Monthly Archives: January 2011

Journey to Antarctica (Part V): Half Moon Island & Arctowski Station

Perhaps one of the most scenic and pleasant visits of our Antarctica trip was to Half Moon Island, one of the South Shetland Islands that has a sizable Chinstrap penguin population. This island has an Argentine research station onsite as well as a wrecked wooden boat near the shore that is mostly buried under the […]

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Journey to Antarctica (Part IV): Whalers Bay & Telefon Bay

The next destination on our Antarctic expedition was the cove Whalers Bay at Deception Island (pretty cool name), which is found in the South Shetland islands that are located off the northern tip of the Antarctic Peninsula. As Deception Island was formed by volcanic activity, the only way into its central caldera is through a […]

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Journey to Antarctica (Part III): Port Lockroy & Neko Harbour

The next stop on our Antarctic expedition was Port Lockroy, a harbour where the British established their first research base in Antarctica back in 1944. Initially the base, under the false guise of a research facility, was used by the British to secretly monitor German shipping movements during World War II. After the war, the […]

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Journey to Antarctica (Part II): Foyn Harbour & Cuverville Island

After our visit to the Aitcho Islands the previous day, the next morning we had the opportunity to go on a zodiac cruise of Foyn Harbour at Enterprise Island. It was a wonderful morning that greeted us as we stepped off the ship, one that was filled with blue skies and insanely beautiful clouds. From […]

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Journey to Antarctica (Part I): Aitcho Islands

While seeing Buenos Aires and Iguazu Falls in Argentina was indeed a real treat, the true highlight destination on our travel itinerary had always been Antarctica. As the coldest, windiest, and driest continent on Earth, it is hardly a place that comes to mind when people think about vacationing, although it is also for that […]

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