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  • Day30

    Antarctica Day 1/ 南極初日

    January 30 in Antarctica ⋅ 🌧 2 °C

    I woke up this morning and saw glaciers and swarms of swimming penguins. , Wow Antarctica!! My 7th and last continent to visit. The gigantic scale of Antarctica makes even beautiful Alaska seem small in comparison. "Beautiful" doesn't begin to describe it. I can see why there are so many repeat visitors.
    今朝目が覚めた時点で、もう氷河とか泳いでるペンギン達の群いっぱいが目の前にありました。[すごい!もう南極だ!] 僕にとって、南極は7大陸の中で7番目で最後に訪ねた大陸になりました。南極の巨大な規模では美しいアラスでさえが比較的に小さく見えます。"美しい"という言葉が南極に 対しては物足りない感じです。リピーターが多いことに納得できます。
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  • Day31

    Antarctica Day 2/南極2日

    January 31 in Antarctica ⋅ 🌧 1 °C

    The beauty of the scenery goes on forever in every direction! Today, there were lots of whale sightings.

  • Day33

    Farewell Antarctica/ 南極さようなら!

    February 2 in Antarctica ⋅ ☁️ 3 °C

    Two beautiful iceburgs, one on the left side and one on the right side of the ship, were lined up at the same time, bidding us farewell, as we sailed out of Antarctica in sunny weather this evening.
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  • Day15

    South Shetland Islands

    February 7 in Antarctica ⋅ ⛅ 36 °F

    Our last day in Antarctica is being spent in the South Shetland Islands before we head north through the Drake Passage. After a little rain yesterday, the weather has turned gorgeous again with mild temperatures and sparkling sunshine.
    It’s incomprehensible that all the water we are sailing through will be completely frozen in a couple of months.
    Today we saw chinstrap penguins and fur seals.
    When walking about on land, occasionally we would hear a huge sound like cannon-fire. That sound is ice breaking-we have never been able to see the occurrence, but the sound is thrilling enough.
    It’s awe-inspiring to see so much earth that has never been touched and is so pristine. What we have seen seems enormous, but in actuality, it is the very top of the peninsula of Antarctica.
    The continent of Antarctica is about 1/3 larger then the land mass of the continental United States.
    So today we will give up our boots and heavy clothes as we move north to warmer areas (sounds backwards, doesn’t it?).
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  • Day256

    Cuverville Island

    March 13 in Antarctica ⋅ 🌧 1 °C

    At 4pm ( still buzzing from the excitement of the breaching humpback outside 502!!) we were one of the first ones to land at Cuverville Island amongst the Gentoo penguin 🐧 colony- we could smell them before we could see them.
    We had an amazing hour walking amongst the cute Gentoo penguins which were super inquisitive. Cones and flags had been put out for us to mark the path through the colony to minimise the disruption that 100 people ashore can cause, however the penguins had absolutely no respect for them whatsoever!!!
    We were taking photos of mature chicks chasing their parents for more food but because the rocks were so slick there was a lot of clumsy falling- it was hilarious to watch and photograph.
    We stood still to take some photos and videos and before we knew it we were being pecked at by v inquisitive/ v cute Gentoo penguins 🐧. K held her camera low to get some angled shots and they really were drawn to the clicking of the shots being taken- she has some cracker photos on her camera.
    Before too long we had to leave the penguin rookery and the iceberg clogged bay that framed the island however we had 4t mins zodiac cruise.
    Once more we cruised amongst the stunning icebergs, sadly there were no more whales but we did come upon the fattest leopard seal ever seen, sleeping on an ice floe. It hardly raises its head as the 2 x zodiacs cruised past numerous times trying to get a shot of its head and face which was easier said than done.
    The ship had moved into the bay filled with little bergs and brash ice which was v picturesque as we drove back to it at 6.30pm to prepare for the on deck BBQ dinner at 7pm. Preparation meant swapping wet weather gear for more warm, dry layers before braving the brisk and damp weather to shiver through our BBQ dinner.
    Sue came and joined us at desert because apparently whoever they were sitting with were having “ end of the world” conversations and she couldn’t cope any more!!
    The glacial scenery was stunning where we were but the serenity was slightly blighted by the pumping disco music being played by the staff!!! There was an atmosphere of a potential foam pool party had it not been 2 degs!!
    The staff were suddenly called away to an urgent meeting and on going downstairs to get a coffee there were obvious rumblings of something afoot.... maybe Sue should have stayed for that end of world conversation after all!!
    We were all called to an urgent briefing at 8pm..... it is Friday 13th after all!!
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  • Day254

