Unique Places in Antarctica

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  • Antarctica - leaving from New Zealand!

    by kiwihels Written Oct 24, 2012

    Hi - I am VERY late replying to this thread... but felt the need to reply to this!

    http://www.heritage-expeditions.com

    There IS a New Zealand company (award winning also!!) that runs trips from New Zealand (Bluff, Dunedin, and sometimes Lyttleton) to Antarctica (Ross Sea Region) via the subAntarctic Islands. Many passengers say that this trip is MUCH more an adventure than their previous trips to the continent from the South America side. You get much further south, well past the Antarctic Circle (which is crossed on the way down while at sea). Also the Historic Huts of Borchrevink, Shakleton, and Scott are visited. Scott Base and McMurdo base are visited, also other bases if time allows such as the Italian Base.
    The subAntarctic Islands on the way down are a jewel in themselves - Snares, Aucklands, Macquarie and, on the return, Campbell Island. These islands are full of spectacular wildlife and plants - many of which are endemic. Macquarie Island lies in the Australian Convergence Zone and the wildlife is unparalleled.
    I would HIGHLY recommend their voyages, and with New Zealand being such a historic gateway to Antarctic, you can be sure you are following in the footsteps of many an Antarctic explorer :)

    Ross Sea, Antarctica King Penguin, Macquarie Island King Penguins Adelie Penguins, Commonwealth Bay
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    Isla Hovgaard / Hovgaard Island

    by globetrott Updated Jul 31, 2012

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    Isla Hovgaard / Hovgaard Island is an island next to Peterman Island, when you are sailing north. We passed by this small island 2 times, butwe did not land there, although this island would also have a port according to my map: Port Plenau. When we were sailing by the last time I took these photographs,because the evening-sun was shining so brightly on the island that I could not resist to takes these pics for VT.

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    The distance-pole in Almirante Brown

    by globetrott Updated Jul 31, 2012

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    The distance-pole in Almirante Brown shows the distances to some cities in Argentina,to the South-pole and also the Northpole and some other major cities like Tokyo etc., but when i compare the distances of the Southpole to the one of the north pole, I am sure there is a mistake in at least one of these distances ! The distances are given in nautical miles. 1 nm = 1,852 km
    The distance from Almirante Brown to
    Ushuaia is 620 nm
    Buenos Aires 1825 nm
    Tokyo 8865 nm
    Madrid 6856 nm
    South Pole 1513 nm
    North Pole 9285 nm

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    Faraday Bar - The southernmost Bar

    by globetrott Updated Jul 31, 2012

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    Faraday Bar is considdered to be the "southernmost public bar on earth" and the most common drink that you will get there, will be Vodka from Ukraine for a cheap price like 3 US$ for a large glass of 4 or 5 cl. The Barman in Faraday Bar is obviously always very happy to see new faces there instead of just the same scientists living there all of the time.
    There was great music, we even started to dance ( animated by the Vodka....), there is a billard-table as well and you may also play dart.

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    The southernmost souvenirshop on earth

    by globetrott Updated Jul 31, 2012

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    In Vernadsky Station you will find the southernmost souvenirshop on earth, it is quite small and you will find it in the 1st floor (USA: 2nd floor) of the mainbuilding of this scientific station. The shop offers some interesting badges, handmade clothings,and even a Matrioska Doll made like a penguin. That was 70 US $ and I did not want to spend so much money.
    A funny souvenir might be also the shirt that had lots of stamps of various antactic stations on it. These guys in Vernadsky obviously have a lot of time besides of their jobs and have to search for some way to make some extra money.

