Zodiac Cruising in Antarctica

Tom Sharpe


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 three decades of experience of interpreting geology for a wide range of audiences, through talks, lectures, field trips, exhibitions, and publications. He has curated a number of highly regarded geological and Antarctic exhibitions, and was involved in the planning of events to mark the centenary of Captain Scott’s South Pole Expedition.

He has also taught lifelong learning geology classes for over 25 years at Cardiff University and led field trips around Britain and throughout the western United States, the North Atlantic, and in the Mediterranean region. Fieldwork and teaching have taken him to many parts of the world, and he was closely involved in the setting up of new geological museums in Newfoundland and in the United Arab Emirates. He lectures frequently to, and leads field trips for, various groups around the UK and on expedition cruises to the Arctic and Antarctic and other parts of the world.

He has interests in dinosaur trackways, as well as in the growth of geology in the early 19th century, in particular the discovery of Jurassic marine reptile fossils, the development of the first geological map, and in the foundation of the British Geological Survey and the life and work of its first director. He also has a particular interest in the development of the understanding of Antarctica’s geology and in the work of the geologists on Heroic Age expeditions.

The co-author of a successful geology field guide to South Wales, Tom is currently writing a biography of the 19th-century geologist Sir Henry De la Beche, a study of the geological maps of William Smith, and several new field guide books.


Tom's Blog Posts

The Spectacular Landscape of Torres Del Paine National Park


Tom's Upcoming Expeditions

  • Circumnavigation of Iceland

    Ultimate Iceland

    August 20August 29, 2019

    Iceland—a land of hot springs, glaciers, lava fields, and waterfalls—is a nature lover’s paradise, with an unspoiled and truly surreal landscape that has captivated explorers, artists, and photographers alike.

  • 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.

  • Cruising Sicily

    Circumnavigation of Sicily

    September 22October 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.

  • Patagonia By Land & Sea

    Patagonia by Land & Sea

    October 11October 25, 2019

    This wildlife adventure through Patagonia spends four days exploring Torres del Paine National Park, where you will search for guanacos, Andean condors, and the elusive puma. You’ll also enjoy four days of cruising among Chile’s chiseled fjords, and even navigating around the “end of the world,” the legendary Cape Horn.

  • Gentoo Penguins, Antarctica

    Antarctica, South Georgia & the Falkland Islands

    January 4January 25, 2020

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

  • Horizontal Falls, Kimberley, Australia

    Australia's Kimberley: A Voyage to the Outback

    April 21May 5, 2020

    Your adventures in the remote and captivating Kimberley region of Western Australia are highlighted by unusual wildlife in Prince Regent Nature Reserve, the beauty of the Buccaneer Archipelago, and sublime desert-scapes.

  • 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.

  • Haifoss in Iceland

    Hiking Iceland's Interior

    June 4June 11, 2020

    Iceland boasts an unspoiled and truly surreal landscape that has captivated explorers, artists, and photographers alike. Hike through Thjorsardalur Valley to view impressive waterfalls, meet the residents of colorful fishing hamlets, and relax in some of Iceland’s renowned natural hot spring pools.

  • Circumnavigation of Iceland

    Circumnavigation of Iceland

    June 10June 22, 2020

    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.

  • Odessa, Ukraine

    Circumnavigation of the Black Sea

    June 26July 10, 2020

    Centuries of history and architecture come to life as you discover the countries surrounding the Black Sea—Turkey, Georgia, Russia, Ukraine, Romania and Bulgaria—and its busy bazaars, archeological treasures, and stunning landscapes.