Category Archives: Antarctica

Be Aware … Be Very Aware

The 20th of January is, of course, a very important date across the world. Yes, it’s International Penguin Awareness Day! Here are a few things to be aware of. Penguins can fly: Penguins make pictures perfect: Penguins sing: Penguins dance: … Continue reading

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Black and white and full of nuts

All the best animals, of course, are black and white: Bratislavan winters offer another splendid candidate: the magpie. Apart from the very occasional tit, these are the only birds to have noticed that our windowsill produces peanuts each morning; something … Continue reading

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Petermann Island

Petermann Island was our southernmost point (65°10′S 64°10′W), and the end of the road. When we landed, we were given the option of going to one side of the island to see “Iceberg Alley” — tempting — or to see … Continue reading

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Nearing the End

The last day of our trip was rather nerve-wracking as well as enjoyable: we sailed through the Lemaire Channel towards Petermann Island, but there was a risk that there would be too much ice in the channel for us to … Continue reading

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Port Lockroy

After leaving Brown, we spent the evening on our way back west, towards Port Lockroy. We made our acquaintance with a range of ice forms on the way; I’m not sure which is which, but I believe that brash ice, … Continue reading

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Base Brown

Base Brown, named after an improbable Argentine national hero, is of particular interest as being on the continent itself rather than one of the islands. It was burned down in 1984 when the station’s doctor went a little crazy and … Continue reading

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Cuverville Island

On our second-last day in Antarctica, we woke to find the ship nosing down towards Cuverville Island, 64°41′S 62°38′W: Temperatures were lower here, although still just around freezing, and the lack of wind meant it didn’t feel particularly cold: The … Continue reading

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Mikkelsen Harbour

After leaving Deception Island, we had a few hours’ sail south and across the Bransfield Strait to Trinity Island, which lies just off the peninsula. This meant our second landing was in the early evening; the light was fantastic: One … Continue reading

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Sliding Down a Volcano in Antarctica

Day two in Antarctica began with Deception Island. Visitors are no longer allowed to dig their own hot tubs in the volcanic sand, but I could still happily have spent several days here: touring the bay, visiting the remnants of … Continue reading

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Half Moon Island

After leaving Arctowski, we sailed down the South Shetland islands, admiring the views: Our next stop was the tiny Half Moon Island, a scrap of land off the largish Livingston Island. Here some went off kayaking: While I went in … Continue reading

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