South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands
South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands

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  • Day11

    Grykviken

    November 24, 2019 in South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands ⋅ ☀️ 2 °C

    Am Nachmittag waren wir noch in der Hauptstadt von Südgeorgien. Es hat immerhin noch 20 Forscher hier.
    Es stehen alte Walverarbeitungsmaschinen rum, es wurde alles in den 50er Jahren verlassen.
    Die Natur holt sich dieses Stück Land langsam wieder zurück. Überall liegen Seeelefanten und Seebären herum, die Anlagen verfallen langsam. Nachdem alles als Museum genutzt wird, bleibt auch alles so stehen.
    Etwas außerhalb liegt auch das Grab von Shackleton, der hier kurz vor einer neuen Expedition in die Antarktis im Alter von 48 Jahren am 5. Januar 1922 verstorben ist.
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    Cordula Doßler

    Es lebe die Gemütlichkeit.

    11/26/19Reply
     
  • Day14

    Hercules Bay - Südgeorgien

    November 27, 2019 in South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands ⋅ ☀️ 5 °C

    Am späten Nachmittag sind sind wir mit den Zodiacs noch in der Hercules Bay - Südgeorgien herumgefahren.
    Norwegische Walfänger hatten sie nach dem Walfangschiff Hercules benannt, mit dem sie die Bucht besuchten.
    Am hinteren Ende hat es hier einen netten Wasserfall. Auf den Felsen nisten hier Goldschopfpinguine. Natürlich gab es auch wieder Seeelefanten, Seebären, Kormorane und wir hatten auch noch einen Graukopfkormoran gesehen.
    Das Wasser hatte eine herrliche Färbung mit Kelp-Wäldern, die zum Teil auf der Wasseroberfläche zum Sehen waren. Zum Reinspringen!
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    Cordula Doßler

    Ihr seid so putzig.

    11/28/19Reply
    Cordula Doßler

    Ben will wissen, ob da auch Pinguine aus Madagaskar dabei sind.

    11/28/19Reply
     
  • Day11

    Auf den Spuren von Sir Ernest Shackleton

    November 24, 2019 in South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands ⋅ ⛅ 0 °C

    Heute morgen ging es um 6 schon los und wir sind mit den Kodiaks an Land gefahren. Plan war es, ca. 4 Stunden den Spuren von Ernest Shackleton zu folgen und von der Fortuna Bay hinüber nach Stromness zu wandern.

    Zur Geschichte:
    "Ernest Shackleton hatte als Erster den antarktischen Kontinent durchqueren wollen. Doch sein Schiff, die „Endurance“, wurde im Weddell-Meer vom Packeis zerdrückt und sank. Die Mannschaft rettete sich auf das Eis. 15 unendlich lange Monate harrten sie dort aus. Dann startete Shackleton mit einem Teil seiner Männer eine noch heute legendäre Rettungsmission: Mit dem kleinen Beiboot „James Caird“ machten sie sich auf den Weg nach Südgeorgien. Aller Wahrscheinlichkeit zum Trotz gelang das Husarenstück. Nach 17 Tagen erreichten sie die Insel. Halb erfroren und halb verhungert taumelten sie in der King Haakon Bay an Land. Für drei der Männer, die sich noch kräftig genug fühlten, begann dann ein weiterer Kraftakt – die 36-stündige Wanderung quer über eine völlig unzugängliche, nie zuvor kartierte oder gar je überquerte Gebirgskette, um die Walfangstation Stromness zu erreichen. Dort wollten sie Hilfe finden."
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    Cordula Doßler

    Sieht gar nicht so kalt aus.

    11/25/19Reply
    Cordula Doßler

    Und dann stirbt er beim nächsten Mal am Herzinfarkt bevor es überhaupt losgeht. Ganz schön bitter.

    11/25/19Reply
     
  • Day12

    St. Andrews Bay

    November 25, 2019 in South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands ⋅ ⛅ 3 °C

    Am Morgen haben wir in der St. Andrews Bay Anker geworfen.
    Hier hat es eine der größten Kolonien von Königspinguinen, 200.000 Paare sollen hier ihre Jungen aufziehen. Diese werden wegen dem braunen Daunenkleid „Kaffeewärmer“ genannt.
    Anlandung war wieder mit den Schlauchbooten, dabei gab es doch etwas Wasser ins Gesicht. So schön das türkise Wasser anzusehen ist, so kalt sind die 1-2 Grad dann doch.
    Aber der erste Anblick von dem Strand entlohnt für alles. Königspinguine, Seeelefanten und Seebären haben uns gleich begrüßt mit keinerlei Scheu vor uns.
    Die Erlebnisse der nächsten Stunden war phänomenal: die Tiere aus nächster Nähe, dürfen komplett natürlich bleiben. Balzende Pinguine, halbstarke Seebären, rülpsende Seeelefanten.
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  • Day226

