Entries by nzaht

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Drake Lake

March 13 Relatively calm waters on the Drake Passage today – as on our way to Antarctica, we’ve been fortunate to experience mild weather that is closer to the Drake Lake than the wild Drake Shake. Many of the team are enjoying catching up on sleep – well-deserved after five non-stop days of adventure in […]

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Taking the plunge

March 12 We have just explored an Antarctic volcano on Deception Island. This morning we paddled around the coast of the island, including through a choppy passage between a cliff and a high rock. The waves arose from all angles, making for such an exhilarating ride we did it twice. Humpback whales were spotted and […]

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Penguin post

March 11 Today we stepped back in time by visiting Port Lockroy, a historic site maintained by Antarctic Heritage Trust’s sister Trust, the UK Antarctic Heritage Trust. We explored the station here, Base A, which was established in 1944. The facilities have been preserved right from the tins of food, to the Reader’s Digest catalogues, […]

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A night on ice

March 10 Last night, on a flat, snowy hilltop we made our beds. By beds, I mean digging human-sized holes in the ice and then placing a ‘bivvy bag’ with a mat, sleeping bag and liner in the hole. The view was spectacular, mountains and icebergs resting in the ocean all around us. The colours […]

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Whales ahoy

March 9 Another amazing morning in Antarctica. Today we found the whales! The ship docked up in Charlotte’s Bay – a glassy harbour surrounded by looming white glaciers over black rock, and home to large arctic-blue icebergs. Some icebergs had deep holes or caves in them, and we saw carving inside of one of these […]

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Discovering the wonders of Antarctica

March 8 Yep, that’s an iceberg. Today we really discovered the wonders of the Antarctic! We awoke to find ourselves sailing in front of the South Shetland Islands – huge, mountainous islands of ice, snow and dark rock. Wildlife dotted all along the shores. Finally, we were able to put all our hard work from […]

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Almost in Antarctica!

March 7 This morning Marco and I saw a whale for about two seconds – it was brown, with a curvy fin, and we’ve had a dozen guesses at what species it could be. The weather has taken a turn – the waves have become bigger, wilder, crashing over the bow and sending the boat […]

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Cast off

5 March 2019 We have cast off on the Akademik Ioffe! This morning we spent a few hours getting some fresh air by exploring Ushuaia, its hilly streets and bright murals. Feeling refuelled and ready to head South, we made our way to the Port where our docked One Ocean Expeditions vessel awaited – the […]

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The end of the world

4 March 2019 We have touched down in Ushuaia, and everyone is in good spirits. I’m pleased to report that we made it without any serious injuries or lost baggage! In Buenos Aires we were treated to some seriously meaty cuisine and have had ample opportunity to practise our Spanish. The flight into Tierra del […]