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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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Easter Island
May 27, 2015
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Quietly, but surely, some 1,200 years ago, a double-hulled canoe of intrepid seafarers landed on the shores of Easter Island—a Chilean island in the southeastern Pacific Ocean. Here, over the course of several centuries, a whole society was formed, isolated from the rest of the world in spirit, and proximity. Today, Easter Island is renowned for its 887 extant monumental statues, or moai, created by these early Rapa Nui people.

If you’re among those fortunate enough to view...

April 25, 2015
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For 25 years, we have been taking inquisitve travelers to the ends of the earth; in 2016, our trend continues. We're offering 35 unique adventures next year, 11 of which are brand-new itineraries! We think our line-up will inspire even the most well-traveled explorers; take a look at our new expeditions below and contact us at info@zegrahm.com or 206.285.4000, for any questions or to book today.

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April 25, 2015
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This year, we're celebrating our 25th anniversary in expedition travel! Since 1990, we have been committed to crafting innovative and industry-leading itineraries for curious explorers. To that end, we are pleased to be offering two very special, signature expeditions to celebrate this exciting milestone in our history, hosted by Zegrahm cofounders Mike Messick, Jack Grove, Peter Harrison, and Shirley Metz. 

The Azores & Canary Islands
The dramatic volcanic...

Mountain Gorilla
April 25, 2015
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Mountain gorillas are one of the rarest animals on earth; fewer than 700 remain and there are none in captivity. To visit them on the forested slopes of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest  ranks as one of life’s all-time greatest moments, an experience to be cherished long after the event.

There are about 340 mountain gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, almost half the world’s population of these huge, yet gentle and endearing primates. Typically, they are found in family groups of...

South Georgia pintail
April 25, 2015
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October, 2012

With the largest concentrations of penguins, seals, and albatross to be found anywhere on the planet, South Georgia has been dubbed, “The Serengeti of the Southern Ocean.” And, while large birdlife usually takes center stage on South Georgia, the island was once a thriving small-bird community as well, comprised of storm petrels, prions, blue petrels, and pipits. However, with the introduction of rats by whalers and sealers, the small-bird population is being devastated...

Russian Far East
September 19, 2013
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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...

January 9, 2014
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We are thrilled to announce our 2015 expedition line-up! Our founders, field directors, and program managers have crafted 39 unique adventures for the 2015 season, with itineraries spanning all seven continents. Not only are we offering 19 overland adventures and 20 small-ship cruises, we'll also be using eight vessels—Caledonian Sky, Isabela II, Island Sky, La Estrella Amazonica, Oceanic Discoverer, Sea Adventurer, Sea Spirit, and Variety Voyager.

By small ship, we are...

The Northern Lights
June 4, 2013
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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...

Gold Harbour, South Georgia
December 30, 2008
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Next year, in 2010, Zegrahm Expeditions will cruise into its 20th year of bringing travelers to the farflung corners of the globe. In that spirit, we invite you to join us on one of two voyages to our most popular destinations as we celebrate this landmark occasion. Four of our founders will be on board, regaling us with historical and humorous tales of life in this fascinating business.

Circumnavigation of South Georgia
Aboard Clipper Adventurer | Oct /...

Circumnavigation of Sumatra
January 22, 2011
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We’ve just made history. Not only have we successfully completed Zegrahm’s first-ever Circumnavigation of Sumatra but, a couple of days ago, we also became the first group ever to see a silvery pigeon, a bird considered extinct until Christmas Day last year.

The silvery pigeon is a bulky, pale pigeon first described from Pontianak, Borneo, around 1850. Apparently always a scarce bird, the next 80 years saw scattered records from the small islands around Sumatra and...

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