Travel Blogs from Antarctica

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Deception Island, Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica travel blog

Deception Island

A travel blog entry by foxiii

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An early start of 5:00am for our 6.5 km walk over the caldera - it is still an active volcano. Pete and Robbie decided to stay on board as the walk has a few tough parts to it across snow and slippery steep hills to 700 meters. It was touch and go ...

Deception Island, Deception Island, Antarctica travel blog

Deception Island

A travel blog entry by kiwimitch2015

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Land ahoy!! In the misty distance we see an island and maybe an iceberg. Quality time was spent on deck and on the bridge whale spotting and watching penguins fish and birds circle while we waited for a Russian vessel to clear the harbor at Deception ...

Going to Elephant Island, Grytviken, Antarctica travel blog

Going to Elephant Island

A travel blog entry by hans.francis

Friday 28th of November 2014 Today we have a sea day as we left South Georgia. We heading up to Elephant Island were we will arrive tomorrow. In the morning Hans was already early up and saw a lot of whales at least 40 in total. After ...

Mar 15th Petermann Island & Port Lockroy, Petermann Island, Antarctica travel blog

Mar 15th Petermann Island & Port Lockroy

A travel blog entry by stuwelly

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"If it is possible a piece of beef, cod fish and a canvas baked duck roasted together in a pot with blood and cod liver oil, the illusion would be complete" - Dr Frederick Cook, the Bogan Expedition 1878 on what penguins taste like.   Day 8 – ...

Last day in the Magic Land, Goudier Island, Antarctica travel blog

Last day in the Magic Land

A travel blog entry by jennycdec2014

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... bow of the ship before we left this area and I was the only one there. It was just beautiful. The majesty of Antarctica cannot be explained. After lunch, we have a last zodiac tour of the Melchior Islands before heading back across the Drake Passage to ...

Finally Arrived, McMurdo Station, Antarctica travel blog

Finally Arrived

A travel blog entry by rayonice

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Well we finally made it after some delays. Our original target date was Feb 8. That flight was cancelled for some reason. Saturday, Feb 9, was to be our new departure date but again the flight was cancelled at the last minute -- this time it was due to ...

Port Lockroy, Port Lockroy, Antarctica travel blog

Port Lockroy

A travel blog entry by ahartry

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The first time on this trip we were really freezing -- with wind chill, over 45 below ...

Deploy to McMurdo Station, McMurdo Station, United States travel blog

Deploy to McMurdo Station

A travel blog entry by mesabree

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... Distribution Center) and put on our gear.  They make you wear your Extreme Cold Weather Gear (ECW... as you might be guessing, Antarctica is all about their acronyms) which gets a bit hot, but the second you step outside at the end of it you ...

sdsds, Sdsds, Antarctica travel blog

sdsds

A travel blog entry by rhymedevil

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Last Kayak in the Ice., Antarctic Peninsular. Lemaire Channel., Antarctica travel blog

Last Kayak in the Ice.

A travel blog entry by gezza51

... or did they give up.....then did the Australian Mawson  survive his epic journey by eating his last remaining team member????? Antarctica keeps some of her secrets. After dinner it is announced that the Ukrainian Odessa Connection of the Bridge has ...

Bouncing off point to meet the Sea Adventurer, King George Island, Antarctica travel blog

Bouncing off point to meet the Sea Adventurer

A travel blog entry by nate-n-amy

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We were fed a surprisingly nice snack on the plane, and immediately afterwards people started morphing into yellow penguins: rain pants, muck boots, and parkas.   The landing on King George Island was surprisingly smooth, considering the runway is ...

Camping in Antarctica, Somewhere in, Antarctica travel blog

Camping in Antarctica

A travel blog entry by nate-n-amy

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OMG, camping. Yes, camping.  Post dinner briefing required our attendance to get our tents, sleeping bags and get a general orientation. Key to the orientation was that everyone helps everyone else.  Meaning, if you are better ...

Hit the water running, Orne Harbour, Antarctica travel blog

Hit the water running

A travel blog entry by nate-n-amy

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... followed by his morning voice whispering, "Gooooood morning, ladies and gentleman...gooood morning.  It's a beautiful day here in Antarctica..."  And it really was gorgeous.  Stunning.  We blearily stared out the window, gaping at the ...

We're on a boat, Fildes Bay, Antarctica travel blog

We're on a boat

A travel blog entry by nate-n-amy

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We could see the ship shrouded in mist off shore, and shortly we were in a Zodiac (named Venus) piloted by Sean (pronounced Shan).  As we boarded the Sea Adventurer, we scrubbed our muck boots in Virkon for the first time and were directed to check ...

Yes, there is a gift shop in Antarctica, Port Lockroy, Antarctica travel blog

Yes, there is a gift shop in Antarctica

A travel blog entry by nate-n-amy

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... -operated museum, gift shop, and post office.  We saw an old cookbook with various penguin recipes, the official tartan pattern of Antarctica, and crude pin-up paintings from its early days in the mid-1900s.  Hubba hubba! Here we had our first ...

