Our Last Day in Antarctica

Today was our last day in Antarctica. We were meant to be here for only two days, but because of the fog at Elephant Island, we have been able to fit in an extra day.  Our day started at 6.00 am with a wake-up cal as we entered the Lemaire Channel. This is a narrow…

Gerlache Strait

Today has been a stunning Antarctic day. We woke up in Willhemena Bay in the northern end of the Antarctic peninsular. The weather was sunny, the sky was blue and the air temperature was -1C. We were off in Zodiacs to see the sites by 7:00 am, before breakfast. Wilhemena Bay is noted place for…

Awesome Antarctica

Well, today has been a great day, We are at the northern end of the Antarctic Peninsular in calm seas and brilliant sunshine. The weather has really made up for the windy and wild weather that we had during our crossing from South Georgia.  We awoke this morning to our first view of Antarctica –…

More Bad Weather

This expedition is keeping to its need for flexibility. We arrived at Elephant Island at about 6 am this morning to find it shrouded in heavy fog and a 30 knot wind blowing from the north west. We stopped for a half hour and ddecided that it was not good enough to launch zodiacs and…

Another Sea Day

Today was a very quiet day at sea with little of great interest. One of the most notable events was that we crossed back int our old time zone (Buenos Aries time), so we had an extra hour in bed.  I spent a little time on the bridge today and every now and then we…

A Rough Day at Sea

When I awoke this morning, I could feel the ship rocking and rolling quite heavily. At one time I would be lying in a position where my head was much higher than my feet, and in the next, my feet ere at a higher elevation thank my head. I grabbed a seasickness pill and swallowed…

Last Days in Georgia

This is our last day in South Georgia before we head down to Antarctica.  We were awake at 6.00 am this morning for an early call to go out in Zodiacs before the wind picked up to go to Gold Harbour where there were thousands of King Penguins on the long strip of beach. There…

Grytviken

Grytviken, the old whaling station and ‘capital’ of South Georgia was our planned destination for this morning and it was just around the corn from Cumberland Bay where we spent the afternoon yesterday. I would have thought that we could have anchored in the bay but the captain decided that he wanted to put to…

Cumberland Bay

Our plans for today in South Georgia required another lot of flexibility. We were due to visit Stromness and Furness Bays, but the government of South Georgia wouldn’t let us in there because they were carrying out their rat eradication program and didn’t want visitors interfering with the movement of their ships and helicopters. These…

Salisbury Plain South Georgia

Our activity on our first day at South Georgia has been largely ruled by the weather. In our briefing last night, our expedition leader told us that the ‘wind map’ he receives each day by satellite was showing that at our proposed landing site, winds could be up to 30 knots by late morning. This…

Shag Rocks and Shackleton

We still have calm seas and are continuing to sail east to South Georgia. Today, we turned our clocks onwards one hour and that has been easy with little confusion. Our day has continued normally – breakfast at 8.00 am, lunch at 12.30 and dinner at 7.30 pm.  While at sea, we have had a…

Sailing to Georgia

You wouldn’t believe that we are in the deep Souther Ocean. Today is sunny with a temperature of about 12 degrees. The sea is dead calm and we have been traveling east all day in brilliant sunshine at a speed of 13 knots. The ship’s chart shows that  we are now just on half way…