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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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Facts About Polar Bears—Their Plight and Prospects
July 18, 2011
Blog Post

Polar Bear Quest: A Voyage through Svalbard, 2011

Today’s planned two-hour afternoon Zodiac cruise into the lovely Smeerenburg Bay produced not one, but two, separate, but ultimately combined, polar bear sightings. “Sightings” implies a glimpse in the distance, or a whiff of a passing glance, but we collectively achieved a rich interface among and with Nordic polar bears today that will be forever etched into our minds. Unbeknownst to the guests, Mats Forsberg knew where to find the...

Wild Norway & Svalbard
August 30, 2011
Field Report

Thursday, July 7, 2011 - Tromsø, Norway / Embark Clipper Adventurer: After our plane touched down in Tromsø from Oslo, we boarded motor coaches and enjoyed a trifecta of destinations. While listening to guides describe highlights of Tromsø along the way, our explorations began with a cable car ride up to Mount Storsteinen (the Big Rock Mountain in English), a Tromsø icon. Rising 421 meters above sea level, we marveled at pristine sunny panoramas of the city below...

Russian Far East
September 19, 2013
Blog Post

At Zegrahm, we pride ourselves on taking our explorers to the ends of the Earth, be it the continent of Antarctica, or an island in the middle of the Indian Ocean with seven syllables—we're looking at you, Thiruvananthapuram. Here is a list of our favorite, if hard to pronounce, off-the-beaten-path destinations you simply can’t miss:

 

Sea of Okhotsk

The expansive region bordering the Sea of Okhotsk is one of the planet’s least-explored and most...

Brown Bear, Geographic Harbor, Alaska
October 7, 2013
Blog Post

We recently completed two wildly successful voyages to Alaska and the far eastern corners of Russia. Not only was the wildlife plentiful, our designated photographer onboard the Caledonian Sky, Michael Moore, was able to capture some beautiful images. Here are the top photos from our Wild Alaska and the Bering Sea, and Best of the Russian Far East expeditions.

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...

Anastasiya Bay, Kamchatka
August 20, 2013
Blog Post

Beautiful low angle sunlight was reflecting off the green hillsides of Anastasiya Bay as Zodiacs left the ship bound for a shallow river mouth. This spontaneous after-dinner trip ashore was the result of scanning back down the end of the bay, where we noticed a dark line appearing on the horizon. This region of the Russian Far East is known for its seasonal reindeer herders, who bring their herds to the coast each summer. It’s impossible to know when and where to find them, but this evening...

The Northern Lights
June 4, 2013
Blog Post

Named after the Roman goddess of dawn, Aurora, and the Greek name for the north wind, Boreas, the Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights) have inspired legends, myths, and superstitions for millennia. Like the magnetic fields that cause them, the beliefs surrounding these ghostly lights are polarized between positive and negative associations—as precursors of royal births on one hand, and of war and famine on the other.

The various people inhabiting Lapland had their own divergent theories...

Geographic Harbor, Katmai National Park, Alaska
July 11, 2009
Blog Post

With the early morning sun illuminating the peaks of the Alaska Peninsula, we gathered out on deck to watch our approach into Geographic Harbor in Katmai National Park. This area is known for its brown bears, so with binoculars in hand we scoured the shoreline and open areas in search of them. The calls of marbled murrelets echoed across the bay as we made our way into the inner harbor.

Low tide attracts bears to the shoreline because of easier access to intertidal creatures like...

Zodiac Cruising in Greenland
August 4, 2009
Blog Post

The Watkins Mountains and Gunnbjornsfjeld, the highest mountain in Greenland, were on the horizon as we rose for breakfast this morning marking the beginning of an exciting first day on this remote island. We entered Nansen Fjord through loose ice cover and sailed past steep, bare mountains of glacier-sculpted basalt. The eight-mile tidewater front of Christian IV Glacier, bringing ice down from the distant ice sheet, filled the head of the fjord. Icebergs, white, blue, and black drifted...

Northern Fur Seals, St. George Island, Pribilof Islands
July 28, 2009
Blog Post

The Pribilof Islands are known for the dense fog that regularly envelops them throughout the summer months, and today was no exception. We couldn’t see the island of St. George from the ship, nor for most of our short Zodiac ride to shore. However, soon the rocky coastline materialized before us, and we arrived at a small and very atmospheric village, nestled amongst green hillsides accented with beautiful wildflowers.

The Pribilofs are the most important breeding site in the world...

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