Half Moon Island was our last landing during our Antarctica trip. Even before we began our excursion in Half Moon Island, the Expedition Team showed us pictures of the landing site and announced that we had immense chances of seeing Chinstrap penguins and its newly born chicks.
One of the biggest surprises and experiences awaited for us in Wilhelmina Bay! An unexpected visit for an amazing experience…
Our first landing of the day was at the Cuverville Island. We had two choices – either do a painfully steep hike up to the top of the mountain to see panoramic views of the landscapes or spend time walking near the island shores to see the colonies of Gentoo penguins. Guess what we did?!
We kicked off our New Years with a landing to Useful Island, an amazing island situated in the middle of the Gerlache Strait off the coast of Graham Land. Intense hike, plenty of penguins and amazing view, what more could we ask 🙂
Pre New-Years eve celebrations kicked off with our fabulous journey across Peltier Channel and visiting Jougla Point filled with penguins and their young ones and Port Lockroy.
Peltier Channel is a channel 6 nautical miles (11 km) long, in a NE-SW direction, seems like its filled with pure white milk. Just magical!
Orne Harbor was our first Antarctic Continental landing. We hiked up, huffing and puffing, the view from top was all worth the hike up! We saw plenty of Chinstrap Penguins doing the same hike but they do this everyday!
Our first zodiac cruise in Antarctica was a bit of disappointment but we got to see some amazing wildlife, towering icebergs and amazing scenes nature has ever brought to life. We nevertheless ended it with an amazing cruise around the Spert Island.
The white snowy Mikkelsen Harbor kicked off our second day in Antarctica. Teeming with penguins and various other wildlife, it was a visual delight.