National Geographic Resolution was out for new exploration again, in an uncharted fjord system no big ship has ever been inside. Captain Martin slowly navigated the ship inside the fjord, using the ship’s sonar to make sure that there were no shallow spots in the way of the ship. It took some extra time in the morning, but it was totally worth it. We sailed past a couple of salmon farms and eventually found ourselves in a beautiful and sheltered bay named Caleta Lissan. Thanks to the shelter, we were able to launch the kayaks and explore the bay on our own. And there was quite a bit to see! Birds flying around, steamer ducks in the water, and a lucky few got to see the rare Chungungo otter, the smallest marine mammal in the world. What a lucky morning.
We spent the afternoon on the ship, en route to our landing for the following day: Cape Horn. But, hours on the ship are never wasted. Our National Geographic photographer Macduff gave a very interesting talk on photography, and tea time had barely started when Captain Martin announced that he would have the pleasure of giving the next talk. And what a talk it was! Afterwards we definitely knew a lot more about the ship, all its detail, and the tremendous efforts that went into it. What an honor to be able to sail on this vessel. This was directly followed by recap, where Peter explained the plans for the following days and our naturalists gave us more information to put our experiences of the last two days into context. And the day wasn’t over yet. We got to enjoy yet another delightful dinner, while a few dolphins were riding along the ship. After dinner, a double rainbow was spotted just ahead of the ship, and we enjoyed the great views of the landscape as we were sailing into the sunset towards Cape Horn.