Antarctica Favorites

  • Boat Ride Antarctica
    Boat Ride Antarctica
    by yobei
  • Our small ice strengthed ship
    Our small ice strengthed ship
    by DSwede
  • Endless Mountains near Horseshoe Island
    Endless Mountains near Horseshoe Island
    by DSwede

Antarctica Favorites

  • 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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  • Cookouts, Antarctic style

    For one of our on-board lunches, the crew of the Ushuaia chose to fire up outside grills and have a (what they called) Antarctic Barbecue. The weather was clear and sunny - albeit it a bit cooler than your standard outdoor barbecue. And, the plan was never to EAT outside, given the coolness. But, a lot of folks hung around outdoors drinking Quilmes...

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  • Make friends with the bartender

    Do I really need to write this tip? Is anyone out there stupid enough to get on a cruise ship and pay no attention to "becoming friends" with the bartender?Let's list a few reasons to be good friend with your bartender...He'll notice YOU quickly when everyone wants a drink.He'll set aside the last bottle of a pretty decent little cabernet and...

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  • Antarctica synchonized swimming, a la...

    I'd seen many many penguins in zoos, and I felt like I had a pretty good idea of what they were like. I figured the trip to Antarctica would show me penguins in their native habitat and in unimaginable numbers. But, I was surprised and delighted to see them SWIM. They generally will go for little swims in groups, and they really do look like...

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  • Get your passport stamped!

    Antarctica really isn't a country or sovereign nation. They have no foreign ministry, passport offices or customs officers. In general, the interests of the continent are a world concern, and the area is overseen in the interest of all the world by a group of treaty-signing nations. There ARE nations who have territorial "claims" on Antarctica,...

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  • Love your head waiter and waitresses

    Seating on the Ushuaia - and to my knowledge on most of the smaller expedition ships - is quite informal and open. In theory, you can sit anywhere you want to anytime. That being said, people are creatures of habit. It seemed to me that everyone pretty much kept sitting with the same little group all the time. We were no exception, and a special...

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  • Make friends with your cabin steward

    We were so very blessed on our Antarctic cruise. Our cabin steward was a wonderful fellow, Fernando Otero. Fernando took great care of our rooms and always had a smile for us. Suffice to say and especially on a small expedition ship, being "in good" with your cabin steward is a good thing. The kindness that Fernancdo showed us was varied and...

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  • Ancient ice - frozen history

    One afternoon, as our zodiac was heading back to the Ushuaia, our driver spotted something in the distance and immediately headed that way. He said something about "ice" and that confused us.... heck, we had ice all around us, nothing special about THAT. But when we got there, I have to admit that it was truly amazing. We were looking into the...

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  • Krill - it's what's for Antarctic dinner

    Most of you have probably heard the whales feed almost exclusive on plankton and krill. And of course, that's a scientific fact. However, it seems almost unbelievable once one realizes what krill are, and more rightly how SMALL krill are.In the accompanying photos, our friend Steve Browning from Australia has found a single "krill" and is holding...

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  • Will there be any NIGHTtime?

    Depending on the time of year you visit Antarctica, you may well see very little "dark". When you're well beyond 60 degrees south in their summer, the sun will be up at least 21-22 hours per day. The "longest" day of their summer is December 21st. Due to weather patterns, most cruise operators have their first trips in mid-November, so even if...

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  • Cameras, lenses, & general protection...

    A little general information regarding photography and planning for photographs in Antarctica. First of all, I am assuming that everyone is doing digital now....but if not, bring twice as much film as you ever imagined needing. The natural beauty is THAT spectacular, and unlike almost any other trip, there will be NOWHERE to buy more film.OK first...

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  • Know your penguinos II - the Gentoo

    The penguin species that we saw the most of on our visit to Antarctica were the gentoos. A slightly larger bird than their genus-cousin chinstraps, these little guys were spread out everywhere. And upon further research, I learned that the gentoo have the widest distribution throughout the polar region of any penguin species. The little guys are...

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  • Know your Penguinos I - the Chinstrap

    There are four basic species of penguin in the Antarctic regions. Two of them (the macaroni and the emperor) were not to cross our path during our visit, due to location. The macaronis are found more up around South Georgia and in the "sub-Antarctic" regions. The mighty emperor penguins were - at the time of our visit - resident further inland....

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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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