Svalbard: A Polar Bear Quest

Svalbard: A Polar Bear Quest
July 10, 2018
14 Days
Small-Ship Cruise
120 Guests
From $9,980

Expedition Team

Especially chosen for this voyage, our team of expert leaders and lecturers serves to bring a comprehensive educational component to your adventure through lectures, guided excursions, and daily recaps.

Dan Olsen

| Expedition Leader / Expedition Staff
Dan Olsen

Dan is a whale biologist who lives in Seward, Alaska. Dan spent many years teaching Outward Bound courses in mountaineering, sailing, and kayaking in Alaska, Washington, Florida, and Mexico, and honed his maritime skills on multiple tall ships, splicing and tying lines, climbing the rigging, and furling sails. He then spent many years around glaciers and puffins as a boat...

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Kelsey Simmons

| Cruise Director
Kelsey Simmons

After graduating from the University of Washington with a degree in Art History, Kelsey spent time traveling through Europe and living in various parts of California and Oregon before the lure of the Pacific Northwest brought her back to the Seattle area. Kelsey’s wanderlust then turned her to a career in adventure travel with Zegrahm Expeditions. In her time at Zegrahm,...

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T.H. Baughman

| Historian
Tim Baughman

Dr. T.H. Baughman is a professor emeritus of history at the University of Central Oklahoma and currently teaches at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore. T.H. has taught European history for more than 30 years, and has been leading travelers around the world for 25 years. He is the author of ten books, lectures widely on European and polar history, and teaches courses in...

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Mats Forsberg

| Naturalist
Mats Forsberg

Originally from Sweden, Mats has worked in the adventure travel industry since 1982. With an appreciation of nature and a deep understanding of the Arctic region, he has spent the majority of his career bringing travelers to some of the world’s most remote areas. He has also served as general naturalist aboard a variety of expedition vessels that have taken him from Svalbard,...

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Tom EJ Hiney

| Naturalist
Tom Hiney

Tom’s naturalist career was sparked in the countryside of England by Gerald Durrell books, Attenborough documentaries, and an abundance of native wildlife that visited his childhood garden. Upon leaving the UK a decade ago, Tom worked as a scuba and free-diving instructor and gained two advanced degrees in ecology and environmental impacts and aspects. Tom also managed the...

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Richard Jacoby

| Naturalist
Richard Jacoby

Richard’s love of the sea began at a young age, and he has worked on boats from Nova Scotia to the Caribbean, Central America to Alaska, and beyond. He has worked as the captain of a training schooner with a focus on celestial navigation and offshore sailing, and was third mate on the 150-foot topsʼl schooner Californian from Norfolk to San Diego. He eventually settled in...

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Mike Messick

| Cofounder / Expedition Leader
Mike Messick

Mike is one of the original cofounders of Zegrahm Expeditions. He was raised in Switzerland and began working in expedition travel during a summer break from college. He received a degree from Skidmore College in bio/psychology where he graduated in 1985. That same year Mike embarked on a full-time career in adventure travel. With nearly 35 year’s experience, Mike is...

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Kevin Sampson

| Zodiac Driver
Kevin Sampson

Kevin spends much of his time on the water, in one form or another. Living on Grand Manan Island, New Brunswick, Canada has enabled him to pursue his lifelong interest of outdoor adventure travel. His passion for sea kayaking started 30 years ago with the development of his own sea kayaking adventure company, allowing him to share his love of nature with others. When not at...

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Tom Sharpe

| Geologist
Tom Sharpe

Originally from Glasgow, Scotland, Tom is a graduate of the universities of Glasgow and Leicester and has spent the last 35 years as a geology curator in the National Museum of Wales. He is a Chartered Geologist, a Fellow of the Geological Society, and a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, as well as a member of a dozen other geological and polar societies. Tom has over...

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Mike Stewart

| Zodiac Driver
Mike Stewart

Mike Stewart spends most of his time working as a professional mariner. He is the second mate and navigator on the new polar icebreaker, Sikuliaq, and also sails as captain on the Kittiwake. These vessels bring field scientists into the sub-Arctic and Arctic waters of Alaska. Mike worked much of his 20s and early 30s as a Zodiac driver and naturalist with the expedition ship ...

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Stewart Walker

| Zodiac Driver
Stewart Walker

Stewart Walker, a born-and-bred Orcadian from the Orkney Islands in the north of Scotland, developed his lifelong passion for nature and wildlife from his father. A lighthouse keeper and ornithologist, his father taught Stewart how to observe the birds and marine life of the region throughout his life. A keen fisherman from a very young age, Stewart has led a life on and...

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Jim Wilson

| Ornithologist
Jim Wilson

Jim hails from the seaside town of Cobh, County Cork, Ireland. He is a highly respected ornithologist and ecologist with more than 40 years of birding experience in Ireland, Europe, USA, Africa, the Antarctic, and the Arctic. Before setting out as a full-time freelance wildlife author, tour guide, and broadcaster, Jim had a career in medical laboratory science and pathology IT...

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