What an incredible first day in South Georgia. After making the crossing from South America, we were all excited to reach South Georgia…and wow, it delivered! We had perfect weather to stroll through the historical whaling station at Grytviken, and we encountered fin whales from the bow of the ship. To cap off an already spectacular day, we visited Gold Harbour to see thousands of king penguins. What a start to our trip!
National Geographic Explorer
A storm system redirected National Geographic Explorer to dock in Ushuaia one day earlier than anticipated at the beginning of the trip. Our last day together was spent touring the countryside of Ushuaia via buses organized by our wonderful team of agents based in the area. These agents provided a day full of breathtaking landscapes and an assortment of weather patterns. The buses served as a comfortable transport to two different lakes, Lake Escondido and Lake Fagnano. Lake Escondido is also known as Hidden Lake. It earned this name by often being covered in a thick layer of fog that conceals its location. We were lucky the winds were strong enough to provide us with a view at the photo stop alongside the road. At Lake Fagnano, our guests were invited to stroll along the marsh to look for birds. After our visits to the lakes, we were escorted to the top of Ushuaia, giving us a great view for our lunch before returning to the ship. A great day of forest views, snow, and peat bogs.