Our Antarctic Dream Comes True
Trip Start May 20, 2010
195Trip End Sep 05, 2011
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Day : 271
Temperature : Freezing!!
Weather : Sunshine morning and cloudy afternoon
Antarctica Day Five - Curveville Island, Neko Harbour, Zodiac Cruise and Chilean Base
This was the Antarctica that we ordered!!! We woke up to the most glorious sunshine. Up on deck we were passing the Antarctic coastline, completely covered in the brightest white snow, with glaciers reaching to the sea and icebergs floating past the ship!! Wow! Wow! Wow! Finally, we really felt like we were in Antarctica and this was our reward for the Drake Passage!
All of us passengers were completely hyped up due to the incredible scene that lay before us! Our first stop was Curveville Island. On the zodiacs we whizzed between the most beautiful icebergs before landing on the beach. Once again, the penguins seemed completely oblivious to the presence of these loud, noisy humans which had suddenly appeared on the island. We walked around in a complete daze, everywhere we looked the scenery was just incredible, and we had to pinch ourseles that we were actually here...in Antarctica!
Once back on the boat we headed off towards Neko Harbour passing through the Errerra Channel which was completely covered in broken ice, so that it looked like one massive floating carpet of ice on the water! We finally stopped at Neko Harbour for our first landing on the Anatarctic Peninsula. Once again, the land was covered in hundreds of cooing, squaking penguins and sleeping fur seals. We climbed up through the snow to a viewpoint at the top of the hill where we overlooked the whole harbour, with our Antarctic Dream a tiny speck in the distance, surrounded by gleaming icebergs. What a sight! I'm really struggling to find words to describe it. In fact, words cannot describe it. It's simply breathtaking!
Once back down on the beach we jumped onto the zodiacs one again, and were treated to a two hour tour through the ice just as the sun was setting lower in the sky, producing the most beautiful soft colours not only in the sky but reflecting in the water and on the icebergs. In fact, it had become a running joke that since all the icebergs were utterly amazing, we saved the word "niceberg" for those which were particularly spectacular!
As we meandered our way through the ice, we passed many icebergs with crabeater seals lazily snoozing ontop, snowy petrels which flew passed in the sky and the odd penguin which would swim and jump through the water. Absolutely amazing....infact, I think we could both say that this was THE most amazing experience / sight of our lives...and also a rather emotional one!
When our zodiac cruise was over we returned to The Antarctic Dream and sailed back through the channel which was once again covered in ice. Our little ship pushed it's way through, bouncing a little, or a lot on one occasion as we actually hit a rather big iceberg which was left with red paint scraped down it's side!
Our third landing for the day was the Chilean Base where we stopped just as the sun was setting. The sky turned dark blue as did the snow and icebergs....yet another amazing sight!
What a day....it was our Antarctic Dream!