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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...

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...

Adelies in Antarctica
January 17, 2009
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We awoke to find ourselves approaching Elephant Island in thick fog and swells, but the fog soon lifted to reveal Cape Valentine and the towering cliffs of this island made famous by the 1914-1917 Shackleton Expedition. Captain Lemaire brought us right into view of historic Point Wild where twenty-two crew members from the Endurance spent four and a half months until Shackleton’s welcome return upon the Chilean navy cutter Yelcho. Zodiacs were launched and, although the...

Lanzarote, Canary Islands
October 15, 2008
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Besides it being volcanic, I didn't really know what to expect from our visit to Lanzarote in the Canary Islands. I have seen volcanic islands in other parts of the world, and each seemed to have its own, surprising beauty.

The first impression of Lanzarote’s landscape was breathtaking. As we headed into the interior of the island, it was one of those perfect days that seem to only happen in maritime locations. A layer of small, fast moving clouds raced along with the prevailing...

Ultimate Galapagos
June 25, 2010
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As a person who identifies as a non-birder, I don't usually go over-the-top when it comes to seeing a bird for the first time. I've seen magnificent frigatebirds on the covers of brochures, and in our image library. I've seen them in books and on Blu-ray DVD. But I had never seen the bird in the wild until yesterday on our first Galapagos My Way expedition. Extremely nimble flyers, with graceful lines (and, even if they didn't have those big red gular sacs, they would still...

Snorkeling in Indonesia
July 20, 2009
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Between 1854 and 1862 a meticulous young naturalist named Alfred Russel Wallace made an epic journey through the islands of the Malay Archipelago gathering specimens and recording observations. Upon his return to England he published his findings in a book entitled The Malay Archipelago. The geographical line that runs between Borneo/Sulawesi, Bali/Lombok, and the Sunda and the Sahul oceanic shelves marks a remarkable division of biodiversity that bears his name, the “Wallace Line.”


Gold Harbour, South Georgia
December 30, 2008
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Next year, in 2010, Zegrahm Expeditions will cruise into its 20th year of bringing travelers to the farflung corners of the globe. In that spirit, we invite you to join us on one of two voyages to our most popular destinations as we celebrate this landmark occasion. Four of our founders will be on board, regaling us with historical and humorous tales of life in this fascinating business.

Circumnavigation of South Georgia
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