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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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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...

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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South Georgia Pipit, Prion Island
May 13, 2016
Video

The South Georgia Heritage Trust has done some incredible work for the island, including eradicating ALL rats from South Georgia. Doing so brought back the population of the South Georgia pipit, once very near extinction. Watch as ornithologist Jim Wilson tells you more about the project - and listen to a pipit sing!

Please note, the footage in this video was taken on both Prion Island and Elsehul Bay; Prion was one of the few rat-free islands of South Georgia, while...

Southern Elephant Seals
May 12, 2016
Video

Please note, this video contains graphic footage; sensitive viewers may find some scenes disturbing. 

On our recent expedition to South Georgia, we were kayaking in Gold Harbour when we came across an extraordinary sight - a battle between two elephant seals! To quote naturalist Kevin Clement, this was truly a clash of titans. Kevin, along with naturalist Conrad Field and marine biologist Rick Price, describe the politics of the battle, as well as how truly rare it...

Grytviken, South Georgia
May 11, 2016
Video

Long-time Zegrahm leader, naturalist, and historian, Ingrid Nixon, is an incredible story-teller. She has traveled with us to Antarctica several times, and has regaled us with stories of early exploration. Along with historian David Wilson, watch as they share the story of Ernest Shackleton and his voyage to South Georgia.

 

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Ingrid Nixon, Historian: To be here in a place where Shackleton spent time, and then now his...

Black-Browed Albatross
May 10, 2016
Video

On our recent expedition to South Georgia, we observed majestic albatross, soaring very near to us both on the ship and on land. When we stopped at Elsehul, we were able to explore the nesting sites of both light-mantled sooty and gray-headed albatross. Watch as Jim Wilson, ornithologist and long-time Zegrahm leader, describes these enigmatic creatures.  

 

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You know it’s just an amazing privilege, and you know for some of them, they’ve never seen an...

Fortuna Bay, South Georgia
April 19, 2016
Video

In 2015, we explored the pristine shores of South Georgia, its spectacular landscapes a photographic feast of snowcapped mountains, cascading glaciers, and stunning coves. Wildlife in countless numbers live in and around this panorama: thousands upon thousands of king penguins; more than a million and a half fur and elephant seals; and numerous seabird species, including the wandering albatross, the largest of all flying birds on the planet. Watch this video as we pay homage to this...

Antarctica, South Georgia & the Falkland Islands
April 11, 2016
Video

Meet Dan Olsen, Expedition Leader for our signature 22-day adventure to Antarctica, South Georgia & the Falkland Islands. Dan has lived in Seward, Alaska for over a decade, where he has been the captain of a 150-passenger tour boat; guests aboard observe the whales, seals, puffins, and glaciers of Kenai Fjords...

Pleneau Island, Antarctica
April 6, 2016
Video

Expedition Advisor, Dan Selzer , recently returned from our expedition to Antarctica. While his favorite species was the massive elephant seal, he managed to take quite a lot of images and video with his GoPro! Check out his compilation above and visit our Antarctica, South Georgia & the Falkland Islands trip...

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