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  • Isabela Island

    As we traveled south we had Fernandina Island on the west and Isabela Island on the east and our destination is the foot of Alcedo Volcano.  This island is the largest in the Galápagos. It is larger than the rest of the islands put together! The morning program happened here in the dry forest among the Galapagos land iguanas.

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  • Santiago Island

    We started our interesting day visiting one area of Santiago called Espumilla Beach aboard the National Geographic Endeavour II.  This location is on the west hand side of the island exploring the coastal zone surrounded by mangroves, which play an important role in the ecosystem producing shelter to many of the animals in the Galapagos Island such as Darwin finches, large billed flycatchers and under these mangroves nesting areas of the green pacific sea turtles.  This morning was cloudy and fresh. We did other activities as paddle boarding and kayaking with our guests who enjoyed this early visit.

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  • Seydisfjordur, Iceland

    Morning navigation led National Geographic Orion around the Alftavikurfjall region, the northeast corner of the island of Iceland. This area is particularly opportunistic for the likes of whales, particularly minke or humpback. Today, the guests aboard the ship were extremely lucky to view both! These are both baleen whales, animals that take in huge amounts of water by expanding their ventral pleats, followed by sieving the water out through their massive mouths. Baleen is a construct made of keratin, the same protein that builds our fingernails and hair. The baleen hangs down from their upper jaw and acts as an extremely effective filter for these animals, instead of relying on tools like teeth (which would prove useless against their miniscule prey choice). The ship saw these whales lunge feeding, bubble net feeding, and lolling about at the surface. This activity was perfectly timed, as marine mammal expert Madalena was about to give her lecture on the very same creatures in the lounge.

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  • Glacier Bay National Park

    It has been another remarkable day filled with amazing views of charismatic megafauna in a landscape of pristine beauty. We will venture more than 60 miles into the heart of Glacier Bay National Park, taking people farther from a road than any place in the lower 48 states, and perhaps to the wildest place they’ve ever been before.

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  • Isabela and Fernandina Islands

    We are travelling on the western side of the Galapagos archipelago. Here you find yourself surrounded by large shield shaped volcanoes with lava flows all around. Here you are surrounded by active volcanoes that have been continuously shaping this landscape.

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  • Isabela Island

    Today we were at the western part of the Galapagos Archipelago. We awoke at Urbina Bay, located at the base of Alcedo Volcano. We landed at a black sandy beach, and soon we got ready to go for an easy walk; here we saw along the trail Alcedo giant tortoises and Galapagos land iguanas. Afterwards there was time to swim and enjoy the beach. Back on board we were delighted with an Ecuadorian meal and the National Geographic Endeavour II was repositioned towards Tagus Cove. This historical site was often used by boats as a shelter and even nowadays, we can see the graffiti left by the sailors around the bay. In the afternoon, several options were offered at this calm bay such as kayaking, several rounds of Paddleboard, deep-water snorkeling, Zodiac rides and an invigorating hike to the rim of a tuff cone. It was an awesome day, full of activities and unforgettable moments!

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  • Lake Myvatn

    The guests aboard National Geographic Orion spent the day in one of the most amazing geologic places on earth. We went by coach to the Lake Myvatn area to see the numerous volcanic features that were formed along the rift valley.  This area is the only place on earth where the oceanic ridge is above sea level for all to see.

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  • Lake Eva/ Sitkoh Bay, Alaska

    We had a very busy day aboard the National Geographic Sea Bird, filled with all kinds of activities and adventure. Our guests were extremely lucky to see a brown bear swimming in a stream during our hike to the picturesque Lake Eva. The bear appeared to be trying to find her next meal.

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  • Inian Islands Region

    Our second full day exploring Southeast Alaska was a great and very full one. It started with a morning visit to George Island, located north of the large Chichagof Island and near the small archipelago of the Inian Islands. There we divided to go kayaking, tide pooling, hiking, and had a wonderful time. After that, we traveled a very short distance to visit the tiny fishing community of Elfin Cove, and then explored the Inians by boat where we had the pleasure to watch the great abundance of life that makes this area so especial.

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  • Bartholomew and Rabida Island

    The early morning weather was a bit chilly and fogy, typically of the cold-dry season in Galapagos, but the sun light was nice and warm, on the equator the sun seems to jump above the horizon (and fall quickly below at sunset), with only a few minutes to really see the event itself.

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