    South Georgia

    December 18, 2017 in South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands ⋅ ☀️ -2 °C

    This island has played large in our imagination after first reading Sir Ernest Shackleton’s account of his epic journey from being stuck in pack ice off Antarctica, sailing to Elephant Island in 3 life boats, then sailing a single life boat >900 miles to South Georgia before traversing the island in mid-winter over glaciers and crevasses to a whaling station where he could get a rescue party together for his crew back on Elephant Island. Four months after setting out on their small life boat he was able to return to rescue his crew – all survived.
    We had 2½ days around the island and were able to make many landings while here. Our first landing was at a massive king penguin colony on Salisbury Plain. It was an emotional experience seeing such abundance of wildlife (king penguins, fur seals, elephant seals and countless birds) and realizing we were someplace very special. Next, we stopped in Fortuna Bay, another large king penguin colony and also the place where Shackleton and 2 of his crew had arrived after traversing the island. It was very exciting to be walking in the footsteps of these great explorers.
    On our second day, we were meant to land in Stromness - the whaling station where Shackleton had come to mount the rescue - but bad weather prevented us from landing. We did enter the bay and get a good look at the former station before continuing on to Gothul for a zodiac cruise through a sheltered cove where we saw some amazing wildlife. Our afternoon landing was at Grytiviken, another former whaling station and where Shackleton and his friend and fellow explorer, Frank Wild, are buried. We toasted Shackleton at his gravesite with some Irish whiskey before taking a short walk up a hill for a beautiful view. Next, we visited the excellent museum and took a brief tour of the former whaling station. There are about 15 people that live here, mostly researchers and administrators. Incredible experience!
    On our last day in South Georgia, we landed at Gold Harbor to see both king and Gentoo penguins, as well as many other creatures. After some rough weather, it was a brilliantly sunny day. Lastly, we cruised up Drygalski Fiord for indescribably beautiful views of the mountains and glaciers.
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    Gerard Dobbs

    Great photo. Shackleton is one of my heroes. Nice to see his resting place.

    1/2/18Reply
    Rowena Singer

    Hilarious seal shot and adorable baby king penguin pics. It's also so cool that you got to visit Shackleton's grave and walk in his footsteps! We also did not see king penguins on the peninsula, so I loved getting a glimpse of the colony through your pics.

    1/10/18Reply
    Jessica Vibberts

    gorgeous!

    1/22/18Reply
     
  • Day19

    Day 20

    December 8, 2015 in South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands ⋅ ⛅ 0 °C

    Annemarie's birthday!

    This was our last day at South Georgia :(. We had an excursion on the zodiac to Cooper Bay. We didn't land but went up to the coast and saw Macaroni penguins and Chinstrap penguins as well as many birds and seals. Also saw some great rock formations.

    Back on the boat and started our 2.5 day journey to Antarctica. Within half an hour of leaving South Georgia, fog and cloud rolled in and there was nothing to see!

    At night we celebrated Annemarie's birthday over dinner with an extended group including friends made on board.
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    June Looney

    That looks yummy!

    12/10/15Reply
    June Looney

    All looking in great shape, champers available anywhere! Wouldn't have far to go for ice 🍾

    12/10/15Reply
    Philip Looney

    Somebody complained and drinks (except for Verve) have been free. Great weather and great deserts. Have been very lucky with what we have seen so far.

    12/10/15Reply
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  • Day18

    Day 19

    December 7, 2015 in South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands ⋅ ⛅ 0 °C

    A big day at South Georgia!

    In the morning, we went ashore at Grytvika. There is an abandoned whaling station, a post office, a museum, a gift store, a church and a cemetery where Shackleton is buried. Lots of baby elephant seals, some young fur seals and some king penguins. Very picturesque!

    In the afternoon we went ashore at xxx. Here there is a rookery of king penguins. Numbers vary but the consensus amongst our guides seems to be about 500,000! Also plenty of young elephant seals and fur seals and a few (very large) older elephant seals. This was truly an amazing place.
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    June Looney

    Great shots!

    12/10/15Reply
    Lisa Peters-Grieve

    OMG so many penguins!!!

    12/13/15Reply
     
  • Day17

    Day 18

    December 6, 2015 in South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands ⋅ ☀️ 1 °C

    First day at South Georgia.

    One landing only today. We were blessed with great weather. A bonus was that the fur seal pups had hatched only a week ago. Also saw a colony of king penguins (about 7,000).

    Brad did a 4 hour walk into the island.
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    June Looney

    Wonderful photos, no need to pinch yourselves now, you are really there!

    12/6/15Reply
    Lisa Peters-Grieve

    WOW! What an incredible sight.

    12/7/15Reply
    Lisa Peters-Grieve

    Fantastic! Weather looks like it is being kind to you too.

