Monthly Archives: December 2014

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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Arctowski

Arctowski Station, on King George Island, is named after the Polish explorer, meteorologist, and inventor of the wind chill factor, Henryk Arctowski. It’s very Polish: At the landing site, we found 100% of the flowering plants of Antarctica, though neither … Continue reading

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Sightings

Our three days sailing from South Georgia to Antarctica proper were enlivened by several sightings. Having passed a small iceberg on the way to South Georgia, we now found ourselves confronting the more substantial tabular bergs. These are fragments of … Continue reading

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St Andrews Bay

Our farewell to South Georgia was made at St Andrews Bay. The expedition team kept us on the edge of our seats waiting to find out whether we would be able to land (it was their first landing at this … Continue reading

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Grytviken

Our last day at South Georgia began at Grytviken, the “capital”: an old whaling station, which has been cleaned up enough for visitors to wander around, plus a nearby British Antarctic Survey post. Most of the time, of course, it’s … Continue reading

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Stromness

In the afternoon, we parked at Stromness, which is a bit more mountainous that the original on Orkney: Like Grytviken (the following day’s stop), this is a whaling and Shackleton history site: this is where he came down to the … Continue reading

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