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    My favorite wind-flag in Antarctica

    by globetrott Updated Jul 31, 2012

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    Take a closer look at this interesting windflag with distances to the most important places of "homesickness" of the Ukrainian team of Scientists in Vernadsky station. My favorite part of it was the windflag on top of it, showing a sled torn by huskies. In case that it is stormy outside, you will be able to take your photos of it also through the balcony of
    the kitchen of the station, one of the officers there opened the door for me there so I was able to stand inside the warm house and take the picture of the distance-pole in the snow-storm.
    15010 km to Odessa
    15168 km to Kiev
    8624 km to Sydney

    out of the window out of the balcony
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    Guinness World Records/Tarzan Jugglers

    by 850prc Updated Apr 23, 2011

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    People who go to Antarctica are already off the grid a little bit... we are people who are adventurous and want to leave our mark. I cannot tell you how proud I am that I have now touched all seven continents. So far, the stupid VT map still shows Antarctica as somewhere I "want to go". I've changed it a dozen times, but it doesn't record. I'm proud of the record and want it right.

    Sooooo, there are usually folks on a trip to Antarctica looking to leave their mark. We traveled with a large (~25) contingent of Lithuaanians. One of their goals on the trip was to do a bit of downhill skiing so that they could "establish" the Amateur Antarctica Lithuanian Skiing Club or something like that. And by God, they did it. One of our guides - Flavia Mazzini - was an expert skier and she oversaw their journey. (They went on their own side excursion one after to do their thing) That brings us to Tarzan the Juggler.

    There was this young British gent on our journey named Peter. He'd been out on a long-time backpacker trip around the world... you know, the stuff that some kids do before they get jobs and such. Anyway, he'd been in South America and made plans to do Antarctica. WELL, his mother got word of this back and Britain and decided that she wanted to see the White Continent too. Long story short, they booked together and she flew in from London to go with him. He loved it, he got some pampering attention from mom for a few days, got his laundry done and such (his words), got a chance to eat maybe better food than he'd been eating on his carefully managed round the world budget before.

    Peter decided that he wanted to make the Guinness Book of Records with some stunt in Antarctica. He was a pretty good juggler, so he came up with the idea of "World's Record Antarctic Tarzan Juggling", so he basically created a Tarzan costume (leopard leotard) and then went ashore one afternoon to juggle for 90 minutes or so straight. And that's his claim to fame, he's the self-claimed "World's Antarctic Tarzan Juggling Champion". At press time, it was still in debate whether Guinness was going to recognize the effort. Peter told me that they had used the word "rubbish" quite a few times in discussion, leading him to believe that his fame would have to be self-glory and not published. But still, give him credit for being off the grid and doing something about it.

    ..like I say, you meet all kinds on a trip to Antarctica. They're everything except mundane. There wasn't a soul moaning that they'd preferred going to DisneyWorld. :)

    In my efforts to help Peter's publicity, there are three shots down below. One is his official Tarzan Juggling in Antarctica photo, shot by the M/V Ushuaia crew members. Also, I have a shot of him swimming in the Antarctic waters at Pendulum Cove, and a nice picture of him on the night of the Captain's Dinner. When I saw him in his pink tie, I went up and said "What's with the dress-up tie, Tarzan" and he replied quite rightly, "well, it's the Captain's Dinner mate, gotta dress up.". Good for him. Have a nice life, Peter, you're a fun person and you'll get things done.

    Peter/Tarzan doing his thing More crazy behavior from Tarzan wearing a tie, Captain's Dinner night.  :)

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    Concordia - 1100km "Off The Beaten Path"

    by tiabunna Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Several years ago, France and Italy agreed to develop a joint polar station at "Dome C", 1100km inland from the French antarctic station at Dumont d'Urville and some 3600 metres above sea level. The high points of the antarctic plateau are identified as Dome A, Dome B, Dome C, etc. This is only the third permanent inland Antarctic station and the first on one of the "Domes". It has been fully operational since only 2005. (The other two inland stations are the US Amundsen-Scott station at the South Pole and the Russian Vostok station at the Pole of Inaccessability, the most distant place from the coast.)

    Concordia is at a particularly remote and featureless site, with only snow visible in all directions. But it has some valuable scientific merits which justified its selection. These include totally pristine air for climatological studies, ice depth suitable for deep ice cores, good atmospheric stability making it very suitable for astronomy, and a site suitable for seismology. It is also extremely cold, with an average annual temperature of about -53C. To find out more, the website link is given below.

