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ANTARCTIC ODYSSEY 2011

When my wife and I finally went to Antarctica in November on the Ocean Nova, a Quark ship that carried us and 62 other passengers, it was the highlight of the year, if not a lifetime (well not yet!).

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Grytviken: a strange beauty from an ugly past
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Fergus Fricke
Returned safely and highly satisfied except for the extra weight put on.
Grytviken visitors
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Fergus Fricke
To fill in the time between morning and afternoon tea we saw a film about 'extreme kayaking'. Now that is an adventure I do not want to have.
Our first icebergs
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Fergus Fricke
Heave ho, the Drake Passage
Stromness: the sea is no longer red
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Fergus Fricke
How could men have built a 'whaling station' in such a beautiful place but one has to admire their courage. Was it just money that drove them to it?
The graves of whalers and whales
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Fergus Fricke
A couple of cold zodiac trips amongst the icebergs. Afternoon tea (well hot chocolate and biscuits actually) delivered to us by zodiac. The ship's hospitality staff must have read my mind or heard my …
Stromness whaling station
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Fergus Fricke
At last we set foot on the Antarctic Continent and walk up a glacier until we are in danger of falling down a crevasse. In the afternoon we landed at Paulett Island to see a few more penguins and …
Evening in South Georgia
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Fergus Fricke
Some impressive tabular icebergs which are not ho hum. An exciting landing at Point Wilde. Dramatic scenery but desolate and cold. How Shackleton's men survived there for over four months without …
Another rookery, another king or two
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Fergus Fricke
Heading for Elephant Island entertained by albatrosses and petrels gliding effortlessly around us, at times almost touching the waves and then sweeping high above the ship. A few icebergs sighted but …
King penguins, South Georgia
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Fergus Fricke
Making for Elephant Island and surrounded/accompanied by effortlessly gliding albatrosses and petrels. The occasional iceberg is sighted but already these are becoming a bit ho hum.
Young kings in the greatcoats
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Fergus Fricke
I am starting to see remarkable likenesses between the penguins, seals and birds to some of my fellow passengers. It is their shapes and their walks more than their faces but behaviour too. Am I …
Inquisitiveness works both ways
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Fergus Fricke
........ and still a gale, if not a storm, blowing. Last night though was in the sheltered Godthul Bay. Backtracked to Gold Harbour and then on to Drygalski Fiord in 70 plus knot wind. Spectacular. …
Nearing South Georgia a rock full of shags
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Fergus Fricke
A day of the old whaling stations; Stromness and Grytviken. The graves of the men who died there can be seen but not the graves of hundreds of thousands of whales killed. Toasted Shackleton at his …
Two gentle gentoos
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Fergus Fricke
Visited Right Whale Bay, Salisbury Plain and Prion Island in a gale so no time for afternoon tea to compete with the drama, penguins, seals and albatrosses so the penguins win flippers down.
Gentoo rookery, West Falklands
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Fergus Fricke
.... but the sea wasn't (still)
Blackbrow albatrosses grooming
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Fergus Fricke
.... but then I am most of the time
West Falklands
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Fergus Fricke
Dunno which was more exciting, the wildllfe or the morning tea as both were remarkable displays but the farm house feeding frenzy was something to behold.
Ushuaia from the port
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Fergus Fricke
....well on a ship in a bumpy sea
Ushuaia away from the main drag
Author
Fergus Fricke
Starting the voyage When my wife and I finally went to Antarctica in November on the Ocean Nova, a Quark ship that carried us and 62 other passengers, it was the highlight of the year, if not a …

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