Blogs from Antarctica - page 4


Antarctica » Antarctica February 7th 2013

The time had finally come to embark on our way to Antarctica. My stomach was filled with as much excitment as it was dread of how I would fare on a boat crossing the Drake Passage - one of the roughest patches of sea in the world - with my notorious history of seasickness on even mild ferry trips. So with a scopolomine patch behind my ear, a decent ingestion of meclozine, ginger tablets and ginger ale, a couple of acupuncture sea bands on my wrists and armed with a prescription dose of metamide in case I did throw up, I boarded our boat, the Sea Adventurer. Things were all going well as we set off through the (sheltered) Beagle Channel and I enjoyed some time on deck and a big dinner. ...And then we hit ... read more
Gentoo sussing out the goings on
Humpback going for a dive
Leopard Seal

Antarctica » Antarctica » South Shetland Islands February 6th 2013

Zoals beloofd op deze blog meer foto's van Antarctica. Deze blog toont onze klim en klauter activiteiten aan land, het kajakken tussen de ijsbergen door en de moeizame tocht met het zeiljacht door het ijs. Maar om aansluiting met de vorige blog te vinden eerst nog even een Leopard seal op een ijsschot ( die zeehond die niet alleen pinguins opeet maar ook rubberbootjes stukbijt) en een walvis. Uiteindelijk zie je hoe we weer veilig in de thuishaven komen, via het Beagle kanaal terug in Ushuaia . In de volgende blog beelden van de bergen van Patagonie, en van een van de moeilijkste rotsklimwanden ter wereld, de Torres del Paine.... read more
Walvissen zijn bedreigd. Toch wordt er nog flink op gejaagd.
Een 30 m lange walvis eet alleen maar plankton. Wat is er mis gegaan in de evolutie ?
Yvonne verkent de baai vanuit de Kayak.

Antarctica February 4th 2013

Petermann Island --- January 25, 2013 This trip’s designation was the Weddell Sea, but since we were unable to proceed to it, the ship turned around and we retracted some of our past voyage and are now proceeding down the other side of the peninsula further south than we otherwise would have traveled. Last evening the seas were a bit rocky with strong winds and snow but this morning as we entered the Lemaire Channel the seas were calm and the sun shone. We made two stops at Petermannn Island, the first where an early explorer wintered and named the cove where he anchored as Port Circumcision (sounds like he didn’t enjoy being stuck here). The second stop was at a former British base Faraday, that was turned over to the Ukraine, and is now called ... read more

Antarctica February 3rd 2013

Antarctica – Half Moon Island, South Shetland Islands – January 22, 2013 We finally arrived at Half Moon Bay is a small long island in the shadow of Livingston Island, after crossing the Drake Passage. The passage is infamous for its rough seas, but according to the crew it was quite calm for this passage. We found it tough enough walking around the boat that we only hope that it will remain calm for our return voyage. The island is home to thousands of chinstrap penguins as well as Antarctica terns, kelp gulls and seals. There is a derelict wooden boat slowly decaying on the beach.... read more

Antarctica February 3rd 2013

Hope Bay – January 23, 2013 On our way to Hope Bay we passed through an area known as Iceberg Alley. The 48 km long passage can be difficult to penetrate and is known for its large and small ice flows. Our first stop was the Argentine base in Hope Bay. The base was originally opened by Argentine in 1951 with the idea of laying claim to the Antarctica Peninsula. To improve their claim they brought a pregnantt woman who had a baby at the base. In the 1970’s they began to bring women and children to the base. At the time of our visit there were 18 students attending school on the base. The bay is named Hope Bay in memory of 3 men from a Swedish South Pole Exhibition in 1901 who spent a ... read more


Antarctica February 1st 2013

Intro What will you do when your ship comes in..? For me, I had been a bit lost the past few years so I decided to embrace the opportunity to travel as a means to let go of control and allow myself to enjoy the ride that is life again. Of course there are some amazingly breathtaking places to see along the way and now, after visiting Antarctica, I am sure that I have started with the ¨cream of the crop¨! Just reading this doesn´t do the experience justice and there are no words any writer or poet can write, nor photos or videos that can be taken to describe how the place makes you feel... It is like trying to describe a colour to someone that has been blind their entire life... it just doesn´t ... read more

Antarctica » Antarctica January 30th 2013

Hello friends, subscribers, and anyone else who may stumble across this page. I am writing a couple of entries while on the ship as my memory is poorer than Oliver Twist before he learnt to steal and more full of holes than chicken wire. Therefore I will have finished the trip after this has been posted. I spent the morning before the ship’s departure in Ushuaia, heading to the Maritime Museum housed in the old prison wings in the morning. Not only did it hold more information than the internet itself, it also contained a couple of art galleries, information on other prisons around the world, and took around five hours to walk around. That done, I met some others that were also headed to the trip, including my hotel roommate, Brian, and we lunched like ... read more

Antarctica » Antarctica January 29th 2013

Antarctica? Het klinkt magisch! Antarctica ! Wat staat ons te wachten? Op 4 januari staan we in de haven van Ushaia, de zuidelijkste havenplaats van Argentinië. Ook onze reisgenoten zijn er. Henk, de schipper van het 17 m lange zeiljacht 'Sarah W. Vorwerk' is Nederlander. Zijn hulp is een Argentijn. Onze mede-zeilers komen uit Australië , de US, Hongarije, Oostenrijk en Italië . Een gemengd gezelschap met verschillend temperament. We varen Ushuaia uit, door het Beagle kanaal langs Cape Horn en beginnen aan de oversteek van Zuid Amerika naar Antarctica. Deze oversteek, de Drake Passage, duurt normaal 3 dagen. Wij vestigen een record, eerst weinig wind, daarna windkracht 8+ pal vanuit het zuiden. We schieten dus weinig op en de onvermijdelijke zeeziekte maakt dat we niet van ieder uur evenveel genieten. Maar alles gaat over, de ... read more
Voor anker in Paradise Bay
Yvonne, de enige vrouw aan boord, brengt ons naar het zuiden
Maar nu even niet. Windkracht 9 in de Drake Passage

Antarctica » Antarctica January 24th 2013

As we gazed out at the early morning sky, a ribbon of white had settled on the horizon, separating the dark sea from the low hanging grayish clouds above. The ceiling was quite low and consistent as it stretched both north and south. I enjoyed my Southwestern Omelet, with added sausage and hashed brown patties, while Sharon had, you guessed it, the American breakfast. There were four lectures scheduled for today, two more historic reviews of characters that participated in the Great Age of Discovery in Antarctica, one on waste management at the American stations in Antarctica, and one on birds (terns to be specific). The first lecture was Wilson on Wilson, Dr. David Wilson talking about his explorer great uncle Dr. Edward Wilson. Edward Wilson had started out as a great friend of Shackleton on ... read more

Antarctica » Antarctica » South Shetland Islands January 24th 2013

ADMIRALTY BAY - JANUARY 23- A beautiful start to our final day in Antarctica waking up to views of beautiful Admiralty Bay. No fog this morning and the seas were calm. Disappointment when the captain announced that we would not be going to the Falkland Islands because of a weather forecast of 50 mph winds and we would be tendering in. So we will be going to Puerto Madryn, Argentina instead. Many of my ship mates were disappointed with the decision not to go to the Falkland Islands, but such is the nature of these itineraries. As a result of the decision, we will not see Elephant Island either. Frankly that is not a problem for me. So we are now headed north, back to shorter days and warmer temperatures. Saw some Orcas today but not ... read more

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