A bucket list voyage to Antarctica
Ever wanted to take a sea voyage to Antarctica’s beautiful icy landscape to see glaciers and icebergs?
WYZA’s travel editor, David McGonigal, led a 10-night voyage to the Antarctic Peninsula between February and March 2015. The video above was compiled from images provided by passengers and staff of the One Ocean Expeditions’ trip.
Also, have a look at the stunning image gallery below.
The video starts with voyagers boarding their ship, Russian research vessel the Akademik Sergey Vavilov, and departing the southernmost city in the world, Ushuaia in Argentine Patagonia. The journey continues down the Beagle Channel and across the Drake Passage, arriving in Paradise Harbour and the first off-ship excursion at Neko Harbour.
Highlights include manoeuvring around a large iceberg in the Lemaire Channel using the ship’s ice strengthening that allows it to break through up to a metre of first-year sea ice (and push aside small icebergs), a visit to the Ukrainian-run Vernadsky Research Base, kayaking and camping, and seeing several species of penguins and seals plus whales, mainly humpbacks but also some minke whales, too.
The beauty of Antarctica is particularly revealed on a moonlit night in the Errera Channel and on a very snowy landing at Whalers Bay, Deception Island, where a few brave souls go for a brief swim.