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Photos of the Week, June 3, 2022

Carlos Navarro, Undersea Specialist

The last week of May brought fantastic adventures and incredible photo ops no matter where our ships were, if the dozens of amazing photos we received from the field were any indication. This week, enjoy a photo from National Geographic Explorer's first trip to the Baltic Sea since 2017, as well as incredible close-ups of wildlife in the Galápagos and Amazon, and much more. Get Inspired By Photos, Videos, Webinars, Stories, And Exclusive Offers. Sign Up

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Ucayali River, Peru

Upper Amazon Aboard the Delfin II, May 24, 2022

baby iguana

Our sharp-eyed driver, Edison, brought us into a flowering shrub to get an up-close photo of the flower. This baby iguana ended up meeting him eye to eye. —Linda M. Burback, Naturalist/Certified Photo Instructor

Pacaya River, Peru

Upper Amazon Aboard the Delfin II, May 25, 2022

trees reflected on water

Pacaya River is wild, and it is particularly beautiful when the river is calm and the day windless. For a while this afternoon, the river surface was like a black mirror and the reflections of the tall rainforest trees were sensational. —Linda M. Burback, Naturalist/Certified Photo Instructor

Lübeck, Germany

Navigating the Baltic Sea, May 26, 2022

lubeck town square

Lübeck’s Town Hall in the Market Square with a May Pole dedicated to Ukraine. —Sheri Bluestein, Naturalist

Tromsø, Norway

Norway's Fjords and Arctic Svalbard, May 26, 2022


A mallard comes in for a closer inspection in the southern end of Tromsøya. —Michael Nolan, Naturalist/Certified Photo Instructor


Glacier Bay National Park, Alaska

Exploring Alaska's Coastal Wilderness, May 26, 2022

bow of ship with glacier in background

Guests rolled out of bed today and turned to see the face of Margerie Glacier in Glacier Bay National Park. The face of the glacier is scattered with crevasses that expose the deep blue color within. Guests admired the half-mile long face of the glacier. Harbor seals, sea otters, and kittiwake gulls rested among the icebergs below. —Shannon Malone, Naturalist

Storfjorden, Svalbard, Norway

Norway's Fjords and Arctic Svalbard, May 28, 2022

polar bear and cub

After dinner, we were exceptionally lucky to spot a healthy female polar bear with a healthy cub in tow. Mum is clearly a very good hunter, as both bears were in excellent body condition. We were treated to another spectacular viewing as the two cruised a large ice floe, looking for tasty blubber treats. What a spectacular way to kick off our time in Svalbard! —Jackie Weston, Naturalist (photo by Lisle Gwynn)

Española Island, Galápagos

Galápagos Aboard National Geographic Endeavour II, May 29, 2022

nazca booby

We walked by the nesting site of Nazca boobies. We came close to the birds and enjoyed taking pictures. These birds have white feathers, and black masks encircle their yellow beaks. Their eyes are yellow, too! —Vanessa Gallo, Naturalist

Punta Cormorant, Floreana Island, Galápagos

Wild Galápagos Escape, May 29, 2022

sea turtle on a beach

A Pacific marine turtle on a white sand beach. —Paulina Saa, Naturalist

Española Island, Galápagos

Wild Galápagos Escape, May 30, 2022

blue-footed booby and ship

Blue-footed booby on a rock in Punta Suarez. —Ramiro Adrian, Naturalist

Wrangell Island, Southeast Alaska

Wild Alaska Escape: Juneau to Ketchikan, May 31, 2022

inside Tlingit longhouse

Inside Chief Shakes’ Tribal House, which is a replica of the traditional Tlingit clan house of the Naanyaa.aayi Clan. The traditional-style longhouse replicates the home of a powerful Native leader and features beautiful traditional artwork. —Dave Katz, Video Chronicler

Santa Cruz Island, Galápagos

Galápagos Aboard National Geographic Endeavour II, May 31, 2022

butterfly on yellow flower

A large-tailed skipper feeding on the nectar of the Galapagos cotton flower. These small, brown-tailed butterflies are abundant in Santa Cruz. —Sebastian Cedeño Abad, Naturalist