Travel Blogs from Antarctica

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Day 14 - Aboard Ocean Diamond (Antarctica), Port Lockroy, Antarctica travel blog

Day 14 - Aboard Ocean Diamond (Antarctica)

A travel blog entry by cullenjones

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We survived the camping! After we set up camp on Leith Cove, the issue of clumsy feet hoofing snow into the tent crept up again but we muddled through. Throughout the night we heard ice carvings, penguins and a humpback whales. By the morning ice had ...

Day 15 - Aboard Ocean Diamond (Antarctica), Port Lockroy, Antarctica travel blog

Day 15 - Aboard Ocean Diamond (Antarctica)

A travel blog entry by cullenjones

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Got up to witness our approach to Deception Island - an active volcano in the South Shetlands. We entered the bay through a narrow opening named Neptune's Bellows. From the Zodiacs we came across a couple of humpbacks, chinstrap penguins and a number of ...

Drake Passage, Day 1, Drake Passage, Antarctica travel blog

Drake Passage, Day 1

A travel blog entry by ahartry

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Woke to clear skies, wind, and a "lumpy" Drake. Many people were missing from breakfast. The sea was churned up, without rhythm, lots of white caps, and mish-mash. Not pleasant - swells about 3 meters high. The day was consumed by alternating activities: ...

Drake Passage, Day 2, Drake Passage, Antarctica travel blog

Drake Passage, Day 2

A travel blog entry by ahartry

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... to bring all outer layers for vacuuming, to limit the number of seeds and spores from foreign places finding their way to Antarctica. Don't want to return in another 28 years to discover that it's overgrown with eucalyptus. Returned to our perch, and ...

Deception Island and Livingstone Island, Deception Island, Antarctica travel blog

Deception Island and Livingstone Island

A travel blog entry by ahartry

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... gone: rumor has it that, in order to prevent an American collector from taking the artifact, it was hidden somewhere in British Antarctica. While it was interesting to look at the remains of the old whaling station, the most amusing part of the walk was ...

Cuverville Island and Almirante Brown, Cuverville Island, Antarctica travel blog

Cuverville Island and Almirante Brown

A travel blog entry by ahartry

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... waters - especially the lone one, standing on an iceberg). We also saw a bright blue colour - copper sulfide. Apparently, when Antarctica was part of Gondwanaland, it was attached to what are now Australia and South Africa, and the same rich veins and ...

Across the Circle, Detaille Island, Antarctica travel blog

Across the Circle

A travel blog entry by ahartry

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... the Circle! Howard then read a brief history of Captain Cook's voyage, and we all said, "So be it," to an oath, stating that Antarctica was to be left pristine and used only for peace. Lastly, we were marked with a circle on the forehead - a strange ...

Yalour, Vernadsky, and Petermann Island, Vernadsky Station, Antarctica travel blog

Yalour, Vernadsky, and Petermann Island

A travel blog entry by ahartry

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... as glaciers break bonds Mural wild with a plethora of life Whales, seals, and skuas that take flight Lichen on rocks, algae on snow Antarctica is a place where few dare to go It’s worth the chills and the rough days at sea It’s a place that ...

Pleneau Bay and Neko Harbour, Neko Harbour, Antarctica travel blog

Pleneau Bay and Neko Harbour

A travel blog entry by ahartry

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Today, which we have named, "Lucky Boat Day," began spectacularly, despite the slushy rain and driving wind: our after-breakfast activity was a zodiac cruise of Pleneau Bay. Large ice bergs collect in the bay, and we went out to zodiac around them, to ...

Finally - Antarctica, Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica travel blog

Finally - Antarctica

A travel blog entry by gregd999

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And there it was, just outside the window when we got up. Antarctica. Our first early morning. As disembarkation was due to start at 8, breakfast was served at 6:30. Called up by groups in our 'zodiac ready' state to the rear of the boat, my group finally ...

Hannah Point, Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica travel blog

Hannah Point

A travel blog entry by flyingdutchmen

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After a good night sleep, now our second day we will go ashore. Early wake up call by Chelly (ding dong.....good morning everyone) and a 5-star breakfast, up in our expedition clothes again and ready for the zodiac express to Hannah Point. Another ...

Nov 24, 2012, Lemaire Channel, Antarctica travel blog

Nov 24, 2012

A travel blog entry by evs1210

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Camping on Hovgaard Island, Hovgaard Island, Antarctica travel blog

Camping on Hovgaard Island

A travel blog entry by lewnwdc

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I camped out in the snow on Hovgaard Island with about 40 other expeditioners, enjoying a night in the elements of Antarctica. Quite a special experience! Campers lined up outside about 9:35 p.m. to board a Zodiac to our campsite on Hovgaard Island on the ...

Kayaking, Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica travel blog

Kayaking

A travel blog entry by hopskipandajane

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Rather than bombarding everyone with a daily blog 12 days after the event I am just going to summarise the most memorable parts of the trip. This entry is dedicated to the kayaking, which I have to say is without doubt the most amazing experience of my ...

land ho!, Danco and Cuverville Islands, Antarctica travel blog

land ho!

