that reach back across millennia, stroll through island flora in the botanical gardens, and tour splendid architectural monuments.
Be a part of Arctic adventure travel history as you transit the Northwest Passage. We explore the best of western Greenland and the Canadian Arctic on this Northwest Passage expedition, and have countless chances to observe the local wildlife, from polar bears and walruses to seals and seabirds. Your expert Arctic expedition team will provide valuable insight into the great explorers who have navigated this northern sea route, and will recap each day for a well-rounded experience. Northwest Passage Expedition Highlights:
Take full advantage of the long hours of mid-summer to trace the pristine shores of the Alaskan Peninsula and step ashore on the remote, seldom-visited Aleutian Islands. This Alaska and Aleutian Islands tour explores a variety of magnificent marine and wildlife habitats—rivers, fjords, spectacular bays and remote coves, dense forests, and towering coastal mountains. Numerous Zodiac excursions negotiate sea cliffs and sculpted basalt formations for up-close sightings of nesting seabirds numbering in the hundreds of thousands.
Dramatic scenery, abundant wildlife, and charming villages are the hallmarks of Norway adventure travel. The long days of Arctic summer allow ample time for exploration of magnificent landscapes by ship, during expeditionary Zodiac cruises, and on foot. Meet the hearty residents of timeless fishing villages and towns steeped in the history of maritime trade and exploration. On our Svalbard tour, wildlife is plentiful and the focus of our time, as the area is home to a wealth of species—including polar bears. Norway & Svalbard Expedition Highlights:
The expansive region bordering the Sea of Okhotsk is one of the planet’s least-explored and most remarkable destinations for untouched forests, pristine tundra, and vast amounts of wildlife. Here, you’ll find a number of whale species including orca and bowhead; basking seals and sea lions by the thousands; and millions of seabirds. Aboard the all-suite, Caledonian Sky, this Siberia expedition will take you from Kamchatka to the Kurils and then a Sea of Okhotsk tour to explore remote shores and isolated islands long closed to Westerners.