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  • North Seymour and Rábida Islands

    Today we had the opportunity to explore a couple of Islands on the central realm of the archipelago, in the morning was North Seymour Island and in the afternoon Rábida Island.

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  • Djúpivogur, Iceland

    It’s 5:45 a.m. and it seems just about a little too early to be hearing that Irish accentented alarm clock telling us to get up and be ready for the day. However, sure enough, most of us were out on the coaches and already on the road by 6:30 a.m. for a beautiful ride along the dramatic East Iceland coastline. Our goal for the day was to explore the mighty Vatnajökull Glacier (which is the biggest ice cap outside the polar regions and the third biggest glacier in the world) intimately by super jeeps, snow mobiles, and by boat.

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  • Krestof Island, De Groff Bay

    Moving through an intact ecosystem brings a certain well feeling of rightness; a bone-deep sense of belonging and a joy in just being a part of life on our small and enchanting planet. And following a brown bear trail marked by fresh footprints and signs heightens all the senses. Our walks today through the deep forest and the intertidal brought us right into the heart of this coastal temperate rainforest wilderness.

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  • Clavero and Puerto Miguel

    Today we woke up to a nice cloudy day in the Amazon, giving us good light for photography. Along the ride, we spotted some black collar hawks, neo-tropical cormorants, and a large number of great egrets not far away from the river bank, feeding halfway up to the canopy.

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  • Sailing North

    This morning we woke to a lovely sunrise, casting large icebergs surrounding the ship in shades of pinks and purples. Crunching through the ice, the National Geographic Explorer sailed further north into the High Arctic, in between Canada and Greenland. In an attempt to dissuade some of the more adventurous among us, naturalist Karen Copeland presented a talk highlighting the trials and tribulations of surviving in the bone chilling Arctic. Several guests did not heed Karen’s warnings, and decided to plunge into the icy abyss anyway!

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  • Tobermory and Inverie on the Knoydart Peninsula

    We woke up to a morning in Tobermory—one of the prettiest places on our trip. The multi-coloured houses put you in a great mood as soon as you see them. Which is why some of us decided to go for a wee walk around the town, with some shopping along the way.

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  • Seyðisfjörður

    As we sailed along the fjord into the small town of Seyðisfjörður, the majestic Mount Bjólfur towered to our north. The mountain is named after the area's first settler, and even though he arrived here over 1000 years ago, we know his name thanks to the Landnámabók, a medieval manuscript that documents in detail the Norse settlement of Iceland, which began in the late 800s.

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  • Williams Cove, Tracy Arm and South Sawyer Glacier

    This morning we continued our 140-mile journey from Haines toward the calm waters of Tracy Arm Fjord. After a scrumptious breakfast we headed out to explore Williams Cove by kayak and foot. We then refuelled with a warm lunch and headed out for more adventures in Tracy Arm.  In view of the blue face of South Sawyer Glacier we enjoyed the brisk afternoon weather among icebergs and harbor seals.

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  • Lake Eva and Chatham Strait

    This morning we disembarked at Lake Eva on Baranof Island, where we fanned out for hikes through the old growth forest and kayaking through the salmon- and Dungeness crab-filled estuary.  My group devoted all morning to the long trek up to Lake Eva itself, along the way pausing riverside to watch salmon swirl in an eddy under the roots of old growth trees they help nourish.  These pink salmon (aka “humpies”) are making their way up their natal stream – remarkably, after hundreds or even thousands of miles journeying through the North Pacific Ocean, salmon return to the very stream where they hatched in gravel beds 2-7 years before.  Now they will never to see the ocean again.  Done eating, they are using every ounce of stored energy to fight the current upstream to spawn and usher forth the next generation, their final act.  Farther up the trail, we encountered a grove of huge old-growth Sitka spruce.  We craned our necks upward, and wondered at their antiquity.  Speaking to the group about the history of logging on the Tongass National Forest, I guessed this tree was at least 500 years old, having germinated before the English language was ever spoken in western North America.

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  • Pacaya River

    After breakfast, we went deep and far into the Pacaya River, the farthest destination we will have on our expedition this week. A constant rain and drizzle accompanied us in the first hours of exploration. The latter reminded us that we are in fact in one of the wettest ecosystems on Earth. 

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