The Antarctic Peninsula! We had finally reached it, and I think that everybody here will agree when I say that we were really looking forward to seeing and stepping on land again.
The Argentine Islands were the perfect first stop for us, conveniently located, the first place we naturally reached, calm seas, little wind – there was no time to lose, and we went out as soon as we could in the afternoon. Icebergs were drifting everywhere in large numbers, both between the islands and in the more open waters surrounding them. Some steps up a snow field are enough to yield an amazing view over this icy scenery, and a Zodiac cruise between the islands provides all sorts of scenic insight.
Everybody could chose between either visiting the Ukranian Vernadsky Base, which is keeping some of the longest meteorological records of Antarctica, or Wordie House, the former British Base F, used from 1947 to 1954 and now part of Antarctica’s historical heritage.
Gallery – Penola Strait – March 11, 2017
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The evening light in Penola Strait, south of the Lemaire Channel, was a true highlight. The scenic background unbeatable, the icebergs countless, the light golden and warm. I guess the only people who did not like it so much were the guys in the galley, as it was exactly dinnertime 😉