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  • Liefdefjorden, Svalbard

    Today we spent our time in Leifdefjorden on the island of Spitsbergen as we began to make our way west from Nordaustlandet. The terrain is very different here—dominated by 380-million-year-old Devonian rocks very similar to the Old Red Sandstone of Britain and Ireland, giving a very distinctive dark-red color to the landscape. We began the morning with Zodiac cruises in front of Monacobreen, a large and spectacular glacier that empties into Leifdefjorden. The glacier has retreated markedly since the first time Lindblad Expeditions ships visited here in 1987 but remains very beautiful. As we cruised along the edge of the brash ice and into the first-year pancake ice in front of the glacier, we were welcomed by several young bearded seals who seemed to be very curious about us.

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  • Floreana Island

    We visited Punta Cormorant on Floreana at 6:15 am, landed on a sandy beach and saw blue-footed boobies, flamingoes, fly catchers, lava lizards and walked a gravel path to a flour like white sandy beach used for sea turtles as a nesting site.

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  • Santa Cruz Island

    This morning we land on the second largest island in the archipelago and encounter a bustling human population. All ships visit Santa Cruz as this island has a large population of giant tortoises that we are able to encounter in the lush highlands. A very distinct vegetation zone surrounds these massive reptiles as they move in and out of the dense undergrowth, relax in the settled water ponds, and become covered in thick mud.

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  • Futuna, East ‘Uvea

    As the sun rose on another day in paradise, National Geographic Orion made its way between Futuna and Alofi, the destination for the day’s activities. The morning’s itinerary took guests on a tour of the beautiful island of Futuna, visiting a cannibal oven and the Cathedral of Poi whilst accompanied by friendly islanders. After a morning basking in the sun, most guests were itching to get in the water and the island of Alofi gave them the perfect opportunity.

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  • Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve

    Our second day finds us in one of the most pristine wilderness areas of the world: Glacier Bay National Park. This 3.3 million acre wilderness is also designated as a Biosphere Reserve and World Heritage site for the unique opportunity to study and observe ecological succession in the wake of rapid and modern glacial recession, beginning around 250 years ago. With a National Park Service Ranger and Huna Tlingit Cultural Interpreter as our guides, we explore this bay and learn about its story as a home, and as a homeland.

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  • Sjuøyane (Seven Islands), Svalbard

    During the night, the National Geographic Explorer brought us past 80° N on our sail towards Sjuøyane, which literally means the Seven Islands. As the wake-up call sounded, we found ourselves close to Phippsøya, the largest of these islands. Sjuøyane makes up the northernmost part of dry land in Svalbard and in Norway as a whole.

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  • Floreana Island

    Early morning, we start a hike where we spotted more than 40 flamingos in a salt water lagoon, sting rays at the sandy bottom, and red crabs in the black lava rocks. After breakfast, we went to ¨Champion¨, for zodiac ride, deep-water snorkel and glass bottom boat. Champion is a magical place full of life. We spot blue footed boobies, Galapagos gulls, pelicans, frigate birds and many sea lions playing along the shore. In the afternoon, we visit the Post Office Bay a historical site that used to be visited by whaling ships back in the early 1800s. Our global explorer went directly to swim and snorkel at the beach, followed by kayak and paddleboard along the shore. We spot more sea lions playing, and Pacific green sea turtles resting underwater and lava herons hunting. Another beautiful day enjoying paradise onboard National Geographic Endeavor II.

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  • Española: Gadrner Bay & Punta Suárez

    Today we reached the oldest island of the Archipelago, Española. Like San Cristobal, it also harbors a unique set of species that are endemic to Española. This includes the Española mockingbird, the Española lava lizard, the Christmas iguana; a subspecies of marine iguana that is unique to Española. We also saw waved albatross that nest on Española and La Plata Island. These magnificent birds travel all the way to Peru to feed their chicks.

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  • Wallis, East ‘Uvea

    National Geographic Orion navigated the narrow channel entrance to the Wallis Island Atoll. With incredible early morning light and a calm sea state we were all on deck to take in the view. After an incredible morning of exploring Wallis Island, we headed to a small motu for an afternoon of kayaking, snorkeling, and stand-up paddleboarding.

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  • Endicott Arm

    This is a “Wild unfinished Yosemite…its domes swell against the sky in fine lines as lofty and as perfect in form as those of the California Valley, and rock trunks stand forward, as sheer and as nobly sculpted. No ice work that I have ever seen surpasses this, either in the magnitude of the features or effectiveness of composition.”

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