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The Best Expedition Photos of 2021

After more than 15 months without travel, in June 2021 Lindblad Expeditions’ fleet was at sea again. Since then, we have made up for lost time, exploring Alaska, Iceland, the Galápagos Islands, the Pacific Northwest, Antarctica, Baja California, and Costa Rica. As always, our field staff filed Daily Expedition Reports filled with incredible photos; below, enjoy some of our favorites. 

 

Here's to another great year of exploration in 2022. We hope you'll join us! 

 

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Misty Fjords National Monument Wilderness Area, Alaska

Wild Alaska Escape: Juneau to Ketchikan, June 26, 2021

bear

We found a coastal brown bear feeding on sedges in the meadow. —Jeff Litton, Naturalist/Certified Photo Instructor

 

Revillagigedo Channel, Alaska

Wild Alaska Escape: Juneau to Ketchikan, June 26, 2021

sunset

We left the dock and sailed south through the Revillagigedo Channel under a dappled orange sky. —Jeff Litton, Naturalist/Certified Photo Instructor


Tracy Arm-Ford’s Terror Wilderness Area, Alaska

Wild Alaska Escape: Sitka to Juneau, July 19, 2021

zodiac and iceberg

We got up close and personal with one of my favorite glaciers, South Sawyer, this morning. Zodiacs zoomed around ice, and we kept our eyes fixed on this glacier, hoping for a big chunk to fall off the face and splash into the water below. Our patience was rewarded with the “sumdum,” the sight and sound of a glacier when it calves. —Kimberly Baldwin, Naturalist


Seymour Island, Galápagos

Wild Galapagos Escape, July 19, 2021

blue footed booby feet

Blue-footed boobies are born without coloration in their feet. The source of their blue feet is in their diet. When they start feeding on fresh fish, they take in a pigment called carotenoids that turn their feet blue. —Africa Berdonces, Naturalist
(Photo by Patricio Maldonado, Naturalist/Certified Photo Instructor)

 

Isafjardardjup, Iceland

A Circumnavigation of Iceland, August 7, 2021

tern and chicks

Arctic tern feeding chicks. —Stefan Thorgeirsson, Cultural Specialist

 

Floreana Island, Galápagos

Wild Galapagos Escape, October 3, 2021

snorkeling with dolphins

Amazing and very rare experience of a dolphin pod coming to our snorkeling site to play and swim with us. —Gianna Haro, Naturalist
(Photo by Joshua Vela, Video Chronicler)


St. Andrews Bay, South Georgia

Antarctica, South Georgia, and the Falklands, November 30, 2021

thousands of penguins

Penguins as far as the eye can see! The king penguin colony at St. Andrews is reported to have more than a half million birds. —Ralph Lee Hopkins, National Geographic Photographer

 

Hercules Bay, South Georgia

Antarctica, South Georgia, and the Falklands, November 30, 2021

tern on water

Antarctic tern hovers above the water feeding on krill in a protected pocket in Hercules Bay. —Ralph Lee Hopkins, National Geographic Photographer

 

Cumberland Bay, South Georgia Island

Antarctica, South Georgia, and the Falklands, December 1, 2021

endurance and lenticular cloud

The National Geographic Endurance drifts beneath a lenticular cloud set aglow by the waning hours of the day. —Eric Guth, Naturalist/Certified Photo Instructor

 

Snow Hill Island, Antarctica

Journey to Antarctica: The White Continent, December 14, 2021

ship on ice

Expedition staff checking conditions for walking on sea ice. —Doug Gould, Expedition Leader
(Photo by Steve Morello)


Snow Hill Island, Antarctica

Journey to Antarctica: The White Continent, December 14, 2021

penguins

Emperor penguins walking in the very early morning light. —Doug Gould, Expedition Leader

 

Puerto Los Gatos, Baja California

Baja California: A Remarkable Journey, December 24, 2021

kayaks on the beach

One of the first things you notice are these lithified sand dunes; petrified mounts of sand that extend from the rocks in red and orange hues. —Yann Herrera, Naturalist
(Photo by Gemina Garland-Lewis.)

 

Barro Colorado Island, Costa Rica

Costa Rica and the Panama Canal, December 25, 2021

hummingbird

White-necked jacobin, a marauder species that dominates the feeding grounds. —Jose Calvo, Naturalist/Certified Photo Instructor