Meet George Kourounis, Explorer and Stormchaser

Travel with George Kourounis to Antarctica

George Kourounis is an incredible, inspiring personality and we are delighted that he will join us on our inaugural voyage onboard the RCGS Resolute in Antarctica. During his expeditions as an explorer and storm chaser around the world, George has been to many remote places. His experience will be an incredible asset for guests onboard, to learn more about travelling to remote ecosystems.

As a Fellow and Explorer-in-Residence of The Royal Canadian Geographical Society, George will be an inspiring source of knowledge for guests to bring the Society and their efforts closer to guests.

We recently spoke to George about his upcoming trip with One Ocean Expeditions to Antarctica:

What attracts you about travelling to Antarctica?
Antarctica is amazing! As an explorer who has spent the past 20 years travelling to some of the most remote and extreme places on Earth, Antarctica holds a special place in my heart. It is a land that is still mostly untouched by mankind. A place of epic, pristine beauty, curious wildlife, and grand landscapes that are second to none. It is the ultimate adventure destination. I’ve travelled to Antarctica numerous times, and each trip has been different, with something to see at every turn.
What are some of the interesting insights you will be sharing with our guests onboard?
I look forward to joining One Ocean Expeditions to help enrich the experience on board. As Explorer In Residence for the Royal Canadian Geographical Society, I’ll be sharing tales of my own explorations around the world, as well as talking about the current state of exploration as a whole with an eye towards the future. Because I specialize in documenting extreme forces of nature, I will also be able to share insight on how global climate change is affecting the polar regions. Antarctica is an important place that needs to be protected and preserved.
I’m also working with the educational non-profit “Exploring By The Seat Of Your Pants” to broadcast live from Antarctica via satellite terminal into classrooms across North America. Students all over will be able to see the beauty and majesty of Antarctica in real-time! I love these kinds of initiatives, because it gets kids interested in conservation, science, and nature.
What does it mean for you to travel onboard RCGS Resolute with One Ocean Expeditions?
It is a tremendous honour to be on board RCGS Resolute with One Ocean Expeditions. I’ve travelled with One Ocean several times in the past, both to the Arctic, and Antarctica, while filming several different television programs and it is a delight to returm as a representative of the RCGS. As one of their Explorers In Residence, it is a perfect match, especially since we’ll be well off the beaten track, not that Antarctica has a beaten track!
This trip will be the inaugural voyage of RCGS Resolute. What a thrill to be on board as this newly refurbished vessel takes its first voyage to the frozen continent. This unique opportunity only comes once in the lifetime of any ship, and to be a part of that is something special. I can only imagine the places and experiences that this ship will encounter in its future. This ship is designed and built specifically to tackle the demands of polar travel, and One Ocean is a world leader in travel to these kinds of destinations, so the sky is the limit for where this ship will end up going, and the future opportunities for unique, exhilarating travel are endless.

George Kourounis is a renowned global adventurer, storm chaser, explorer and television presenter. Based in Toronto, his efforts to document nature’s worst weather conditions have taken him all over the globe, into places most normal people are fleeing from. Whether it’s a tornado outbreak in Kansas, a monster hurricane in the Gulf of Mexico, forest fires in British Columbia, or even an erupting volcano, he’s usually in the middle of the action with his camera rolling. His efforts have been seen around the world on the Discovery Channel, National Geographic Explorer, BBC-TV, CNN and of course, his own adventure TV program Angry Planet which has been broadcast in over 100 countries. The program airs on OLN, City TV, The Travel Channel, The Weather Channel, Halogen TV & others.

Find out more about the ‘Antarctica – Off the Beaten Track‘ voyage.