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Petersburg

After having a spectacular day in Glacier Bay National Park, with brown bears, mountain goats, a wolf fantastic scenery, and helping celebrate the 100 year anniversary of the National Park System, the National Geographic Sea Lion left on its way for tomorrow’s destination, Petersburg, Alaska. It’s quite a distance to cover between the two, so we left by six p.m., traveled all night and morning, finally arriving in Petersburg just before lunch time. Luckily, the weather cooperated as we traversed through Frederick Sound, with warm temperatures, no wind and clearing skies! Along the way there was plenty of Humpback Whale activity in the area to keep us entertained. Read More>

Aug 26, 2016 National Geographic Sea Lion in Alaska

Santa Cruz Island

Santa Cruz Island is located in the central realm of Galapagos and harbors the largest town in the archipelago, which is where we find the main headquarters of the Charles Darwin Research Station and the Fausto Llerena Breeding Center for giant tortoises. This morning after breakfast we headed ashore and walked through the area where Galapagos giant tortoises are kept in captivity, as part of the breeding project to save these animals from extinction. Read More>

Aug 25, 2016 National Geographic Endeavour in Galápagos

Santiago Island

Located east of Isabela Island, Santiago Island is one of the largest of the archipelago, with highlands and freshwater, but with no human inhabitants.  Although there were many attempts to colonize the island, in the 1960’s the Ecuadorian government decided to declare the whole island part of the National Park, beginning an ambitious conservation project to eradicate introduced animals that were brought by pirates and buccaneers a long time ago and to recover the diminished population of giant tortoises.  Santiago was the most visited island by Charles Darwin, who set foot here in 1835 and was able to see the incredible uniqueness of life that inspired him to publish his writings. After we visited the youngest islands and after a long navigation, we finally returned to the central part of the archipelago. Read More>

Aug 25, 2016 National Geographic Islander in Galápagos

Stockholm

Today we breakfasted with the view of Stockholm’s Old Town, the Gamla Stan, from the deck, after which we headed by Zodiac to the city. Some of us then went to the Vasa Museum, with an option of also visiting the open-air museum of Skansen. Others travelled by coach to the art museums of Millesgarden and Waldemarsudde. The Vasa did not disappoint. Read More>

Aug 25, 2016 National Geographic Orion in Europe aboard NG Orion

LeConte Bay & Petersburg

LeConte Glacier is the farthest south of any of the tidewater glaciers in North America. It produces enough calving ice each year to make an ice cube 500 feet on a side. In the early days ships came from San Francisco to carry back ice. One of the reasons Petersburg was settled nearby is because the ice helped early fishermen keep their catch cold. We were here to admire a virtual gallery of giant sculptures displayed floating on a perfectly flat surface surrounded by a dark green band of trees. This display changes by the day as glacial ice pours very slowly from the Stikine Ice Field 22 miles away and 5,000 feet above us. As every wilderness traveler knows, this kaleidoscope of ever-changing scenes is the essence of exploring new places. In the afternoon we discovered the many facets of Petersburg, “the town that fish built,” but Petersburg is far more than fish. Read More>

Aug 25, 2016 National Geographic Sea Bird in Alaska

Ithika, Greece

Sea Cloud arrived in Ithaca, the second smallest island in the Ionian Sea and home to Odysseus, in the early morning, on a clear and warm day. We tendered ashore where the statue of Odysseus was waiting to welcome us! Ithaca is small and rugged, but still one of the best-kept secrets of our islands, and a place with a long maritime tradition. Vathy, the main port and capital, is a nice small quiet town hiding in one of the most concealed and protected natural bays of Greece, in the old days hiding from the pirates, but nowadays only from the strong winds. It’s a tiny port, but many sailboats prefer it and come to enjoy the sweetness of the land and the legends associated to the cunning king Odysseus, the “man of many devices.” We drove with our buses in the windy roads of the northern part of Ithaca and mountain Neritos. Read More>

Aug 25, 2016 Sea Cloud in Mediterranean

Glacier Bay

At mid-night on this auspicious day the National Geographic Sea Lion entered Glacier Bay and began her journey 65 miles north to the face of Margerie Glacier.  Our officer’s staff piloted our ship through-out the night and into the dawn light as we approached the end of Tarr Inlet and the face of several glaciers. The sunrise light decorated the mountain tops behind Margerie Glacier and slowly crept down the mountains bringing a soft filtered sunrise to the upper region of Glacier Bay National Park...our destination for this Thursday in August. Our morning was spent exploring Tarr Inlet. Read More>

Aug 25, 2016 National Geographic Sea Lion in Alaska

Ellesmere Island, Nunavut, Canada

Here we are, almost at the top of the world, bumping against pack ice, searching for that special stuff, denizens of the north, iconic symbol of the Arctic and there it is, a polar bear! It is still some ways off, so there is plenty of time to grab a camera and binoculars or if you want a better, albeit colder view, go to the bow or monkey island and take a jacket and hat too. National Geographic Explorer slowly nudges up against the ice. Read More>

Aug 24, 2016 National Geographic Explorer in Arctic

Isabela Island

We are visiting Isabela Island today, setting foot on the largest of the Galápagos islands. It is larger than the rest of the land masses put together! The morning program happened here in the dry forest among the Galapagos land iguanas. After breakfast we had a wet landing at Urbina bay. Read More>

Aug 24, 2016 National Geographic Islander in Galápagos

Santiago Island

Our day was spent visiting the island of Santiago, the fourth largest island in the Galapagos—one of only a handful of islands where freshwater can be found inland. This island is also the site of a very successful conservation project funded by the Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic Fund for the Galapagos, along with guest donations, that has completely eradicated feral goats and pigs. The early risers hopped into Zodiacs and headed to the shore for a vigorous hike. Read More>

Aug 24, 2016 National Geographic Endeavour in Galápagos

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