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Glacier Bay National Park

We left Bartlett Cove early this morning after acquiring three new ship mates, rangers Emma Johnson and Janene Driscoll of the National Park Service and our Tlingit cultural heritage guide, William-Horton Garrison. Each helped us in their own way to better understand and appreciate this extraordinary and beautiful land. It’s hard to choose a highlight from a day filled with such beautiful landscapes and wildlife. Read More>

Jul 1, 2015 National Geographic Sea Lion in Alaska

Baranof Island & Lake Eva

Slow cruising north in Chatham Strait, that’s your pace when you accompany four humpback whales that are also, slowly cruising north in Chatham Strait. We started our relaxed morning watching these whales repeatedly breathe, languidly dive, and explosively exhale upon their return to the surface. In the fast lane were Dall’s porpoises. These little black-and-white swimming Oreos zipped along the water’s surface, throwing a rooster tail spray and thrilling us as we rushed to the bow, hung our heads upside-down, and enjoyed a show as these animals rode the bow wave in front of our hull.  Lake Eva became our afternoon playground. Read More>

Jul 1, 2015 National Geographic Sea Bird in Alaska

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 1, 2015 National Geographic Islander in Galápagos

Jan Mayen, At Sea

Last night National Geographic Explorer left the edge of the Arctic pack ice and headed south toward our destination for the next day, Jan Mayen. This smallish island, which is 34 miles long and is spoon shaped, sits by itself in the Arctic Ocean, 450 kilometres east of Greenland, and 550 kilometres north of Iceland. The one very distinctive feature of this remote piece of land is the 2,277 meter high Beerenberg Volcano, which dominates the topography of the island. This strata volcano is covered in glacial ice, with some of it reaching the surrounding sea as tidewater glaciers. Our destination this particular morning was the Norwegian base, which is a weather station that is manned year-round and governed by Norway through the Norwegian Armed Forces. Read More>

Jul 1, 2015 National Geographic Explorer in Arctic

Santiago Island

Our expedition continues aboard the National Geographic Endeavour. Santiago, one of the big Islands in the Galapagos archipelago, was our visiting site today. Our day started with an early hike at sunrise, a perfect time for photographers and nature walkers to admire the landscape. Read More>

Jul 1, 2015 National Geographic Endeavour in Galápagos

King George River, Tranquil Beach, and Calamity Cove

Today we met the wild side of the Kimberley. Our gangway is now stowed for the duration of our journey together and in its place the Zodiacs are revved up and ready to go. Eager to take advantage of every possible minute in this beautiful coastal wilderness, many of us were up and away by 0600 this morning and by 0800 we were all on our way. Read More>

Jul 1, 2015 National Geographic Orion in Pacific Islands & Australia

George Island, Elfin Cove and the Inian Islands

Early this morning the National Geographic Sea Lion dropped anchor in the most western area of our journey, exploring Southeast Alaska.  We were anchored just off of George Island and breakfast was being served.  We were in for a full day that started promptly at 8:30 a.m.  Zodiacs were launched and soon ferried everyone ashore for a morning of hikes and kayaking.  George Island is exposed to the Gulf of Alaska and the open Pacific Ocean.  Due to wonderfully calm though slightly misty conditions, kayaking was a pleasure with close views of sea otters, sea stars and a quiet paddle through kelp beds found in and around much of George Island. This island was also a site during WWII where a gun emplacement was installed to protect the northern entrance to the Inland Passage. Several medium hikes headed out on a well-groomed trail up the half mile path to the gun emplacement, learning much about the history of this lookout post. Read More>

Jun 30, 2015 National Geographic Sea Lion in Alaska

Glacier Bay National Park

Glacier Bay National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage site and gorgeous example of Southeast Alaska. Covering 5,130 square miles this wonderful example of pristine wilderness is protected as are the animals who call it home. During the day National Geographic Sea Bird cruised through the park. Read More>

Jun 30, 2015 National Geographic Sea Bird in Alaska

At Sea, Greenland Sea

Sea Day, take two. Our days at sea always seem to go quickly. Read More>

Jun 30, 2015 National Geographic Explorer in Arctic

Isabela Island

Isabela, the largest island in the Galápagos group, makes up just over half the total surface area of the archipelago.  It is a unique island, in that it is created by the fusion of six enormous shield volcanoes, which give rise to the characteristic “seahorse” shape of the island. Its highest volcano, Wolf (1707 mts), has been erupting since June, and you can still see the glare at night. In 1954, 1. Read More>

Jun 30, 2015 National Geographic Endeavour in Galápagos

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