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Falkland Islands, South Georgia and Antarctica Trip

Albatross. Penguins. Seals. Whales. Giant waves. Glaciers. Spectacular land- and seascapes. All this and more on a 17 day voyage from Ushuaia, Argentina, to the Falkland Islands, South Georgia Island and the Antarctic Peninsula.

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King Penguins swimming together
Author
Steve Dolberg
Our experience in the Antarctic was not limited to our four landings. We observed numerous humpback whales from the ship, and on our final zodiac cruise we saw several from water level. The …
Blondie (Leucistic) Southern Fur Seal and Friends
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Steve Dolberg
Our land exploration of Antarctica began at Paulet Island, at the northeast tip of the Antarctic Peninsula and the northwest limit of Erebus and Terror Gulf. There we wandered in the midst of …
South Georgia Welcoming Committee
Author
Steve Dolberg
And then we were out of the fjord and into the Southern Ocean. And for the next three days we were confined to the interior of the ship. The extremely strong winds continued, so that the ship could …
King Penguin feeding baby
Author
Steve Dolberg
During the following two days we did five landings at South Georgia. The wildlife was incredible. There were King Penguins, Gentoo Penguins and Macaroni Penguins. I used to think of penguins as …
penguin walking on beach
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Steve Dolberg
South Georgia has very strict requirements for visiting ships. Visits are limited to 72 hours. Boots and other gear must be washed between landings so as to avoid transferring biological material …
penguins getting friendly with the camera
Author
Steve Dolberg
I was scarcely prepared for South Georgia. I had, of course, read about Ernest Shackleton, and knew generally about his trek across the mountains and glaciers of South Georgia after having crossed …
Gentoo Penguins feeding
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Steve Dolberg
We were back on the ship by 6:00, and on our way to South Georgia Island, more than two days to the southeast. Once again I spent whatever time I could on deck, although in 20-30 foot seas it was …
Magellanic Penguin
Author
Steve Dolberg
One day later, however, we were on the east side of East Falkland, at Stanley, where we were able to spend the entire day on shore. In the morning we did a wonderful hike, led by several locals in …
Look At Those Feet! (Falkland Steamer Duck)
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Steve Dolberg
Our next site was Carcass Island, popular with birders as it has no cats or rats and as a result has a variety of birds not found on other islands in the archipelago. Unfortunately, conditions there …
Commersons Dolphin
Author
Steve Dolberg
The next morning we were in what felt like calm water, at West Point Island, off the northwest point of West Falkland. When the expedition staff tried to land, however, they determined that the surf …
Northern Giant Petrel
Author
Steve Dolberg
Under the command of a pilot we headed out of port and east into the Beagle Channel, bound for the Falkland Islands. Meanwhile, we gathered for dinner and our first presentation by the expedition …
South American Terns
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Steve Dolberg
After a late evening arrival in Ushuaia, I had a full day free to explore the city before the scheduled time to board our vessel, the MV Ortelius. The Ortelius is an ice-strengthened vessel built in …
Olivaceous Cormorant
Author
Steve Dolberg
One day in January 2012 I was on my own in the Hayden Valley in Yellowstone National Park, about a four hour drive from my home in Missoula, Montana, watching wolves. The temperature was -20F. Two …

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