National Geographic Travel


It’s a big world. Explore it through the lens of our photographers.

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Photo by @daisygilardini | Scientists distinguish 19 different subpopulations of polar bears throughout the ice-covered waters of the circumpolar Arctic. For many of these populations their life has two seasons — the winter is the feasting season, spent hunting seal and roaming on the pack ice, while the summer is the fasting season when the absence of ice pushes the bears onto land with scarce food resources. During the last 36 years, more than 40 percent of the Arctic sea ice has melted. The ice is also forming later and melting earlier, which means less time for hunting and building the fat reserves necessary to survive during the fasting season. This image was shot in late November in Wapusk National Park - Manitoba - Canada. The bear is patiently waiting for the pack ice to form and go hunt. Follow me @daisygilardini for more images and behind-the-scenes stories. #polarbear #bear #WapuskNationalPark #climatechange #climatechangeisreal  #wildlifephotography
Photo by @kahliaprilphoto | Fall in the Canadian Rockies is spectacular as Larch trees turn an incredible vibrant yellow, painting the landscape in a sea of gold.
Photo by @mborowick | One of the most famous of the Icelandic waterfalls has to be Skogafoss. Located just northwest of the city Vik, it flows from the Skógá river flows from springs below the Eyjafjöll mountains and the west of Mýrdalsjökull glacier. Standing in front of this truly magical waterfall that you can almost go up to and touch is something incredible. #waterfall #iceland #skogafoss #nature #nordic
Photo by @bertiegregory | A bull moose feeds on willow bushes on the west coast of the Hudson Bay, Manitoba, Canada. The biggest bulls can grow antlers that are 6ft across weighing more than 40lbs. Like other members of the Cervidae (deer) family, moose grow and shed their antlers each year, with all this growth occurring in a just a 5-month period. Having the biggest antlers helps males achieve reproductive success. Follow @bertiegregory for more wildlife adventures. #wild_life #animals #moose #willow #antlers
Photo by @jodymacdonaldphoto | Off the island of Huahine, aquamarine-studded lagoons beckon kiteboarders, surfers, snorkelers, and an array of sea life. Shallow in parts and deep in others, these beautiful lagoons make the ocean seem far more vast than meets the eye. Beautiful and scarcely developed; this French Polynesian island is the perfect place to get some vacation therapy. Follow me @jodymacdonaldphoto to see more images from my adventures around the world. #huahine #frenchpolynesia
Photo by @max.lowe | The last thing I expected to find on Easter Island was a thriving equine culture, to be honest. As I got to know the people and place though, it become quite apparent that as much as anywhere else horses had been intertwined into the Rapa Nui way of life. Here, Heu Rapu Haoa and his ranch hand stop for a moment as the sun rises on the rim of the long dormant volcano, Rano Kau that makes up the southern tip of the island. To see more from my time on Rapa Nui follow me @max.lowe.
Photo by @michaelclarkphoto | This image was captured from a sailboat looking back at the chain of the Lofoten Islands under a wild sky. A few years ago I was lucky enough to visit this incredible country and the amazing Lofoten Islands along with an incredible crew and we sailed for ten days throughout the Lofoten Islands. I have great memories from that trip! #norway #Bodø #Svolvær
Photo by Muhammed Muheisen @mmuheisen | During the raising of the Greek flag, Evzones, members of the Greek presidential guard, stand atop of the ancient Acropolis hill, with the 5th-century B.C. Parthenon temple in the background, in Athens, Greece. For more photos and videos from different parts of the world, follow me @mmuheisen and @mmuheisenpublic #muhammedmuheisen #Acropolis #Athens #Greece
Photo by Michael Yamashita @yamashitaphoto | The snow covered Pamir Mountains loom over travelers on the road from Kashgar to Pakistan. The journey is a slow one, as men ride donkeys while leading camels loaded with freshly cut hay.  #PamirMountains #Pamir #Xinjiang #China
Photo by @paulnicklen | He was the largest and most impressive male polar bear I have ever seen. But, in this moment, he looked small, submissive and defeated as his constant attempts at mating were rejected by this beautiful female in the Arctic. I sat with them for 24 hours, bearing witness to this intimate exchange even though his desires were never realized. I am grateful every day that I get to walk in the shadows of beings more complete than I am, to go unnoticed in the wild lands where they live, eat, and breed. Follow me @PaulNicklen for more stories and wildlife images from the field on @NatGeo and @SeaLegacy expeditions. #PolarBear #Arctic #BornToIce #Explore
Photo by @stephen_matera | Morning fog along the Big Sur coastline, Garrapata State Park, California. Big Sur is a rugged section of the Central Coast of California between Carmel Highlands in the North and San Simeon in the South. Highway 1, now called the Cabrillo Highway, was opened in 1937, works its way along the entire 70 mile route but is often closed due to landslides. Follow me @stephen_matera for more images like this from California and around the world. #bigsur #coast #California
Photo by @andrea_frazzetta | Traveling along the Amazon river. The Amazon rainforest has long been recognized as a repository of ecological services not only for local tribes and communities but also for the rest of the world. Amazonia and its trees are a significant source for oxygen and major sink for absorbing carbon dioxide. The process of photosynthesis is important for life on Earth and all of those trees in the Amazon are deterrents to the growing problem of increased greenhouse gases. The Amazon region has often been called