For majestic beauty and untamed wilderness, few places can rival the Svalbard Archipelago. The long days of summer allow for ample time to discover the abundant wildlife and stark natural beauty of the High Arctic as you explore by Zodiac and on foot,
Expedition Leader / Cruise Director
After graduating from the University of Washington in 2006 with a degree in Art History, Kelsey spent time traveling in 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, Kelsey has traveled to all seven continents aboard a variety of expedition vessels in the capacity of both Cruise Director and Expedition Leader. She regularly leads travelers to the Arctic and Antarctic, two of her favorite destinations. Kelsey has toured the countries surrounding the Black, Adriatic, and Mediterranean Seas, and recently completed the last leg in her circumnavigation of South America. When Kelsey isn't traveling, she makes her home on Whidbey Island in Washington, where she enjoys water skiing in the summer and snow skiing in the winter.
Kelsey's Upcoming Expeditions
Svalbard: A Polar Bear QuestJuly 10 — July 23, 2018
Hidden Gems of the CaribbeanNovember 25 — December 6, 2018
On our journey through the lesser-known Eastern Caribbean, we’ll venture to ports inaccessible to larger ships, affording you the chance for dazzling snorkeling, hiking, bird-watching—glimpse the St. Vincent parrot—and explorations of historic forts and peaceful colonial plazas.
Antarctica, South Georgia & the Falkland IslandsJanuary 24 — February 14, 2019
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.
Iberian PeninsulaApril 18 — May 3, 2019
Join this brand-new itinerary highlighting the very best of the Iberian Peninsula’s diverse history, cultural traditions, and architectural wonders. Tour the Alhambra, visit the Sagrada Familia Church, stroll through the old town of Porto, and follow in the footsteps of ancient Christian pilgrims to Santiago de Compostela.
Wild Norway & SvalbardMay 17 — June 2, 2019
The Arctic summer and its lingering daylight allow ample time to discover Norway and Svalbard, with their abundant wildlife and stark natural beauty—journey by Zodiac and on foot, meeting the region’s hardy residents.
Best of the BalticJuly 4 — July 18, 2019
Discover the scenic beauty of Bornholm Island; visit Visby, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and once trading center of the Hanseatic League; and tour the historic districts of Gdansk, Riga, and Tallin.
Path of the Vikings: Reykjavik to QuebecAugust 27 — September 12, 2019
Cruise along chiseled fjords packed with icebergs for up-close views of glittering glaciers on our brand-new expedition that explores the Arctic region of Iceland, Greenland, and Canada. You'll search for beluga whales, and seabirds such as razorbills, guillemots, and kittiwakes, and enjoy a hike through Gros Morne National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Circumnavigation of SicilySeptember 22 — October 4, 2019
Explore the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Agrigento and Syracuse; cruise among the scenic Aeolian Islands and enjoy up-close views of still-active Stromboli Volcano; and tour Monreale’s impressive 12th-century Cathedral, hailed as Italy’s most beautiful Norman church, all on this circumnavigation of the Mediterranean’s largest island.