At Zegrahm, we pride ourselves on taking our explorers to the ends of the Earth, be it the continent of Antarctica, or an island in the middle of the Indian Ocean with seven syllables—we're looking at you, Thiruvananthapuram. Here is a list of our favorite, if hard to pronounce, off-the-beaten-path destinations you simply can’t miss:
Sea of Okhotsk
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. You’ll find a number of whale species including beluga, orca, and bowhead; basking seals and sea lions by the thousands; and millions of seabirds, from northern fulmars, puffins, and guillemots to black-legged kittiwakes, auklets, and more.
Jan Mayen Island
Jan Mayen Island claims the northernmost active volcano on the planet. The Beerenberg volcano is entirely capped in ice and boasts numerous glaciers, many of which calve directly into the sea. We will be on the lookout for seabirds such as fulmars and puffins, and we may go ashore to view the old whaling and weather stations.
In the heart of Sri Lanka lies Sigiriya, or Lion Rock, a huge granite monolith rising out of the jungle. This stunning UNESCO World Heritage Site features the ruins of a 5th-century fortress and palace, colorful murals, and the remains of an extensive network of gardens, reservoirs, and fountains. See for yourself on Natural Wonders of Sri Lanka!
Karasjok is the social and cultural center of the Norwegian Sami, a semi-nomadic culture based on reindeer herding. Both the Sami Parliament and a Sami language radio station were established here, and on our adventure, you will meet Sven Engolhm, an eleven-time winner of Europe’s longest dog sled race, plus visit his kennels and highly-trained sled dogs.
Bwindi Impenetrable Forest
A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Bwindi Impenetrable Forest is one of the most biologically diverse areas on the planet. It is home to half of the world’s population of mountain gorillas, and our overland adventure spends two full days tracking these great primates. A plethora of bird species and other chimpanzees also live here.