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.

Jasper Doest

Photographer Jasper Doest's photographs of Japanese macaques, popularly known as "snow monkeys," received recognition in the prestigious Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition and appeared in the October 2016 issue of National Geographic magazine. He is a regular contributor to the Dutch editions of National Geographic and National Geographic Traveler magazines. Through his photographic work, Jasper tries to give a voice to those who can’t speak our language or are often misunderstood, emphasizing the beauty and fragility of our planet. He is a Fellow of the International League of Conservation Photographers.

Departure Dates
  • May 16 - 26, 2018

Erika Larsen

For more than a decade, Erika Larsen has used photography to learn intimately about and document cultures that maintain strong connections with nature. She has followed Sami reindeer herders in the Scandinavian arctic and explored the significance of the horse in Native American culture for National Geographic magazine. Her work has been shown in the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery, the Swedish Museum of Ethnography, and Ájtte Sámi Museum. Larsen is also the recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship, which sponsored her study of the North Sami language. She has recently published her first book of photographs, Sámi, Walking With Reindeer. Erika looks forward to sharing her insights into creating images and expressing a personal vision on this journey.

Departure Dates
  • May 23 - Jun 02, 2018
  • May 30 - Jun 09, 2018

Nick Cobbing
Photographer, Filmmaker

Photojournalist and filmmaker Nick Cobbing aims to highlight themes of science and natural history through personal stories. A native of the United Kingdom, Nick frequently works in the polar regions, and has accompanied scientists on research expeditions, based on icebreaking ships or even camped on the Arctic ice. His story on the future of Arctic sea ice appeared in the January 2016 issue of National Geographic magazine. He has also worked for media brands like GEO (Germany), The Sunday Times Magazine, and the BBC. Nick’s work has been exhibited and screened worldwide in galleries and at festivals, as well as to policymakers at the U.S. Congress and the Stockholm Parliament. He has won many awards for his photography and short films, including from World Press Photo, Pictures of the Year, and American Photography. Nick’s films have been commissioned by Look3 Festival of Photography and National Geographic, and he is a contributor to @NatGeo, a book and exhibition featuring the most popular photos from National Geographic’s iconic Instagram account. He teaches regularly in Antarctica, Norway, and the Arctic, using the camera to connect students with the landscape and themselves.

Departure Dates
  • Jun 02 - 12, 2019
  • Jun 09 - 19, 2019