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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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Golden Circle
July 31, 2017
Field Report

Friday & Saturday, June 2 & 3, 2017 - Reykjavík, Iceland / Embark Ocean Diamond

We arrived at Reykjavík’s Grand Hotel and gathered in the early evening for our welcome reception and dinner. We met our fellow travelers, both old acquaintances and new friends, and were welcomed by our Expedition Leader, Russ Evans. After a dinner of Icelandic lamb and turkey, it was time to turn in to prepare ourselves for tomorrow’s exciting excursion.

We set out the...

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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White-Footed Booby
August 9, 2016
Blog Post

The setting: somewhere in New Mexico. Oil field waste pits have not been properly netted to protect wildlife from their toxic mixture. Migratory birds, mistaking these holding ponds for water, have become trapped and died. The oil companies are in clear violation of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, but Fish and Wildlife Special Agents need help in building their case. How many birds have been affected? How many species? Are any endangered? Time to call Pepper Trail, bird detective....

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...

Complimentary Kayaking
July 9, 2015
Blog Post

“It’s not that kayakers see anything different than the rest of the participants; it’s that they see it in a different way.”

I always say this to my small groups who have signed up for one of our onboard kayaking programs. But it’s not always true. Sometimes we do see things that others don’t.

On our recent cruise through the Norwegian fjords and on to Spitsbergen, we stopped in Reine, in the Lofoten Islands, renowned as the most beautiful village in all of...

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...

Rainforests & Reefs
January 2, 2014
Blog Post

Happy New Year! Whether we traveled with you on our recent West Coast of South America or Tasmania to New Zealand journeys, are about to see you in Antarctica, or perhaps haven’t had the pleasure to travel with you lately, we always reflect fondly on our fellow Zegrahm travelers at this time of year. As you ring in 2014, here’s an update on what voyages we’re excited about leading in the coming year:

Rain Forests & Reefs
February 7 – 21, 2014...

Puffin by Kevin Clement
September 22, 2011
Blog Post

Our recently completed Circumnavigation of Iceland expedition left quite the impression on some, including Zegrahm renaissance man, Kevin Clement. Enjoy his poem below, and water colors above.

 

Ode to Iceland
(with apologies to Robert Service)

There are strange things done in the Midnight sun
And one of those was our trip
Through Iceland wild, but in highest style
On the ...

Iceberg near Labrador
January 19, 2006
Blog Post

Dr. Ralph Eshelman is a specialist in maritime history, polar exploration, and paleontology. He has served as geologist and historian for Zegrahm Expeditions and has traveled extensively through Greenland and Labrador. In our Q & A below, he offers us insight into the wonders of seldom-visited Labrador.

Labrador is often referred to as "a last great wilderness frontier." What gives it this designation? Labrador is largely unpopulated by humans except...

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