Kayaking and a Polar Plunge, Paradise Harbour, Antarctica travel blog

Kayaking and a Polar Plunge

A travel blog entry by nate-n-amy

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Back on the boat, we had our daily kayaking briefing and headed to breakfast, where we gibbered excitedly to our non-camping cohorts about how amazing it was to sleep on a 1/4" foam pad on a slanted and lumpy snow bed, with midnight visits to a giant ...

Another Drake Shake, Drake Passage, Antarctica travel blog

Another Drake Shake

A travel blog entry by bmtravel

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Once again I was lucky enough to be OK with the rough sea conditions but the majority of passengers decided to lay low for the day. Felt sorry for many of the dining room & cabin staff who were also obviously suffering but had to put on a brave ...

Cape Herschel and on the Antarctic, Cape Herschel, Antarctica travel blog

Cape Herschel and on the Antarctic

A travel blog entry by hans.francis

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... research station. Back on the boat we had an farewell toast to the Antarctic which was followed by an Antarctica auction for refunding money for several charity thrust funds. There were some unique items as a signed book of ...

Glaciers, Penguins, and Zodiacs, Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica travel blog

Glaciers, Penguins, and Zodiacs

A travel blog entry by btran

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... in Antarctica in 1978.  This occurred during a period when Chile and Argentina were jostling over territorial rights to Antarctica, and the Argentines began sending pregnant women down here to give birth, in an attempt to lay greater territorial ...

Settling in, getting used to frozen snot, Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station, Antarctica travel blog

Settling in, getting used to frozen snot

A travel blog entry by austin451

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... is every bit as fun as it sounds. By the end of the day, I was exhausted and the ice that encrusted my eyebrows had frozen to my eylashes, making every blink a chore. I also had beardsicles, my favorite reason to work outside in ...

No Shit.  You Wouldn't Believe it.  I Almost Died!, Antarctica, Antarctica travel blog

No Shit. You Wouldn't Believe it. I Almost Died!

A travel blog entry by lawyerchick92

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... a little basket that read Christmas ornaments. Home Run!!!! The basket was filled with handmade little stuffed penguins reading Port Lockroy Antarctica with a woven string hanging from the penguin's head. I actually let out a “whoop”. I had ...

In the Ice, Antarctica, Antarctica travel blog

In the Ice

A travel blog entry by conrad.bear

Another day at sea with lectures to avoid. Deep in iceberg land. Gee not too much to report, just and afternoon nap and no snowball fight. Becasue it was too ...

McMurdo layover, McMurdo Station, United States travel blog

McMurdo layover

A travel blog entry by mesabree

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... .  Unfortunately (some might say) the Antarctic Treaty rules on conduct towards wildlife render them untouchable.   Antarctica's free exchange system for stuff people no longer want is called Skua, after these hellish scavengers, but more ...

Entretien ťoliennes, Princess Elisabeth Antarctic Station - Utsteinen- Antarctica, Antarctica travel blog

Entretien ťoliennes

A travel blog entry by rlambert

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South Orkney Islands, South Orkney Islands, Antarctica travel blog

South Orkney Islands

A travel blog entry by ahartry

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Another island ...

Sailing the Antarctica Coast, Paradise Harbour, Antarctica travel blog

Sailing the Antarctica Coast

A travel blog entry by wendypaul

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We were up early again, although not as early as yesterday. We sailed past Cuverville Island to Paradise Bay, seeing lots of penguins, whales, some seals, icebergs and lots of incredible views. Unfortunately pictures don't do it justice, at least mine ...

The Drake Pukessage, Drake Passage, Antarctica travel blog

The Drake Pukessage

A travel blog entry by angelasutanto

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Dec.2, 2008. Waking up to an undulating movement in the cabin was scary.  I reached for my gravol and hoped for the best.  It was 5:30 and breakfast started at 6:30.  I got dressed and walked up to the Lounge and met 3 ladies from the ...

Drake Passage, Drake Passage, Antarctica travel blog

Drake Passage

A travel blog entry by angelasutanto

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Dec. 3, 2008. Sure enough, at 5am, I awoke to the sound of LOUD banging of the drawers and closet doors!  All contents were on the floor and my head was pounding too.  I was smart to place my laptop on the floor.  After ...

Day 10 - Aboard Ocean Diamond (Antarctica), Port Lockroy, Antarctica travel blog

Day 10 - Aboard Ocean Diamond (Antarctica)

A travel blog entry by cullenjones

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Smooth sailing so far through the Drake Passage.......a massive open expanse of water but incredibly flat with only a small swell as we make good progress. The first 24 hours have been characterised by a fear of missing out, so we have spent much of the ...

Day 12 - Aboard Ocean Diamond (Antarctica), Port Lockroy, Antarctica travel blog

Day 12 - Aboard Ocean Diamond (Antarctica)

A travel blog entry by cullenjones

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We were up in time to witness our approach to the Lemaire Channel at 6.30am - with the Antarctic mainland to the left and Booth Island to the right. The channel narrows to 800m at one point with 1000m high mountains on each side. Incredible scenery with ...

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