You cannot stop our expedition leader Karin- she is what we call a ‘power woman’ who can never ever rest. And so we were not shocked when she mentioned another surprise for us. Those who really fell in love with ice cruising had a very special chance to go back through the Lemaire Channel in the polarCirkel boats. Passengers had to buy this trip but after only minutes it was sold out. To be safe and well protected against the cold these passengers received special floating suits from the ship. They looked a little bit like they would work well on the moon but the equipment made the cruise very comfortable. FRAM followed the boats slowly and we picked the passengers up again at the northern end of the Lemaire Channel. Few have transited the Lemaire in small boats and now those who went join those few. A highlight of the trip was close looks at Crabeater Seals.
In the late afternoon we landed at the British base A, AKA Port Lockroy. The buildings are home to several summer caretakers/museum staff; one doubles as a sub-post master in the most southerly British Post Office. The main building contains a small museum and a well-stocked gift shop. Breeding Gentoo Penguins surrounded each of the buildings are were already starting to look like they do in the summer- dirty!