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  • Pylos, Greece

    Pylos is a place whose origins are to be sought in the mists of time. A place where history intertwines with myth, a place with more than its share of turbulent and tragic battles and sieges over the past 2,500 years. According to Homer, this southwestern region of the Peloponnese was once governed by the sage and benevolent King Nestor, who lived atop a hill in a mighty citadel. Read More

  • Endicott Arm

    As the mists around the ship lifted this morning, small chunks of floating ice (sometimes known as bergy bits) came into sight. These small blue icebergs were scattered around the steep glacial valley of Endicott Arm. We travelled further up the valley and saw the source of the ice when Dawes Glacier came into view. Read More

    • May 23, 2017
    • National Geographic Sea Bird in Alaska
  • Lofoten Islands, Norway

    We woke up just as National Geographic Explorer anchored off Måstad on the south side of Værøy. This is one of the largest islands in outer Lofoten. Måstad is a small abandoned fishing village. The inhabitants of this village used to make a living from fishing, small-scale farming and harvesting sea birds and eggs as part of their food supply. The puffins were caught with the help of a special breed of dog called the Norwegian Lundehund, which translates to puffin dog.Some of the old cultural landscape near the village is now protected, and so are the puffins and most of the other seabird species. Read More

    • May 23, 2017
    • National Geographic Explorer in Arctic
  • Drag and Hellmobotn, Norway

    Today our exploration of the Norwegian fjords turned toward the people who have lived in this beautiful, rugged region for many centuries: the Sámi.In the morning we went to the village of Drag to visit Árran, a Sámi Cultural Center. Read More

    • May 23, 2017
    • National Geographic Orion in Arctic
  • Amazon Natural Park and Piraña Creek

    Our second day exploring the Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve began with a delicious breakfast aboard <em>Delfin II</em>. Right after breakfast we visited Amazon Natural Park, which is a private reserve. We hiked a lovely trail after cruising a manmade lake created for fish farming. We enjoyed the lush forest and had the opportunity to go through hanging bridges observing the wildlife of the canopy.After lunch we arrived to a Kokama Kokamiria village called Puerto Prado. Read More

    • May 23, 2017
    • Delfin II in Amazon
  • Lofoten Islands

    Today we started exploring of one of Norway’s most iconic landscapes: the Lofoten Islands. Our first stop was the small island of Skrova, home to one of our Norwegian pilots. Led by a local guide we walked through the small town surrounded by thousands and thousands of cod fish left to dry on wooden racks, just as the inhabitants of the islands have been doing for centuries. Our guide explained that nothing goes to waste on this island, not even fish: as most of the meat is sold to Italy, the heads are shipped to Nigeria and the guts are used to feed farmed salmon.Our morning walk ended with a splendid coffee break at a small family-owned café called Hilde and Terje, which opened especially for us and prepared fantastic waffles and cakes! We used the rest of our time before lunch to cruise around Skrova on Zodiacs, listening to staff recount their stories of the island. Read More

    • May 22, 2017
    • National Geographic Orion in Arctic
  • Casual Trail and Nauta Caño

    This morning we eagerly awoke very early to explore the tributaries of the Amazon River. Navigating easily with our small maneuverable skiffs through the narrow sections of some of these tributaries, with the aid of our expert skiff-drivers and nature guides, we saw biodiversity everywhere. Beginning with the lush dense forest, with trees of all sizes and all shades of green to the incredible number of species of birds that constantly flew out of the forest, or were spotted by the incredibly sharp eyes of our naturalists and skiff drivers.. Read More

    • May 22, 2017
    • Delfin II in Amazon
  • Fords Terror and Dawes Glacier, Endicott Arm

    Waking up this morning in Holkham Bay, National Geographic Sea Lion was surrounded by the epic beauty of Southeast Alaska as we entered one of the most beautiful fjord systems in the world.. Read More

    • May 22, 2017
    • National Geographic Sea Lion in Alaska
  • Petersburg, Alaska

    The day began with rain and mist, not surprising given that Southeast Alaskan weather is described as having “liquid sunshine.” It continued as we ported in the Norwegian-influenced town of Petersburg, Alaska. Hikes at the muskeg and around the dock and town allowed opportunities to appreciate the unique fishing culture and charm of this Alaskan gem. Some of us decided to take a self-guided stroll, visiting local shops and fixtures. The evening recap and dinner focused on the theme of harvesting the bounty of the sea, complete with a crab feast. Another day full of wonder. . Read More

    • May 22, 2017
    • National Geographic Sea Bird in Alaska
  • Española Island

    This is just our first full day in Galapagos, our first adventure, our first exploration of this enchanted archipelago. We had fun from sunrise to sunset, visiting Gardner Bay in the morning and Punta Suarez in the afternoon, both places full of animals and surprises. Different adventurous activities were offered to our avid explorers, such as deep water snorkelling and hiking.About 5 million years old, Española is the oldest island in the Galapagos. Read More

    • May 22, 2017
    • National Geographic Islander in Galápagos
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