Trip report: Top of the World Cruise (August 2013) by Tropical Birding

A trip report by two clients, Judith Hartzler and Joanna Suter, who went on this voyage. There was no Tropical Birding guide present, but on board naturalists assisted with wildlife encounters. Keith Barnes assembled the Trip Report.

This trip delivered an Arctic wildlife smorgasbord never to be forgotten. Polar Bear encounters, including with babies, on five consecutive days has to take the cake. But other amazing northern beasts such as Walrus, Beluga Whales, Musk Oxen, Orcas, Brown Bear, Arctic Fox, and several species of whales and seals were seen multiple times. Although birds diversity is low up here, it is the absolute spectacles of millions of Crested Auklets, or walls filled with Tufted and Horned Puffins, or a Snowy Owl hunting in broad daylight, that make this region so amazing. Not to mention encounters with genuinely scarce and localized creatures like Ross’ Gull, Emperor Goose, White-billed Diver and Spectacled Eider satisfying even the most hardened twitcher. The amazing wild landscapes and human history only add to the sense of adventure when having the privilege of visiting one of the wildest places left on Earth.

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