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  • Inian Islands and Fox Creek

    After a morning of adventurous wildlife tours on the highly productive waters of the Inian Islands, National Geographic Sea Lion repositioned for an afternoon of hiking at Fox Creek of Chicagof Island.  Chicagof Island is one of the “ABC” islands in Southeast Alaska, known for their populations of brown bears.  A perfect Southeast Alaska day, with a light rain, gray skies and an abundance of sights and sounds to absorb, we explored a small section of the Tongass National Forest.  To our surprise and delight, telltale signs of the circle of life and onset of summer were in abundance.. Read More

    • May 25, 2017
    • National Geographic Sea Lion in Alaska
  • Santa Cruz Island

    All our visitors had high expectations to see the giant reptiles of the Galapagos. Today we had an unparalleled experience to see the Galápagos Giant tortoises in their home islands. Santa Cruz Island is the base for the two main institutions that work as partners in the preservation of this enchanted archipelago. Read More

    • May 24, 2017
    • National Geographic Islander in Galápagos
  • Glacier Bay National Park

    Glacier Bay National Park is an absolute treasure for not only Alaska but also the entire world. It is located in the Tongass National Forest of Southeast Alaska, just north of the capital city of Juneau. This park, once only inhabited by tidewater glaciers and native inhabitants, is now host to evidence of the glacial geology, flora and fauna returning, and abundant wildlife, such as bears, mountain goats, eagles, sea otters, and sea lions. National Park rangers and a Tlingit cultural interpreter, Leonana, joined us on board the National Geographic Sea Bird for the day to share with us the wealth of information about this unique place. We navigated the bay up to the tidewater glaciers of Margerie and Grand Pacific. On the way, we glided past the banks of Gloomy Knob and Russell Cut in search of wildlife. After our adventures in Glacier Bay, we returned to Bartlett Cove where some walked the forest loop trail through a temperate rainforest bog, visited the newly constructed Tlingit Big House, and/or the skeletal remains of Snow, the humpback whale on display. The poetry and music of local, Kim Heacox, reminded us of what is important in life and how we are inspired by places in the natural wilderness.The raw beauty of this landscape told us a story of rock and sea. Read More

    • May 24, 2017
    • National Geographic Sea Bird in Alaska
  • Tromsø, Norway

    The dawn did not really break today as National Geographic Explorer made her way into Tromsø, the land of the midnight sun, the most northerly city in the world and the gateway to the Arctic. We have now entered the realm of 24-hour daylight. The day was bright, sunny and cool. The options opened to the guests were varied, with visits to the Polar Museum, the magnificent Arctic Cathedral that overlooks the town, the Tromsø Museum, and an option to take a birdwatching walk along the coastal edges of Hella Island. The museums were filled with excellent exhibits and the cathedral is a marvelous building. The birdwatchers enjoyed fantastic views of willow grouse, golden plover and the beautiful ruff. The birdwatchers also had the first reindeer sighting of the trip as they made their way back to the ship. The afternoon was free for the guests to enjoy a relaxing time in the town, before setting off in the evening to make our way across the Barents Sea and to Bear Island, the first island of the Svalbard Archipelago. . Read More

    • May 24, 2017
    • National Geographic Explorer in Arctic
  • Monemvasia and Sailing into the Aegean

    As we sat down to breakfast the Sea Cloud dropped anchor in the ‘gin-clear’ waters beneath the ramparts of the Byzantine walled city of Monemvasia on the southeastern coast of the Peloponnese. This was our bonus stop—and WOW—how to end a cruise on a high note! The climb up to the main square through the huge double iron-clad doors of the main town gate and along the uneven cobbled street was a bit challenging for some, but each step of the ascent was another step into the past. Read More

  • Saginaw Bay and Chatham Strait

    Paddles dip past the surface, slicing with delicate purpose through the glassy calm water that fills Saginaw Bay. Removed from the thrum of generators and engines, the silence seems almost loud, as it permeates the moment. Floating, skimming, gliding along in kayaks of determinedly cheery yellow we are able to tranquilly investigate the coastline. This particular mode of expedition transportation, especially under such ideal conditions, allows for one’s imagination to conceive that perhaps we are toeing the boundaries between planes. Allowing us to look down into clear waters and seeing the thriving life that exists along the rocky bottom, or organisms that gracefully pulse in a weightless world, feeding on the microscopic creatures that flourish in these cold waters. Above, bald eagles and ravens flaunt their own gravity-defying prowess, vocalizing occasionally to punctuate the otherwise pervasive quietude. Hovering on this boundary between air and liquid, wet and dry, cool and warm, presents a fuller picture of the environment we are so privileged to immerse ourselves in, figuratively of course.For those engaging in a more terrestrial exploration this morning there is much to see just along the beach and along the forest edge. Read More

    • May 24, 2017
    • National Geographic Sea Lion in Alaska
  • Tromsø, Norway

    National Geographic Orion sailed into the sheltered waters of Tromsø, Norway this morning. Despite its location 400km above the Arctic Circle we were treated to picture perfect weather. Since the 1800s Tromsø has been a gateway to the Arctic for explorers, whales and fur traders. Today Tromsø is our gateway to the Arctic as we embark North in search of walrus, polar bears and the midnight sun.. Read More

    • May 24, 2017
    • National Geographic Orion in Arctic
  • Floreana Island

    Today we disembarked before breakfast on the Island of Floreana, where we landed on a green-colored beach, made of a semi-precious stone called olivine. The photography group soon walked by a brackish water lagoon where we spotted greater flamingos. We spent our time enjoying the most beautiful birds in the world and learning how to photograph them. The other groups continued down a longer trail and arrived to a white coralline beach, where green sea turtles nest throughout the year. Read More

    • May 23, 2017
    • National Geographic Islander in Galápagos
  • Ideal Cove and Petersburg, Alaska

    This morning we followed the boardwalk up into Three Lakes Trail where our guests were able to choose from a variety of different hikes around the pristine state forest at Ideal Cove. A beautiful example of the rainforest in southeastern Alaska, the different walking groups were treated to several great wildlife encounters.In the afternoon we motored into Petersburg Harbor where we were treated to a host of activities such as scenic flightseeing, hikes in the muskeg (a uniquely Alaskan ecosystem), interpretive walks on the dock among the fishing fleet, and a look around the charming town of Petersburg by foot or bicycle. Read More

    • May 23, 2017
    • National Geographic Sea Lion in Alaska
  • 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

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