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Eight Antarctic Misconceptions

Some are funny, some unfortunate, some are so far from the truth it’s hard to see how anyone believed them.

PLA32-20, trip log, Antarctic Peninsula, Basecamp

Our first day in Antarctica starts early. We get a morning call by Iain already at 6:30 a.m. We get dressed and head out to see our first destination...

OTL28-20, trip log, Ross Sea Odyssey

Highlights for two or three lucky zodiacs were a fluffy Light-mantled sooty albatross chick on a nest right at the edge of the island; and a...

HDS31-20, trip log, Falkland Islands, South Georgia, Elephant Island, Antarctica

The weather was blustery and bright. Rays of warm sun broke through the clouds but were punctuated by frequent squalls, rushing down from the...

PLA31-20, trip log, Antarctic Peninsula, Basecamp

The duty-free port flourishes with tourism but also thrives on a sizeable crab fishery and a burgeoning electronics industry. Ushuaia (literally...

PLA30-20, trip log, Antarctic Peninsula, Polar Circle

After 2 days in the Drake Passage, we got a lovely morning call early by Ali: "Good morning, the ship is surrounded by humpback whales!" Slowly...

HDS30-20, trip log, Antarctica - Learning and Discovery

The afternoon provided us all with the opportunity to finally stretch our legs at Port Charcot, the sight of the 1903-1905 overwintering French...

HDS29-20, trip log, Antarctica - Learning and Discovery Trip

Our first morning in the famous Drake Passage. For some it felt like the swell had woken them up like a baby in a cradle. However, there were...

PLA29-20, trip log, Antarctic Peninsula Explorer’s Voyage

Before dinner everyone got together in the lounge for our daily recap, the moment to explain more in depth about relevant topics, as well as...

OTL27-20, trip log, Ross Sea Odyssey

The expedition to the Ross Sea had begun in earnest and at 6pm Captain Ernesto, came to the bar for a welcoming toast to the passengers and to...

PLA28-20, trip log, Falklands, South Georgia and Antarctica

The hike continued along a small path around the bay where we discovered even more species of birds. And when we finally arrived at the settlement,...

HDS27a-20, trip log, Antarctica - Discovery and Learning Voyage

After a delicious breakfast from our galley team, we gathered in the lounge to hear Mieke tell us about the different species of Penguin that...

PLA27-20, trip log, Antarctica Peninsula and South Shetlands Islands

In the afternoon we landed at Danco Island just like this morning a beautiful place again with many penguin and Skua looking to take advantage...

PLA26-20, trip log, Antarctic Basecamp

In preparation for Antarctica we filed into the lounge to learn about environmental awareness and correct behavior in Antarctica - no food ashore,...

HDS26-19, trip log, Antarctica - Discovery and Learning Voyage

At lunch, we saw the Shetland Islands slowly approaching in the distance and by 2 pm we were deep in Nelson’s Straight en route to Robert Island....

OTL25-20, trip log, Falkland Islands, South Georgia, Antarctic Peninsula

After enjoying the buffet breakfast, many of us wrapped up warm and went outside to watch the seabirds – which are in their element. Specifically...

PLA25-19, trip log, Antarctic Basecamp

We spent days dreaming about our voyage to come, hours shopping, reading, preparing logistics, excitedly chatting with family, friends, colleagues...

HDS25-19, trip log, Antarctica - Discovery and Learning Voyage

After a good breakfast, we all gathered in the lounge to attend our first day of lectures to prepare us for what we would see in the forthcoming...

HDS24-19, trip log, Antarctica - Discovery and Learning Voyage

At Recap John used maps to tell us how human knowledge of the unknown lands of the south had unfolded, Vide reviewed the whales we had seen so...

OTL24-19, trip log, Antarctic Peninsula, Basecamp

It was late afternoon on a sunny and beautiful day in Ushuaia. The first passengers to arrive to Ortelius at 4pm were and all the expedition...

HDS23-19, trip log, Antarctica - Discovery and Learning Voyage

We landed and cruised at Useful Island. The name derives from the whaling days when it was used as a lookout. We climbed to the top to look out...

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