National Geographic Experts


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.

Ralph Lee Hopkins

Ralph Lee Hopkins is a popular photo workshop instructor who has traveled to Antarctica more than a dozen times. Ralph served as a photographer on the historic Arctic Expedition for Climate Action in July 2008 and has traveled beyond the Arctic Circle many times during the past 16 years. His wildlife images have appeared in National Geographic's books, magazines, and online galleries, and are represented in the National Geographic Image Collection.

Departure Dates
  • Jul 28 - Aug 09, 2015
  • Aug 07 - 19, 2015

Rich Reid

Award-winning photographer, filmmaker, and instructor Rich Reid has specialized in environmental and adventure photography for more than two decades. He explored Alaska's Inside Passage by bike and ferry for National Geographic Adventure magazine and is represented by the National Geographic Image Collection. Rich is familiar with the midnight sun from his years of leading guests on a variety of tours at high latitudes, photographing wildlife and landscapes from the temperate rainforest to the Arctic tundra. When not aboard with National Geographic Expeditions, Rich works with non-profit organizations preserving lands and cultural sites with multimedia projects and pursues his passion for time-lapse photography.

Departure Dates
  • Aug 17 - 31, 2015
  • Aug 27 - Sep 08, 2015