After breakfast we had a full passenger landing at
The topography of the Danko Island Island is steeper side
flanks with a rounded summit. Many of us climbed to the top and enjoyed and
photographed the 360 degree view of the surrounding islands.
While onshore we saw Gentoo Penguins and Kelp Gulls with chicks.
Others of us enjoyed kayaking and Polarcirkle boat cruises along the
shoreline and water-level views
of the nearby islands and glaciers. Danko Island
During lunch the FRAM motored to our second landing site of the day at
. Neko Harbor
Neko Harbor landing site is on the Antarctica
and is one of the most, if not the most scenic, locations that we visit. From
the rock overlook point we could see and appreciate the steep drop in elevation
that the glaciers make as they creep, flow and avalanche in their descent from
more that a 1000 meters or yards on the continent to sea level where they
Our hike up to the overlook began on the sandy beach where we had to skirt around lazing Weddell Seals before we headed upward while being careful to avoid the penguin highways. At the almost midway point we encountered a colony of Gentoo Penguins and in this colony the young birds were between 4 and 8 days of age.
After completing the up-hill climb to the overlook point and taking photographs many of us took the “easy way” down the slope by sliding to the base of the hill. Then it wastime to return to the FRAM and have dinner and watch the beauty of Lemaire Channel slip by on our way to Petermann Island to set up the tents for a night of Amundsen style camping.