Lemaire Channel, Hidden Bay

Dec 06, 2019 - National Geographic Orion

After the spontaneous operation the previous evening, we started the day peacefully, approaching the Lemaire Channel after breakfast. The sun was shining all morning and the heavily glaciated mountain peaks rising skyward from the channel’s reflection. After going through Lemaire, our fantastic hotel team invited us to frühschoppen on the aft deck. Barbecue in true German style with hotdogs, spätzle, music, beer and bloody maries while the Captain was navigating us through the channel one more time. The scenery in this channel is breathtaking, and while seals and penguins were hanging out on ice or swimming beside the ship, with spectacular views of the heavily folded mountains in the background, National Geographic Orion repositioned itself to our afternoon destination in Hidden Bay.

The sun was still shining, the sky crystal blue and with perfect reflections in the ice full water our expedition leader, Peter Wilson, thought that this would be a perfect setting for a Zodiac cruise and kayaking! The expedition team and deck department quickly launched the kayaks and Zodiacs, and guests enjoyed paddling around the sapphire blue ice bergs in the bay. The afternoon was finished with one of Lindblad Expedition traditions: POLAR PLUNGE! A great number of fearless souls threw themselves into this refreshing challenge. Even Captain Alexander Dudov “jumped” into the freezing cold water.

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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. 

About the Photographer

David Spiegel

Naturalist/Certified Photo Instructor

David grew up in the Seattle area, where he fell in love with nature through outdoor sports in the Pacific Northwest. He first picked up a camera during a 14-day Grand Canyon river trip at the age of 18. Little did he know that his hobby would morph into a lifelong passion and career. He moved to Colorado to pursue a degree in International Political Economy from Colorado College. After receiving his degree, he applied his passion for media to documenting watershed conservation issues in the Colorado River Basin states through the lens of a 900-mile-long river expedition in 2012.

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