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Española Island

This was our first full day in Galapagos and we enjoyed it from sunrise to sunset, because we offered different adventurous activities:  kayaking, deep water snorkeling, beach activities and hiking in two different locations on Espanola Island. This Island does not have the typical shape of a Galapagos shield volcano and the reason is because it is the oldest Volcano and it has eroded a lot. Read More>

Jul 6, 2015 National Geographic Islander in Galápagos

Isafjordur, Iceland

Overnight the ship sailed west along the northern coast of Iceland, and as our wakeup call came in the morning we were at the very northwestern end of Iceland, in Isafjordur. The aim for the morning was to explore an island far into the fjord system, named Vigur. As we approached the island some humpback whales, both adults and young, were sighted. At the island of Vigur a family has been fishing and farming for centuries and this also includes collecting eider down. Read More>

Jul 6, 2015 National Geographic Explorer in Arctic

Ideal Cove & Petersburg

Colorful buoys were scattered along the fringe of shoreline at Ideal Cove. These buoys marked a series of crab pots with the target species being Dungeness crab. Hopeful fishermen would soon be pulling the pots and checking them for what would eventually become our evening meal. Creatures of the sea would come later; first, we had a temperate rain forest to investigate. Skunk cabbage leaves longer than your leg, devils club canopies opened like umbrellas in a rainstorm, delicate fruits dangling from salmon berry bushes, a meticulously slow banana slug. Read More>

Jul 6, 2015 National Geographic Sea Bird in Alaska

Sailing the Cyclades

“Brace the yards to starboard tack,” came the command from Captain Komakin, and the bosun soon had the three mast teams hauling the port side  bracing lines to alter the angles of 16 square sails to catch the fresh northwesterly breeze. “Hit the Rig!” came the next command, and seemingly out of nowhere 18 sailors started climbing the ratlines up into the rigging and out onto the yardarms. Most of us gazed up from the spanker deck in awe, as we learned how the sailing of a true hand-sailed tall ship really works. After the square sails were set, we moved forward to the bridge and monkey deck to watch the setting of the jibs and staysails, and finished up on the fo’c’sle (forecastle) to the glorious sight of Sea Cloud under sail. And what a sail it was, with a fresh 20-knot breeze carrying us past the islands of Syros, Antiparos, and Sifnos at 6. Read More>

Jul 6, 2015 Sea Cloud in Mediterranean

Endicott Arm and Tracy Arm

As far as first days go in Southeast Alaska, this one was hard to beat! We awoke to a beautiful sunny day amidst the glacial fjords of Endicott Arm. As we headed further up towards the glacier, the granite walls became steeper and closer, rippled with the carvings of thousands of years of a river of ice. Just after breakfast, we reached the nearly half-mile wide face of Dawes Glacier. At a distance she is impressive, reaching back over 10 miles into the blanket of the Stikene Ice Field from which she is fed. We deployed the inflatable DIB boats for a closer look at the nearly 200-foot tall glacier face. As a fairly active glacier, she gave us beautiful display! As we approached, “shooters” emerged from the water in front of the glacier. Rocketing up from hundreds of feet of water below the glacier face, these bright blue chunks of compressed ice also carried dirt and boulders from the rocky bottom of the fjord. A display like this is rare and carried on for over five minutes, as pillars of the glacier face also fell into the water. For the first morning, everyone was receiving quite a treat! After a delicious lunch and a brief lecture on some basic photography skills, we dropped anchor in Williams Cove, along the entrance to Tracy Arm. Read More>

Jul 6, 2015 National Geographic Sea Lion in Alaska

Nares Point and Crocodile Creek

It is the final day of our Kimberley expedition on board the National Geographic Orion, and it's hard to believe that it's nearly over. We've seen so much incredible wildlife and epic scenery, and shared many memorable experiences. It feels like we've become a family, and it's always hard to approach the end of such a great voyage with our guests. However, we're not done yet. Naturalist Adam Britton entertained the guests with a lecture on using modern technology to study ancient reptiles (and other animals) while we waited for the best time to visit Crocodile Creek. Read More>

Jul 6, 2015 National Geographic Orion in Pacific Islands & Australia

Española island

Our second day of exploration took us to the southeastern island of Española, formerly known as Hood. This is the oldest island in the archipelago, and it shows the highest number of endemic species. We spent the morning at Gardner Bay, the site of one of the most beautiful white coral sand beaches in Galapagos, where dozens of resting and cavorting sea lions were found. Read More>

Jul 5, 2015 National Geographic Endeavour in Galápagos

Húsavík

In the morning we entered the calm waters of Húsavík Bay, where a thick fog gave an eerie feeling to those that had woken up early in the hope of finding some whales. No such animals were to be seen, however we had a ‘dolphins in the mist’ experience that will be hard to forget. Scattered groups of white-beaked dolphins ghostly appeared here and there, sometimes very close to the ship but always breaking the surface so softly that they hardly created ripples in the glassy the water, increasing that eerie but very enjoyable feeling we had as we approached the harbor. Some of us quickly disembarked and strolled the beautiful streets of the town and the museum for a taste of yet another charming Icelandic community. Read More>

Jul 5, 2015 National Geographic Explorer in Arctic

Talbot Bay

Arriving at dawn to weigh anchor in Talbot bay, we were welcomed with yet another of the Kimberley’s spectacular sunrises, watching on as it painted light across the ancient sandstone cliffs. Talbot Bay is located within the King Leopold Geologic Zone, where approximately 1,800 million years ago a separate continent (the Kimberley Kraton) collided with the Australian land mass. Read More>

Jul 5, 2015 National Geographic Orion in Pacific Islands & Australia

Dawes Glacier & Ford’s Terror

Backlit by the morning sun’s glow, a humpback whale’s lazy exhale lingered in the cool, still air like a fiery cloud marking the behemoth’s progress through the mirror-calm waters of Endicott Arm. Excited at our first wildlife sighting, guests poured from their rooms in a way that only a whale can do. Fashion sense varied, but when in the presence of a whale, judgement is never passed. We traveled further into the winding fjord, passing ice of varying size and shape, tempting us with photographic distractions, yet we pressed on. Read More>

Jul 5, 2015 National Geographic Sea Bird in Alaska

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