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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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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...

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,...

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...

Jaguar, Pantanal, Brazil | Mark Brazil
December 28, 2016
Blog Post

We recently reached out to our field staff, to find out what their favorite wildlife experiences of 2016 were. From South America to Australia’s Kimberley, our staff have traveled the world this year. Below, enjoy their stories.  

 

Mark Brazil, Ornithologist

“What is your favorite wildlife destination?” It’s a common question, but a tough one to answer as there are so many great places. However, one springs to mind; each year I am fortunate to re-visit my...

Gullfoss Waterfall, Iceland
October 12, 2016
Field Report

Thursday & Friday, July 28 & 29, 2016 - Reykjavík, Iceland / Embark Sea Adventurer

The conversation buzzed with excitement as we gathered in the Grand Hotel Reykjavík to meet our fellow travelers, and greet friends both old and new. Over dinner, Expedition Leader Russ Evans introduced the large team of naturalists and lecturers who would be accompanying us to explain and interpret all we would see over the next two weeks.

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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...

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’...

Arctic Terns
July 28, 2011
Blog Post

The tiny island of Vigur in Iceland’s western fjords has been owned and inhabited by the same family for over 130 years. We arrived by Zodiac to meet the family who live on this remote outpost, and came away greatly appreciating the hard work and resourcefulness that have allowed them to thrive here for generations.

Once ashore we were struck, both literally and figuratively, by the countless Arctic terns that were in...

Qeqertarsuaq
June 3, 2015
Blog Post

Sisimiut. Ilulissat. Kangerlussuaq. Qeqertarsuaq

Their names don’t exactly roll off the tongue; yet these coastal towns in western Greenland share a traditional Inuit culture that reaches back nearly 5,000 years, as well one of the main Eskaleut or Eskimo-Aleut languages.

According to the Alaska Native Language Center, somewhere between 4,000 and 5,000 years ago there was a common language among the Eskimo and the Aleut peoples. A few thousand years later, Eskimo speakers...

June 1, 2015
Blog Post

As Christianity spread throughout Northern Europe during the Middle Ages, those who refused to believe the new dogma were driven underground. Pagans across Scandinavia secretly held onto their ancient Norse myths—particularly those of Thor, the god of thunder, noble warrior, and divine protector. Devotees of this cult of Thor would go on to become the most notorious gang of marauders the world has ever known.

While the Vikings—a Scandinavian term for “pirate,” which has Norse roots—...

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