Zodiac Cruising in Antarctica

Dan Olsen

Expedition Leader
Dan Olsen

Dan has lived in Seward, Alaska for over a decade, where he is the captain of a 150-passenger tour boat that offers guests the opportunity to observe the whales, seals, puffins, and glaciers of Kenai Fjords National Park. Dan spent many years teaching Outward Bound courses in mountaineering, sailing, and kayaking in Alaska, Washington, Florida, and Mexico and he continues to lead kayakers in the Arctic and Antarctic. Dan is currently studying acoustic killer whale dialects to identify pods (families) by their calls, and is working on a Master’s degree thesis on killer whale foraging habitat. Dan is a world traveler and enjoys scuba diving, paragliding, performing improv comedy, playing flamenco guitar, and fire juggling!  

Dan's Upcoming Expeditions

  • Who was Ferdinand Magellan?

    Patagonia with the Falkland Islands & Cape Horn

    March 10March 27, 2016

    Spellbinding, rugged, remote, and ripe for adventure, Patagonia turns the heads of the most intrepid travelers—come with us to the mythical Cape Horn, the UNESCO-designated Torres del Paine National Park and into the dense forest of the Andes.

  • Isla de Providencia, Colombia

    Rainforests & Reefs of Central America: Costa Rica, Panama, Colombia, Honduras, Belize

    April 12April 26, 2016

    Continents commingle in Central America, with its significant human history and rich biodiversity—we’ll transit the Panama Canal by day, hike to traditional villages in San Blas, and snorkel over colorful reefs teeming with kaleidoscopic marine life.

  • The Untamed North: Iceland to Greenland

    July 27August 11, 2016

    Iceland enchants with its mighty glaciers and geothermal hotspots, while Greenland beckons with its glittering icebergs and wildflower-bedecked tundra—hike, sail by Zodiac, photograph, and commune with seabirds in these ethereal landscapes.

  • St. Andrews Bay, South Georgia

    Antarctica, South Georgia & the Falkland Islands

    January 5January 26, 2017

    Following in Sir Ernest Shackleton’s footsteps, explore the White Continent’s rugged landscape, meeting vast penguin colonies in South Georgia and the South Orkney Islands, greeting albatross in the Falkland Islands, and enjoying every long moment of daylight in the austral summer.

  • Circumnavigation of Iceland

    Circumnavigation of Iceland

    June 1June 12, 2017

    Iceland—a land of hot springs, glaciers, lava fields, and waterfalls—is a nature lover’s paradise. Explore the country’s fabled Golden Circle—Thingvellir National Park, Gullfoss Waterfall, and the Geysir Center—and look for a variety of breeding seabirds, including kittiwakes, guillemots, and puffins.

  • Seward, Alaska

    Wild Alaska

    July 6July 20, 2017

    This expedition takes advantage of the long mid-summer hours of daylight as you trace pristine shores, cross the Arctic Circle, and observe countless numbers of seabirds. You’ll visit remote Bering Sea and Pribilof Island communities, and search for whales, northern fur seals, Arctic foxes, and brown bears.

  • Polynesia

    Tahiti to Easter Island: Marquesas, Tuamotus & Pitcairns

    November 5November 24, 2017

    Beyond the typical Polynesian paradise, one may delve deeper, to find aquamarine lagoons affording the world’s most dazzling snorkeling and diving, an intriguing Easter Island tour and the sky-piercing volcanoes of the Marquesas.