Monday, 9 November 2009

South Georgia, here we come!!

Today we had another pleasant day at sea, with lectures about the island's fauna and areas of interest, as well as the personalities that have in some way marked the story of South Georgia. We also learned about how to make good wildlife photographs.

We are slowly getting ready for our first landing in South Georgia, and in order to avoid the introduction of alien species to this island and to Antarctica, passengers queued up to have their bags and clothes vacuum-cleaned.

Excitement is in the air as Karin, our expedition leader, surprised everybody by announcing the possibility to follow a portion of Shackleton's amazing trek across South Georgia. We plan to walk from Fortuna Bay to Strømness Harbour, a 5.5 km distance that should take us about 4 hours.

As every other day at sea, we were accompanied by many seabirds, include the spectacular Light-mantled Sooty Albatross.