    Although it is improbable that you'll get there as a tourist, if you're at Dumont d'Urville at the right time, you can see the giant tractor trains starting on the 1100km run inland. They do this several times during the summer, taking about 10 days in (with fuel, food and supplies) and 8 days out (with all the wastes). We were lucky enough to see the convoy forming up and departing.

    Tractor trains forming up at edge of plateau. Tractor trains climbing the slope of the plateau
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    go all the way

    by liquidkitty1 Written Aug 1, 2009

    my trip included falklands and south georgia island - if you plan to visit antarctica, go all the way!!! we also stopped at the south orkneys and south shetland islands. a 10-day trip is a waste since it takes 4 days just to get to the tip and back. you will see far more animals and the most spectacular scenery in the world doing the longer trip. save up and go.

    explorers route map west point island, falklands salisbury plain, south georgia island reindeer, penguins and seals near stromness penguin island, chinstrap
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    go all the way

    by liquidkitty1 Written Aug 1, 2009

    my trip included falklands and south georgia island - if you plan to visit antarctica, go all the way!!! we also stopped at the south orkneys and south shetland islands. a 10-day trip is a waste since it takes 4 days just to get to the tip and back. you will see far more animals and the most spectacular scenery in the world doing the longer trip. save up and go.

    explorers route map west point island, falklands salisbury plain, south georgia island reindeer, penguins and seals near stromness penguin island, chinstrap
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    Don't stray!

    by leigh767 Written Jan 25, 2009

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    Antarctica IS off the beaten path! There's no need to prove yourself even more hard core by straying from the path when you get there. Specifically, follow the expedition leader's path because there is the real danger of falling into crevasses that you don't see, or falling off the cliff altogether. No joke. I was trekking up the hill at Paradise Bay and witnessed a friend stray until he was all of 5 steps away from the cliff edge. He couldn't see it from his vantage point and so had no idea. Don't tempt the elements.

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    The Antarctic Polar Circle

    by globetrott Written Dec 22, 2008

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    The Antarctic Polarcircle is a lot further south than 95% of all ships are sailing in the Antarctic waters. Mostly it is only on the itinerary of icebreakers like Kapitain Klebnikov and a few others. When you compare the distances to the pole, you may get quite easily with an ordinary cruiseship up to the northern icebarrier, about 800-1000 km from the Northpole, like I did many times, while I was working onboard of the cruiseship M/S Vistafjord.
    While the northpole is just covered with rather flat ice that might totally melt in the nearer future, the southpole is covered by an "iceblock" that is held between various islands and it is more than 3000 meters high. very close to the south Pole there is a permanent american research-station.

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    Isla Boothe / Boothe Island

    by globetrott Updated Dec 22, 2008

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    Boothe Island / Isla Booth is the island that makes the western bank of Canal Lemaire/ Lemaire Channel with quite high rocky mountains,that were totally covered by snow in the beginning of December. In the west-side of Boothe Island, there is a port : Port Charcot
    When I mention a port here it is certqainly not comparable to an ordinary port like in the rest of the world, it is rather a place to anchor a ship safely, protected against strong currants and winds.

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    Isla Pleneau / Pleneau Island

    by globetrott Written Dec 22, 2008

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    Isla Pleneau / Pleneau Island is the island in the north of Isla Hovgaard / Hovgaard Island,it is quite a small island opposite of Port Pleneau. When passing by this island we had to sail through a tight carpet of small icecubes that made a special sound when our ship was sailing through it, see my last picture !

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    Antarctica is still off the beaten path....

    by Anita_Porec Updated Dec 2, 2007

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    I'd like to believe that Anatrctica will stay an off the beaten path for some time ... but it is my job to encourage people to go there, so I will.
    It is awesome, and you should see it.
    Don't pollute.
    Keep your junk on board.
    Don't throw thinks overboard.
    Don't feed the penguins.
    Use common sense.
    If you don't know - ask.

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