Wednesday 2 December 2009

A glorious day in Antarctica

The weather has stayed fine for this our second day in Antarctica. Our day started with a transit of the beautiful Lemaire channel. Another 40 minutes of sailing brought us to Petermann Island, our first landing site of the day. The small island is home to Adelie and Gentoo Penguins, as well as Blue-eyed Shags, but it is also a spectacular location on the Panola Strait, with Mount Scott on the mainland opposite.

Over lunch we sailed north back through the Lemaire channel on our way to our second destination of the day, the Argentinean base Almirante Brown, which is located on the mainland of Antarctica. A highlight for many willing to climb the 120m hill behind the base was the fast descent on our bottoms as we slid down the snow-covered slope.

In the evening we were treated to golden light as the sun slowly set. The ice covered mountainous shores of the Errera channel glowed. Waters in the channel were calm which created spectacular, mirror-like reflections.