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Rosemary and Nick's visit to Antartica, December 2017-January 2018

Antarctica, the southernmost continent and site of the South Pole, is a virtually uninhabited, ice-covered landmass. It is known for the Lemaire Channel, Port Lockroy, a former British research station, striking iceberg-flanked passageways and wildlife, including whales, albatrosses, petrels, seals and of course penguins !

Area: 14 million kmē

Size: Fourth largest Continent - larger than Europe

Population density: 0.00008/km2 (0.0002/sq mi)

Population: 1,106

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  • Flight to Punta Arenas. 18th December 2017

     
  • Garibaldi Fjord, Magallan Straits. 19th December 2017

     
  • Puerto Williams, Beagle Channel. 20th December 2017

     
  • Cape Horne. 21st December 2017

     
  • Halfmoon Island. 23rd December 2017

     
  • Orne Harbour. 24th December 2017

     
  • Neko Harbour. 25th December 2017

     
  • Damoy Point. 26th December 2017

     
  • Port Lockroy and Lemaire Chanel. 26th December 2017

     
  • Wilhelmina Bay. 27th December 2017

     
  • Rescue of Shackleton's crew, Elephant Island. 28th December 2017

     
  • Falkland Islands, Port Stanley. 30th December 2017

     
  • New Island, Falklands. 31st December 2017

     
  • Carcass Island, Falklands. 1st January 2018

     

    Our last day was spent at sea, which was a calm overnight crossing back to the Magellan Straits, to begin the long flight via Santiago and Bogota back home, charged with memories of the extraordinary unspoilt beauty of Antartica.

    The most humbling and emotional experience was to look at those ice capped mountains and realise that no man has ever set foot up there. May it remain so for evermore.