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Saangmiok Fjord

Our last day aboard National Geographic Explorer was a glorious one as the fog and clouds had departed and we enjoyed a beautiful morning in Saangmiok Fjord. The coast of Greenland was created my multiple coverings of the ice that still blanket the island away from the coast. Of the fresh water on the Earths’ surface, Greenland has 9%, Antarctica has 90%. That means the remaining one percent is in all the rivers, lakes, estuaries, and soil on the continents. We have seen glimpses of the incredibly huge amount of ice that rests on the island of Greenland. We have also seen the effects that the ice has on the bedrock as it has eroded bays, sounds, fjords, and valleys through the past millennia. Our visit to a small but spectacular fjord called Saangmiok showed us the power of the ice that still dominated the landscape of Greenland. Read More>

Jul 28, 2015 National Geographic Explorer in Arctic

Isabela and Fernadina Islands

I made our early optional wakeup call this morning at 0615 and soon many of us had gathered on the decks. It was a lovely day, breezy and cool but sunny, and the sea was calm. We saw a couple small pods of common dolphins that would not let us approach them, a leaping mobula ray, fur seals returning for a night of chasing fish and several species of sea birds, among which the endangered Galapagos dark-rumped petrel was the most outstanding. To the south we admired Wolf volcano which is the tallest volcano in the islands and the one that erupted just a month ago! Roxana, our wellness specialist, was leading a group of guests in stretching on the sky deck and they were interrupted when a large pod of several hundred common dolphins appeared on the horizon! We approached them slowly and this time we had an excellent view of these sleek gray marine mammals with their cream colored flanks. Read More>

Jul 28, 2015 National Geographic Islander in Galápagos

Yampi Sound & Crocodile Creek

Sailing out of Broome to start our journey along the coast of the Kimberly region last night had many a conversation speculating about the coming days’ sights and the experience in store for this expedition along this remote stretch of nearly pristine coastline.  After all, it is a destination not easily reached and one that requires a substantial amount of travel, even for those from Australia and even more so for those venturing in from across the Pacific.  Would the journey ahead be worth all the effort, taxis, planes and hotels required?   Well, if today is any indication, the answer is an emphatic and indisputable “yes!” We awoke to find the National Geographic Orion nestled in Yampi Sound, a name likely originating from the Aboriginal word “yampee,” meaning “water. Read More>

Jul 28, 2015 National Geographic Orion in Pacific Islands & Australia

Glacier Bay National Park

A light sprinkle and low clouds filled our distant views, setting a somber mood. After leaving Bartlett Cove at the entrance to the national park, we turned north and made or way “up bay.” Those awaking early were rewarded by light interwoven mist within dark silhouetted ridges. As we approached our first wildlife hotspot, we heard low growls of northern sea lions and saw their brown bodies slowly writhing between each other or lying side-by-side like carefully placed logs. Read More>

Jul 28, 2015 National Geographic Sea Bird in Alaska

Inian Islands, Elfin Cove, George Island

It was a packed day for the National Geographic Sea Lion on the northern Tongass National Forest.  With three destinations in 9 hours, the lounge was vibrating with the heavy rattle of the anchor chain rising and falling. After an early breakfast, we bundled up in layers to board Zodiacs bound for the narrow channels of the Inian Islands. Read More>

Jul 28, 2015 National Geographic Sea Lion in Alaska

Casual trail and Yanayacu-Pucate Rivers

We just started our trip, and what a way to begin! For our first morning in the Amazon, we headed to a small creek known as Pahuachiro. The creek happens to be a black water tributary of the much larger river called Marañon. This location is full of a large amount of wildlife, and we were all excited to see what was in store for us—the expectations were set now pretty high, but it doesn’t matter, as this already promises to be a great expedition! As we entered the creek early in the morning, the day was still low in light and the sounds of the birds filled the air, but soon enough, the light illuminating the sky created the perfect setting to observe the early migration of several species of birds, as they were heading to their daily foraging grounds. Read More>

Jul 27, 2015 Delfin II in Amazon

Nuuk, Greenland

Passing the 64th latitude, National Geographic Explorer cut through the fog along the west coast of Greenland and dropped its anchor in Nuuk. As the capital of Greenland, Nuuk is the intersection of a dynamic Inuit culture, the site of urban lifestyle, and in many ways a role model of Arctic development. Guests disembarked from Explorer shortly after lunch where they were met with some of the earliest remnants of the colonial history of Nuuk and of Greenland. Underneath the statue of Hans Egede, Greenland’s first Lutheran missionary, the Colonial Harbor of Nuuk harbors Greenland’s National Museum, which is the repository and the official epicenter of Greenland’s social and cultural history. With introductory lectures in the cultural history of Greenland and the peoples who found their way eastward to Greenland, guests who visited the museum were able to build upon their previous knowledge and could explore some of the new exhibits that focused on the colonial history of Greenland and the country’s last Inuit cultural group, the Thule culture. Those who did not initially explore the museum’s collections had the choice of taking a bird’s eye view of Nuuk. Read More>

Jul 27, 2015 National Geographic Explorer in Arctic

Bartolome and Rabida Islands

Our first outing took place at one of the most fascinating landmarks of the Galapagos Islands. A pre-breakfast outing on Bartolome Island and visit to Pinnacle Rock helped our guests understand how hard natural selection is on the species found on the island. The barren volcanic landscape with few pioneer plants made this walk unique. Lava cactus as well as lava lizards exemplified the adaptation necessary to be able to survive in this harsh environment.  Later in the morning our outdoor activities began with snorkeling for beginners and advanced swimmers. Read More>

Jul 27, 2015 National Geographic Islander in Galápagos

Fernandina & Isabela Island

Two of the most impressive and varied visiting sites in the archipelago, surrounded on all sides by huge shield volcanoes and separated by Bolivar Channel, are Fernandina and Isabela Islands. After a long navigation from Rabida Island, we finally arrived to the westernmost area of the Galapagos; with the first beams of sun, we had the opportunity to observe the marine life and the gigantic Ecuador volcano, its summit still clouded with great evidence of very explosive eruptions, which occurred a long time ago. The sea was very calm and many marine birds such as storm petrels, shearwaters and blue-footed boobies in feeding frenzy tried to catch some fish. After breakfast we landed at Fernandina Island. Read More>

Jul 27, 2015 National Geographic Endeavour in Galápagos

Inian Islands & Fox Creek

Calm water and overcast skies greeted us as the National Geographic Sea Bird eased into her anchorage at the “Hobbit Hole” in the middle of the Inian Islands. Otters greeted us as they lazily plied the waters looking for their morning meal. After a hearty breakfast, the first group set out to explore these rugged islands that guard the northern entrance to the Inside Passage. Strong currents fill these waters with rich nutrients and create a lively home for many sea creatures.  After photographing sea otters near the ship, our expedition landing craft cruised though Mosquito Pass and towards a large rock covered in cormorants, kittiwakes, and Steller sea lions. Read More>

Jul 27, 2015 National Geographic Sea Bird in Alaska

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