SEATTLE -- Zegrahm Expeditions prides itself on its tour leaders,
and next year's Passage of the Vikings program is no exception.
Peter Harrison, who will be leading the June 5 departure of the
15-day cruise to the Scottish Isles, the Faroe Islands and Iceland,
is touted by the firm for his numerous achievements. Harrison has
written "Seabirds: An Identification Guide," which Zegrahm says is
the bible of seabird identification, and he is reported to have
"seen more seabirds than anyone, past or present," according to the
In an interview with Harrison, the subject was not himself but
his excitement in teaching others about the world's wildlife and
eco-systems. "I see a lot of travelers who come [on such programs]
because they have an interest in wildlife. Our job is to try and
make them aware that it's not just the puffins and the whales [that
they will see]. There is a mosaic, a wonderful eco-system, in the
cold waters bordering the Arctic."
Unlike the Vikings, who traveled in long-boats with almost no
protection from the elements, Zegrahm clients will be based on the
M/S Explorer, a 98-passenger ship with a fleet of Zodiac inflatable
boats. Harrison noted that the inflatable Zodiacs can get clients
into places conventional ships can't, in small groups of 12 to 14
He described such sights as a cliff face where thousands of
birds nested at different levels of the rock, which reminded him of
"an apartment building in New York."
"They [passengers] feel they've been on an expedition; in the
wind and the snow you imagine that you could be Shackleton," he
said, referring to Antarctic explorer Ernest Shackleton.
He said that while clients may start the trip as travelers on
holiday, he wants them to gain an understanding as the trip
progresses that the world is fragile. When the program is over, he
said he wants clients "to go back as ambassadors for the planet
Asked what the ideal client would be, he said clients "must
bring one essential piece of equipment -- a sense of
The Passage of the Vikings program is priced at $5,490 per
person, double occupancy, excluding air, with 10% commission.
Phone: (800) 628-8747 or (206) 285-4000
Fax: (206) 285-5037
E-mail: [email protected]