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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, by typeincluding blog post, field report (a daily recap of a past expedition with images), photo gallery, or video—or by topic. Explore your world, from our perspective.

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February 20, 2018
Blog Post

Halfway between Norway and the North Pole, you’ll find a place where polar bears outnumber people. The area is known as the Svalbard Archipelago, of which Spitsbergen is both the largest island and the only one permanently populated by humans.

You’ll find most of Spitsbergen’s residents (around 2,100) in the town of Longyearbyen, which is recognized as the world’s northernmost settlement with a sizeable...

Polar Bear
February 20, 2018
Blog Post

The highlight for any Arctic explorer is the privilege of witnessing polar bears in their natural habitat. There are an estimated 20,000 of these amazing creatures left on the planet; here, the best places to spot them.

 

Kaktovik

This isolated Inupiat Eskimo village on Alaska’s Barter Island often finds polar bears snacking on the carcasses of whales that its community is permitted to hunt. Seaplanes from Fairbanks notice earth’s largest land...

Raja Ampat, Indonesia
September 15, 2018
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If you’ve spent any time snorkeling or scuba diving in places like Australia, the Galápagos Islands, or Polynesia, you don’t need me...

Island Sky
February 15, 2018
Blog Post

Cruises have gotten a bad rap lately, and some would argue that’s justifiably so. One recent study found that air quality on a cruise ship deck was “worse than the world's most polluted cities,” with one ship emitting as much particulate matter as a million cars each day.

The ...

February 14, 2018
Blog Post

A group of adventurers, we flew from around the globe to meet at El Fin del Mondo—the End of the World—to fulfill lifelong dreams of visiting or revisiting, the mysterious and breathtaking land of Antarctica.

As we gathered the evening before embarking on the Island Sky, we shared stories of what brought us to the southernmost city in the world—Ushuaia, Argentina—and our hopes and expectations for the journey ahead.  

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Reindeer, Lapland
February 1, 2018
Blog Post

The planet’s polar regions, the Arctic and Antarctic, are both remarkably cold, which may explain why people often get them confused. Both are technically cold deserts, with very little precipitation. In both places the winters are frozen and devastatingly dark. Summers are still somewhat frozen (though, thanks to global warming...

Sunrise in Botswana
January 30, 2018
Blog Post

Botswana is one of our favorite safari destinations; in fact, we’ve been offering expeditions in this premier safari destination since 1992! Discover the country’s incredible diversity on Signature Botswana, an expedition that offers a perfect overview with stays in three...

Maasai Warrior
January 29, 2018
Blog Post

Standing proud in the savannah with their red blankets and painted shields, the Maasai people have become one of the more widely known symbols of East Africa; the Maasai shield is even featured on Kenya’s national flag. It’s not uncommon in Kenya and Tanzania to see the Maasai in their traditional dress, not only in their villages but also in the...

Japanese Tea Ceremony
January 23, 2018
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Japan is a warm and welcoming country, but its unique culture can be as daunting as it is captivating for the first-time visitor. To help create a blooper-free journey, ready yourself with a few of these basic etiquette tips before your trip.  

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Ultimate Galapagos
January 22, 2018
Blog Post

Last year the big news in travel was the negative impacts mass tourism had on beloved destinations such as Barcelona, Venice, and Scotland’s Isle of Skye.

So perhaps it’s no surprise that more and more people are looking for intimate, immersive travel experiences that get them away from the crowds and into pristine natural environments and...

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