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  • Santa Cruz, Guys Fawkes, and Eden Islands

    This morning National Geographic Endeavour II anchors on the northern side of Santa Cruz Island. It’s a very sunny morning with cool breeze and calmed seas. The visitor site of this morning is called “Cerro Dragon”, which is a dry landing on a very rocky platform followed by a sandy path to a brackish water lagoon from there we take a trail into the dry woods in order to arrive at Dragon Hill.

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  • Santa Cruz Island

    Located at the center part of the archipelago, Santa Cruz Island is the second largest island in the Galapagos where the National Park Services and the Charles daring Research Center have their headquarters. This is also home for the world famous Giant tortoises, the highlight of our day.

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  • Vigur Island and Dynjandi Falls

    Vigur is a gem of an island that is bursting with life in summer. Puffins stand on rocks with faces full of fish. Black guillemots scamper underfoot, nesting in rock walls. Arctic terns patrol their grassy nursery, dive-bombing our ‘tern deterrent’ flagsticks held overhead. Orphan eider chicks huddle in a pen and waddle out to sea. Harbor seals haul out in rocky shallows.  Humpback whales surface in the near distance.  Zodiacs zip guests to a floating dock at the island.  

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  • Floreana Island (also known as the Mystery Island)

    Due to its location in the Galápagos archipelago, Floreana Island used to be an important place for the whaling industry. The island was also the first island to be colonized by the Ecuadorian government in 1832, thanks to the permanent fresh water supply and good cultivable soil.

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  • Seyðisfjörður and Isafjord

    Seyðisfjörður is a small fjord that is on the southern side of the much larger Ísafjörður. The National Geographic Explorer anchored as far into the fjord as depth would allow. The weather was overcast but calm which allowed kayaking and a landing to be offered to the guests. A group of hardy individuals set off for the first round of kayaking, while others were ferried along the shore to a beach at the base of the Hestur ridge.

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  • Santa Cruz Island

    We arrived at Academy Bay on Santa Cruz Island last night and woke up this morning to see a light mist surrounding the island. We got ashore with our guests and took them to the Galapagos giant tortoises breeding center. In the afternoon we went to the highlands to look for wild Galapagos giant tortoises, counting more than forty animals. The day was very productive because of the different things we did and learned.

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  • Española Island

    We woke up this morning off Española Island with a day ahead of us on this amazing island to explore the beach, check out the snorkeling site and see colonies of seabirds. Española is the oldest island in this region and it happens to be one of the best places to visit during an expedition in the Galápagos Islands.

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  • Akureyri and Siglufjörður

    Last night the National Geographic Explorer docked in Akureyri, Iceland's second largest city and the administrative and commercial center of the north. After breakfast guests who wanted to ride an Icelandic horse disembarked and headed to a riding centre. Icelandic horses are known for their remarkable friendliness and their unique, super-smooth tölt gait.  

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  • Floreana Island

    Today we visited Floreana Island before breakfast to take advantage of the sunrise, which has the best light for photography. After a wet landing in Punta Cormorant, we went inland where a flamingo lagoon and a turtle-nesting site were to be found. It is so nice to experience nature at daybreak when everything is just waking up. Once we had breakfast, we sailed to Champion Island to look for the Charles Mockingbird, snorkel, or ride the glass bottom boat.

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  • Española Island

    The journey continued this morning when we woke up, surrounded by the turquoise waters of Gardner Bay. As we explored the white coral sand beach, we were promptly visited by Española mockingbirds, which showed no fear of us as they proceeded to dig through our gear on the beach. Hundreds of Galápagos sea lion lazed upon the beach after foraging offshore while young pups nursed. Some of our guests snorkeled in the bay and were delighted with the interaction with sea lions as they blew bubbles at us and tried to grab our snorkel fins.

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