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Author Archives: Rolf Stange

Cape Evans – February 27th, 2017

During the night, we reposition across the McMurdo Sound to Ross Island, aiming for Cape Evans on the foot of Mount Erebus. This is where Captain Scott had his hut built during his final expedition, with the famous ship Terra … Continue reading

The Dry Valleys – February 26th, 2017

Today is finally the days that sees us arriving in McMurdo Sound, a key area for our voyage. This is probably what most people think of when they imagine the Ross Sea. We hope to start with a place that … Continue reading

Franklin Island – February 25th, 2017

A wide belt of dense drift ice is stretching out into the Ross Sea from the coast south of the Terra Nova Bay. Much further than indicated by the satellite images. So we spent much more time navigating around the … Continue reading

Terra Nova Bay – February 24th, 2017

The distances are large also within in the Ross Sea, so we can dedicate the morning to some hours of rest. Nothing wrong about that. But then our hopes and expectations are rising, as we approach the western coast of … Continue reading

Possession Islands & Cape Hallet – February 23rd, 2017

Of course there was a growing urge to set foot on shore, but that had to wait for another while. We had been hoping for a Zodiac cruise at the Possession Islands, but it was definitely too windy to venture … Continue reading

Cap Adare – 22. Februar 2017

We have got a special mission at Cape Adare. We have got a grandgrandson of Nikolaj Hanson on board. Hanson was the zoologist of Borchgrevink’s expedition, which was the very first one ever to winter on antarctic ground, in 1899-1900. … Continue reading

At sea – February 18th-21st, 2017

The Southern Ocean does have a good reputation for bad reason. Talk about the furious fifties and the screaming sixties. That brings a couple of question marks regarding our wellbeing during the days of the crossing and the time frame. … Continue reading

Campbell Island – Februar 17, 2017

Yeah – we did go ashore, and not just a little bit! During the morning, Campbell Island came slowly out of the low clouds. A green, wild island in the middle of a grey, wild sea. The weather forecast gave … Continue reading

At sea – Februar 17, 2017

There is a fair and steady breeze blowing around the southernmost corner of New Zealand, the sun is shining, warmly and strongly, the air warmer than I have experienced it for quite some time. Exactly 100 passengers from almost just … Continue reading

Antarctic under sails 2018

Plans for an antarctic adventure under sails are taking shape. From January 15, 2018 we will sail for 25 days to and in Antarctica with SY Anne-Margaretha. From Ushuaia and the Beagle Channel, we will set course for the South … Continue reading

Antarctic panorama: Cape Adare

There is a new panorama tour (virtual tour) from Antarctica, namely from Cape Adare in the Ross Sea. Cape Adare is one of the most famous, but rarely visited places in Antarctica: in 1895, it was the site of the … Continue reading

South Georgia: third phase of Habitat Restoration Project completed

The third and last main working phase of the Habitat Restoration Project on South Georgia has been completed successfully. The Habitat Restoration Project of the South Georgia Heritage Trust (SGHT) is the immense task to remove rats from the island … Continue reading

South Georgia rat eradication is making progress

The Habitat Restoration Project of the South Georgia Heritage Trust (SGHT) is the highly ambitions project to eradicate rats completely on South Georgia. The island has been rat infested since the Brown rat was incidentally introduced by sealers and whalers, … Continue reading

Scott’s hut at Cape Evans (Terra Nova expedition): virtual tour

Photo galleries and triplog of the Ross Sea voyage with MV Ortelius in January-Februar 2015 are already online. Now, the first of several panorama series that have been taken during this trip is published. At Cape Evans, I had the … Continue reading

New Zealand

09th-10th February 2015 – The journey came to an end a week ago, but we have to have a final blog entry. We can’t just leave good Ortelius somewhere near Campbell Island.     On 09th February, the gently rolling … Continue reading

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