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Memories of the Falkland Islands, South Georgia & Antarctic

We were on board the holiday 2011 sailing of L'Austral with stops on the Falkland Islands, South Georgia Island, Antarctica, the South Shetland Islands and Cape Horn.

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Hundreds of thousands of King Penguins at St. Andrews Bay
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Amy Sonbuchner
This morning we wake up early as we need to disembark before 9:00am. We feel hesitant to leave the boat and our friends. While Antarctica is no longer uncharted land, it was still uncharted by us. …
King penguins strutting their stuff, South Georgia Island
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Amy Sonbuchner
We wake up around 7:00am and see the big cliffs of Cape Horn, Chile from our balcony. Landings at Cape Horn are expensive and quite infrequent. Our cruise company must contract a Chilean captain to …
Molting King Penguins, South Georgia Island
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Amy Sonbuchner
So far the Drake Passage is uneventful. We attend a lecture on bird migration and go on a behind-the-scenes tour of the kitchen. It looks like a challenging work environment and makes me appreciate …
King Penguins at deserted whaling station, South Georgia
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Amy Sonbuchner
We are lucky to be awake while entering the portal to Deception Island, as the weather ends up turning for the worst a few hours later when we exit. Deception Island is a sunken volcano and creates a …
Field of fur seals at Stromness Bay, South Georgia
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Amy Sonbuchner
This morning we look outside and see the sun shining, and the water is so still it looks like a mirror. The water is so still because we are in Neko Harbour, which is a small bay indenting the shore …
Fur seal at Stromness Bay, South Georgia Island
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Amy Sonbuchner
We wake up early to get ready for our 7:00am zodiac cruise. As a special treat, we are able to disembark on an ice floe. In our prior ''Ice is Nice'' lecture, we learned that ice floes are formed …
Shakelton's Hike from Fortuna Bay, South Georgia
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Amy Sonbuchner
Today we attend the mandatory cleaning and decontamination to prepare our outerwear for Antarctica. We are excited that we will arrive in Antarctica soon! There are two English lectures ''Life of …
Map of South Georgia Island
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Amy Sonbuchner
Today we are at sea, so we spend most of the day enjoying lectures and reviewing our photographs from South Georgia. There is a lecture called ''Ice is Nice'' and another lecture introducing us to …
Rockhopper pengui hide &seek at New Island, Falkland Islands
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Amy Sonbuchner
We wake up early to have breakfast before our 7:30am zodiac ride to Gold Harbour. Gold Harbour takes its name from the pyrite or ''fools gold'' found here in 1911. We wonder whether we will see any …
Rockhopper penguins resting in New Island, Falkland Islands
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Amy Sonbuchner
Luck is on our side, as our group gets to disembark at 9:00am. Happily, we aren't in the group that must disembark at 5:00am. This next stop is St. Andrew's Bay where 200,000 king penguin pairs and …
Rockhopper penguin at New Island, Falkland Islands
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Amy Sonbuchner
We wake up while the ship is still a few hours away from South Georgia. Fortunately, the animals of South Georgia came to greet our boat. We see fur seals porpoising as we continued on our way. We …
Albatross on nest at New Island, Falkland Islands
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Amy Sonbuchner
Having gone to bed late, we do not wake until 9:15am. We relax a bit before the lecture ''Marine Mammals'' begins. Then for our lunch they serve a fixed-course Christmas meal with sweet potato soup, …
Gentoo penguin crossing at Grave Cove, Falkland Islands
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Amy Sonbuchner
I sleep until 8:45am and wake up feeling refreshed. We have our breakfast and perform the mandatory gear cleaning in preparation for our stops in South Georgia. There is a lecture on king penguins …
Gentoo Penguins at Grave Cove, Falkland Islands
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Amy Sonbuchner
This morning we didn't hear our alarm. Instead, we wake up to a shrill voice over the loud-speaker: ''The lecture will start in twenty minutes.'' We jump out of bed, quickly dress, and run to grab …
Magellanic Penguins at Grave Cove, Falkland Islands
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Amy Sonbuchner
Thankfully, we have good traveling weather. We're happy to postpone the rough seas for as long as possible. We wake at 7:00am to a very bright room. I guess that is the danger of leaving the balcony …
Map of Falkland Islands
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Amy Sonbuchner
Friday, December 16th This morning, the alarm sounds off at 2:45am. We have thirty minutes before our ride comes. We hustle with the excitement of a trip to Antarctica, South Georgia, and the …

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