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  • Boat Ride Antarctica
    Boat Ride Antarctica
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  • Our small ice strengthed ship
    Our small ice strengthed ship
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  • Endless Mountains near Horseshoe Island
    Endless Mountains near Horseshoe Island
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  • First stop in the C 130 Edward Frei Base

    First stop in the C 130 is this Chile base a small town really with a bank, school. This is one of the most important logistic bases in Antarctica and has a year around population living here kids families. The Base is located at Fildes Peninsula, an ice-free area, in front of Maxwell Bay. The government of Chile considers this part of Chileand the...

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  • Humbling Enormity

    Upon glimpse of the first icebergs and the first land, I could consciously feel my brain trying to come to terms with where I was. No matter how many photos I had seen or films I had watched, I don’t think I could have understood, nor can I explain the enormity of Antarctica. I cannot stress enough the humbling size of the ice bergs, the broad...

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  • Go sooner than later, don't wait

    In all of my readings and research, I realized that every year that passes may make the opportunity less likely that I'd get to Antarctica, mostly since costs are escalating rapidly. During our cruise, the specialists and crew gave a number of presentations and discussions on all topics relating to Antarctica. One of them quite concisely put my...

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  • What camera to take? Will it work in the...

    Generalities:So you are wondering if your camera will work in Antarctica because it is so cold there. First, most likely most of you will go to Antarctica in the summer and the least cold parts of it (Antarctic Peninsula, coast) and therefore, it will not be that cold. In McMurdo station (78º South), the temperature in December and January hovered...

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  • My Logbook : 10 DECEMBER 2008

    Breakfast between 07.00 and 09.00am and after 09.00am there was the official disembarkation-time.It would have been possible to store the luggage onboard and get it later in the day. For the crew it was time for some repairs and for storing new provisions onboard. The next turn of passengers will arrive 2 days after the last disembarkation and...

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  • My logbook : 9 DECEMBER 2008

    We had the whole day for excursions from Ushuaia or for shopping. Ea. Haberton was one of the day-excursions, but we had been there two times already. Read more about this interesting place in my Haberton-page !Breakfast, lunch and dinner was held at the ordinary times onboard the Bark Europa and there was a farewell-party as well after dinner....

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  • My logbook : 8 DECEMBER 2008

    This was now the 2nd last-but-one day of our Antarctica-cruise, we arrived east of Haberton in the morning around 09.00am and had to wait there some time for the pilot, who arrived around 11.00am. The cruise through the Beagle-channel was quiet and mostly sunny. After all of the rolling seas of the last 6 days we somehow were happy to be back...

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  • My logbook : Dec 1st till Dec. 7th, 2008

    5 full days and nights of a heavily rolling ship, giant waves smashing a lot of water on deck and an icy wind that makes any minute out on deck a terrible experience. In my berth the condens-water-problem is getting really bad,because of the extremely cold weather OUTside and the warm cabin INside. The water is gathering at some shelf and dropping...

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  • My logbook : 30 NOVEMBER 2008

    Melchior Island was originally on the schedule for this day, but unfortunately we had to skip it, due to the bad weather-situation again. Almost everybody was seasick and the ship was rolling all day long in the heavy seas, it was hard to stand anywhere and so I stayed most of the time in bed, reading a book. I did not feel very good, but at least...

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  • My logbook : SATURDAY 29 NOVEMBER 2008

    In our itinerary there should have been a visit of Port Lockroy today, but due to a very bad weather-forecast we had done Port Lockroy already one day before and left there today very early in the morning in order to avoid sailing into the worst area of the bad-weather-front that was scheduled for our part of Antarctica. Not very far from our ship...

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  • My logbook : FRIDAY 28 NOVEMBER 2008

    At 04.00am we had left our anchoring-place in Trinity Island and were arriving at the scenic Graham Passage at around 10.00am. A lot of great icebergs we were passing by in a perfect weather with sunshine and only a bit of a wind, so it was nice standing out on deck and enjoying the landscape. At 02.00pm we had been at the ship-wreck of the...

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  • My logbook : THURSDAY 27 NOVEMBER 2008

    Trinity Island : the main attraction is the so-called cemetery of icebergs : there is alarge bay, where the watercurrants and the steady winds will blow all icebergs and there they will be stuck and are not able to float away again. We made a cruise in our zodiaks through the icebergs of the Iceberg-cemetery and we could get really close to them,...

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  • My logbook : WEDNESDAY 26 NOVEMBER 2008

    Our daily program had scheduled 3 different excurions for today on Deception Island :1) Telephone bay : walk round some of Deception's newest landscapesUnfortuantely it had to be cancelled due to strong winds and rain2) Swimming at Pendulum CoveUnfortunately we did not even go to this other anchor-place, it was so cold and windy that everybody gave...

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  • My Logbook : TUESDAY 25 NOVEMBER 2008

    09.30 Landing on Half Moon Island and it is really cold again and raining, but who cares, we payed a lot of money to get here and now we also want to go ashore !!The landing by Zodiak is not easy, there is a lot of gravel on the beach and we have to step into high water, when stepping out of the zodiaks.On the beach: an old boat, maybe 100 years...

