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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...

Raja Ampat, Indonesia
May 17, 2018
Infographics

Exploring the underwater world of coral reefs is an extraordinary experience. Snorkeling or scuba diving in places like Australia, the Galápagos Islands, and Polynesia is a must for anyone's travel bucket list! Here are 21 fascinating facts about coral reefs that you might not know, from general information and the benefits of coral reef systems to the world's most impressive sites that are simply must-sees. And, for even more facts about coral reefs, be sure to check out our blog, ...

Nadi, Fiji
December 14, 2017
Field Report

Tuesday, October 24, 2017 - Nadi, Fiji / Embark Caledonian Sky

We converged on the city of Nadi from distant reaches of the planet for the same reason: to embark on an expedition to experience the culture, wildlife, and landscapes of the South Pacific, from Fiji to Tahiti. We arrived at the Westin Denarau Island Resort, some of us coming a day or more early to explore Fiji on our own. Before meeting as a group for lunch,...

Milford Sound, New Zealand
November 20, 2017
Blog Post

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...

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,...

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....

Polynesia
June 29, 2017
Blog Post

We’ve been traveling to the South Pacific for 20 years, and in that time, we have honed two spectacular itineraries! From the island of Fiji and the Kingdom of Tonga on Faces of Polynesia to the Tuamotu, Marquesas, and Pitcairn...

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...

Queenstown, New Zealand
March 31, 2017
Field Report

Thursday - Saturday, January 19 - 21, 2017 - Queenstown, New Zealand / Milford Sound / Embark Caledonian Sky

We gathered at the Millennium Hotel in Queenstown, surrounded by stunning scenery. Some of us enjoyed a walk about town before we all met up for drinks, dinner, and introductions from Expedition Leader, Mike Messick. The following morning, the birders went off in search of black stilts and falcons—and were...

Ushuaia, Argentina
March 14, 2017
Field Report

Friday & Saturday, January 6 & 7, 2017 - Ushuaia, Argentina / Beagle Channel / Embark Ocean Diamond

Ushuaia, ‘Fin del Mundo,’ at the southernmost tip of Argentina was where we gathered for the start of our Antarctic adventure, and after a night’s rest, we set out on various excursions to explore the neighborhood of the end of the world.

The keen birders were the first away, on their mission...

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