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Antarctica Voyage on Ocean Nova and Patagonia journey

We had an unbelievable vacation this winter. We made a 20 thousand mile trip across half of the world. We had 15 stops in 27 days in Argentina, Chile and at several Antarctic Islands. We crossed all three natural passages between Atlantic and Pacific oceans including the Magellan Channel, Beagle Channel and Drake Passage, and washed our hands in waters of each of them. We landed at Cape Horn and saw two oceans simultaneously. We saw many beautiful lakes, rivers, waterfalls and glaciers in the National Parks, a lot of wild animals and birds on islands and roads, and magical Patagonian sunsets. But the strongest impression of the trip was Antarctica. It was a very heavy trip. We came back home just before New Years, and slept for several days. Fortunately, it was on New Year's holiday. We are still now under the impression of these amazing travels. But we are already thinking about a new trip.

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Couple of sea lions
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Sergey Semenchinskiy
(From Natasha) Two months have passed already since our journey. Our feelings became calm and we are able to look backwards and analyze our trip. We asked ourselves many questions. We are …
Ushuaia
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Sergey Semenchinskiy
Farewell Argentina! We left South America. Our way home was not as long as our trip to Argentina. It happened as it was scheduled, and we reach Moscow at 4pm on the 30th of December, only 20 hours …
Ushuaia
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Sergey Semenchinskiy
Today we had a lazy day. We slept very long and only went out of the hotel at noon. It was very hot and we managed to find the only nice place around, a botanical garden. We sat in pleasure for …
Harbor of Ushuaia
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Sergey Semenchinskiy
Farewell, Patagonia! Hello, Civilization! We met you again at Bariloche airport! How nice it was on road 40! We had no other choices - one bus, one road, one person, one hundred kilometers! And we …
View from a plane before landing at Ushuaia
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Sergey Semenchinskiy
On our last full day in Bariloche we wanted a final look at the city from above and used the cable road, named the ''teleferico'', to go up to the top. So as not to lose our way, we memorized this …
Exploring the Antarctic peninsula
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Sergey Semenchinskiy
Today we had an wonderful trip by boat on lake Namuel Huapi to Port Blest. There was excellent weather and we saw many gulls flying over our boat. Port Blest is a small landing stage inside a …
Exploring the Antarctic peninsula
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Sergey Semenchinskiy
Today we had a tour to see Tronador mountain. This mount is known by its black glacier. When I read about it in our touristic booklet, I had thought that ''black'' is only the name of the glacier …
Exploring the Antarctic peninsula
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Sergey Semenchinskiy
Bariloche is a large city by Argentinean standards. It is a resort city inside a lake region, near a Chilean border. After the deserted south it seemed cramped and noisy to us. After Ruta 40 traffic …
Zodiac
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Sergey Semenchinskiy
Second day on Ruta 40: the road was the same, as yesterday, but now mostly hard-surfaced and we were running faster. Th landscape changed only in late afternoon, about a hundred kilometers before …
Blue icebergs near King George Island
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Sergey Semenchinskiy
We were on-the-way again. It was a long way. We made it today about 600 km by bus via National Road 40. What is Road 40? Why, it is in a list of main touristic attractions of Argentina in our Lonely …
Antarctic. Our plane
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Sergey Semenchinskiy
We were on-the-way again. It was a long way. We made it today about 600 km by bus via National Road 40. What is Road 40? Why, it is in a list of main touristic attractions of Argentina in our Lonely …
King George Island. Antarctica
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Sergey Semenchinskiy
Raging wind shakes our ship. Something is squeaking on a deck and the snowstorm knocks on the window. I woke up in the hotel room. No ship, no decks. It was a dream. But the gale-force wind was real, …
Exploring the Antarctic peninsula
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Sergey Semenchinskiy
We were on the bus again going to El Chalten. This town is placed on the other side of the same Los Glaciers National Park we visited yesterday. However, the park is large and the bus ride was three …
Sunset in Antarctica
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Sergey Semenchinskiy
We left Puerto Natales by bus in the morning, and after half an hour reached the border between Chile and Argentina. We passed the Chilean checkpoint quickly, but the Argentinian side was not so …
Rocks on sunset
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Sergey Semenchinskiy
Our official departure time for the national park bus was 8 am, but we were told that is the time the bus actually leaves town. A bus would take us from the hotel before this and we needed to be …
Exploring the Antarctic peninsula
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Sergey Semenchinskiy
We left Punta Arenas by bus in the afternoon. Our next stop was Puerto Natales and then onto Torres del Paine Park and the cave of Cueva del Milodon. Puerto Natales is about 250 km north, on the …
Ice grotto. Grinvich Island, Antarctica
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Sergey Semenchinskiy
Punta Arenas is not a very large town compared to European standards, but it is the biggest one in Chilean Patagonia. It is the capital of the southernmost region of Chile, Magallanes and Antartica …
Exploring the Antarctic peninsula
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Sergey Semenchinskiy
After breakfast we had to leave our lovely ship sadly. We all became friends here, both tourists and crew, and now already had to leave. We were put ashore on King George Island, near the Chilean …
Exploring the Antarctic peninsula
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Sergey Semenchinskiy
Today was a very long day. We were woken up by an unusual loud noise at 5am. It was an ice blocks gnashing onto the ship's hull. Our ship was passing through a field of ice floes. I put my jacket on …
Exploring the Antarctic peninsula
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Sergey Semenchinskiy
I said yesterday that the sea was rough in the morning. I was not right. It was calm compared to the real gall that began at noon when we left Cape Horn. We went south across the Drake Passage. The …
Exploring the Antarctic peninsula
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Sergey Semenchinskiy
We awoke at 5 am this morning and went up to the open deck. The sea was rough and wind was very strong. We saw land nearby, but barely because of the mist. During the night we had entered the …
Sea elefant
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Sergey Semenchinskiy
Today was our last morning in Ushuaia. Our arms and legs were not as our own after yesterday's adventure. Nevertheless we got up, made our morning gymnastics and packed our backpacks. After a …
Penguins
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Sergey Semenchinskiy
This morning was very warm and sunny. In our windows we saw blazing snow on mountain peaks and people walking without jackets. It was the best weather for our plans this day. It was reserved for …
Gentoo Penguin
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Sergey Semenchinskiy
As I had already said, the main touristic attraction here is a trip to the Beagle Channel islands. Certainly we wanted to make it. Yesterday we found several boat tour booking desks at the sea port. …

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