Blogs from Antarctica


Antarctica » Antarctica March 14th 2020

We'd wanted to come to the Antarctic for maybe 50 years. It had never seemed possible but here we are, well below the Antarctic Circle at latitude 68° south on the MS Expedition We've just navigated a tricky channel known as “the gullet”, twisting and turning between mountainous islands in a channel strewn with icebergs. The sun is shining on snow covered mountains, their high snow cliffs dropping sheer to the sea The snow glistens white; the ice has every shade of blue. This is the Antarctic we have wanted to see and enjoy for so long. The scene is stunning and our crew decide it is too good to miss. We anchor and all get into the black inflatable boats, the Zodiacs, so that we can get up close to the icebergs and chunks of ... read more
Our ship in the gullet
Humpback diving
Seals from a Zodiac

Antarctica » Antarctica March 9th 2020

There is no doubt that in our minds, Antarctica makes travel dreams come true. Antarctica is the coldest continent. Antarctica is the driest continent. Antarctica is the windiest continent and we were constantly reminded of that on our trip. Antarctica has a rich history full of brave explorers navigating these waters in days past. Voyages were made by men that seemingly no one in their right mind would attempt. It is the only continent not permanently inhabited. It is all this and so much more....The Antarctic Treaty System was created in 1959 to establish Antarctica as a zone of peace and science. Today, the area is protected, and a great deal of valuable scientific research occurs. People will always question and debate whether visitors should be allowed to visit these areas. Our experience with Quark is ... read more
Elephant Seal Relaxing
Nature's carving makes for a great view
Clear waters show hidden ice

Antarctica February 29th 2020

With sadness we’ve left the South Georgia Islands behind. We can imagine that many a passenger have felt similar emotions and, in an effort, to buoy our spirits Quark threw a BBQ on the aft deck! What kind of craziness is this? A bit frigid but stimulating and for world adventurers we found it an exquisite idea. So yes, we wanted to embrace all that we could and grabbed an outdoor table rather than a more sensible one inside. Really, how often will we be given an opportunity like this… zero… cool. Wrapped in our yellow jackets we grabbed a cup of hot spiced wine as we socialized in the buffet line headed for the lobsters on the grill. We had lovely salads, fresh fruits, grilled vegetables, fish, chicken, beef and those beautiful lobsters. A BBQ ... read more
Looks friendly
Soaring at Sea
Whale of a Time

Antarctica » Antarctica » Hope Station February 23rd 2020

Antarctica 8-13 February 2020 The Antarctic Peninsula I really don't know how to start describing our visit to Antarctica – it was amazing, and made even more so by two days of wonderful weather. Bryan, one of the experts on board (more about that in a moment) said that in 43 years of experience in the Antarctic this was the best two days he has ever experienced. Good for us, but maybe not for the planet! Perhaps some factual information first will set the scene. In 1959 12 nations active in the region signed The Antarctic Treaty which applies to the area below S 60 degrees. It creates a natural reserve devoted to peace and science where there are no wars, where the environment is fully protected and where research is the priority. As of 2017 ... read more
Flags to show the ship complies with requirements of the organisation which manages tourism to Antarctica
Early morning mist when we first reached the Peninsular
Penguins everywhere

Antarctica » Antarctica February 21st 2020

In the beginning: Our most recent blog was an example of how we just could not wait to share our experiences. We simply could not help ourselves and wanted to jump into our trip to tell you about the breath-taking Falkland Islands and show you some penguins, which are so amazingly cute. It was also an attempt to capture your interest so that you will continue to read along. Okay…mission accomplished (or so we think). At this point, we will take a quick step back now and tell you about the beginning of our trip and our orientation to life at sea. All told, we were gone a little over three weeks. Three weeks on a ship might seem lengthy, but we would let you know it went by blazingly fast. Included in our journey were ... read more
Boarding the Zodiacs
Zooming around in Zodiacs
The Mud Room Lockers