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  • My Logbook : Monday 24 November 2008

    02.00pm :Today we will have our first landing in the South Shetland Islands, a group of islands in Antarctica : Barrientos, an island that is part of the Aitcho Islands, will be, where we start our first excursion to.At the arrival it is first foggy and a freezing wind is blowing, but as soon as we get into the Zodiaks it is getting sunny, at least...

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  • My logbook : SUNDAY 23 NOVEMBER 2008

    We are getting closer and closer to Antarctica and it is also getting colder and colder out on deck with a heavily freezing wind. We are crossing the so-called Antarctical Convergence Zone, where the warmer water-currants of the Atlantic are mixing with the much colder Antarctic waters.Out on deck you need extra gloves now and a really warm coat in...

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  • my logbook : SATURDAY 22 NOVEMBER 2008

    Our 2nd day in the Drake-passage, a steady wind is taking us forward and the ship is rolling in the waves, but luckily no more sea-sickness for me today !On board there are DVDs shown about the local wildlife of Antarctica, but the problem with these movies is that the lounge, where it is shown on quite a large TV-screen is much too small to have...

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  • My logbook : FRIDAY 21 NOVEMBER 2008

    Our first day in the Drake-Passage, the ship is rolling quite heavily, although the waves are not really very high. I am getting seasick, but after womitting 2 times, it is over and I am feeling well again and enjoying the cruise.There are lots of Wandering Albatrosses and other seabirds around of the ship, obviously following us and from Hans, who...

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  • My logbook : THURSDAY 20 NOVEMBER 2008

    07.00-09.00am Breakfast in the Lounge09.00am the pilot came onboard and the ship was cruising to the Bunker-station, where we recieved 6000 litres of Diesel before we did start sailing the Beagle channel at around 10.00am.After passing by Haberton and Ft. Williams and sailing further on the Beagle-channel the pilot finally left at 04.00pm and we...

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  • my logbook : WEDNESDAY 19 NOVEMBER 2008

    my logbook for WEDNESDAY 19 NOVEMBER 200805.00 pm there was the embarkation onboard of the Bark Europa and a helpful and friedly crew did help us with the luggage and led us to our cabins.It is a pity that I came quite late so there were only 2 berths left over in our cabin of 5 people in a cabin with 6 berths and I took the one with the lower...

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  • Fly to Antarctica

    You can fly to Antarctica instead of cruise, and its cheaper. No sea sickness at all. :) I flew with DAP from Punta Arenas to King George Island. You can read my post if you like:http://members.virtualtourist.com/m/fa181/9/

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  • Flying is cheaper than cruising

    I've heard the sea is rough, and I get seasick easy, so I chose to fly. Tt was also the cheapest way to go. I booked with DAP from Punta Arenas to King George Island. You can read my post if you like:http://members.virtualtourist.com/m/fa181/9/

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  • Flying to Antarctica for a Day

    My husband and I flew to King George Island with DAP. http://www.aeroviasdap.cl/It is cheapest to schedule with them directly. Their office is in Punta Arenas. If you take a chartered flight it is about $3,000 per ticket and you spend the day, doing what you described. Seeing the penguins and the science centers. They also have one hour layovers...

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  • Machu Picchu and Antarctica

    We went to Machu Picchu in December of 2011. It was very rainy. Take a poncho. The ones they sell are worthless. Having my own made things so much more comfy and helped protect my camera. We flew to Antarctica, so high seas were not a problem.

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  • Old Antarctic Explorers Organization

    YOU COULD BE A TOURIST OR A MILITARY PERSON....ALL ARE WELCOME IN THE ORGANIZATION. IT'S WILD TO HEAR THE STORIES ABOUT ALL THE ADVENTURES SOME OF THE OLDER GUYS HAD. MY HUSBAND RECENTLY MADE A CONNECTION TO A MAN WHO WAS ONE OF THE FIRST SEABEES WHO ACTUALLY BUILT MCMURDOUGH STATION....LIVED IN A TENT FOR 3 MONTHS AND THEN WENT ON TO BUILD THE...

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  • Swapping stories...

    The Antarctic Explorers Assn. had their third National Reunion in Rhode Island in August of (2006) They had a blast. Years slipped away as some of these people were reunited after 30 or 40 years. Some people came because their fathers were in the Navy or Seabees and served on the Ice. Officers and enlisted men renewed a wonderful bond they have...

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  • Elephant Seals

    Elephant Seals are the largest animals that one can find in Antarctica. It is an amazing sight to see these lazy animals lay on the beach or move the hundreds of kilograms of blubber into the sea. An amazing fact is that those seals can dive up to 1700 meters deep!!

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  • Looking after your camera.

    I think I already mentioned what cameras and gadgets I took, in my packing list tip, but a bit of extra info for you. After a cold or wet day on the ship, land or ice, I recommend that you put your camera in a plastic bag, that has a seal. (Think larger size sandwich bag!) I took three with me. After each landing, I put each camera (I had two) in...

