|My Favorite Antartica Shots
- YouTube playlist with trip videos
- Day-by-day, outing-by-outing pictures
There are no superlatives that could even start to capture our complete and uninterrupted feeling of amazement we had during the visit. Although we did a fair amount or regular tourism in the years past, the beauty of Antarctic Peninsula during austral summer is nothing short of overwhelming. Huge rocky peaks covered in glaciers rise up to two miles all around you from the water, the surface of which is sometimes lake-like smooth, reflecting everything around you. The sun does not set in the end of December, instead making long sunsets turning into sunrises, creating colors that cannot be described. Wildlife in Antarctica has virtually no predators on the surface, except, of course, humans, and therefore is indifferent to proximity to people and most of other creatures. All of this, together with the very good weather and smooth crossing of the Drake Passage, amounted to an absolutely incredible experience.
It's hard to do anything in Antarctica, other than watch, watch, watch and then watch some more. Each day we spent up to seven hours away from the ship, either making landings on the islands or the continent itself and exploring on feet, or cruising among icebergs on inflatable "zodiac" motorboats. Even when on the ship, we spent every minute we could spare outside. Eating, sleeping, resting and anything else feels like an unforgivable waste of time, because whenever you look out of the window, there is either an absolutely breathtaking view outside, or whales blowing, or penguins purposing, or iceberg shining cyan blue all over, or an albatross soaring, or something else out of the million of wonders from what Antarctica has in store every second of every day.
Thinking of this insane beauty rapidly changing due to the global warming adds a ton of heartache. Humanity with all our achievements in art, architecture, literature and technology, would still amount to a total joke if we let this wonder get destroyed on our watch.
We made thousand of photos and took hours of 4K UHD video footage. I spent weeks culling and developing them, bringing the number of posted ones to something resembling manageable. Links to videos and photos are organized in three buckets: first, the single photo album where we put all our favorites pictures; second, a link to the YouTube playlist where we posted first couple of videos and where we'll keep adding them - yes, editing videos is just starting; and third, photos organized by each trip day and each landing or "zodiac" cruise.
Day-by-Day, Outing-by-Outing Trip Pictures
I start with pictures taken after our arrival to the Antarctic Peninsula area. Pictures from Drake Passage, going to and from, as well as Ushuaia pictures, are at the end.
December 23, 2015
Orne Harbor, our first landing on the Antarctic continent. First penguins, first blizzard, first real taste of Antarctica.
Cuverville Island and "Zodiac" Cruise Among Icebergs. Close encounters with penguins and whimsically-shaped and surreal-colored icebergs.
Lemaire Channel Cruise. Arguably the crown-jewel of the trip sightseeing. We were lucky that Lemaire got free of ice just one day before our arrival. This place is simply magical.
You may also watch the 4K UHD time-lapse video of our passage through Lemare.
December 24, 2015
|Waterboat Point & Gonzalez Videla Station
|Useful Island and Short "Zodiac" Iceberg Cruise
|Danco Island Camping Night
December 25, 2015
December 26, 2015
|Cierva Cove "Zodiac" Iceberg Cruise
|Mikkelsen Harbor & D'Hainaut Island
December 27, 2015
|Deception Island & Whaler's Bay
|Half Moon Island
|Leaving South Shetland Islands
Getting There and Back
|Beagle Channel and Drake Passage
|Ushuaia, the Town at The End of The World