Antarctica, The Lemaire Channel [360-Degree Panorama]

LeMaire Channel

We were on our way north, making the long return journey from south of the Antarctic Circle to our final destination in Ushuaia, Argentina. The captain announced that we would soon be going through the Lemaire Channel, a narrow passage strait in northern Antarctica framed by steep cliffs and icebergs.Everyone aboard ship was invited on deck and to the bridge to … [Read more...]

Antarctica, Beyond the Circle (A Panorama)

detaille island antarctica

Antarctica, uninhabitable in the truest sense of the word. No human can survive it naturally. So what is it that draws us in, makes us want to visit, explore, push the boundaries, and place it on the bucket list?Open up the panorama below from Detaille Island, just south of the Antarctic Circle, for a clue. … [Read more...]

Panorama of the Week: Antarctica Zodiac Ride

zodiac antarctica

After three nights on the infamously rough waters of the Drake Passage, we arrived south of the Antarctic Circle at Hanusse Bay. Our ship's equipment room buzzed with excitement (and a tinge of nerves) as we donned our boots and heavy winter gear for a first taste of Antarctica's icy blue waters.What did we see on that first zodiac ride in Antarctica? Open the … [Read more...]

Panorama of the Week: What Awaits You in Antarctica

Prospect Point Antarctica

Antarctica. The word still brings smiles to our faces and a jolt of experience adrenaline. It triggers emotions and evokes images of our journey south of the Antarctica Circle earlier this year.Antarctica excites others, too. We receive a lot of emails about it: asking us about our tour, details regarding how to book, what to bring, when to go.But earlier this … [Read more...]

Antarctica, Part 4: An Audio Slideshow

Late Afternoon Reflections in Antarctica

We've spent hours sharing highlights of our Antarctica experience with family, friends and fellow travelers. The result: we get excited, they get excited. And rightfully so -- Antarctica is a special place and our experience there was truly memorable in so many dimensions.Inspired by all of these conversations ourselves, we decided to dabble in a different medium, … [Read more...]

Antarctica, Part 2: Honest Antarctica – Gray Skies, Blue Ice

Life's journeys play host to the constant battle of expectations and delivery. Antarctica was no different except that our expectations of it were within inches of the stratosphere given the mystique and the cost of the trip. However, we did not carry a must-see checklist outlining this bit of wildlife or that bit of landscape, this scene or that moment. We could not … [Read more...]

Antarctica Update #1: The Drake Passage, From Killer Waves to Killer Whales

As a teacup and breakfast plate sailed by Wednesday morning, followed by a fellow passenger or two, it again occurred to me that no story of a destination is complete without recounting the process of getting there.A journey to Antarctica from Tierra del Fuego, the southernmost point of South America requires crossing the Drake Passage, an infamous body of water … [Read more...]

To Antarctica or Not?

antarctica zodiac

The other day we were chatting with some friends over dinner about travel and the topic of Antarctica came up. Perhaps it was the martini and red wine combination (it was a long day), but I got fired up as I considered the possibility.Until now, Antarctica seemed like a far off dream, the stuff of speculation only. But could we – or rather, should we – try to … [Read more...]