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Pléneau Island

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  • Day8

    Plenau Island

    March 9, 2020 in Antarctica ⋅ ☁️ 0 °C

    Nach einer Stunde Cruisen zwischen den Eisschollen, bin ich redlich müde - ich frage mich wovon. Vielleicht das angestrengt Sitzen im Boot, das Gleichgewicht halten, die viele frische Luft und die Sonne.... ich habe inzwischen tatsächlich Farbe bekommen. Wir haben Robben auf Eisschollen gesehen, Pinguine und gewaltige Eisberge: einen riesigen Torbogen, das Gesicht eines Indianers, Eisberge, die wie Schiffe oder Häuser aussehen... Jetzt gehe ich eine Tasse Tee trinken und überlege mir, ich am Nachmittag mache.Read more

    Dorothea McEwan

    Sehr gut, dur word also nicht fad. Hast du deinen indischen Abendschal mit gegen die Kaelte?

    3/9/20Reply
    Brigitte Pachinger

    Sonnenbrand in der Antarktis 😆😆

    3/9/20Reply
     
  • Day9

    Neko Harbour & Lemaire-Kanal

    January 4, 2020 in Antarctica ⋅ ⛅ 1 °C

    Heute Morgen mussten wir einen 3-spurigen Pinguin-Highway überqueren. Das konnte schon Mal einige Minuten dauern, bis wir drüber laufen konnten. Denn: Pinguine haben IMMER Vorfahrt.
    Während sich die Weddelrobben am Steinstrand eher ausruhen, sind die Pinguine unterwegs um vom Berg ans Ufer zu kommen und wieder zurück.
    Damit ist Neko Harbour der südlichste Punkt auf dem Kontinent Antarktis, den wir betreten haben.
    Am Nachmittag wurden wir mit einer grandiosen Walshow belohnt. Unzählige Zwerg- und Buckelwale haben ein Krillfang-Schauspiel direkt rechts und links neben unserem Schiff abgehalten. Wir kamen aus dem Staunen nicht mehr raus und wussten nicht so recht, wo wir als Erstes hinschauen sollten!
    Am Abend hätten wir beinahe den engen Lemaire-Kanal durchfahren. Doch dieser war komplett mit Eisbergen blockiert. Also sind wir umgedreht und fuhren wieder in Richtung Norden.
    Damit ist der nördliche Eingang des Lemaire-Kanals der südlichste Punkt, an dem wir jemals waren.
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  • Day9

    Lemaire Channel

    November 18, 2019 in Antarctica ⋅ ☁️ -7 °C

    At 16:45, the bridge announces our arrival at the entrance to the Lamaire Channel. I throw on a few layers and head out to the front viewing platform. Within seconds, I’m heading back for more layers. We’ve been advised that with the windchill factor it feels like -25°C outside, and I can confirm that it certainly feels like it. The entrance to the chanel is shrouded in mist and thick with pack ice. This ship is a PC-6 on the polar class scale, which means it is suitable for summer/autumn operation in medium first-year ice, so I admit I wasn’t too convinced that the captain would be taking us into the channel, but it seems that another ship has passed this way in the last few days, and the pack ice is only freshly knitted together. Standing on the bridge, eyes streaming from the bitter wind, I can honestly say I’ve never been colder in my life - even the polar dip from a few days ago was a mercifully brief affair. But as much as I want to retreat, I feel compelled to say and watch our transit through this mass of ice. The ship’s flat bow makes short work of the floating ice tablets, pushing them sideways or splitting them in two. Our passage is narrated by constant crunching and scraping sounds as we force our way through the tight channel, which at its narrowest is just 120 metres wide. It’s breathtakingly beautiful and unforgivingly cold. Eventually, as we work our way down the channel, the skies clear into a dazzling blue and we emerge into a beautiful frozen seascape. And still we press on south, through the pack ice. We’re now just 105 nautical miles from the Antarctic Circle.

    We finally come to rest near the Vernadsky Research Base, having travelled another 12 nautical miles south. The expedition team has decided that we will go ashore on Petermann Island tomorrow, which lies some 5 miles to the north of our present position. The ship will therefore spend the night here in the Penola Strait. Very courteously, the captain has turned the boat so that my cabin is facing the sunset. And what a beautiful sunset it is.
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  • Day12

    Port Charcot and iceberg formations

    February 10, 2018 in Antarctica ⋅ ☁️ 0 °C

    Wow! What can you say? We saw the most amazing icebergs, as if the ice carving giants had been active the night before. AND we got to land on an iceberg. ‘Black Ice’ (glacial ice) was gathered for drinks that night. It is true what they say, glacial ice is like no ice you have had before.Read more

  • Day10

    Day 9 penguins, penguins, penguins

    March 8, 2018 in Antarctica ⋅ ☁️ 0 °C

    What can I say, you just have to come to this magical place for yourselves, as words can’t do it justice. This morning we toured in a zodiac around Yalour Islands, stunning landscape, icebergs and wildlife.
    Wildlife: Humpbacks, Adelie penguins, Gentoo penguins, Crabeater seal
    After lunch back on Ocean Diamond we boarded our zodiac for a shore excursion to Booth Island, landing at Port Charcot, named by a French explorer after his father. Jean-Baptiste Charcot wintered on Booth Island in 1904. The Island is now home to some 80,000 Gentoo penguins, they are so much fun, they come right up to you, and are as inquisitive as we are. We walked to the top of the Island to a cairn - a memorial to the Charcot’s expedition. We then boarded the zodiac to cruise or plow through the ice, around the island to enjoy the iceburgs and wildlife up close.
    Wildlife: Gentoo penguins, Chinstrap penguin, Crabeater seal, fur seal, Antartic gull, Skua etc.
    As if this place could get any better - when we started sail we went through the Lemaire Passage - simply stunning - we are blessed. We know this Passage was special as all the expedition team were out front enjoying the views with us. We are going to bed contented people.
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  • Day8

    Plenau Island

    March 9, 2020 in Antarctica ⋅ ⛅ -1 °C

    In unglaublicher Zwiebelmontur geht es jetzt dann aufs Boot - zwischen den Eisschollen wird dann herumgfahren, vielleicht sieht man Robben oder Pinguine, manchmal Wale, viel Wasser und Eis.

    Brigitte Pachinger

    Eine Bootsfahrt vorbei an den Eisschollen - toll😎

    3/9/20Reply
     

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