Friday, 12 February 2010

Words do not describe it!

We really shouldn't brag, but we did have another perfect day in Antarctica. After a relatively quiet night on the Bransfield Strait we woke up very early in front of Deception Island. It was a gloomy morning and it was snowing lightly, but the scene was perfect for the passage into the famous caldera. Dark loomed the active volcano as we were cruising its forbidding waters. Later in the day we continued back to the Antarctic continent and - what do you know - as we were getting into the Antarctic Sound the weather was clearing up again and perfect sunshine greeted us. We viewed the famous tabular icebergs in front of a breathtaking panorama under perfect conditions. We even had fresh waffles to complete the unforgettable moment.
Later on we encountered sea-ice from last winter (which is extremely rare at this time of the year) and there was a lot of wildlife on the ice and in the water. As the light was getting mellow and charming in the evening we put the Polar Cirkle boats into the water and went for a small cruise. It was simply indescribable. There were Leopard, Weddell and Crabeater seals on the ice flows as well as Adelie and Gentoo Penguins (no Emperors though); and to make the whole experience even more unbelievable some Humpback Whales decided to stop by and say hello. Some of us even had the privilege to get to see these majestic animals up close. Well, what a day; we all hope you out there are sufficiently jealous now. We cannot wait to see what tomorrow has in store for us on this amazing voyage.