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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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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
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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...

South Georgia
February 13, 2018
Blog Post

Brent Stephenson is an ornithologist who spent years studying the breeding biology of Australasian gannets in New Zealand. He co-re-discovered the "extinct" New Zealand storm-petrel in 2003, and has traveled virtually everywhere, from the Arctic to the Antarctic, Australia, the Solomon Islands, Papua New Guinea, Indonesia, French Polynesia, China, the...

Black-Browed Albatross
May 23, 2016
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A native New Zealander and birder since childhood, ornithologist Brent Stephenson helped rediscover the New Zealand storm-petrel in 2003, long thought to be extinct. Brent also assisted in designing our upcoming trip to the region's remote...

Cruising the Antarctic Sound
May 3, 2018
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<p><span style="line-height: 1.5em; background-color: transparent;">When it comes to dream destinations, the driest, windiest, and coldest place on Earth may not immediately come to mind. Yet for many modern-day explorers, Antarctica ranks high on their trip-of-a-lifetime lists. To be sure, expeditions to the Great White Continent are hotter than ever, with Zegrahm's expert field leaders naming it among their top five spots for adventure in 2016 (see blog post,...

Photography in Antarctica
May 12, 2016
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Michael Moore has been working with us for nearly a decade; he earned both his BS in biology and an MS degree in ecology, ethology, and evolution at the University of Illinois. As an expedition leader, Mike has led travelers everywhere from the equatorial forests of New Guinea to the Great White Continent of Antarctica, and many places in between. We recently caught...

Stanley, Falkland Islands
May 4, 2016
Blog Post

Friday & Saturday, March 11 & 12, 2016 - Santiago, Chile / Stanley, Falkland Islands / Embark Sea Adventurer: Coming from all parts of the world, we gathered tonight in Santiago to begin our journey together. Over pre-dinner cocktails, we had quick staff introductions before heading to dinner. Based on the level of chatter, it seemed obvious that this group of strangers would soon be friends, partners in a grand...

Gentoo Penguins
January 13, 2009
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We began our day of exploration at Carcass Island, named after the Royal Navy ship HMS Carcass which reached the Falklands in 1766. We set out on a pleasant walk, noting Cobb’s wren and Falkland steamer ducks, found only in the Falklands; striated caracaras; snipes; upland and kelp geese; meadowlarks; and finches. We also saw our first penguins of the trip, gentoos and Magellanics. Today Carcass Island is owned by Rob McGill, who treated us to a delightful tea at the end of our...

Lemaire Channel, Antarctica
February 2, 2010
Blog Post

Zegrahm travelers recently had the privilege of traveling with French Captain Étienne Garcia aboard Le Diamant on our Antarctica, South Georgia & the Falkland Islands itinerary. Below is an excerpt from his farewell speech that was so well received by passengers, staff, and crew that they hoped we would publish it for all to read:

Good evening dear passengers, this is your Captain speaking from the . . . the stage. I don’t have the eloquence of...

Elephant Seal, South Georgia
October 31, 2011
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The open ocean transit across the Scotia Sea from the Falklands is 700 nautical miles; as we crossed the waters, the Sea Spirit was escorted by hundreds of seabirds, including albatross, petrels, and prions among others. Our first two days at South Georgia have been blessed with great weather and abundant wildlife. The first landing at Elsehul was surreal—elephant seals with their new born pups; gentoo penguins that had just begun to nest; and light mantled sooty albatross were ...

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