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  • Scott of the Antarctic

    When I travel I like to take with me at least one book about the place I’m visiting. On this trip I took “Cherry” by Sara Wheeler, which tells the story of Scott’s legendary fatal attempt to be the first to reach the South Pole, as seen through the eyes of Apsley Cherry-Garrard, one of the few men to survive that expedition. It was important for me...

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  • The Antarctic Treaty

    The Antarctic treaty officially entered into force on June 23, 1961. The original signatories were Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Chile, France, Japan, New Zealand, Norway, South Africa, the USSR, the United Kingdom and the United States. A total of over 40 countries have now signed up to it.The main objective of the treaty is to ensure in the...

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  • Choose a responsible tour operator

    Make sure that the tour operator you choose to travel with is a member of the International Association of Antarctic Tourism Operators. This organisation was founded in 1991 to advocate and practice safe and environmentally responsible private-sector travel to Antarctica. They recognised that when the Antarctic Treaty was drawn up tourism was...

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  • Magellanic Penguins

    Magellanic Penguins are the largest of the warm-weather penguins. This penguin was named after Ferdinand Magellan who first saw them in 1519 on his first voyage around the tip of South America. They have a wide black strip under their chin and another is in the shape of an upside down horseshoe on their stomachs.

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  • Rockhopper Penguins

    Rockhoppers are part of a family of penguins called the crested penguins because of the brightly colored feathers on their heads. Rockhoppers live on most of the islands in the Antarctic region. There are major colonies on the Falkland Islands. It is estimated that there are over 3 million breeding pairs.

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  • King Penguin

    King Penguin is the second largest penguin. It is sometimes confused with the larger Emperor penguin. The King penguin lives on islands far to the north of the Antarctic continent where the Emperor penguin lives. The King Penguin has orange ear patches that are a closed tear-drop shape; while the Emperor penguin has a yellow open ear patch shape....

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  • Chinstrap Penguins

    Chinstrap Penguins are the most numerous penguins in the world. It is estimated there are 12 to 13 million located on the barren islands of the sub-Antarctic Region and the Antarctic Peninsula. These penguins live and breed in large colonies. They got their name from the thin curved line of black feathers running under the chin. They stand about 72...

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  • Gentoo Penguins

    Gentoo Penguins have a wide white stripe that goes across their the tops of their heads from one eye to the other. They have a very bright orange beak. Their nests are made on the rocky shores. They prefer the inland grasslands for nest building. They carry and pile stones, pebbles, grass, sticks, and anything they can find to make a circle.

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  • Adelie Penguins

    Adelie penguins are the smallest of the penguins living on the Antarctica continent. They are about 70 cm tall and weigh about 4 kilogram. These penguins nest and breed on the rocky, ice-free beaches in large colonies of ten thousands of birds. There are over 2.5 million breeding pairs living in the Antarctica region.

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  • Keeping in touch

    Even in the middle of the Antarctic Ocean it was possible to keep in touch with family and friends and with events in the outside world, because the Marco Polo had an Internet Centre. This was a small room but well-equipped with computers and open 24 hours a day. We paid a one-off fee to get a password and could then use the facilities as much as...

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  • Icebergs

    Before I went to Antarctica I assumed that all icebergs were much the same, though varying in size of course, and that they were more or less white. So I was stunned by the variety of shape and even more of colour. The white is variously streaked with wonderful shades of blue, from turquoise through to deeper shades, and many of the bergs are...

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  • Antarctic weather

    When we first decided on a trip to the Antarctic the one thing that concerned me a little was how I would cope with the cold, as it’s something I really don’t like. But I needn’t have worried. OK it was cold but there was probably only one occasion when I felt too cold – standing in the bow of the ship as we approached Deception Island - though...

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  • "The Daily Program"

    There’s so much to do on board ship that it could all get a bit bewildering! But everyday you wake up to find a four page brochure slipped under your door – the “Daily Program”.This tells you everything you need to know about the next 24 hours. The first page gives you the main headlines about the day’s highlights; the second a full timetable for...

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  • Making a landing

    One of the main highlights of any Antarctic cruise is the chance to set foot on shore, of course, and on a large ship like the Marco Polo these events are carefully co-ordinated. Incidentally, if booking a cruise on a larger ship do make sure that landings are part of the deal. Some of the bigger companies take you there just to gaze on the sights...

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  • Charter Flights from Melbourne or...

    If you're thinking of taking this charter flight, just enjoy it for what it is, a joy flight! Enjoy it, don't just sit in your seat, get up and move around! Lean and look through the windows and marvel at what you are lucky to see! There are t.v. screens in front of your seat and you can watch the view from the camera on the nose of the plane, but...

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  • Life on board the Nordnorge

    It was never boring on board the Nordnorge:first of all we seemed to be constantly eating - which was VERY delicious (please see my restaurant tip!). Then we had the chance for excursions along the coast of Patagonia and daily zodiac landings in Antarctica.Furthermore there were interesting lectures (both in German and in English) throughout the...

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  • Whales

    During the Antarctic summer months you will be able to see quite a few species of whales, that go to Antarctica to get a good meal of krill (small prawn-like animals). A few months later, when it gets really freezing and ice begins to cover the sea, they return to the warm waters off the coast of South America, South Africa or Australia, where you...

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