Monday, 19 January 2009

Astrolabe Island

Are we the Lucky Ones? The skies are crystal clear, the waves are sparkling in the early morning light. Antarcticas real majesty rises high at the horizon, glaciers unlimited. However, there is a considerable swell, so Karin and Bosun take a scout ride before breakfast. As a result we reposition the FRAM and enter the labyrinth of volcanic cones from the North. A breathtaking slalom among ragged rocks, full of shags. And suddenly the bay of Astrolabe Island opens up before us. This is where you want to be, here and now!
Fur seals and Weddell seals galore on the beach. And a special guest: A big leopard seal sunbathing on an ice floe, right next to the landing site, perfectly at ease.