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21 - 22 November, 2005

We go to Deception Island, it has some light vulcanic warmth. The water is vaporizing when it touches the shores because the shore is rather warm. Sometimes people can go swimming here, but it is scheduled that we do that somewhere else.

The landing on Monday is cancelled because of swells. The surface of the sea rises 1 to 2 meters every few seconds, there is no way we can safely get in (or out) the Zodiac now.

We finally have arrived on Antarctica when we set foot in Neko Harbour in Andvord Bay on Tuesday November 22nd. It feels strange to actually be in this continent. Sometimes the ship is able to go even more south but we have no time anymore to do that. Nigel tells us that the more south we get, the less animals we will see. We shoot some Gentoo penguins in Neko harbour.

Deception Island, de zwarte rand aan het water is warm

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Gentoo Penguin in Neko Harbour

2005-11-22 1e landing vasteland Antarctica - Neko Harbour in Andvord Bay - Gentoo Penguin DSC_9246

After our landing in Neko Harbour we continue to Paradise Bay, which is a sheltered bay with very nice views. Just today we shoot around 1400 photos, every landscape is there to capture! After the first cleanup on board there are around 1100 left. There is an accidental one with a Cape Petrel. These were flying around the ship.

  2005-11-22 2 Paradise Bay Cruise - Cape Petrel DSC_9806

The ship at anchor in the bay

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At the end of the day we start on our way back to the civilized world, we do a sight seeing cruise of the Orne Islands.

When we enter the Drake passage we move through a field of pack ice for an hour or so, that is a nice view from the bow (but cold).

Paradise Bay

2005-11-22 5 Vanaf het achterdek, afscheid - Landschappen DSC_0229

Paradise Bay

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  2005-11-22 6 Dallmann Bay op weg naar Drake Passage - Pakijs DSC_0418

Travelling through the Drake Passage takes about 2 days, we hope the sea will be calm. And it is! We hear stories about previous crossings which were much worse.

At 22.00 hours they anchor is lowered for the coast near Ushaia, the next morning we have the last short part of our journey on baord. We set foot in Argentina again around 7 in the morning. When will we go back?