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Red Bluff Bay and Lake Eva

Red Bluff Bay is a long, narrow furrow cut deep into the crust of Baranof Island. The tiny passage from Chatham Strait into this fjord is passable only by small ships like the National Geographic Sea Bird. Once inside, towering rock faces protect the bay from winds, and the undisturbed waters create the illusion that our ship moves over a dark, glossy mirror reflecting the scenery from above. Up on the bow, we strain our necks to see the tops of countless ribbons of water streaking down the smooth rock faces; waterfalls so thin that some appear to simply vanish into a misty veil long before they reach the valleys below. Read More>

May 26, 2015 National Geographic Sea Bird in Alaska

At sea to Borneo

“Orangutans are on the verge of extinction. An expedition on National Geographic Orion increases awareness of this issue. By choosing to travel with Lindblad Expeditions and National Geographic to the island of Borneo, guests are making a statement to the Indonesian Government as well as the Indonesian public that orangutans are important to the world.” - Dr. Read More>

May 26, 2015 National Geographic Orion in Borneo & Indonesia

Floreana Island

Today we arrived to Santa Maria, otherwise known as Floreana Island, and the ship was buzzing with anticipation. Very early this morning, our deck officer and some of the naturalists onboard the National Geographic Endeavour spotted the glare of what was reported next morning in social media as a “large explosive-effusive eruption” from Wolf Volcano, on Isabela Island. So our visit to Floreana today was full of volcanic stories. We had a pre-breakfast outing to enjoy the sunrise light in Punta Cormorant, and the pacific green turtle nesting site on it. Our day was quite colorful, as more than 50 flamingos, an outstanding number for Galapagos, were present in Floreana lagoon, getting ready for the mating season. The sight was fantastic, as was the contrast between the green sand we met upon arrival, made of the semiprecious stone peridot, and the fine powdery white sand of Flour Beach, at the end of the walk. Beauty surrounded us, and it was difficult to choose where to look! After breakfast, we navigated around the peninsula and anchored near by a small island, called Champion Island. Read More>

May 25, 2015 National Geographic Endeavour in Galápagos

Lofoten Islands, Norway

Early this morning our anchor slipped into the azure waters just offshore of Mastad, an erstwhile fishing village on Vaeroy, one of the Lofoten Islands lying off the northeast coast of Norway. This tiny settlement has a multi-layered narrative. Nestled beneath precipitous cliffs, its inhabitants tapped into the rich marine and seabird resources available here. For centuries fish were caught, dried, and salted. Shipped south to Bergen, they were traded for much needed provisions. A unique aspect of the island was the use of a locally bred dog, the lundehund, a small and hardy animal, for catching puffins. These birds were taken by the thousand and were a significant element in the islander’s diet. The last permanent resident left the village in 1974 but a small number of holiday homes are still in use. The morning was spent exploring the remnants of the village and its picturesque surrounds. Read More>

May 25, 2015 National Geographic Explorer in Arctic

Le Conte Bay & Petersburg

Cerulean bits of ice bobbed in the placid galactoid waters of Le Conte Bay. The unseen terminal moraine of Le Conte glacier, a line of rock and debris exposed only at low tide, hemmed in the largest bergs and kept them from entering into Frederick Sound. With time these bergs will fracture, roll, melt, and become ever smaller until their bergie bits can be floated up and over this nature-made iceberg corral.  We explored, photographed, admired and absorbed the wonders presented on this calm, overcast morning as we cruised amongst the field of icebergs. Read More>

May 25, 2015 National Geographic Sea Bird in Alaska

Endicott Arm & Ford’s Terror

Our day began amidst the glory of the sheer, glacial carved walls of the Endicott Arm – a landmark experience of Southeast Alaska. Navigating through the fjord, we quickly lost count of the waterfalls as they passed us by. Continuing on to our destination, we reached the Dawes Glacier to witness the snaking ice that rose nearly two hundred feet out of the water at its face, only to continue on to disappear into the high mountains. Taking a brief reprieve for lunch, we set off again in our Zodiacs to explore the aptly named Ford’s Terror inlet. Lucky for us, we were not subjected to the breaking waves that the original explorers had to endure. Rather, we were treated to sweeping views of the landscape, as well as sightings of bald eagles and a mink rummaging within the mussels, exposed by the dropping tide. Leaving the walls of the fjord, we set out in search of wildlife and were quickly rewarded by a lone Brown Bear, soon followed by a sow and her cub. Read More>

May 25, 2015 National Geographic Sea Lion in Alaska

South Sawyer Glacier

A greeting through warm, partly blue skies and a family of Alaskan brown bears wasn’t a bad way to start the day. This place where bears are common gave us a special surprise when what seemed like a bright boulder stood up to reveal itself as a blond cub. Grizzly, brown, and even black bears will sometimes wear a shade that is not completely accurate to their given name. They can range from brown, cinnamon, to completely blond. After our first activities of the day, we slowly made our way through Tracy Arm, a place living out of time. Read More>

May 24, 2015 National Geographic Sea Bird in Alaska

At sea, to Bali

“Partir, c’est mourir un peu,” said Edmond Haraucourt, to part means to die a little… There is a special kind of nostalgia onboard today, and every last moment is savored, the last breakfast together, the last yoga session, the last presentation, the last sunset. Read More>

May 24, 2015 National Geographic Orion in Borneo & Indonesia

Española Island

Our Galapagos exploration brought us today to one of the most iconic islands in the archipelago: Española.  The first activity in the morning was to a deep water snorkeling excursion in the Galapagos Marine Reserve.  Once we got into the water, an underwater paradise was revealed to our eyes.  Juvenile Galapagos sea lions were seen all over the rocky reefs, and the color combination of different reef fish species was incredible, like being in a natural aquarium.  After our snorkeling activity, we took the opportunity of visiting one of the most magical beaches of the area, found at Gardner Bay. Read More>

May 24, 2015 National Geographic Endeavour in Galápagos

Nordfjord & Træna

Today we visited a beautiful fjord halfway up the coast of Norway called Nordfjord. At the end of the fjord is a beautiful example of a glacially formed U-shaped valley. The head of the fjord afforded a perfect setting for our morning activities, which included a walk through the birch woodlands as well as a scramble up a talus slope, photo walks on a small beach, and kayaking in the calm waters of the fjord. We also took Zodiac cruises down the fjord to get a closer look at the magnificent banded gneiss of the nearly vertical walls of the fjord. These rocks represent the roots of a gigantic mountain range formed 420 million years ago when Greenland collided with Western Europe. This mountain range was probably similar in height and majesty to the Himalayas today, but most of it has now been removed by erosion exposing the roots. As we made our way out of the fjord we passed a beautiful waterfall and the captain stopped the ship to give us a close-up view. We continued out of the fjord and into the islands of the coast and, in the evening, we stopped at a lovely small fishing village called Træna, which sits exactly on the Arctic Circle. Read More>

May 24, 2015 National Geographic Explorer in Arctic

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