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Sisimiut, Greenland

What a perfect place to start. From first thing this morning we were alongside the pier in this West Greenlandic town. Read More>

Jul 30, 2015 National Geographic Explorer in Arctic

Santiago Island

Our journey continues on the island where the well-known naturalist Charles Darwin collected the largest specimen collection while visiting the Galapagos Archipelago in 1835. Our morning outing took place on a golden beach known as Espumilla. Read More>

Jul 30, 2015 National Geographic Islander in Galápagos

Santiago Island

Today the National Geographic Endeavour navigated through some of the most historic parts of the archipelago. The national park at Santiago Island became our visitor’s site for the day. This island was highly explored in the past by buccaneers and whalers, who were delighted to find such green and lush vegetation in the highlands, with a great amount of giant tortoises and fresh water. These important resources that helped them survive for years, sailing the Galápagos waters. Another important visitor of Santiago was Charles Darwin, who happened to explore almost the same areas that we explored today during our outings. The day began with pre-breakfast walk on Espumilla beach, a beautiful mangrove ecosystem that lies along a red sandy beach with unique landscapes and a great diversity of land birds. Read More>

Jul 29, 2015 National Geographic Endeavour in Galápagos

Horizontal Waterfall & Cyclone Bay

The National Geographic Orion sailed into Narrows of Talbots Bay as the first rays of sun ignited the lime stone escarpments. An early breakfast was served to a spectacular vista of Slug Island alongside. As the Indian Ocean flooded into the narrows we embarked on our Zodiacs into the spectacle that is the Horizontal Waterfalls. The falls are created by gaps in two parallel ridges separating two valleys now flooded by the sea. These gaps are so narrow that the tide cannot fill the space on the opposite side fast enough creating a differential in the water level. Eddies and whirlpools whip the water through the gaps as the expedition team negotiated our intrepid Zodiacs forward to capture the perfect camera angles. Venturing on from the Horizontal Waterfalls we scoured the shoreline of cyclone bay for wildlife. Read More>

Jul 29, 2015 National Geographic Orion in Pacific Islands & Australia

Fort Augustus to Corpach

Our journey down the Caledonian Canal continued as we set off at breakfast time, departing from the small town of Fort Augustus under skies holding hopeful patches of blue. The Lord of the Glens carried us southwest through a series of locks that lifted the boat through a system of gates and rising/lowering water to reach the canal’s high point at Loch Oich at 106 ft (32m) above sea level. Above the banks of Loch Oich, the ruins of Glengarry Castle provided another glimpse of Scotland’s deep history. From Loch Oich, the ship gradually descended through other locks and passed through Moy Bridge, constructed in 1828. Read More>

Jul 29, 2015 Lord of the Glens in Scotland

Isabela Island

Today we visited the Island of Isabela and two beautiful visitor sites-Urbina bay and Tagus Cove. During the morning we woke up anchored next to Alcedo volcano in a place that is famous in the Galapagos. Read More>

Jul 29, 2015 National Geographic Islander in Galápagos

Pavlof Harbor & Pond Island

Admiralty, Baranof, and Chichagof are large islands enveloped by rain forest and laced with salmon streams. This morning we focused our activities around a tannin-stained river that empties into Freshwater Bay at the edge of Chichagof Island. Abundant salmon and freshwater attracted native Tlingits, early traders, and fish processing operators over the years. Brown bears too come to this stream for the salmon run in late summer. Our original plan to hike for the morning changed when early scouts discovered a bear near the landing. Read More>

Jul 29, 2015 National Geographic Sea Bird in Alaska

Isabela Island

Isabela, the largest island in the Galápagos group, makes up half of the total surface area of the archipelago. The island was created by the fusion of six enormous shield volcanoes. One of them, the highest volcano, Wolf (1707 mts), was eruptioning just few weeks ago. Today we explored two different sites in Isabela: Urbina Bay in the morning and Tagus Cove in the afternoon. Read More>

Jul 28, 2015 National Geographic Endeavour in Galápagos

Culloden, Clava Cairns and Fort Augustus

The Battle of Culloden in 1746 was the last armed civil conflict on British soil. For centuries since the Reformation of the 1530s, a landed gentry class that had benefitted from the confiscation of the monastic estates, supported a Protestant monarchy in the face of any threat of Catholic tendencies. Protestant monarchs had been imported, William of Orange for example, to displace a ‘rightful’ monarch who had Catholic leanings. When the last of the Stuarts, Queen Anne, passed away at the beginning of the eighteenth century, a new German dynasty was imported from Hanover to preserve the Protestant succession. This was widely resented in Scotland for the Stuart dynasty was rightfully in place and parts of Scotland, particularly in the Gaelic-speaking north-west of the country had remained loyal to the Catholic faith. In 1715, when the first Hanoverian King George I arrived in Britain, supporter loyal to James (Jacobus in Latin) rose in a rebellion quickly crushed. When George II came to the throne a second Jacobite rebellion took place from 1745-6 under the romantic leadership of ‘Bonnie’ Prince Charlie. Advised to return home to France on landing in Scotland he is reputed to have replied, “I have arrived home!” His highlander army reached as far south of Derby within striking distance of London before falling back to Scotland the final denouement at Culloden, a desolate area of boggy ground not far from Inverness. Today an award-winning visitor centre at the site of the final Jacobite defeat tells the story. Read More>

Jul 28, 2015 Lord of the Glens in Scotland

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

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