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Isabela

Isabela is the largest island of the Galapagos made up of five and a half volcanos with most of them still active. In the morning we set out for a hike in a place called Urbina Bay. Read More>

Jul 27, 2016 National Geographic Islander in Galápagos

Lake Eva, Chatham Strait & Red Bluff Bay

Traveling south from Glacier Bay overnight, we traversed Chatham Strait and made our way along the east side of Chichagof Island. Our misty morning focused on Lake Eva and the surrounding temperate rain forest dominated by Sitka spruce and western hemlock. Kayakers explored the dynamic tidal lagoon, where river outflow from the lake meets the ocean.  Paddling on a falling tide, they skirted a salt marsh, gravel spit, and the lower reaches of the estuary. Because this river provides ideal habitat for both adult spawning and juvenile development, it supports salmon runs of multiple species through the summer and fall seasons. Others of our group enjoyed walks of varied lengths through the stands of both second and old growth forest; a few brave individuals even went for a swim in chilly Lake Eva! The complexity of the old growth forest creates many habitats, supporting thousands of species from soil microbes to insects to lichens to small mammals and bats. Read More>

Jul 27, 2016 National Geographic Sea Bird in Alaska

Delos, Greece

We spent our morning exploring the fascinating island of Delos, a key religious and political center of the Cycladic world. Revered as the birthplace of Apollo, god of the sun, the island is said to be bathed in exceptionally bright sunlight; although that was the case today, a strong breeze kept us relatively cool as we toured the expansive site. In the sacred quarter of Delos, shrines and temples dating from the Bronze Age to the Hellenistic era attest to a steady stream of pilgrims throughout antiquity. Although uninhabited today, the island boasts some of the best preserved remains of Hellenistic residential structures. Read More>

Jul 27, 2016 Sea Cloud in Mediterranean

Glacier Bay National Park

Day of the Swimming Bear: We woke early to liquid sunshine and two new faces on board:  Park Ranger Caiti Campbell and Cultural Interpreter Leona Santiago of the Tlingit People had joined us on National Geographic Sea Lion to share the wonders of Glacier Bay National Park. Read More>

Jul 27, 2016 National Geographic Sea Lion in Alaska

Isabela Island

Isabela Island is the largest island in Galapagos, and today we explored two sites on its west coast. After breakfast we went ashore to Urbina Bay, where we had a long walk, looking for Galapagos land iguanas, land birds of different species and also the heads of white coral that were uplifted in 1954. Most of the coast where we walked was underwater, prior to the geological event in 1954 which brought the 3.3 miles of the coast up to form the new seashore. As we walked to the interior, there were many shells, sea worms still attached to the rocks, and fragments of corals all along the trail. After this walk, everyone returned to the beach to swim and to enjoy the landscape of towering volcanoes surrounding us. At the end of the morning, we returned to the ship and started to navigate towards Tagus Cove, where we had some options to explore. Read More>

Jul 26, 2016 National Geographic Endeavour in Galápagos

Djupivogur

The guests and crew of National Geographic Explorer arrived today in Djúpivogur, which is a typical small fishing village in the southeast edge of Iceland. We boarded a bus for an ice-themed day in southern Iceland. Most of us went up on to the Skalafells glacier for a ride on snow vehicles. Read More>

Jul 26, 2016 National Geographic Explorer in Arctic

Isabela and Fernandina Islands

The National Geographic Islander continued its voyage around the Galapagos Islands. This time it navigated to the western part of the archipelago. During the morning we visited a place on the Island of Isabela called Punta Vicente Roca. Read More>

Jul 26, 2016 National Geographic Islander in Galápagos

Lonkanfjorden & Skrova

Late last night we pulled into Lonkanfjorden, experiencing our first taste of night as the sun disappeared behind the high mountains. Waking early, the Captain took a group of brave guests on an epic hike to the top most reaches of the mountain. Scaling the rocks with deft maneuvers, the hikers, epic and otherwise, were treated to a spectacular view of the salt waters below. Whereas other guests chose to take to Zodiacs to cruise the shores carved long ago by the reaching ice. Without hardly looking into the water, the amount of moon jellies were undeniable – thousands of ancient creatures pulsed along with the current in search of the tiny planktonic life upon which they feed. Even more spectacular was their predator, the largest jelly in the world – a lion’s mane. Swimming through the density, the lion’s mane scooped up all it could with tentacles reaching over ten meters. It was a morning of great views all around, on high and in the water just below the surface. The afternoon brought us to Skrova, a small fishing village with a long history. Read More>

Jul 26, 2016 National Geographic Orion in Arctic

Glacier Bay National Park

Today dispelled the notion that one needs a blue sky to have an amazing day. Despite mist-shrouded forests and fog-covered peaks, out journey through Glacier Bay National Park today showed us so much that any less cloud cover might have been overwhelming. After several close up looks at brown bears foraging along the intertidal zone, one of which providing a perfect example of the fact that some brown bears can be black in color, a sow and her three cubs were spotted on the beach. The bow of National Geographic Sea Bird was full as we watched, utterly transfixed by the antics of these fuzzy young mammals, trundling about around their mother. Read More>

Jul 26, 2016 National Geographic Sea Bird in Alaska

Sifnos, Greece & Sailing

With the help of Aeolos, the ancient Greek god of wind, we enjoyed an amazing sail in the morning on our way to Sifnos, one of the westernmost Cycladic Islands. We arrived later in the afternoon, and from the main port, Kamares, we started our drive to Kastro. Kastro is the oldest inhabited and fortified settlement in the region. It is definitely one of the island’s major highlights if not its most fascinating attraction. It was chosen for its strategic importance on top of a steep, rocky promontory, which is where they built the first acropolis in the ancient times. It was the island’s fortified citadel throughout the times as well as the capital until 1836. Our visit to the Kastro was an experience where time seemed to stand still as we walked on very narrow walkways along which people have always walked. Read More>

Jul 26, 2016 Sea Cloud in Mediterranean

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