Sunday, 22 February 2009

Petermann Island and Vernadsky Station

Again, our day started early, with the passage of the pittoresque Lemaire Channel before breakfast. Right after breakfast, we landed at Petermann Island, where the famous French explorer Jean-Baptiste Charcot overwintered with his ship 'Pourquoi pas?' in winter 1909. The island is colonized by Adelie and Gentoo penguins. The Gentoo chicks wer just about to fledge and approached us curiously!
After a short lunch break onboard FRAM we continued with a landing at the Ukrainian Station Vernadsky. We got a thorough guided tour through the station by the researchers working there. In order to digest this large amount of information, many passengers finished their visit with a shot of home-made vodka in the southernmost bar in the world! Skål!

The picture of the day was taken by Ernst Gnodtke.