A National Geographic expert will accompany each departure to share insights and a rare behind-the-scenes perspective. Listed below are some of the experts and the departure date(s) they will be joining.
A World Press Photo award winner and regular contributor to National Geographic magazine, Carsten Peter specializes in going to extremes: scuba diving in a glacier on Mont Blanc, crossing the Sahara on a camel, caving in Borneo. He searches for wild places where his survival depends on his wits and his skills as a technical climber, paraglider, caver, diver, and canyoneer.
Carsten is enthusiastically obsessed with devising innovative photographic techniques to capture never-before-seen images from some of the scariest environments on the planet. His many adventures include braving toxic caverns and acid waterfalls to shoot within the deepest ice shafts on Earth, rappelling into active volcanoes with turbulent lava lakes and superheated thermal caves, and breaking altitude records while flying his motorized paraglider.
In addition to his World Press awards—for his coverage of tornadoes while storm-chasing in the U.S. West and of Hang Son Doong cave in Vietnam—he has received an Emmy Award for his videography from inside an active volcano in the South Pacific. For his work and his intrepid spirit, his peers named him the National Geographic Photographer's Photographer in 2012.
National Geographic photographer Kevin Schafer is a founding Fellow of the International League of Conservation Photographers. His work has appeared in National Geographic, Smithsonian, and Audubon; and his books include Penguin Planet and Living Light. He was named
the Outstanding Nature Photographer of the Year in 2007 by the North American Nature Photographers Association.
Photographers Sisse Brimberg and Cotton Coulson have collectively photographed more than 60 stories for National Geographic and National Geographic Traveler magazines. They have spent most of their careers working in Europe, shooting stories from the Arctic and Scandinavia to Italy and France. Both Sisse and Cotton have been awarded numerous prizes by Pictures of the Year International, the National Press Photographers Association, White House Press Photographers Association, and Communication Arts. Today they are based in Glasgow, Scotland, yet spend most of the year on the road producing magazine stories and videos for the Geographic.
National Geographic photographer Michael Melford has produced more than a dozen feature stories for National Geographic magazine and more than 30 for National Geographic Traveler, including eight covers. On assignment for National Geographic for the past ten years, Michael has often used photography to bring attention to the planet's wonders and the need to preserve them. He shot the cover story, "Places We Must Save," for the October 2006 issue of National Geographic magazine, as well as a cover story on threats to America's national parks. Michael enjoys giving seminars and workshops on photography and sharing his love of nature and his extensive knowledge of the digital medium.
Pulitzer Prize-winning author Edward Larson explored Antarctica extensively for his latest book, An Empire of Ice: Scott, Shackleton, and the Heroic Age of Antarctic Science. He has held the Fulbright Program's John Adams Chair in American Studies and participated in the National Science Foundation's Antarctica Artists and Writers Program. Edward has written nearly a dozen books, including Summer for the Gods, which won a Pulitzer Prize in 1998.
When Peter Hillary first climbed Mount Everest in 1990, he and his father, Sir Edmund Hillary—who made the first ascent of Mount Everest in 1953—became the first father and son to reach the summit of the world's highest mountain. Among Peter's 40 mountaineering expeditions, he participated in a 2002 National Geographic-sponsored ascent and film on Mount Everest. He is the author of six books on mountaineering and does charitable work to assist the local people of the Mount Everest region in Nepal.