    Antarctic Sound and Paulet Island

    March 11 in Antarctica ⋅ ☀️ -1 °C

    This morning we woke up at 6am to grey, calm waters littered with incredible icebergs and growlers ( low, small chunks of ice that K still laughs at because she can be a 12yr old boy at times!)
    Breakfast was at 7.30am and by 8am we were done so we went up to the Observation Lounge to take in the panoramic views.
    After sailing through Antarctic Sound (named after the ship Antarctic and not the continent) we dropped anchor in the lee of Paulet Island.
    Surprisingly we were the second group to board the zodiac so we got to go ashore with the first half of passengers whilst the other half went zodiac cruising.
    We had an hour on land on the extinct volcanic crater where we viewed the Nordenskjolds stone hut built during the Swedish 1901-1904 Antarctic Expedition.
    There was also a huge Blue eyed cormorant colony on the triangular slopes that promptly flew off in their droves so sadly the second lot didn’t get to see the collective thousands.
    Aswell as enjoying the general view we managed to photo a couple of the Adelie penguins that were v late leaving their colony.
    At 10.15am we swapped groups and spent the next hour zodiac cruising along the shore spotting Weddell seals and large icebergs grounded in the bay.
    We were treated to one of the icebergs half collapsing which was a real treat.
    Back on board by 11.30am it was rest and relaxation and warming up before lunch.
    After lunch we pulled up anchor and were sailing for our pm landing of Browns Bluff but it was too rough to land so we continued motoring south. On the way we were treated to huge ice blue, tabular icebergs, feeding humpbacks and general beauty.
    K spotted an orca from the cabin window whilst we were also watching the second half of Shackleton the movie- there was just too much excitement!!!
    After this we went up to Observation Lounge and spotted 10-20 fin whales, more feeding humpbacks and hundreds of penguins sitting/shitting on huge icebergs floating by.
    Dinner was spent pleasantly with Diane and Carl learning about poor Diane’s wife swapping friends ..... and husband!!! Now ex husband!!
    Before we knew it is was 10pm and K was snoring gently. Another fantastic day

    Photos to follow
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  • Day5

    Sixty-Eight, Sixty-Eight

    February 14 in Antarctica ⋅ ☁️ 0 °C

    Before dawn our ship was greeted by ominous mountains and glaciers. The expedition leaders finally announced that we would go ashore in Antarctica today. We landed at a place I call "Sixty-eight, Sixty-eight," a site whose latitude and longitude are the same. Its real name is Pour Quoi Pas Bay. The French name means "Why not?" and is the name of the first ship to land at this island. Today it is the place where we meet Antarctica, the Temptress, the Ice Queen, the Monster. Only once before has this passenger ship traveled so far south, and that trip occurred four years ago. Our group, "the Crab-Eater Seals," were scheduled to go ashore around mid-day. Adellie penguins, fur seals, and five spouting humpback whales welcomed us ashore as we stumbled along a rocky beach to a ridge overlooking an active glacier. The good news is that the penguins are still here. The bad news is that the snow and ice have gone, melted so that the beach appears as a rock-strewn strand without a trace of snow or ice. Some of the glaciers, which take millennia to build, have receded up to twenty miles in the last four years. Antarctica is having a heat wave. The week we left North Carolina a research station near here reported the highest temperature ever recorded in Antarctica--67 degrees Fahrenheit. Today the temperature is about 40 degrees, and we are sweating underneath three layers of UnderArmour. We need hiking poles to traverse the beach, covered with irregular rocks the size of cantaloupes. While most of the penguins have already left the beach for their four-month-long swim in search of food, a few Adellies still stand here like statues, moulting in stolid silence. Our ninety minutes here whetted our appetites for more adventures among the glaciers, icebergs and animals of this mysterious land.Read more

  • Day5

    Pour Quoi Pas Photo Landing

    February 14 in Antarctica ⋅ ☁️ 0 °C

    On our photo landing, ship's photographer Espin Mills led us to a place on the beach where we waited for a skua to take off, or fly, or eat, or do something. However, it seems that the skuas are as contented as the penguins in sitting on the rocks and doing very nearly nothing. So next he led up to the top of a high ridge, a mountain of glacial morraine, much higher than the regular tour groups had scaled. From there we saw the whole of Pour Quoi Pas Bay at our feet, gleaming in the polar sun. More beauty than we could contain, and far more than we could photograph, assaulted our eyes and our overcrowded lenses. Our hike left us exhausted as we returned to the beach a thousand feet below us. Though the midnight sun never sets below the arctic circle, it fell low enough in the sky to offer us some color behind some Adellie penguins just ending their day.

