Daily Expedition Reports
Geographic Harbor and At Sea

Eric Wehrmeister, Video Chronicler, July 2019

  • Daily Expedition Reports
  • 23 Jul 2019

Geographic Harbor and At Sea

  • Aboard the National Geographic Orion
  • Arctic
National Geographic Orion had anchored in Geographic Harbor overnight, still within Katmai National Park. We were then in place to offer early rising guests an opportunity to go kayaking before breakfast. It promised to be a pleasant and colorful day. Later in the morning we explored Geographic Harbor by Zodiac. This is the location where the Griggs Expedition, supported by National Geographic, set off in 1916 to learn about the massive eruption that occurred in the area in 1912. Now known as Novarupta, it was the largest volcanic eruption in the 20th century. We still see ash deposits as evidence of the cataclysm. The water in Geographic Harbor was very clear and our dive team went in to film life below the surface. There were many bald eagles posing for photographs, but the brown bears were the highlight during the morning excursions. The afternoon was filled with interesting presentations, conversations, recap, and a lovely dinner. The energy onboard was palpable after another exciting day aboard National Geographic Orion .

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