Report from the Antarctic Peninsula
Our passengers are currently i the Antartic Peninsula. Below you can read an excerpt from the trip.
13 November, Cierva Cove & Cuverville Island
Dreamlike morning: rising light lit the snow and ice covering the landscape, and virtually no wind. Smaller and bigger lumps of ice glittered on a silk sea, the sky almost cloudless. Wee early a pod of minkies ploughed the the water – everything breathed a smiling Antarctica, and freed from the wind we soaked our souls in the atmosphere on deck.
On our way to our landing it happened again: wind and waves picked up, and the plan was changed. Noone is sad about that! A zodiac cruise on ice-littered water off the station Primavera was a highlight: lee, icebergs, the dramatic mountains of the Peninsula framing the scene and chinstrap and gentoo penguins working their steep highways to their nesting sites high up - it was all best seen from the water. A leopard seal engaged in its brekfast meal was an unbelievable bonus! All of us didn’t see the full show, but having her swimming between our zodias and watch us was a real treat! A crabeater resting on an ice floe was the final to a flying start in Antarctica!
Plans are there to have something to deviate from: flexibility! The wind handed us the reason for another improvement of the plans, a more southern landing among the gentoos on Cuverville after dinner. A finer light caressing the landscape you couldn’t wish for: the snowfields turned yellow, deepening into a golden redish, the sea took on a soft yellow hue. What an evening the penguins were offered – and we with them!
600 miles south of Cape Horn we find the world’s most isolated and remote wilderness – Antarctica. The grand and beautiful Antarctic landscape leaves its visitors in awe. The continent and surrounding islands are home to millions of penguins, seals and whales. Worth mentioning is the subantarctic island of South Georgia, a haven for anyone interested in wildlife and widely regarded as one of the most beautiful places on earth.