Antarctica, Feb 2008

We visited Antarctica, South Orkney Islands, South Shetland Islands, South Georgia Islands, Falkland Islands and Argentina aboard the cruise ship, the MS Hanseatic. We started from Ushuaia, Argentina and cruised out of the Beagle Channel in relatively calm waters to Cape Horn. As soonas we passed by Cape Horn, the winds and waves picked up strength for the journey through the Drake Passage. After a wild two days at sea, we reached calmer waters near the Antarctic Peninsula. Here we encountered many icebergs of all shapes and sizes as we crossed the Antarctic Circle. We were unable to make a Zodiac landing at Detaille Island but had an interesting journey through the Gulley to 67 degrees south. From here we turned north and landed at Petermann Island tovisit a Gentoo penguin colony. We had great weather as we continued north through the Lemaire Channel and reached the Argentine station of Alimirante Brown at Paradise Bay where we landed on the Antarctic continent. Continuing northeast we made our wayacross the Gerlache Strait to Port Lockroy and had another great weather day as we traversed Andvoord Bay and landed at Neko Harbour for our 2nd landing on the continent. We were entertained by many Gentoo penguins while we watched for calving of the surrounding glaciers. We left the peninsula and headed for Deception Island in the South Shetland group. From there we headed to Signy Island in the South Orkney group avoiding many icebergs in the area. We headed northeast to South Georgia for several more landings on beaches of penguins, seals and tussock grass. From there we turned back west to the Falkland Islands and eventually back to Ushuaia. We took a side trip to Iguazu Falls in northern Argentina after the end of our Antarctic voyage.

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GPS Track
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Leaving Cape Horn
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Adelie penguin, Petermann Island
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Adelie Penguins, Petermann Island
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Petermann Island
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Gentoo Penguin molting, Petermann Island
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Making friends with a Gentoo penguin, Petermann Island
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Penola Strait near Petermann Island
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Glacier spilling into the Lemaire Channel
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Lemaire Channel
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Leopard Seal, Paradise Bay
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Argentine Station of Almirante Brown, Paradise Bay
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Chinstrap penguin, Almirante Brown Station, Paradise Bay
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Mountains of Anvers Island near Port Lockroy
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Neko Harbour
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Overlooking Neko Harbour and Andvoord Bay
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Gentoo penguin, Neko Harbour
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Gentoo penguin colony, Neko Harbour
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Leopard seal on a bergy bit in the Errerra Channel
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Humpback whale fluke waving, Errerra Channel
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Antarctic fur seal, Deception Island
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Pinnacle iceberg, South Orkney Islands
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Blocky iceberg in the Normanna Channel, Signy Island
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Crabeater seal on a bergy bit in the Normanna Channel, Signy Island
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Minke whale in the Normanna Channel, Signy Island
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Sunset near Signy Island
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Very large tabular iceberg near entrance to Washington Strait
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Antarctic fur seals swimming in Drygalski Fjord, South Georgia
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King penguins, Gold Harbour, South Georgia
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Antarctic fur seal, Gold Harbour, South Georgia
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King Penguins with Hanseatic in Gold Harbour, South Georgia
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King penguins, Bertrab Glacier, Gold Harbour, South Georgia
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Brown Skua, Gold Harbour, South Georgia
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King penguin colony, Gold Harbour, South Georgia
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Southern elephant seals, Gold Harbour, South Georgia
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King penguin, Moltke Harbour, South Georgia
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Southern elephant seal, Moltke Harbour, South Georgia
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Antarctic fur seal pup and king penguins, Fortuna Bay, South Georgia
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Shackelton's view of Stromness Bay, South Georgia
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Antarctic fur seals, Stromness Bay, South Georgia
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Massive King penguin colony, Salisbury Plain, South Georgia
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Massive King penguin colony, Salisbury Plain, South Georgia
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King penguin, Salisbury Plain, South Georgia
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King penguin chick, Salisbury Plain, South Georgia
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King penguins on the beach, Salisbury Plain, South Georgia
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Giant petrels, Salisbury Plain, South Georgia
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Wandering albatross, Prion Island, South Georgia
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Wandering albatross, Scotia Sea toward Falklands
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Stanley, capital of the Falkland Islands
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Magellanic penguin, Carcass Island, Falkland Islands
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Black-browed albatross, New Island, Falkland Islands
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Black-browed albatross feeding chick, New Island, Falkland Islands
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Rockhopper penguins, New Island, Falkland Islands
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Christopher Columbus Monument, Buenos Aires, Argentina
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Devil's Throat, Iguazu Falls, Brazil
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Areal view, Iguazu Falls, Brazil-Argentina border
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Iguazu Falls, Argentina





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