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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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Antarctica cruises
January 24, 2020
Blog Post

A Tribute To Edward Bransfield and the Discovery of the Antarctic Continent 

Explorers today pride themselves on making their own trails, discovering hidden gems, and venturing off the beaten path. We are inspired by the explorers of old, those who sought to chart and map the mysteries of the world. Explorers like Irish ship’s master Edward Bransfield, whose legendary expedition discovered and first charted the mainland of Antarctica in 1820.

With...

South American sea lions
March 29, 2019
Field Report

Saturday, January 26, 2019
Ushuaia, Argentina / Embark Island Sky

Having arrived at the Arakur Hotel & Resort in Ushuaia the day before, and caught up on at least some sleep overnight, we set out this morning to explore Tierra del Fuego National Park. Guided by our ornithologist, Jim Wilson, our birders were first out, keen to find their target species, the Magellanic woodpecker. In this they were...

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...

Elephants on Safari
April 9, 2018
Blog Post

I’ve been a nature-lover my whole life, but I began traveling specifically to see animals in the wild back in the early ’90s. Still in my early 20s then, I was fascinated by watching wildlife. My passion grew exponentially as I took up photography and became more adept at spotting hidden animals.

Over the past 20 years, I’ve been blessed to explore over 40 countries on six continents. The one thing most of the places I’ve visited have in common? An opportunity to...

Portal Point, Antarctica
August 1, 2018
Blog Post

The Antarctic Circle is one of the most isolated and remote destinations in the world. So naturally, it’s many a traveler’s dream to explore the vast white wilderness of the Antarctic islands. This is Earth’s final frontier—a pristine continent of elemental forces. Less than a century ago, only a handful of humans had experienced its dynamic environment of ice, snow, rock, and water.

Nowadays, cruises to the Antarctic islands generally depart from South America,...

Humpback Whale
August 23, 2017
Infographics

During the austral summer (October – February), thousands of whales migrate to the waters surrounding Antarctica to feed on a bounty of krill, small shrimp-like creatures that live in large schools. A highlight of any trip to Antarctica is the chance to view these leviathans as they feed, breach, and socialize in the Antarctic’s icy waters. Here are some of the whales you may see. 

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Antarctic Sunset
July 25, 2017
Blog Post

On August 21, the moon will pass in front of the sun and the sky will turn completely dark in the middle of the day. Total solar eclipses like this occur approximately once every 18 months, but they’re usually only visible from less than half a percent of the Earth’s surface. This will be the first total solar eclipse visible in the United States since 1979.

Despite the brevity of this phenomenon, its rarity makes it an experience stargazers do not want to miss....

Portal Point, Antarctic Peninsula
May 30, 2018
Blog Post

Antarctica is the driest, windiest, chilliest place on the planet—and one of today’s hottest destinations. The International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators estimates that nearly 45,000 travelers will visit the White Continent this year, although fewer than a quarter of them will actually...

Neko Harbor, Antarctica
April 8, 2018
Blog Post

We've been exploring via Antarctic cruises for over 20 years. In that time, we've honed an incredible trip—from Zodiac cruises among massive icebergs to hikes along glaciers, and all of the wildlife you get to see, our trips are truly once-in-a-lifetime opportunities. To help give you a better understanding of what one of our Antarctic cruises is really like, we offer...

Lemaire Channel, Antarctica
March 8, 2018
Blog Post

Although it’s typically thought of as one of the planet’s coldest places, global warming in Antarctica is raising temperatures at an alarming rate. In late February 2017, the temperature in one area of Antarctica was the same as in Cairo, Egypt. Around the same time, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) announced a new record high—63.5º F had been recorded at an Argentine Research Base on the Antarctic Peninsula.

That’s stunning, especially when you consider...

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