Daily Expedition Reports

Daily reports from our days in the field

  • At sea towards South Georgia

    In the early morning we crossed the Antarctic Convergence. This front defines the line where the tempered waters from the north clash with the cold water from the south, along with the air that constantly cycles around the Antarctic continent.

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  • At Sea Towards South Georgia

    Following two wonderful days exploring the Falkland Islands, enjoying the company of thousands of nesting seabirds and penguins as well as personal stories shared by island residents, we have taken to the open ocean for our first passage. National Geographic Explorer will transit nearly 900 nautical miles from East Falkland to South Georgia, heading just south of east across fortunately calm seas.

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  • Bull Point & Bleaker Island, East Falklands

    It was a great day of exploration in East Falkland today, after an evening crossing of the Falkland Sound, the body of water separating East and West Falkland. This was a first for Lindblad Expeditions, and it allowed many of us to see some new and very interesting sites. The first landing of the day was the windswept beach at Bull Point.

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  • Saunders and Keppel Islands, Falklands

    Our first day exploring wildlife was met with a fresh breeze and welcoming smiles as our guests took to shore to discover a colony of black-browed albatross and rockhopper penguins. Zodiac rides ashore were guided by Commerson’s and Peale’s dolphins, and along the shoreline, kelp geese and oystercatchers flipped over beach refuse in search of a meal. But perhaps the most unexpected wildlife came from below the water as our dive team rolled off the Zodiacs to explore the marine environment existing under the kelp-strewn waves.

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  • Stanley, Falkland Islands

    The final day of our expedition was spent exploring the town of Stanley in the Falkland Islands. The capital of this British Overseas Territory, Stanley contains 75 percent of the population living in the Falklands. Our tours of the area were to either visit a local hydroponic farm where a lot of the produce is grown, take a tour of the city and surrounding area by bus, or take a long hike at the nearby Mount Tumbledown. Having arrived early to the dock, we were able to eat lunch ashore at some of the local establishments and spend ample time at the museum commemorating the conflict with Argentina in 1982. A peaceful and fascinating day ashore in the Falkland Islands complete with on-and-off sunshine was the perfect way to cap off this epic voyage.

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  • At Sea towards the Falkland Islands

    Our two-and-a-half-day journey back from South Georgia helped put everything we experienced over the past week into perspective. Dedicating what seems like an eternity at sea just to get to a destination is not a common occurrence in modern times where everything needs to happen “right now.” So fantastic and remote is the place we just visited that it deserves this extra time to force us to reflect—on our visit, how incredibly lucky we were to experience it in some unexpected weather, and just how lucky we are in general.  

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  • At Sea to the Falkland Islands

    Today was the first of two days at sea, with South Georgia behind us and the Falkland Islands ahead of us. At the beginning of our voyage we had two days in West Falkland; now we are looking forward to a day in East Falkland.

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  • King Haakon Bay, South Georgia

    During the night, we made our way around the western corner of the main island of South Georgia. A brisk northwesterly wind roughed up the seas but most on board did not notice as they slumbered. By morning, we were off the wide mouth of the only bay along the south side of South Georgia where landing is permitted.

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  • Stromness & Prion Island, South Georgia

    We began our morning in Stromness, a whaling station that was operating when Ernest Shackleton, Frank Worsley, and Tom Crean made their epic journey across South Georgia in 1916. Many of us hiked to the Shackleton waterfall, traversing the final few kilometers of the crossing. This morning we also conducted a BioBlitz where guests captured images of plants and animals seen on their hike to submit to the popular nature website iNaturalist and help support citizen science initiatives. In the afternoon, we visited Prion Island, one of the only visitor sites where the wandering albatross can be found nesting.

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  • Cooper & St. Andrews Bay, South Georgia

    It was a stunning morning on the water as we cruised in Zodiacs around Cooper Bay. We were delighted to see huge icebergs looming in the distance and sunny blue skies. Our Zodiac cruise brought us to a macaroni and chinstrap penguin colony, while some were also lucky enough to have an encounter with a large female leopard seal, who swam curiously around the boats.  In the afternoon, we came upon the largest king penguin colony on South Georgia at St. Andrews Bay, a colony first described in 1883 during the German International Polar Year Expedition.

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