List of Romanian explorers
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- Nicolae Milescu (1636–1708) — a Moldavian writer, traveler, geographer, and diplomat, in 1675, he was named ambassador of the Tsardom of Russia to Beijing, the capital of Qing China, returning to Romania in 1678.
- Prince Dimitrie Ghika-Comanesti — from 1894 to 1895, he explored the interior of Somaliland and Abyssinia in Africa; he made botanical discoveries and brought back zoological specimens for the Natural History Museum in Bucharest.
- Prince Nicolas Ghika-Comanesti — a son of Dimitrie Ghika-Comanesti, with whom, from 1894 to 1895, he explored the interior of British Somaliland; on his own, he made voyages to Northern Africa and the Sahara in 1899, and to Canada and Alaska (Kodiak Island) in 1910.
- Julius Popper (1857–1893) — an engineer and adventurer, extremely lucky gold seeker, he studied the extremity of South America (Patagonia and Tierra del Fuego).
- Ilarie Mitrea (1842–1904) — a doctor in the colonial Dutch Army, in 1869, he travelled deeply into the Indonesian Archipelago (Kalimantan, Sumatra, Sulawesi, Batak and eastern Papua New Guinea) collecting specimens of plants and animals for the Romanian National Natural History Museum.
- Mihai Tican-Rumano — a son of a small-town lumberjack, an adventurer, hunter, globetrotter and writer, he traveled to central East Africa in 1925, where he hunted and studied cannibalism first hand.
- Florica Sas (1826–1913) — the wife of Sir Samuel White Baker, she was active with her expedition-leader husband in Africa as a full participant.
- Emil Racoviţă or Racovitza (1868–1947) — he traveled to Patagonia and Tierra del Fuego, but most notably he is remembered for his research in Antarctica on board the ship Belgica; he was one of the world's foremost cave explorers, and the international founder for the science of biospelology (study of life in caves).
- Sever Pleniceanu (1867–1924) — a doctor, officer and cartographer, he went deep into the interior of the Congo for three years, contracted by the Belgian colonial army; studied equatorial forest pygmy tribes.
- Bazil Assan (1860–1918) — from 1896 to 1897 he travelled and studied Lapland, the Arctic, Spitzbergen, discovering new islands; he later voyaged fully around the world and on his return, with the King of Romania's permission, boarded the NMS Elisabeta warship and took possession of certain unclaimed islands in the Pacific for Romania, but the project fell short for financial reasons.
- Grigoriu Ştefănescu (1836–1911) — a geologist, mineralogist and paleontologist, he was mainly interested in volcanoes; at the end of 19th century, he researched such places as Yellowstone, Mexico, Caucasus, Siberia, Lake Baikal, Scandinavia and wrote eleven books.
- Dumbravă Constantin (1898–1935) — an explorer of Greenland, he led a ten-month expedition, in 1928, in Angmassalik region; in 1930 into 1931, he crossed the entire island and studied the Eskimos.
- Contantin Chiru (1848–1933) —
- Teodor Negoiţă (born 1947) — a polar-region explorer who, in 1995, became the first Romanian explorer who reached the North Pole; he runs the first permanent Romanian research-and-exploration station in Antarctica, the Law-Racoviţă Station, which he established in 2006.
List of explorers born in Transylvania, Romania, but of other heritage than Romanian
- Count Sámuel Teleki (1845–1916) — a nobleman of Hungarian origin, he led the first European expedition in northern Kenya —discovering Lake Rudolf (now called Lake Turkana) — then Tanzania and Ethiopia; he was the first man to attempt climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, up to 5,300 feet (1,600 metres), and Mount Kenya, up to 4,300 feet (1,300 metres).
- Baron Franz Nopcsa (1877–1933) — a nobleman of Hungarian origin, he made discoveries in the field of paleontology regarding dinosaurs in Europe.
- Francisc Bidner (1824–1875) — of German origin and a prosperous pharmacist by profession, he traveled to Sudan and Congo, studying the Nile and Congo, being the first European to have visited some places; he filled the Brukenthal National Museum in Sibiu, Romania, with natural specimens but most notably with ethnographic pieces; he was the first European to see the Akka pigmies, while at a royal court; he also made studies of the gorillas; he is little-known as minimal literature has been preserved on him.