A travel blog entry by brettski

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... sites I have ever been to. We landed in the morning at Danco Island, a small snow covered island surrounded by the Antarctica Peninsula in the Northwest Subarea. Where we landed we could see a Gentoo rookery with red paths connecting the rocky patches. ...

Once in a lifetime, Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica travel blog

Once in a lifetime

A travel blog entry by touristtom

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... naturally I stripped down and jumped in naked! That’s right ladies and gentlemen; I have been skinny dipping in the waters of Antarctica! Now I thought that this might take off, but apparently not… It turns out it was just me who wanted to get ...

It's Coming Back (the Sun, that is), McMurdo Station, Antarctica travel blog

It's Coming Back (the Sun, that is)

A travel blog entry by rayonice

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It's been dark for several months now. And quite a while since I've written here. The sun went down  April 21, and will be back (they say) on August 19! Many of us went up Arrival Heights to get our last glimpse of the sun back in April and took a ...

Cape Colbeck, Cape Colbeck, Antarctica travel blog

Cape Colbeck

A travel blog entry by conrad.bear

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After sleeping in all morning again !!! I thought it would be yet another fun day at sea.   But there was a surprise outing to see Emperor Penguins.  It was great. We parked in the ice and the penguins used it as a good place to get ...

Chillin' on our 7th Continent, Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica travel blog

Chillin' on our 7th Continent

A travel blog entry by ramrtw

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... can use bottled water with its impurities and other great contaminants that most people never see…….. Icecap in Antarctica melted, sea level globally would rise 210 ft and submerge thousands of islands and coastal cities throughout the world ...

Antarctica, Shetland Islands Antarctica, United Kingdom travel blog

Antarctica

A travel blog entry by gcpd

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... . It will go through the Drake Passage, Shetland Islands, and Antarctic Peninsula.     http://travelwild.com/cruises/antarctica/antarctic-peninsula-cruises/antarctic-explorer-sea-adventurer/   And we made it through the race around the ...

Arriving early at the South Shetland Islands!, Barrientos Island, Antarctica travel blog

Arriving early at the South Shetland Islands!

A travel blog entry by kenanddonna2005

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This day was much the same as the last, until we arrived at the South Shetland Islands mid-afternoon. The north winds had apparently blown us across the Drake Passage faster than normal, so we had got there a few hours early. This meant we could do ...

Antarctic Sound, Esperaza Station, Antarctica travel blog

Antarctic Sound

A travel blog entry by sjl901

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This morning we sailed into the Antarctic Sound at about 5 AM. We sailed to where we were just off Esperaza Station, an Argentine research station. It is located in Hope Bay on the Trinity Peninsula.We loitered there a bit for pictures and then retraced ...

In the Ice, Antarctica, Antarctica travel blog

In the Ice

A travel blog entry by conrad.bear

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Today's plan was to land on Coulman Island then Cape Hallet.   But it was slow moving through the ice last night.  This morning's wake up call at 7:00 announced that it was -6, which in Conrad world means, "roll over and go to sleep". ...

more photos!, Antarctic Peninsula, United States travel blog

more photos!

A travel blog entry by mimi2south

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A wild, remote land, Deception Island, Antarctica travel blog

A wild, remote land

A travel blog entry by jennycdec2014

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... that is an ice-shelf where the glacier has spread out into the sea and there is salt water underneath the area of Antarctica is 14 million square kms, with only the coastline not ice-covered it is a dry continent with very little precipitation, ...

2 wks of updates at once - And Antarctica!, Antarctic Peninsula, United States travel blog

2 wks of updates at once - And Antarctica!

A travel blog entry by mimi2south

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... we will be cruising by Deception Island where we hope to see birds and possibly more penguins. Tomorrow is another day of cruising Antarctica and then we head back north to the Falkland Islands if the weather holds so we can land the tenders, then a day ...

All good things must come to an end, Greenwich Island, United States travel blog

All good things must come to an end

A travel blog entry by adriannegruner

... the boat, and sprayed us with their blowholes! Our last trip to land let us experience a little of the more "typical" antarctica weather. It was windy, raining, cold and a little hazardous loading into the zodiacs with the big waves. After some time ...

First continental landing: Neko Harbour, Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica travel blog

First continental landing: Neko Harbour

A travel blog entry by flyingdutchmen

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After a change of plans yesterday, today then finally our first Antarctic continental landing! At least, when there are no Argentinians to disturb our plans..... We woke up early, this time light breakfast, and ready to go into the zodiacs again. From ...

South Pole Race Around the World: 2 miles, Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station, Antarctica travel blog

South Pole Race Around the World: 2 miles

A travel blog entry by mesabree

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I did not participate in this, but it's an event worth noting, and I did watch second half from the galley windows... forgive me, I was really exhausted, and what most people don't realize is that South Pole is, in addition to being one of the coldest ...

Skua finds and Pet Rocks (South Pole), Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station, Antarctica travel blog

Skua finds and Pet Rocks (South Pole)

A travel blog entry by mesabree

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... the art room, moved some books in, and went rooting through Skua and found some garlands and fake flowers.   Skua is Antarctica's stuff exchange, where workers leave things they're through with, and take things they want.  Over time, some pretty ...

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