Daily Expedition Reports

Daily reports from our days in the field

  • Tracy Arm - Ford’s Terror Wilderness

    After a 125-mile cruise south from Haines, we crossed over a submarine glacier moraine and into the Tracy Arm-Ford’s Terror Wilderness. Read More

    • Jun 22, 2017
    • National Geographic Sea Bird in Alaska
  • Haines, Alaska

    Today we celebrated the summer solstice in Haines, Alaska.  We’ve seen diverse landscapes, extraordinary sightings and unique sounds, and they’ve provided great inspiration for photography and our individual contemplations. Our youngest travelers were invited to share some of their reflections with you – these are their contributions. Read More

    • Jun 21, 2017
    • National Geographic Sea Bird in Alaska
  • Chilkat State Park

    The south wind and rain were at our stern this morning as we woke up in Lynn Canal. We were heading towards our destination of Chilkat State Park for our morning activity of hiking and Zodiac cruising. The surrounding mountains were stunning with hanging glaciers and waterfalls. The midsummer wildflowers were spectacular during our morning hike. The clouds parted in the afternoon as we pulled in for a great view of Haines Alaska.. Read More

    • Jun 20, 2017
    • National Geographic Sea Bird in Alaska
  • Barentsøya; Edgeøya, Svalbard

    Fog hung over the landscape this morning, creating a dramatic view of the slopes at the southern end of Barentsøya and the passage between Barentsøya and Edgeøya was spotted with crumpled chunks of ice. Strong tidal currents in this narrow passage causes the ice to move back and forth and crash into each other. Fortunately the passage had become clear of ice, so from the west we were able to get close enough for a morning of activities. Soon after breakfast, Zodiacs transported everyone ashore for a wide variety of hikes - long, medium, short, and photo oriented walks, depending on what our guests wanted to do. Read More

    • Jun 19, 2017
    • National Geographic Explorer in Alaska
  • Glacier Bay National Park

    Grand Pacific Glacier buried Glacier Bay 250 years ago. Today we cruised 60 miles north to see the dark, rocky face of the glacier, and the beautiful white face of Margerie Glacier next to it. The recently uncovered shores and waters have transformed into a rich habitat for mountain goats, brown bears, Steller sea lions, sea otters and humpback whales, all of which we observed during the day.. Read More

    • Jun 19, 2017
    • National Geographic Sea Bird in Alaska
  • Williams Cove/Tracey Arm

    Well, luckily that intense sunshine of yesterday yielded to softer, more normal Southeast Alaska clouds and rain!  We spent the morning in Williams Cove, a wonderful place to introduce this part of Alaska while surrounded by beautiful temperate rainforest and immersed in mud.  National Geographic Sea Lion then made her way further inland in dramatic Tracey Arm fjord where we took to our trusty, icebreaker rubber boats for a tour through the ice to the front of South Sawyer glacier.  On our way back down Tracey Arm fjord, we came upon a large ‘cinnamon’ black bear feeding in the intertidal on algae and barnacles.  What a day!. Read More

    • Jun 19, 2017
    • National Geographic Sea Lion in Alaska
  • Cross Sound, Southeast Alaska

    This morning the National Geographic Sea Bird anchored off George Island in Cross Sound. Our activities for the morning included kayaking, hiking, and expedition landing craft cruises on and around the island. After a delicious lunch we went ashore to explore the lovely small town of Elfin Cove. Later on in the afternoon we used expedition landing craft to explore the abundance of wildlife in and around Cross Sound and Inian Islands.. Read More

    • Jun 18, 2017
    • National Geographic Sea Bird in Alaska
  • Cruising for whales and Pavlof Harbor

    We were woken up by Humpback whales bubble-net feeding off Morris Reef, then again in Chatham Strait, followed by a photo presentation by Michael Nolan. After lunch we pulled into Pavlof Harbor for hiking, Zodiac cruises and kayaking. The highlight was a close encounter with a brown bear.. Read More

    • Jun 17, 2017
    • National Geographic Sea Bird in Alaska
  • Cascade Creek to Petersburg

    Today began with misty skies and low clouds hanging over the peaks as we continued to sail towards our morning destination. The water was calm and pretty with varying patterns on the surface. As we turned into beautiful Thomas Bay, the sun broke through lightly and briefly. We anchored, and after enjoying a delicious and hearty breakfast, we set for shore in the expedition landing crafts to hike along Cascade Creek, a wonderful cascade of water that rushes downhill through the lush and green temperate rainforest. . Read More

    • Jun 16, 2017
    • National Geographic Sea Lion in Alaska
  • Chatham Straight Video

    The call came early this morning, well before breakfast, that cooperative humpback whale bubble net feeding was observed form the bridge.  This animal behavior is unique and quite extraordinary.  It is only seen here in Southeast Alaska.  As the humpback whales make their way from the breeding grounds of Hawaii to the feeding grounds of Alaska an interesting phenomena occurs. The whales, both males and females but unrelated come together as a group, sometimes a small number of 4-5; other groups are quite large with more than 15 animals involved.  These groups get together and using specific tools corral herring and other prey to the surface of the water where they are devoured by the huge mass of marine mammals.  Using their flukes to move the fish, their voices to further scare the prey and bubbles to hem them in, the whales create a huge aggregation of fish.  We were witness to this cooperative feeding again and again as the whales went through their paces. The conditions were ideal as the seas were calm enough to see the bubbles at the surface which would show where the whales would appear.We saw two different groups in Chatham Straight performing this behavior both before and after breakfast. Read More

    • Jun 15, 2017
    • National Geographic Sea Lion in Alaska

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