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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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Wild Norway & Svalbard
November 9, 2017
Blog Post

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...

Grimsey Island
November 7, 2017
Blog Post

Ah, the dreaded long layover… We all love the convenience of direct flights to our destination. But there are times when long layovers are simply unavoidable, especially when you’re traveling internationally.

Thankfully, most airports these days offer plenty of fun and productive things to do while you wait for your next flight to be called, regardless of whether you’ve landed in the middle of the day, or the middle of the night.

With these...

Fish Market, Hokkaido, Japan
October 16, 2018
Blog Post

Welcome to Hokkaido, the wild side of Japan. The northernmost island in the Japanese archipelago is a place where trees outnumber skyscrapers, and you’re more likely to run into a bear than get stuck in a traffic jam. But the island is probably most famous for its delicious Hokkaido seafood, and the many fish markets where you can taste the local catch at its freshest and finest. Here’s a look at some of the major attractions Hokkaido has to offer.

 

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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...

Isla del Caño, Costa Rica
October 3, 2017
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Virtually every explorer dreams of traveling to the Caribbean at least once in their lifetime. The region’s vibrant cultures, endless beaches, delicious cuisine, and a vast array of wildlife all contribute to its intoxicating allure, which is experienced by as many as 25 million travelers per year.

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Bordeaux, France
September 19, 2017
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Sailing aboard the newly refurbished Ocean Adventurer, guests on our upcoming Discoveries of Coastal Europe journey can drink in Western Europe’s dramatic coasts from Lisbon to London. To get the full flavor, they’ll even have the chance to raise a glass or two of the favorite local libations. Here,...

Who was Ferdinand Magellan?
September 14, 2017
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Glaciers account for some of the most jaw-dropping scenery on the planet. There are glaciers on every continent on Earth; but the most impressive are usually found in polar and high alpine regions, where cooler temperatures allow them to grow to colossal sizes. The Patagonia glaciers are among the most iconic scenes of life in southern Argentina and Chile. There are countless glaciers in Patagonia, creating a vast adventure playground for anyone with a love for exploring sublime...

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,...

San Blas Archipelago, Panama
August 15, 2017
Blog Post

Mass tourism can be a major buzzkill. Many Caribbean destinations have been tainted by overdevelopment, with major cruise lines unleashing thousands of travelers swarming their bustling colonial cities. But the best Caribbean islands offer visitors a chance to get away from the crowds and savor the peaceful tranquility of unspoiled nature. Here’s a look at 10 of our favorite islands, many of which can be visited on our upcoming...

The Himalayas
August 14, 2017
Blog Post

It was a dream come true: I was in Bhutan, hiking up a steep incline to one of the world’s most coveted destinations. Taktsang, also known as Tiger’s Nest Monastery, clings precariously to the ledge of a cliff face 10,240 feet above sea level, and 3,000 feet above the Paro Valley. I began to feel tired, dizzy, and nauseous, which...

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