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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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Seward, Alaska
June 2, 2015
Field Report

Friday, July 11, 2014 - Home / Anchorage, Alaska

Following our independent arrival, we transferred to the Anchorage Marriott Hotel. There, we gathered with our fellow Zegrahm Expeditions and Victor Emanuel Nature Tours travelers for cocktails and a welcome dinner. Expedition Leader Mike Moore introduced us to the staff that would be accompanying us throughout our journey, and gave us our first briefing about the exciting voyage ahead, along...

Fairy Terns, Seychelles
March 16, 2016
Blog Post

Brent Stephenson is an ornithologist who spent years studying the breeding biology of Australasian gannets in New Zealand. He co-re-discovered the "extinct" New Zealand storm-petrel in 2003, and has traveled virtually everywhere, from the Arctic to the Antarctic, Australia, the Solomon Islands, Papua New Guinea, Indonesia, French Polynesia, China, the...

Denali
September 23, 2015
Blog Post

For almost two decades, Ingrid Nixon's work in expedition tourism has propelled her about the planet. From Antarctica to Greenland, Madagascar to Easter Island, she enjoys sharing the wonder of exploration and discovery with like minds. Originally from Western Washington, Ingrid was recently living in Interior Alaska where she worked for the National Park Service in...

Antarctica, South Georgia & the Falkland Islands
June 12, 2015
Blog Post

For 25 years, we have taken inquisitive travelers to the ends of the Earth and 2015 is no different. We’re thrilled to be returning to both the Far North and the Far South this year, exploring two true polar extremes.

Departing September 4, our Northwest Passage expedition explores western Greenland and the Canadian Arctic. You’...

Baffin Island
June 1, 2015
Blog Post

Mariner John Cabot was living in Spain at the time Columbus returned from his first voyage, unsuccessful in his quest to find a new route to the Far East. In an effort to one-up his fellow Italian, Cabot proposed a radical idea—instead of a second voyage to what would be the future Americas, he would sail a northerly route to Asia, where the longitudes were closer.

So began the long list of intrepid explorers who would set out in search of the Northwest Passage. It was not Spain,...

Cruising the Northwest Passage
June 1, 2015
Blog Post

At the end of Mary Shelley’s 1818 novel Frankenstein, the monster drifts away on an ice flow near the North Pole. In the real world, only a few people have the opportunity to visit one of the last frontiers of our planet.

Towering crystalline castles break off from the many glaciers of that “Mother of Ice” Greenland, whose hundreds of children drift south every year into the Atlantic Ocean. Fantastic curtains of shifting bands of color across the night sky, loudly trumpeting...

Alaska
October 20, 2001
Blog Post

Roberta Foster is a teacher of gifted and talented students in Mount Olive Township, New Jersey. She won a trip on The Harriman Expedition Retraced expedition by entering a drawing sponsored by the National Geographic Society through their Geography Bee and donated by Zegrahm Expeditions. We asked her for her impressions of the journey.

For two weeks this past summer, I was one of the luckiest women in the world. I had won a ticket on The Harriman Expedition Retraced...

Bald Eagle, Geographic Harbor, Katmai National Park, Alaska
January 20, 2001
Blog Post

More than a hundred years ago, a small steamship set sail from Seattle, bound for Alaska's wild coastal waterways and the annals of history. The ship was the George W. Elder; at her helm stood the venerable Edward H. Harriman, an east coast railroad man who had organized an unprecedented scientific expedition to a world as far removed from turn-of-the-century industrialized New York as one could possibly imagine.

Today, we are preparing to embark on a modern-day voyage to retrace the...

Murres
June 22, 2010
Blog Post

Morning light revealed a low gray cloudbank blanketing the 700-foot tall peaks of steep-sided King Island—the first stop on our Wild Alaska and the Bering Sea expedition. We bundled up, and carefully made our way down to the Zodiacs for an early morning exploration of this spectacular place. Named by Captain Cook in 1778 for a member of his party, King Island was once the winter home of a group of about 200 Inupiat. They subsisted on walrus, seals, and...

Puffin
August 3, 2010
Blog Post

This morning expedition leader Mike Messick assembled us for a Zodiac cruise around the Baby Islands where we had great views of the common eiders (with chicks), tufted puffins, pigeon guillemots, and a peregrine falcon. The stars of the day were the whiskered auklets, as the Baby Islands offer one of the best places in the world to see these birds. Along with a few...

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