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Ingrid Nixon

Why do I love travel? The world calls to us, ‘Let me tell you a story…’ So we go. We experience new creatures, places, peoples. And in doing so, we discover our own stories.

South Georgia cruise photo showing King Penguins and Apex expedition leader Ingrid Nixon

To catch the early morning light at Gold Harbour on South Georgia is always a “pinch-me” experience.

Chile tours image of flamingos near San Pedro de Atacama

Fabulous flamingos fly and feed in the saline lakes of San Pedro de Atacama. © Ingrid Nixon

Magic happens in wild places. © Ingrid Nixon

Antarctica, South Georgia and Falklands small ship cruise photo of Adelie Penguins

Maybe penguins really can fly! Adelie penguins, Antarctic Peninsula. © Ingrid Nixon

Expedition Leader Ingrid Nixon

Ingrid Nixon is a professional storyteller and former National Park Service ranger. She has worked in expedition tourism for three decades, sharing stories of exploration, folklore, and natural history, while leading groups and driving Zodiacs. In her 15 years with the National Park Service, she directed the interpretive and education programs at Denali and Mount Rainier national parks, and created the innovative science education and partnership program for the Denali-based Murie Science and Learning Center, which represents eight of Alaska’s northern national parks. As an award-winning storyteller, Ingrid performs myths, tall tales, historical stories, folktales, and more at storytelling festivals and events throughout the United States, including the National Storytelling Festival in Jonesborough, TN. With a degree in Broadcast Journalism, she has written, hosted and/or narrated numerous films about national parks and won several national awards for her work. Over the years she’s also worked as a journalist, copywriter, and jack-of-all trades for a public radio station. Ingrid recently earned her masters in Storytelling from East Tennessee State University. She currently hails from the Olympic Peninsula of Washington State. 

For more on Ingrid’s storytelling: www.ingridnixon.com

Travel with Ingrid is not only informative, but a great deal of fun. She is sooooo knowledgeable! Even tempered as well. Always look forward to another journey with her.

-Sandy G., Baltimore, MD

Ingrid's Expeditions

Antarctica, South Georgia & Falkland Islands (January 3–22, 2019) green arrow linking to Antarctica, South Georgia & Falkland Islands

Travel to the best wildlife spots with our expert expedition team on this small-ship cruise.

North Pole (July 18–30, 2019) green arrow linking to North Pole

Join Apex at 90° North, the geographical top of the world. Search for Polar Bear and Pacific Walrus as you crush through Arctic ice on the world’s most powerful icebreaker.

Russian Arctic with Wrangel Island (August 10–23, 2019) green arrow linking to Russian Arctic with Wrangel Island

See Polar Bears and Pacific Walrus on Wrangel Island, visit Chukotka’s indigenous villages, and look for Gray Whales in the Chukchi and Bering Seas.

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Knot Necessarily Effective

Sailors have always been a superstitious lot, especially in the days of sail. With wind and seas beyond their control, they sought to control what they could. This is why some sailors carried around in their pockets special ropes tied in three knots. Created by “sea witches”, these knotted ropes came in handy when becalmed. To untie one knot brought a gentle wind from the southwest; two knots, a strong wind from the north; and three knots would unleash a tempest.