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McMurdo Sound – Fast ice edge

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Even in the aus­tral sum­mer, McMur­do Sound may be dif­fi­cult to reach becau­se of sea ice. Ice-streng­t­he­ned ships or ice­brea­kers and heli­co­p­ters are important means of get­ting around. Emperor pen­gu­ins are fre­quent­ly seen at the fast ice edge or on ice floes, and Orcas (»Kil­ler wha­les«) are patrol­ling along the ice. You will see the­se specta­cles with eit­her the Tran­s­ant­arc­tic Moun­tains or Mount Ere­bus in the back­ground, depen­ding on per­spec­ti­ve. Scott and Shack­le­ton built their huts on the shore of Ross Island during their respec­ti­ve expe­di­ti­ons in the ear­ly 20th cen­tu­ry. If you ever mana­ge to expe­ri­ence some of this, then you have seen one of the most beau­ti­ful, but dif­fi­cult-to-see mira­cles of Ant­arc­ti­ca. McMur­do Sound is a magi­cal place! Ant­arc­tic sce­ne­ry, natu­re and histo­ry at its best.

But not easy to reach: Ant­arc­tic tou­rism is a niche wit­hin glo­bal traf­fic, and wit­hin Ant­arc­tic tou­rism, an esti­ma­ted five per cent make it into the Ross Sea. And what you can actual­ly do the­re will stron­gly depend on the moods of mother natu­re: the ice con­di­ti­ons can always be dif­fi­cult, and the same holds true fort he wea­ther. Ant­arc­ti­ca has a repu­ta­ti­on for strong cata­ba­tic winds, which often reach hur­ri­ca­ne for­ce. McMur­do Sound does not make an excep­ti­on here. They say that Octo­ber and Febru­a­ry are the stor­miest mon­ths. The war­mest mon­th of the year is Janu­a­ry with some fresh minus three degrees cen­tig­ra­de. So be pre­pa­red for Zodiac rides and walks in bliz­zards and tem­pe­ra­tures well below minus ten – that’s part of the adven­ture if you want to get an impres­si­on of the Ross Sea and McMur­do Sound!

Pan­ora­mas: McMur­do Sound

No 360° pan­ora­ma, only works with the Flash Play­er on mobi­le devices, for examp­le, with the → Puf­fin-Brow­ser.

No 360° pan­ora­ma, only works with the Flash Play­er on mobi­le devices, for examp­le, with the → Puf­fin-Brow­ser.

No 360° pan­ora­ma, only works with the Flash Play­er on mobi­le devices, for examp­le, with the → Puf­fin-Brow­ser.

No 360° pan­ora­ma, only works with the Flash Play­er on mobi­le devices, for examp­le, with the → Puf­fin-Brow­ser.

No 360° pan­ora­ma, only works with the Flash Play­er on mobi­le devices, for examp­le, with the → Puf­fin-Brow­ser.

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