    12/7/15Reply
     
  • Day109

    Day 109: Kings of South Georgia

    November 6, 2016 in South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands ⋅ ☀️ 3 °C

    After more than 2 days at sea we arrived at Possession Bay on South Georgia. It was early morning around 8 and actually one hour earlier since we moved to the time of South Georgia. They assessed the conditions in this Bay and found out it was to windy here. We moved to Bay of Islands and to Rosita Harbor to finally go further and by Zodiacs we landed on Salisbury Plain where 120000 King Penguins (Kings for short) were waiting and looking forward to our arrival 😆. This was a great experience, we were waiting for it a few days and to be lucky enough to go on land was a big relief. This area had a big beach filled with elephant seals and furr seals. With Kings (coming back from fishing) walking around on and over the beach made it spectacular because they really are interested in humans also and see no threat in us. Landings go from the Ortellius with zodiacs and to get everybody on land takes some time so the conditions must stay good for a few hours so they can make 12 landings and 12 pickups with getting the boats off and on the ship also. I am almost always within on off the first 3 zodiacs to come on land. Which makes it more an adventure because the animals can come and check you out before the make room for 120 people. Also not all tourists are respecting the wildlife the way most of us do. Therefore after everybody has passed a certain point all wildlife has moved out of the way, creating a big path for humans. Allthough it is really funny to see some group of Kings cross this path when they see a more relaxed group of people. So we walked from the beach between seals to the grassy hills and along this to the huddle of King chicks. From a small hill in the muddy grass lands I found a spot to overlook the whole colony and was enjoying this moment for a while. Than headed back and looking for nice moments to get pictures off or set up my go pro. I had this opportunity to set up on the beach while Kings where passing my gopro and actually coming straight at us. They appeared to be attracted to yellow (because they have yellow themselves)... and as you may have noticed my pants are bright yellow and they really came towards me more than others. Not only Penguins this time also a skewer flew in but more interested in my gopro oooh nooo. I had to get back to my gopro because he was picking at it, he could have swallowed it the guide said but also pick it up and drop it in sea. I made sure that if he grabbed it I grabbed him 😈. This bird was not impressed by my approach and left when he was done with examining my camera.
    A very good movie and I added a screenshot 😆.
    Back to the boat just in time because the wind picked up to 55 knots at one point so we had to get inside. We had plenty of photo's to sort out anyway. Also we heard in the re-cap that this morning was not early and that we were going on land tomorrow morning around 5:30. We did a couple of beers and slept like Penguins 😉
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  • Day112

    Day 112: Blown away from South Georgia

    November 9, 2016 in South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands ⋅ ⛅ 7 °C

