Devon Island, Canada

Aug 14, 2018 - National Geographic Explorer

We spent the morning exploring Hyde Inlet between Philpots and Devon Island. Guests split their time between Zodiac cruising among the beautiful icebergs and listening to an interesting talk on “Environmental Intelligence” by our global perspective speaker Kathy Sullivan. Muskox is one of the few animals that can survive the harsh climate in this part of the Arctic, and all passengers got the chance to observe two individuals resting in the sun. We also saw black guillemots hunting for food, diving into the water among the icebergs.

Conditions being what they were in such a beautiful setting, we took the opportunity to partake in the polar plunge at the northernmost site of this expedition (75°07×3´N, 079°49×0´W). Though it takes a certain amount of willpower to commit to the jump, guests, crew, and staff leapt into the 31.2° water with “pleasure.”

Another highlight of the day was an afternoon presentation given to us by our global perspectives speaker Eva Aariak in the lounge. We enjoyed our evening as we sailed into the midnight sun, wondering what adventures tomorrow would bring.

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About the Author

Andreas Madsen


Andreas was born in the village of Ebeltoft on the central east coast of Denmark and has spent his childhood years with the sea and open fields as neighbours. For a child of the North, fishing, bicycling, skiing, and hiking come along with your first steps and nature has always had a self-explanatory role in Andreas’ life. Between studies he left Denmark to travel and it was during his months in South America he discovered his curiosity and interest for geology. 

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Doug Gould

Expedition Leader

Travel and adventure were an integral part of Doug’s upbringing in a small town on the south shore of Long Island, New York. Growing up on the Great South Bay, his family claims Doug learned to sail before he learned to walk. Whether it was camping, sailing, birding, traveling across country or spending most of fifth grade living in Europe, Doug’s formative years left him with a love of wildlife, the outdoors, and a desire to keep moving. 

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