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PLA30-17, trip log, Basecamp Antarctica

The visibility improved during the afternoon and we spotted a mountain between two clouds: LAND. It was Smith Island, with a mountain spine of...

PLA29-17, trip log, Falkland Islands – South Georgia – South Orkney Islands – Antarctic...

After lunch and a short cruise, we reached Saunders Island. One 4x4 vehicle driven by the welcoming party was parked on the edge of the gently...

PLA28-17, trip log, Antarctic Peninsula

When we had finished our lunch, we came by reception where our hotel team had set up the ship shop for us, where we could be souvenirs for the...

OTL27-17 trip log, Ross Sea

Streams of meltwater from snow threaded their way across the pebbles. Bright red and yellow chunks of rock lay dispersed over the black volcanic...

PLA27-17, trip log, Falkland Islands – South Georgia – Antarctic Peninsula

The early morning saw Plancius cruising through a glittering, wind ruffled sea toward West Point Island, the most north-westerly point of the...

PLA26-17, trip log | Antarctic Peninsula

It was about the time when, on the horizon our first iceberg appeared. Antarctica is getting close! Nacho, then, gathered the brave candidates...

PLA25-16, trip log, Basecamp Antarctica

We made our first landing at Cuverville Island, where we were all greeted by Gentoo penguins. They seemed to be rather curious about us and wanted...

OTL25-17, trip log, Falkland Islands - South Georgia - Antarctic Peninsula

We awoke to a wonderful Southern Ocean morning. Sunshine was streaming onto the upper decks, birds were circling and a moderate sea gently rolling...

PLA24-16, trip log | Antarctic Peninsula, Basecamp Plancius

Already early this morning we were surrounded by the hills of the Antarctic Peninsula. Humpback whales were blowing around the vessel, arching...

PLA23-16, trip log, Falklands - South Georgia - Antarctic Peninsula

Guides distributed themselves to supervise the various areas. King penguin colony, albatross nesting site, Rock-hopper nesting site, mixed species...

OTL24-16, trip log, Antarctic Peninsula with South Shetland Islands

We hadn’t finished breakfast before our next surprise: Humpback whales in front of the ship! They were very active with tail slaps, pectorial...

OTL23-16, trip log | Weddell Sea – In Search of the Emperor Penguins

Being too windy for helicopter operations, we moved in close to the fast ice, our most likely opportunity to see Emperor penguins. Lo and behold...

PLA22-16, trip log | Basecamp Antarctica

After a leisurely lunch, many of us got out on deck and did some bird-watching, identifying some of the Antarctic species we have not seen before,...

PLA21-16, trip log | Basecamp Antarctica

As the day slowly came to an end, excitedly chattering guests piled into the restaurant for the wonderful dinner of creamy goodness soup that...

OTL21-16, trip log | Falkland Islands, South Georgia and Antarctic Peninsula

Today we woke up with blue skies over patchy low cloud. The anticipation of our first landing resonated through the dining room after our tantalizing...

OTL16-16, trip log | Greenland, Scoresby sound

Our crossing of the Denmark Strait today was blessed with clear skies and calm waters. For what can be a notorious stretch of water, the conditions...

PLA16-16, trip log | Spitsbergen - East Greenland

Patches of clouds swept the sky. Northern Fulmars patrolled the water surface, gliding along like watchers of the deep. The Plancius gracefully...

OTL14-16, trip log | Around Spitsbergen - Kvitøya

We arrived at the anchorage position just as the briefings finished and, before too long Group 1 was ready at the gangway to be taken ashore...

PLA15-16, trip log | North Spitsbergen, Polar Bear Special

Morning sunlight and Andrew’s voice woke us at 07.00am. After the first night’s sleep aboard Plancius we were better rested and eager to explore...

PLA14-16, trip log | Round Spitsbergen - Kvitoya

We awoke to the sound of our intrepid leader Andrew’s voice wafting through the ship’s speaker system. A lovely calm soothing voice it was, followed...

PLA13-16, trip log | Round Spitsbergen

Our first morning on board Plancius we are woken at 7 am to enjoy views of the glac‐ ier Lilliehöökbreen. The skies are a bit overcast, bringing...

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