    With yesterday's breefing I set my alarm on 5:10 hoping to have heard the wake up call from Sebas that we could go on land at Gold Harbour by than. Sadly no announcement came what mend that the weather wasn't good enough. That meant that we would give it a try at the next place, called Cooper Bay, after breakfast. A large Macaroni Penguin colonie would be living here and we could see them with a Zodiac cruise without going on land. Sadly when everybody was geared up and ready it was aborted due to heavy winds....😯. I stayed on deck to enjoy as much as I could because it mend we would leave South Georgia now. We went through the Icebergs (which was an amazing sight) to open sea where within an hour the wind and waves were so heavy that the outer decks were closed again. They played BBC's "Frozen planet" in the bar before lunch and around 4 o clock. After lunch (were maybe 1/4th of the people didn't show up) I had a power nap of an hour while freefalling half the time 😆. We were on deck 3 totally in the front so the tilt goes quite high there they call it pitch over the length and roll is banking left and right. This is measured as an angle but from out the middle of the ship the distance traveled in height increases to the outside 😉. On deck 6 (the bar) the movement left and right is a bit more than on 3 but up and down is less than in our Cabin at the front.
    After some blogging and reading diner was ready and the dining room was again not full. People feeling sick don't like to eat and I loved to eat because it keeps me from getting sick. I ate even a double portion and went to the bar to sort some photo's and to the room and read almost half my book because I couldn't sleep. The waves made me freefall every 5 seconds haha awesome feeling but not helping to sleep. When my roommate started snorring and I increased the volume on my headphone at 2:30 finally sleep got hold on me 😆.
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South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands, Südgeorgien und die Südlichen Sandwichinseln, South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands, SGSSI, Suid-Georgië en die Suid-Sandwich-eilande, ደቡብ ጆርጂያ እና የደቡብ ሳንድዊች ደሴቶች, جورجيا الجنوبية وجزر ساندويتش الجنوبية, দক্ষিণ জৰ্জিয়া আৰু দক্ষিণ চেণ্ডৱিচ্‌ দ্বীপ, Cənub Gürcüstan və Cənub Sandvilç Adaları, Паўднёвая Джорджыя і Паўднёвыя Сандвічавы астравы, Южна Джорджия и Южни Сандвичеви Острови, দক্ষিণ জর্জিয়া ও দক্ষিণ স্যান্ডউইচ দ্বীপপুঞ, Inizi Georgia ar Su hag Inizi Sandwich ar Su, Južna Džordžija i Južna Sendvič Ostrva, Illes Geòrgia del Sud i Sandwich del Sud, Jižní Georgie a Jižní Sandwichovy ostrovy, Ynysoedd De Georgia a De Sandwich, South Georgia og De Sydlige Sandwichøer, Anyiehe Georgia kple Anyiehe Sandwich ƒudomekpowo nutome, Νότια Γεωργία και Νότιες Νήσοι Σάντουιτς, Sud-Georgio kaj Sud-Sandviĉinsuloj, Islas Georgia del Sur y Sandwich del Sur, Lõuna-Georgia ja Lõuna-Sandwichi saared, Hegoaldeko Georgia eta Hegoaldeko Sandwich uharteak, جورجیای جنوبی و جزایر ساندویچ جنوبی, Etelä-Georgia ja Eteläiset Sandwichsaaret, Suðurgeorgia, Géorgie du Sud-et-les îles Sandwich du Sud, An tSeoirsia Theas agus Oileáin Sandwich Theas, Xeorxia do Sur e Illas Sandwich, દક્ષિણ જ્યોર્જીયા અને દક્ષિણ સેન્ડવિચ આઇલેન્ડ, ג׳ורג׳יה הדרומית ואיי סנדוויץ׳ הדרומיים, दक्षिण जोर्जिया और दक्षिण सैंडविच द्वीपसमूह, Južna Gruzija i Južni Sendvič Otoci, Dél Grúzia és a Déli Szendvics-szigetek, Kepulauan South Sandwich dan South Georgia, Suður-Georgía og Suður-Sandvíkureyjar, Georgia del Sud e isole Sandwich meridionali, 南ジョージア島・南サンドイッチ諸島, სამხრეთი ჯორჯია და სამხრეთ სენდვიჩის კუნძულები, ದಕ್ಷಿಣ ಜಾರ್ಜಿಯಾ ಮತ್ತು ದಕ್ಷಿಣ ಸ್ಯಾಂಡ್‌ವಿಚ್ ದ್ವೀಪಗಳು, 사우스조지아 사우스샌드위치 제도, Pietų Džordžija ir Pietų Sandvičo salos, Dienviddžordžija un Dienvidsendviču salas, Јужна Грузија и Јужни Сендвич Острови, ദക്ഷിണ ജോര്‍ജ്ജിയയും ദക്ഷിണ സാന്‍ഡ്‌വിച്ച് ദ്വീപുകളും, दक्षिण जॉर्जिया आणि दक्षिण सँडविच बेटे, တောင် ဂျော်ဂျီယာ နှင့် တောင် ဆင်းဒဝစ်ဂျ် ကျွန်းစုများ, Sør-Georgia og de sørlige Sandwich-øyene, Zuid-Georgië en Zuidelijke Sandwicheilanden, Sør-Georgia og Sør-Sandwich-øyane, ଦକ୍ଷିଣ ଜର୍ଜିଆ ଏବଂ ଦକ୍ଷିଣ ସାଣ୍ଡୱିଚ୍ ଦ୍ବୀପପୁଞ୍ଜ, Georgia Południowa i Sandwich Południowy, Geórgia do Sul e Ilhas Sandwich do Sul, Georgia dal Sid e las Inslas Sandwich dal Sid, Georgia de Sud și Insulele Sandwich de Sud, Южная Джорджия и Южные Сандвичевы Острова, Lulli Georgia ja Lulli Sandwich-sullot, Južná Georgia a Južné Sandwichove ostrovy, Južna Georgia in Južni Sandwichevi otoki, Јужна Џорџија и Јужна Сендвич Острва, Sydgeorgien och Sydsandwichöarna, Jojia Kusini na Visiwa vya Sandwich Kusini, தென் ஜியார்ஜியா மற்றும் தென் சான்ட்விச் தீவுகள், దక్షిణ జార్జియా మరియు దక్షిణ సాండ్విచ్ దీవులు, เกาะเซาท์จอร์เจียและหมู่เกาะเซาท์แซนด์วิช, ደቡብ ጆርጂያ እና የደቡድ ሳንድዊች ደሴቶች, ʻOtumotu Siosia-tonga mo Saniuisi-tonga, Güney Georgia ve Güney Sandwich Adaları, Південна Джорджія та Південні Сандвічеві Острови, جنوبی جارجیا اور جنوبی سینڈوچ جزائر, Quần đảo Nam Georgia và Nam Sandwich, 南乔治亚岛和南桑威齐群岛, i-South Georgia ne-South Sandwich Islands