    I was so grateful to Glenda and to our room steward Jaru. I was delayed in getting back to the ship and I missed supper. Glenda had asked Jaru to save a sandwich for me, but he got lasagna, salad and the rest of a whole meal, put it on a warmer, and served me a hot meal in our stateroom when I returned cold and exhausted after 9:30 pm.
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  • Day7

    Petermann Island

    February 16 in Antarctica ⋅ ☁️ 1 °C

    At 2:45 am I was rolled out of bed by the rocking of the ship, and I decided that today would be another bust. The weather was not cooperating. Nevertheless, by breakfast time, the crew was preparing for another day ashore at a place called Petermann Island. Since we Crab-Eater Seals were the last ones to go ashore on the previous excursion, we were at the top of the list this morning. We hit the beach and walked onto a landscape as foreign as that of another planet. The beach was covered with seals, Gentoo penguins, and birds. There was no snow on the gravelly beach, but the adjacent mountains were covered with pink snow. An expedition leader told me that the pink color came from a red alga that fed on the excrement of the penguins. We also saw in action something that had been described in a lecture. Penguins sit on their eggs for months at a time, not even leaving for a comfort break. Still, the penguins don't want to be covered in their own excrement, so they have developed the ability to shoot their penguin poo out about a meter. It is prodigious to see this action. The unfortunate neighbor who gets splattered by the poo takes it all in stride. In fact, every penguin is neighbor to another who must at some point relieve himself. Birds are splattered with each other's dung, mud, krill, and unassorted mess. The smell of the penguin colonies is horrendous. Imagine the odor of a densely inhabited chicken coop in which all of the birds have eaten nothing but fish for their entire lives. The stench is indescribable. All one can do is to take it all in until the nostrils acclimatize. The smell alone almost tempted Glenda to return to the ship as soon as she hit the beach. We smelled the penguins long before we ever saw one. The penguin is a foul fowl. The stink is deafening. We climed a broad expanse, carefully marked to avoid the sleeping fur seals, to top a ridge overlooking a small bay with a dozen of the most beautiful icebergs imaginable. The arctic blue is the most wonderful shade of azure I've ever seen. The overcast sky accentuated the blue color of the glaciers. Finally we made our way back to the Zodiac, looking forward to an additional cruise this afternoon.Read more

  • Day7

    On the Zodiac

    February 16 in Antarctica ⋅ ☁️ 1 °C

    Returning to the ship, we only had an hour until we had to board the Zodiac for our cruise of Petermann Island. Because we could not wear our expedition clothes in the dining hall (they had picked up the smell of penguin poo), we decided to enjoy the outdoor buffet served on the sunshine deck. The cook barbecued shredded reindeer meat on the open deck, and folded it into a pita bread taco spiced with pickled onions. It was delicious! Quickly we suited up and headed back for the inflated boat for our cruise around this surreal terrain. First we saw an iceberg that resembled the Sydney Opera House. The successive waves of surfaces come from the iceberg gradually melting and shifting. Next we met a berg shaped like a horseshoe turned on its side. It was about a hundred yards across, and just as deep. We were surprised to see a humpback whale spouting near us. I was even more surprised to see that it was not moving. Does a whale sleep? I wanted to Google that question, but throughout our cruise, Wi-Fi, though advertised, was very spotty, often unuseable, and very expensive. We chose to ditch our cell phones and remain unconnected for the entire trip. Before we returned to the ship, the light changed, and I took the opportunity to work on photographs that displayed the glint of the sunlight off the thousands of facets of each gargantuan gem floating in the ocean. It's suppertime now, but I still have a photographic cruise to enjoy before the sun sets at 2:30 am.Read more

You might also know this place by the following names:

Antarctica, Antarktis, Antarktika, አንታርክቲካ, القطب الجنوبي, এন্টাৰ্টিকা, Антарктыка, Антарктика, এন্টার্কটিকা, ལྷོ་རྩེའི་མཐའ་གླིང་།, Antàrtida, Antarktida, ཨེན་ཊཱག་ཊི་ཀ, Antartica nutome, Ανταρκτική, Antarkto, Antártida, Antartika, جنوبگان, Antarctique, An Antartaice, એન્ટાર્કટિકા, אנטארקטיקה, अंटार्कटिका, Antarktik, Antarktisz, Suðurskautslandið, Antartide, 南極, ანტარქტიკა, Qalasersuaq Kujalleq, ಅಂಟಾರ್ಟಿಕಾ, 남극 대륙, ئانتارکتیکا, Антарктик, അന്‍റാര്‍ട്ടിക്ക, अंटार्क्टिका, အန္တာတိက, अन्टारतिका, Antartica, ଆର୍ଣ୍ଟକଟିକା, Antarktyka, انتارکتیکا, Антарктида, Antárktis, ඇන්ටාක්ටිකාව, Antaktika, அண்டார்டிகா, అంటార్కటికా, แอนตาร์กติกา, ʻAnitātika, انٹارکٹیکا, Nam Cực, 南极洲, i-Antarctica

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