|Position:||054°48’S / 068°18’W|
Ushuaia marks the end of the road in Argentine Tierra del Fuego. During the summer this rapidly growing frontier town of 70,000 bustles with adventurous travellers. The duty-free port flourishes with tourism but also thrives on a sizeable crab fishery and a burgeoning electronics industry. Originally “Oshowia” (lit. “bay that penetrates to the west” in the natives Yaghan tongue) clearly benefits from its magnificent, yet remote setting. The rugged spine of the South American Andes ends here, where two oceans meet. As could be expected from such an exposed setting, the weather has the habit of changing on a whim. However, temperatures during the long days of the austral summer are relatively mild, providing a final blanket of warmth before heading off on our adventures!!
As we had an unfortunate start with delays and accidents on-board we decided to turn our expedition ship towards the Falkland Islands to make the most out of our adventure.
Leaving Ushuaia, we had calm seas and the sun shining through the clouds. A few Dusky dolphins were jumping in our wake and soon the Black-browed Albatrosses and the Giant Petrel among others were following the ship close by.
Taking advantage of the calm seas we gathered everybody to get our rubber boots. Preparing for our sometimes very wet landings that the Falklands can offer. We also toasted to a new start of our voyage with a glass of Prosecco with our Captain Alexey Nazarov. At 19:30 we sampled the first of many delicious meals on board, prepared by Chefs Ralf and Sean and their galley staff. The seas were calm during the early evening, but later at night the wind picked up a bit and we had a big but gentle roll of the ship all the way to our exciting new goal for the trip: Falkland Islands. The adventure can begin!!