Zodiac Cruising in Antarctica

Dan Olsen

Expedition Leader and Marine Biologist

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 captain in Kenai Fjords National Park. Dan recently earned a Master’s degree for his studies of killer whale diet and behavior. He spends a good deal of time listening with an underwater hydrophone to identify specific killer whale families by their dialects. Dan is also a world traveler, and when not immersed in spreadsheets, he can be found rappelling into slot canyons in Zion, juggling rocks in Greenland, or playing the ukulele in Antarctica.  


Dan's Upcoming Expeditions

  • Solar Eclipse

    Total Solar Eclipse: Antarctica & South Georgia

    November 25December 13, 2021

    Get ready for the wonder of a Total Solar Eclipse at the bottom of the world with Marine Biologist Dan Olsen! You'll also set foot on the Antarctic continent, cruise by Zodiac to search for abundant wildlife, photograph amazing polar scenery, and mingle with the vast penguins colonies of South Georgia Island.