News

How Will the Solar Eclipse Affect Wildlife?

By Ralph Lee Hopkins, National Geographic Photographer and Director of Expedition Photography Where will you be on August 21st? If you’re reading this you’ve probably already made your plans. Wherever you are, and however you plan to experience the event, be observant of everything around you. How will the plants Read more…

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Photography

Tips for Photographing the Solar Eclipse

By Ralph Lee Hopkins, National Geographic Photographer and Director of Expedition Photography Where will you be during the upcoming solar eclipse? It’s certainly an exciting time to be on planet Earth! Photographing the solar eclipse requires some advance thought and preparation, so here are a few tips to get the Read more…

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Quest Countdown

National Geographic Quest: Q&A with Lynn Cutter, Executive Vice President National Geographic Travel

We’re preparing for the launch of our brand-new expedition ship National Geographic Quest! Follow along and stay up-to-date on the latest happenings as the launch draws near. Q&As with Lindblad-National Geographic staffers involved in the build give you a behind-the-scenes look and exciting new details. Lynn Cutter is the Executive Read more…

By rocky, ago
Galapagos

Sven Lindblad in Galápagos: Fernandina Island, a Favorite Site for 50 Years

By Sven-Olof Lindblad [caption id="attachment_3948" align="aligncenter" width="540"] Sven Lindblad on Fernandina Island. Photo by Kristin Hettermann.[/caption] On our second morning here in the Galápagos, we woke in the Bolivar Channel to a flat calm sea. This is one of the richest marine environments in the Galápagos and it was not a surprise when our expedition leader announced the sighting of whales and dolphins. We hung around with them for an hour or so. They were moving erratically and so we couldn't get great looks. The expedition leader suggested it was a blue whale and calf, which is a rare sighting anywhere. [caption id="attachment_3944" align="aligncenter" width="540"] Photo by Sven Lindblad.[/caption] After breakfast we landed at Punta Espinosa on Fernandina Island, one of the world's most pristine islands. Dating back to my first visit 50 years ago, it is my absolute favorite site in all of Galápagos. It's a curious feeling being on a pristine island with no habitation and dominated by one of the world's most active volcanoes. Lava, sand, mangroves, and cacti make up the land that supports a remarkable array of life, at least as seen at the one visitor landing site. [caption id="attachment_3947" align="aligncenter" width="540"] Photo by Sven Lindblad.[/caption] It was low tide when we landed and there was a mass migration of marine iguanas marching into the sea. Hundreds of them as if they were being called to a mission. It's a practical idea, low tide exposes some of the algae they like, and when diving for more they don't have to go so far. Everyone is enthralled by these prehistoric looking creaturesparticularly the kids. Of course the show stoppers are the sea lions—a patrolling bull offshore, mothers and babies, a curious lone juvenile whose mother has gone out to fish. No end of antics and no end of oh's and ah's. Then off for a hike through the lava. Once you leave the shoreline it's all lava of different ages and different forms. Every now and then a stand of cacti and the occasional shrub that somehow has taken root. It's oddly beautiful, we even see a small inland lake fed by underground tunnels, with one lone large grouper in it. We all speculate as to how it got there and if it was now stuck. A mystery that will have to be solved the next time the National Geographic Endeavour II returns. (more…)

By rocky, ago
Galapagos

Live From Galápagos: Sven Lindblad

Our CEO Sven-Olof Lindblad is enroute to Galápagos right now as part of this year’s celebration of the 50th Anniversary of Lars-Eric Lindblad’s pioneering expedition to Galápagos, opening the Enchanted Isles for expedition travelers—and Sven will be sharing some of his long personal connection to these islands. Beginning Monday, June 12th stay Read more…

By rocky, ago