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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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February 20, 2018
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Halfway between Norway and the North Pole, you’ll find a place where polar bears outnumber people. The area is known as the Svalbard Archipelago, of which Spitsbergen is both the largest island and the only one permanently populated by humans.

You’ll find most of Spitsbergen’s residents (around 2,100) in the town of Longyearbyen, which is recognized as the world’s northernmost...

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
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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...

Ultimate Galapagos
May 18, 2020
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Lately we've heard a lot about the negative impacts mass tourism has had on beloved destinations such as Barcelona, Venice, and Scotland’s Isle of Skye.

So perhaps it’s no surprise that more and more people are looking for intimate, immersive travel experiences that get them away from the crowds...

Beechey Island, Canada
December 13, 2017
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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,...

Taveuni, Fiji
December 5, 2017
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Gift-giving is almost always challenging and rewarding in equal measure, but especially around the holidays. There’s an inherent pressure to find the perfect gift for your loved ones—one that will both show them how much we love them and how well we know them.

But there is one gift you can give your family that avoids questions like, “Will it fit?” or “Do they already have this?” Here’s our take on why travel is among the best family gifts you can give this holiday...

Milford Sound, New Zealand
November 20, 2017
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Christmas has become an almost ubiquitous celebration found all around the world. Nearly every country—even those not traditionally steeped in Christianity—acknowledges the holiday in some fashion.

When you travel with Zegrahm Expeditions, there’s often a chance to take part in the unique, eclectic holiday traditions that have come to surround this time...

Gorillas of the Congo
November 15, 2017
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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...

Zebras at Sunset
November 13, 2017
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The best travel adventures do not happen in a flash of instant gratification. Instead, they are the long, meandering journeys that give us more immersive, interactive experiences to savor. Sure, jumbo jets might get you to your destination faster; but once you arrive, I believe that overland adventures are the key to truly exploring the heart and soul of a place.

Slowing down allows us time to get a richer, more in-depth experience. We have an opportunity to...

Wild Norway & Svalbard
November 9, 2017
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Hollywood has produced plenty of doomsday films, usually with a scientist-hero concocting some scheme to prevent an existential disaster from destroying the human race. In reality, our survival is based on something much more elemental: seeds.

The Global Seed Vault on Svalbard is a secure storage facility that holds the largest, most diverse collection of food crop seeds on earth. Located in an abandoned coal mine deep within a mountain beneath the permafrost, the...

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