Jun 10, 2019 - National Geographic Explorer

National Geographic Explorer continued south into Krossfjorden to begin our last full day exploring the Svalbard Archipelago. The weather could not have been more ideal: blue skies, calm waters, and the stillness of brisk Arctic air. Krossfjorden had more snow than was expected but still made for a nice morning hike. We trekked through thick, white snow alongside prints left by an arctic fox. The view from the rocky summit was mesmerizing.

Pairs of explorers ventured out in tandem kayaks for a paddle through the crystal waters, shallow enough to view the kelp on the seafloor. An arctic fox scampered along the rocky hillside with a barnacle goose’s egg in his mouth while flocks of black-legged kittiwakes warned each other of his presence.

In the early afternoon, we arrived in Stefan’s Garden to take our final Zodiac cruise for this expedition. A bearded seal napped on a nearby ice floe. Our evening concluded with a fantastic captain’s dinner celebration that was punctuated by a blue whale sighting! What a beautiful day in the Arctic!

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Jennie Warmouth; Mindy Steele

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Max Seigal

Max Seigal

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Max Seigal grew up in beautiful Boulder, Colorado, and spent his early years working at his parent’s veterinary clinic, which sparked his love for animals. At a young age, Max fell in love with conservation and travel. He studied abroad in both Costa Rica and the Bahamas during high school, and went on to graduate summa cum laude from Ohio Wesleyan University with degrees in environmental science, zoology, and economics.

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Ashley was raised in the foothills of the Cascade Range in Central Oregon. After childhood careers in ski racing, equestrian sports, classical piano, and summer jobs on a dude ranch, she emerged as a unique hybrid of adventuress, hobby farmer, and storyteller. 

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