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Another Day In Paradise

In Search of the Penguins - Damoy Point & Paradise Harbour

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After yesterday's visit to the British Base of Port Lockroy, this morning we took the short trip around the corner to Damoy Point to have a look at the British and Argentinian evacuation huts.

Argentinian Hut

Argentinian Hut

Taking a look inside where one would hide out in the event of bad weather, I then took a stroll around the snow for beautiful scenic views as well as of the local wildlife.

Inside the hut

Inside the hut


On the Ice

On the Ice

Most of the penguins we had seen so far already had large chicks. However at Damoy Point there was one small chick and an unborn sibling. Cute, but unfortunately we knew that this meant the chicks would be too weak to survive the coming winter. Nature can be so cruel sometimes.

Penguin chick

Penguin chick


Neumayer Channel

Neumayer Channel

After reboarding the ship, we sailed through the picturesque Neumayer Channel where we were surrounded by beautiful mountains and icebergs.

Ice in the Neumayer Channel

Ice in the Neumayer Channel

After lunch we got back off the ship to visit Paradise Harbour. Beginning with a cruise around the area, we then landed at the Argentinian Base Brown, to walk up the steep snow covered hill for a beautiful view over the entire bay.

Base Brown

Base Brown

Having a chat about studying in Bremen with the German glacial tour expert, I took in the beautiful views, before sliding back down the hill and making the way back to the ship.

Over Paradise Harbour

Over Paradise Harbour

Once again nabbing the best table at dinner, we were interrupted by sightings of Orcas. This meant a lot of people in the restaurant left the room to head outside, leaving the waiters unsure of whether to pause dinner or keep serving.

Orcas

Orcas

I then finished off the evening by doing what I had attempted all week - finally managing to sneak in a visit to the sauna!

Another great day in paradise, with just one full day of Antarctic adventure left before heading back to reality.

Posted by kmmk17 17:00 Archived in Antarctica Tagged mountain ice penguins orcas penguinhunt antarcticcruise Comments (0)

Antarctica, We Have Arrived

In Search of the Penguins - Cuverville Island & Neko Harbour

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After yesterday's unexpected additional stop, today we finally made it to the Antarctic Peninsula.

First views of the Antarctic Peninsula

First views of the Antarctic Peninsula

With a wake up call this morning telling us about our location and the weather report, I enjoyed the buffet breakfast before heading on deck for views of the snow filled mountains in the distance. It was then not long before we were called to the mudroom for our next trip offshore to Cuverville Island, an island full of Gentoo penguins.

Icebergs

Icebergs

I had signed up to begin this trip with a zodiac cruise, and so waiting until the end, I boarded one of the boats for a sail around the island for views of the icebergs and mountains.

Penguins on Cuverville

Penguins on Cuverville

En route we saw some seals and lots of penguins before landing at the beach and getting to walk around the Penguin colony itself. After sitting down whilst penguins ran past chasing each other less than a metre away, it was then time to head back to the ship for lunch.

Everyone out on deck

Everyone out on deck

Sailing down past Rongé Island, we got views of whales. And it wasn't long before we made it to Neko Harbour for our afternoon trip, arriving at a ice filled shore, again filled with many Gentoo penguins.

Heading back to the ship, we heard that there was a whale sighting, and so taking a detour we headed in the Zodiacs over towards where they were, getting to see the bodies and fins of these magnificent creatures just metres away at eye level.

Whales

Whales

Having been anchored since lunchtime, throughout the course of the afternoon an iceberg had now struck the ship. Not causing any damage but still a slightly worrying incident....

Iceberg

Iceberg

Tonight there was a plan for a BBQ dinner on deck but as the weather had begun to turn this was quickly moved back inside. Arriving shortly at Leith Island, those who had paid were going camping tonight out on the ice. Thankfully I was staying on deck in the warm and as the group set up for the night we watched from the deck.

Camping

Camping

Finding time to have a quick go in the gym whilst looking at the beautiful scenery outside, we then watched a film on Port Lockroy, where we would be visiting the following day.

Posted by kmmk17 17:00 Archived in Antarctica Tagged mountains whales ice penguins icebergs penguinhunt antarcticcruise Comments (0)

The Land Of Water And Ice

Iceland - South Coast

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In the planning for the holiday there was always going to be one long day to the eastern side of the island, 4½ hours by road away - and we had aimed to have this on our first full day in order to leave the rest of the holiday more relaxing and enjoyable.

Getting up early we left the apartment by 7:30am and headed straight away towards Eyjafjallajökull - the infamous volcano that caused travel chaos in Spring 2010. Around this volcano was not only beautiful scenery, but also some super impressive waterfalls.

Seljalandsfoss

Seljalandsfoss

The first was the fairytale Seljalandsfoss - a large waterfall dropping into a pool, with a walkway behind. A little further up the road was Gljúfrafoss, a waterfall inside a canyon, giving it a mystical dark feel.

Gljúfrafoss

Gljúfrafoss


Drive past Eyjafjallajökull

Drive past Eyjafjallajökull

After the short break we continued up the road to the other side of the volcano and Skógafoss, a large waterfall that crashes to the floor.

Skógafoss

Skógafoss


Jökulsárlón

Jökulsárlón

After these short breaks we continued up the ring road making a petrol stop en route before another hefty drive and our goal point, the stunning Jökulsárlón - a glacial lake at the bottom of Vatnajökull, the largest icecap in non-Arctic Europe. Even in summer, the lake is filled with melting glacial icebergs that sit metres from the road, surrounded by sea lions and tourists on boat tours.

Vatnajökull

Vatnajökull

Taking in the stunning views we then headed back towards Reykjavik stopping off on the other side of Vatnajökull at the hexagonal waterfall of Svartifoss.

Svartifoss

Svartifoss

Our last stop on the drive back, roughly halfway, was the hilltop peninsula of Dyrhólaey. After a bit of off road driving we made it to the top for views of the coast and the black beaches before the sunset.

Dyrhólaey

Dyrhólaey

Finally heading back down we then made the trip back to the apartment in Reykjavik after a 14 hour day, and a well earned lie in the following morning.

Tips

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End of Semester

German Adventures - Bremen

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So guys, I am now back home, having finished all my exams for this semester and I will be back in Bremen in April - but for now I am travelling.

Goodbye Meal

Goodbye Meal

So, all the way back in January I was finishing my last lectures, revising and sitting exams, and saying goodbye to most of my friends who were leaving back to their home countries. Although perhaps the partying did get a little too much....on one occasion the police even came to stop the party. At the end of January it got exceptionally cold, for three weeks it didn't reach over freezing point, with the nights reaching -20. For over a week it was -10 in the day. The river froze - but still, we didn't get any snow. On the day I left it finally warmed up, and the river in Hamburg looked like the coastline of Antarctica - huge blocks of ice floating in the sea.

Elbe River

Elbe River


21st Birthday

21st Birthday

After I got back it was finally time for my 21st! And I had a really great night with everyone who came!

Viel Spaß Kevin.

Posted by kmmk17 17:00 Archived in Germany Tagged ice friends birthday meal cold erasmus Comments (0)

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