Amundsen Gulf and Victoria Island
  • Daily Expedition Reports
  • 01 Aug 2022

Amundsen Gulf and Victoria Island, 8/1/2022, National Geographic Resolution

  • Aboard the National Geographic Resolution
  • Arctic

National Geographic Resolution spent the day exploring the southeastern shore of Victoria Island, Canada. Initially, we planned to disembark at the small hamlet of Ulukhaktok, but plans changed, and we spent the morning in a beautiful bay located east of town. Some of us took to kayaks while others boarded Zodiacs for gorgeous trips around the bay. The weather was exceptional, and the small bay was glassy as we investigated the shoreline. We observed cliffs of 720-million-year-old gabbro and gentle slopes of grassy tundra dotted with arctic willow, cotton grass, and sedges.  After returning to the ship, we gathered on deck for a lunch barbecue that featured chicken, fish, steak, and hot dogs for the main course. During the afternoon, the water of Amundsen Gulf was glassy smooth as National Geographic Resolution turned west through scattered ice floes. At 4:00 p.m., guests boarded Zodiacs for an incredible, sunny journey through the glittering floes and reflective ice. As we made our way through the ice, numerous seals swam around us or watched us from the ice. National Geographic Resolution paralleled the Zodiacs and picked us up after an hour of fantastic views. Upon boarding the ship, we met in the Ice Lounge to hear Captain Martin’s plan for the upcoming days of travel toward Nome, Alaska. Then we dined on a superb dinner as we continued west.  Our evening was capped by Ezra’s fascinating story of Amundsen’s journey through the Northwest Passage.

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