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Zegrahm Expeditions Travel Resources

Welcome to the Zegrahm Expeditions resources page! 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. From blog posts and field reports (daily recaps of a past expeditions with images) to photo galleries and videos, explore your world from our perspective.

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BEST ADVENTURE TRAVEL COMPANIES
August 9, 2019
Blog Post

As an expert on ecotourism, one of the most common questions I get is, “How do I know which tour operators are truly sustainable?” As with choosing green hotels, the answer is fairly complex and generally involves asking a lot of questions.

But over the past 20 years of immersing myself in the responsible travel sphere, I’ve learned a...

solo travel
July 17, 2019
Blog Post

Solo travel is a rapidly growing trend nowadays, as more and more people are discovering the joys of traveling alone.

Some solo travelers love going it alone simply to have the freedom of making their own choices, all day, every day. Some like the opportunities for engaging with locals when they travel, and meeting new people on the road. Others (and women especially) really appreciate the self-...

Large ship at port in Bergen, Norway
June 28, 2019
Field Report

Sunday, May 19, 2019
Bergen, Norway / Embark Ocean Adventurer

Unusually for Bergen, it was a dry, warm and sunny weekend when we arrived here to begin our travels in Wild Norway and Svalbard. Bergen experiences only five rain-free days a year and this was exceptional weather which was being enjoyed to the full by the locals, especially as this was also the Norwegian National Day holiday weekend. We set out on foot early this morning, for a tour...

what to pack for a cruise
June 26, 2019
Blog Post

The Ultimate Cruise Packing List (Including Cold, Hot/Dry, & Tropical Climates) 

Packing for a cruise vacation isn’t always smooth sailing. There are a number of things to consider when deciding what to bring on a cruise, including how long your cruise is, where you’ll be cruising, the climate of your intended destination, and any activities you’ll be taking part in along the way.

Depending on the type of ship and your chosen destination, you...

Path of the Vikings
September 13, 2018
Blog Post

Along with the Spartans of ancient Greece, the Samurai warrior caste of Japan, and the Zulus of southern Africa, the Vikings of Scandinavia are widely regarded as one of history’s greatest warrior cultures.

The Viking era has been a staple fodder of popular culture for decades, from films (How to Train Your Dragon, Outlander, Valhalla Rising) and...

View of a neighbor from the Ocean Adventurer
August 27, 2018
Field Report

Thursday, July 12, 2018 
Oslo, Norway / Longyearbyen / Embark Ocean Adventurer

Having gathered for dinner at the Radisson Blu Hotel at the Oslo Airport yesterday and met with our expedition team, this morning we took the short stroll to the airport terminal to join our flight to Svalbard. Four hours later, after a brief stop in Tromsø, we stepped from the plane into the cold damp air of...

Hallgrímskirkja
August 21, 2018
Field Report

Tuesday, June 26, 2018
Reykjavík, Iceland / Narsarsuaq, Greenland / Embark Hebridean Sky

Having gathered and met our fellow travelers and expedition staff in the Hilton Nordica Hotel in Reykjavík the previous evening, our Greenland to Iceland adventure began today with a tour of the most northerly capital city in the world. We took in views of Reykjavík from atop the hot water tanks of Perlan and visited...

Foodie Travel
April 25, 2018
Blog Post

Are you a cultural traveler? Always interested in history, art, architecture, music, and, of course, food?

There’s no better way to delve into a place than through its culture and cuisine. Here are our top 10 foodie travel destinations for cultural connoisseurs:

1. ALASKA

Alaska is known for its deep history and majestic landscapes. The state’s cultural history includes indigenous Alaskans (229 tribes, including the...

travel expeditions for 2019
April 19, 2018
Blog Post

New and Unique Trips Around The World

Unlike other tour operators, Zegrahm’s calendar of expeditions changes from year to year. 2019 is no different, with 15 brand-new itineraries that have been carefully curated to immerse you in the culture and natural history of each exotic destination.  

We recently caught up with Director of Planning, Jon Nicholson, to find out more about the trip planning process and the exciting new expedition lineup....

Svalbard: A Polar Bear Quest
March 5, 2018
Blog Post

Located about halfway between mainland Norway and the North Pole, Svalbard ranks among the world’s northernmost areas that are inhabited by humans. Of course, with approximately 23,500 square miles of land and less than 3,000 full-time residents, this remote Arctic archipelago isn’t exactly what you’d call a bustling metropolis. And that is precisely what makes these Norwegian islands an emerging ecotourism hotspot.

What the Svalbard archipelago lacks in people, it more than makes up...

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