Antarctica » Antarctica February 14th 2020

By the time you read this we will be on our way. A plan long in the is now time to visit the frozen continent. We could not be more excited! This is in celebration of a birthday milestone for Dave....he's not getting any younger. Antarctica is sometimes referred to as the Seventh Continent. We hope you will come along to these enchanting lands. We’ve signed up for a trip called Epic Antarctica….. what more needs to be said. But first....a bit of personal history from Dave. As a young college student at The Ohio State University 1976 -81 working on a degree in journalism – my first assignment and article published in the school paper "The Lantern" was concerning Global Warming. I interviewed a professor from the school of Geodetic Sciences. He told of ... read more
South Light
Battle For The Falklands

We have just returned from Antarctica which is our 7th and last continent. (Also my 104th country as per Century Club classifications) Our trip was supposed to start from Salt Spring on Jan 3d but projected wind conditions on the Georgia Strait give us pause about the ferry so we left on the 2nd and did a few touristy things in Vancouver. As usual it was raining and our visit to Granville Island and Gastown included umbrellas. Our Air Canada flight departed YVR at 1030 AM on the 4th, putting us into Toronto at 1802. The big news is that Air Canada got two more best airline/good service awards (they have their own awards department filled with imaginative people who probably trained with Sarah Huckabee Sanders) It was a five hour flight from Vancouver and the ... read more
Interesting sign
Steam locomotive
Flightless steamer ducks

Antarctica » Antarctica December 30th 2019

An incredibly calm morning sailing ever so slowly in and around Charlotte Bay on the Antarctic Peninsula. About 5 or 6 pods of hump backed whales were visible feeding around the ship. We witnessed them making bubble curtains where they swim in a tight circle releasing air bubbles which traps the krill and then they scoop it up and eat it. Circles are left on the surface of the water. The whales make a growly type of noise and then a short high pitched squeal they when they surface. We passed many medium sized iceberg sculptures with different formations on them formed by wind and sea. I got a great photo of a flock of petrels flying around an iceberg and into an ice cave. Flat topped ones are called tabular icebergs as they have broken ... read more
Penguins atop a tall iceberg
A humpbacked whale tail
More whales

Antarctica » Antarctica » South Shetland Islands December 26th 2019

An incredible start to our Antarctic experience, penguins on ice flows, a tor, calving glaciers, ice caves, porpoising penguins, the Polish Arctowski Antarctic station with their supply ship anchored nearby, all in Admiralty Bay on King George Island in the South Shetland Islands. We were outside at 8am this morning all rugged in our Antarctic gear. I lasted about 40 minutes and the cold, 0 degrees, drove me back inside. The deck on the bow of the ship was opened up so everyone could see ahead. We crossed 60 degrees latitude last evening so are now officially sailing in Antarctic waters. The usually treacherous Drake Passage was incredibly calm. Our Expedition Team is giving us a running commentary on what we can see. It consists of a geologist, a biologist and a historian who have told ... read more
View from the ship Starboard Promenade deck
Face of one of the glaciers
Closeup of see the caves that develop...

Antarctica » Antarctica » South Shetland Islands December 2nd 2019

Dear Friends and Family, I hope this update finds you all well. Due to the recent self isolation policy for Covid-19, I have had time to finish my travel blog. I hope this reminds you of better times. Stay safe. ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ My journey to Antarctica began with a family vacation to South America. I left my family to relax in the hot weather of Buenos Aires, and caught a plane down to Ushuaia. All went smoothly and I checked into my hotel the day before my Antarctica Expedition with Quark Adventures. This gave me plenty of time to head to the Tierra Del Fuego National Park for hiking. A local mini-van dropped me at one end of the park in Zaratiegui Bay. From there I was told it’s a four hour trek along the coast, past ... read more
Tierra del Fuego
Coastal Walk at Tierra del Fuego
Richard at the bottom of South America

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