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  • Tracy Arm - Ford’s Terror Wilderness

    After a 125-mile cruise south from Haines, we crossed over a submarine glacier moraine and into the Tracy Arm-Ford’s Terror Wilderness. Read More

    • Jun 22, 2017
    • National Geographic Sea Bird in Alaska
  • Osa, Hardangerfjord, Norway

    It is hard to believe that this week in Scandinavia is coming to an end. We spent our last day in beautiful Hardingerfjord and around Hardanger Basecamp which is a wonderful outdoor camping and nature facility from where we were able to set out on various intimate nature excursions to nearby waterfalls and mountains. We had the basecamp to ourselves and enjoyed some amazing locally made cider along the way. . Read More

  • Svalbard

    Today is the day after the summer solstice, we are high in the Arctic Circle and the sun is out in full force! All day it has been burning high and hot above us, making us question if it had been worth bringing so many warm layers. The all-day sunlight has a flip side though – remembering that life here also has to deal with complete darkness for half the year is crucial for understanding these ecosystems. . Read More

    • Jun 22, 2017
    • National Geographic Explorer in Arctic
  • Fort Augustus to Corpach

    Blue skies and sunshine greeted us for the final leg of our transit through the Caledonian Canal and a continuation of the Jacobite story that has held our attention since Culloden. Fort Augustus was named for the Duke of Cumberland, commander of the victorious Hanoverian army at that momentous turning-point in British history. Read More

    • Jun 21, 2017
    • Lord of the Glens in Scotland
  • Santa Cruz & Daphne Major

    Today at sunrise, the National Geographic Endeavour II was already anchored at the northwestern side of Santa Cruz Island. This morning our guests explored Cerro Dragon, which translates to Dragon Hill.  This is the habitat of the iconic Galapagos land iguana. For the afternoon, our Captain and his crew repositioned the National Geographic Endeavour II to Eden Islet on the northwestern side of Santa Cruz, where our guests had the chance to explore the area by Zodiac.. Read More

    • Jun 21, 2017
    • National Geographic Endeavour II in Galápagos
  • Santa Cruz Island

    Santa Cruz is the second largest Island in the Archipelago and home of the largest town. Here we got a general idea of what it means to live on harmony with nature, thanks to the Galapagos National Park conservation rules and respectful vision for this special place.. Read More

    • Jun 21, 2017
    • National Geographic Islander in Galápagos
  • Kirkehamn, Hidra - Norway

    We woke up to another absolutely beautiful day cruising up a fjord called Listajorden and had breakfast while the ship anchored near Kirkehamn on the island of Hidra.  We chose between a kayaking tour of the islands, a hike to Hogasen, or a bus ride to a walking tour of a Flekkefjord. On the walking tour we saw the historic parts of the old town known as Hollenderbyen. The kayakers had local guides to show them around the island.  After kayaking they went to the historical Hidra Church. Then a presentation at Isbua Restaurant where they enjoyed coffee and cakes.  The hikers enjoyed a steep hike up to the top of Hogasen where they could enjoy a fantastic view of Hidra and the National Geographic Orion. After the ship set sail again we explored a few spectacular fjords and Lucho (our expedition leader) was feeling a bit thirsty. So Captain Martin Graser gave him a drink by sticking the bow of the National Geographic Orion into a waterfall.. Read More

  • Haines, Alaska

    Today we celebrated the summer solstice in Haines, Alaska.  We’ve seen diverse landscapes, extraordinary sightings and unique sounds, and they’ve provided great inspiration for photography and our individual contemplations. Our youngest travelers were invited to share some of their reflections with you – these are their contributions. Read More

    • Jun 21, 2017
    • National Geographic Sea Bird in Alaska
  • Santa Cruz

    Santa Cruz is a large island with a population of about 20,000 people and incredible landscapes. It is an obligatory stop for all tourists that come to visit this beautiful corner of the world. The renowned Charles Darwin Station is based here, and has been running conservations projects to protect the unique local resources, together with the Galapagos National Park. One of the most prominent projects is the Giant Tortoise Breeding and Rearing Center, which houses several island tortoise species with the intention of bringing numbers up from decline, due mainly to predation by introduced species over the last two centuries. Another similar project includes the breeding of another species of tortoise known as the saddleback, whose best representative is a male tortoise nicknamed Super Diego. Read More

    • Jun 20, 2017
    • National Geographic Endeavour II in Galápagos
  • Culloden to Fort Augustus

    We awoke to our first morning on board Lord of the Glens in the dramatic location of the Muirtown Basin in Inverness, within sight of the sea lock at Clachnaharry where the Caledonian Canal enters the Moray Firth and the tidal waters of the North Sea. Our direction of travel for the day would be westward, the ship moving up a sequence of locks out of Muirtown and on into the waters of Loch Ness, the largest body of fresh water in the British Isles, deeper at some points than the North Sea itself. What might lurk in its mysterious depths?! First call, after a substantial Scottish breakfast (where else is whisky available to pour over your porridge?) was for our morning excursion to Culloden. Read More

    • Jun 20, 2017
    • Lord of the Glens in Scotland
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