Sunday, 3 March 2013

In the Kingdom of the King

Our second day in South Georgia started very windy. But as soon as we entered Fortuna Bay, our first destination of the day, the wind calmed down and the sun came out. The weather could not have been better.  One boat group after the other reached the landing side and was greeted by a huge amount of young Fur seals and King Penguins. We started directly our walk to the King penguin colony. It was amazing; we cannot find a word for that what we have seen. We could watch King Penguins with an egg their feet, with small chicks, around six weeks old or even younger and nearly grown up chicks from the last season, changing their brown fluffy feathers against the adult feather dress.

69 passengers made their decision to go on the “Shackleton Hike” over a ridge to Strømness. All the other guests went over to this old whaling station with FRAM.

Everybody had the chance for a wonderful second landing before we had to say “good bye” to South Georgia.

 As we cannot really describe our experiences of this day, please look at the pictures.