Daily Expedition Reports

Daily reports from our days in the field


  • Dynjandi and Vigur Island, Iceland

    Roaring and magnificent Dynjandi, the thundering waterfall known as the Jewel of the Westfjords, plunges more than 100 meters from a high cliff. Here in the glacially carved Westfjords, a large contingent of us hiked a few miles, following the edge of the fjord where towering cliffs loomed above, before reaching the waterfall. Many colorful wildflowers and tundra plants—lady’s mantle, meadow buttercups, common cottongrass, wild geraniums, bilberries, bog bilberries, crowberries, and dwarf birch—grew along our path. 

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  • Flatey & Látrabjarg, Westfjords

    We started our journey with a perfect departure from Reykjavik, with clear skies and green mountain landscapes ahead of us and the opera house, Harpa, glistening in the distance behind us as we sailed away. 

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  • Westman Islands, Iceland

    With the guidance of Captain Aaron Wood and the local pilot, we sailed into the narrow harbor opening of Heimaey, Westman Islands, as the sun broke through the clouds. Heimaklettur, or home cliff, welcomed us with a stunning vista of Icelandic sheep balancing on sheer cliffs. 

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  • Djúpivogur, Iceland

    Today is ice day! In the land of ice and fire, this is the day we approach the extreme glacier ice landscapes. Currently, there are 269 glaciers in Iceland that cover eleven percent of the land surface, but many are rapidly melting. Nonetheless, we saw excellent examples of glacial landforms throughout the day. 

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  • Seyðisfjörður, Iceland

    The past 24 hours in Iceland were a whirlwind of weather extremes, ocean cruising, wildlife encounters, and some wonderful hiking. Our after-dinner visit to the island of Grimsey took place during a heavy drizzle, and the misty weather only added to the remote, Arctic atmosphere as we spread out along the clifftop and observed the charismatic Atlantic puffins at their nesting sites. 

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  • Akureyri, Lake Mývatn, Iceland

    National Geographic Explorer was once again docked in Akureyri. We disembarked early in the morning, heading out to tour geological formations that we couldn’t get to by ship. We explored sites around Lake Mývatn, an area with a great variety of geologically active features—bubbling mud pools, caves with hot pools, volcanic craters covered with vegetation—that made for an otherworldly, picturesque landscape. 

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  • Akureyri and Siglufjörður,

    National Geographic Explorer came alongside in some much-needed sunshine in the town of Akureyri. With the help of shuttle buses, guests were given the morning to explore the city and enjoy the weather. Highlights included the botanical gardens—which were surprisingly vibrant and rich in flora given their northerly location—and a church from the 1940s. The ship then headed to Siglufjörður, once home to a booming herring fishing industry. We spent the afternoon diving back into the lives of the herring girls at the museum.

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  • Ísafjörður, Westfjords, Iceland

    Guests awoke docked alongside the beautiful town of Ísafjörður, at the foot of spectacular glacier-carved mountains. The morning’s itinerary included two options: a hike through spectacular scenery to Valagil waterfall or a scenic flowers-and-fjords tour. In true expedition style, the afternoon was spent searching for whales, followed by an impromptu landing at Ædey, a seabird colony never before visited by Lindblad.

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  • Dynjandi and Vigur Island, Iceland

    Our morning expedition began at the waterfall Dynjandi, located in Dynjandisvogur, an inlet off the larger Arnárfjörđur or Eagle Fjord. It was plain to see why this spectacular falls is called the Thundering Waterfall or the jewel of the Westfjords.

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  • Flatey & Latrabjarg Cliff, Iceland

    Following Knutur’s performance, we meandered through the grass fields of Flatey toward one of the island’s main highlights: the church. Built in 1926, the church features paintings and murals by the artist Baltasar Samper, a Spaniard with Icelandic citizenship. The murals showcase some of the region’s wildlife, such as the white-tailed eagle (Haliaeetus albicilla), as well as a representation of a Nordic Jesus Christ.

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