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  • At sea towards Falkland Islands

    The prospect of having two days at sea might be daunting to some but for the modern explorer it should be a welcome and infrequent break to think and place the previous weeks of traveling into perspective. Very rarely these days we expose ourselves to this kind of idle time, submerged in the fury of connectivity and restlessness that comes with our modern lifestyle. To some it might be just some time that needs to pass quickly to go back home, but for most it opens the opportunity to wrap around ideas, images, or memories of the amazing days spent in South Georgia. For some, even, it is a transcendental part of the trip as the Southern Ocean is the place to find and experience some of the most remarkable creatures that roam our planet. Wandering, black-browed, and light-mantled albatross, assorted petrels, and even some oceanic-going hourglass dolphins were spotted from the bridge during the day in a magnificent display of what these waters have to offer.

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  • Prion Island, South Georgia

    Our last landing on South Georgia was particularly dedicated to the bird with the largest wingspan in the world—the wandering albatross. The wake-up call this morning sounded very early to allow for the landing of several small groups of guests at Prion Island. This island has remained among the few rat-free areas on South Georgia and is still one of the few nesting colonies for wandering albatrosses around the main island. The American ornithologist Robert Cusham Murphy, having seen the wandering albatross for the first time, was so moved by the encounter that he left this quote, now to be found in the historical museum at Grytviken: “I now belong to a new cult of mortals, for I have seen the albatross.”

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  • Gold Harbour

    The morning started bright and early aboard the National Geographic Explorer as we made a pre-sunrise landing at Gold Harbour, arguably one of the most spectacular landing sites on South Georgia. Arriving ashore before sunrise, it is a most magnificent feeling to be amongst hundreds of thousands of pairs of breeding king penguins, fur seals, elephant seals, skuas, albatross and other wildlife as things begin to come to life with the rising of the sun.

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  • Jason Harbor & Fortuna Bay

    Another splendid day on board the National Geographic Explorer in South Georgia. After a night basking in the incredible starry skies guests awoke within Cumberland Bay ready for a morning at Jason Harbor. Guests were presented with a host of options for the morning’s activities including kayaking within a lagoon alongside hundreds of fur seal pups and hiking.

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  • Drygalski Fjord and North Coast

    Soon after breakfast, on this bright, sunny day, we pulled out of the swell that was causing the National Geographic Explorer to roll a little and we entered the mouth of Drygalski Fjord on the far southeastern end of South Georgia. The fjord runs west northwest for about two miles and is bordered by spectacular steep-sided cliffs and tumbling glaciers. Looking up one glacial valley to the north, one could see the high peak of Mount Carse towering over us.

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  • Willis Islands & Peggotty Bluff

    Braving the crossing from the Falkland Islands, the National Geographic Explorer came to the Willis Islands in the morning to witness a myriad of seabirds dipping and diving into the water to feed, including prions and grey-headed albatross. The Southern Ocean was showing its might, casting a northerly wind across the entirety of the north shore of South Georgia. Thus, much as Shackleton and his men did, we entered King Haakon Bay and came to land exactly at the site where the members of the Endurance expedition found terra firma, after their long, and impossible journey over from Elephant Island.

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  • At sea towards South Georgia

    The magnificent Southern Ocean look stunning under the sun this morning. The fog and mist of yesterday faded during the night to reveal the intense, deep blue of these waters. A large variety of the many seabirds that live here were seen during the day by avid observers, either from the cozy bridge of the National Geographic Explorer or, for the more adventurous, the outer decks. Several lectures and environmental considerations were presented to introduce us to South Georgia in preparation for our arrival tomorrow.

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  • At Sea from the Falklands to South Georgia

    Early this morning and the Falkland Islands were far behind us while South Georgia was far, far ahead. The sky was grey, the winds were moderate, and the sea was no more, nor less than what we expected. The seabirds were excited, particularly the largest ones, the ones who like plenty of air under their wings: the wandering albatross (a wingspan of 10-plus feet) and the royal albatross (also with a wingspan of 10-plus feet).

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  • Steeple Jason & Saunders Island

    Recently featured by National Geographic for their incredible wildlife the Falkland Islands did not disappoint today. We followed Paul Nicklen’s footsteps to the island of Steeple Jason which is home to the world’s largest breeding colony of black-browed albatross. Sitting atop the cliffs the sheer magnitude of the colony, say nothing of the individual size of its members, is hard to fathom. Further exploration revealed an island teaming with life. Sea lions roamed through the tussock grasses between the island’s beaches flanked by the ever present and opportunistic striated caracara.

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