Zodiac Cruising in Antarctica

Michael Stewart

Zodiac Driver

Mike Stewart

Mike 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 20’s and early 30’s as a Zodiac driver and naturalist with the expedition ship Europa, a square-rigged sailing vessel which spends half its year in the Southern Ocean and Antarctic. On land, Mike works as a field technician for the Cold Region Research and Engineering Laboratory, supporting climate change science in the high Arctic. He has traversed over 3,000 miles of the Greenland ice sheet by snow mobile with the SAGE project, sampling snow, measuring ice crystals, and helping gather data to better understand the continents’ rapid ice melt. Mike and his wife Micheley run an art gallery and coffeehouse inside a 100 year old church in Seward, Alaska.

Michael's Upcoming Expeditions

  • Gros Morne National Park, Canada

    Path of the Vikings: Reykjavik to Quebec

    August 27September 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.

  • Gentoo Penguins, Antarctica

    Antarctica, South Georgia & the Falkland Islands

    January 4January 25, 2020

    One of our only expeditions to be offered annually since 1992, this voyage represents expeditionary travel at its finest. Our singular departure combines the very best that the region has to offer and is timed during the height of austral summer—the best time to see penguins tending to their chicks, with long days that are perfect for extended exploration.

  • Wild & Ancient Britain

    Wild & Ancient Britain with Ireland

    May 11May 26, 2020

    Witness some of Europe's largest seabird colonies—puffins, gannets, guillemots, kittiwakes, and more—on our return to the British Isles. Visit Giant’s Causeway, Neolithic monuments, and a variety of architectural wonders.