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  • Isabela

    We started our day very early doing a wet landing on a black sandy beach where turtles come to lay eggs at all times of the year. A few steps from the beach we encounter a couple of young giant tortoises which gladly posed for our avid paparazzi and even walked up to us.

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  • The Ice Edge

    Guests were woken up for their last day on board the National Geographic Explorer as she approached the ice edge north of 80°. The trip was definitely ending on a high as we ploughed into the thicker ice and were greeted by yet another polar bear – our 21st polar bear spotting on this trip! The bear watched us from a distance as it moved in and out of the water ahead of the ship.

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  • Isabela & Fernandina Island

    First day of exploration of the western islands of the Galapagos, Isabela and Fernandina. Early in the morning we started with a whale watching activity and crossed the equator line. Later we arrived to Punta Vicente Roca where we found some sunfish, cormorants, and almost a hundred sea turtles. In the afternoon Punta Espinoza dazzlled everyone with its hundreds of Marine iguanas and new born baby sea lions.

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  • Kyle of Lochalsh – Armadale – Inverie

    Shortly after breakfast, two blue coaches pulled up to the boat to take us on our morning outings. One group ventured off with Robin and Eric into the heart of the Cuillin Mountains on the Isle of Skye. The Cuillin Mountains are volcanic and they were formed over 60 million years ago. The Black Cuillins are made of dark volcanic gabbro and the Red Cuillins are made of rusty-red granite. Our path went between the Black and the Red peaks, traveling up the Sligachan Valley. Bright yellow bog asphodel, lavender bell heather, and white cottongrass splashed color across the valley. A few sundews grew along the trail, an insectivorous plant that can make a hearty meal of the midges that accompanied us for part of the walk. 

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  • Torshavn, Faroe Islands

    The Faroe Islands are an extremely wild, open smattering of land in the North Atlantic Ocean. They sit about halfway between Norway and Iceland, 200 miles northwest of Scotland. These rugged lands are home to roughly 50,000 people and a subpolar oceanic climate.

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  • Misty Fjords National Monument

    Today we woke up in Misty Fjords National Monument near New Eddystone Rock. As we traveled down Rudyerd Bay we stopped to admire a young brown bear feeding on sedges. We also found a group of hauled-out harbor seals enjoying the temperate weather.

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  • Fernandina and Isabela Islands

    An island that takes us back to very beginning of time, Punta Espinoza in the morning, the youngest island of the chain, Fernandina is around two hundred and fifty thousand years old which in geological time it’s considered a new born baby.  We talked about the very early processes of life.  The formation of soil, the simplicity of the ecosystem together with its fragility made us think that this place needs to be conserved so the life cycles of the few species that inhabit this part of the planet can continue with its evolutionary processes.

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  • Lerwick, Shetland, Scotland

    When you pull back the layers in the Shetland Islands, you never know what treasures you might unearth. Dig through the peat that blankets the rugged landscape and you may come across ancient ruins, such as those at the impressive archeological site of Jarlshof. Peel open the layers of paper surrounding the meal you just ordered at Lerwick's best chip shop, and you may uncover haggis, black pudding or hamburger, deep fried and dripping with grease...a guilty pleasure if ever there was one.

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  • Krossfjorden

    Today along the west coast of Spitsbergen Island we explored Krossfjorden and the amazing tidewater glaciers descending from the incredible peaks and heights of this dramatic coast. At Lilliehöökbreen we experienced some rather epic calving along the five-mile face of this extraordinary glacier. Further down the fjord we soaked up our last outing off the ship exploring the coast by zodiac looking for Atlantic puffins and enjoying the icy surroundings of the 14th of July glacier.

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  • Bartolome Island

    Located just off the east coast of Santiago Island, Bartolome is one of the most famous islands in the Galápagos archipelago. It received its name after naturalist and lifelong friend of Charles Darwin, Sir Bartholomew James Sullivan, who was a lieutenant aboard the HMS Beagle

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