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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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August 29, 2019
November 18, 2019
Field Report

Thursday, August 29, 2019

Reykjavik, Iceland / Golden Circle / Embark Le Champlain

This morning we began bright and early ferrying our luggage down from our rooms at the Hilton Reykjavik Nordica Hotel. We have the day to explore the countryside with local guides while our ship, Le Champlain, readies in port for our arrival and the voyage ahead.

Our buses...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Beechey Island, Canada
December 13, 2017
Blog Post

Historical records suggest that humans have explored the planet’s northern extremes since at least 325 BC. Throughout the centuries, unpredictable weather, extreme cold, and treacherous pack ice have posed a huge challenge for Arctic explorers, making this region one of the final frontiers of human discovery. At Zegrahm, we celebrate the spirit of exploration and the brave adventurers that expanded the known limits of our world. Here, we give homage to some of our favorite explorers,...

Gorillas of the Congo
November 15, 2017
Blog Post

Jon Nicholson, Zegrahm’s Director of Operations & Itinerary Planning, was becoming an expert on how to plan a trip before he was even old enough to drive.

The self-professed airplane geek’s passion for travel planning began at the ripe old age of six, when his grandmother gave him his first atlas. He fell in...

arctic and antarctic wildlife
January 11, 2019
Blog Post

From Alaska and northern Canada to Greenland and Scandinavia, exploring the Arctic ranks among the world’s greatest adventures. For us, one of the most rewarding aspects was seeing the incredible array of Arctic animals that manage to survive in these harsh landscapes.

As the global threats of climate change increase, the wildlife that calls the...

Narsaq, Greenland
May 31, 2017
Blog Post

If you’re only casually familiar with the history of the Vikings, you might think of them as the fearsome seafaring warriors who left their Scandinavian homes in search of wealth, raiding countless coastal sites along the way. Since history is usually written by the victors, perhaps it’s no surprise that the Norsemen have been portrayed as savage heathens...

Island Sky
October 30, 2018
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