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Molly's Journey Below the Antarctic Circle \ Photos

A must-have upon arrival in Argentina: empanadas!
The Arakur Resort & Spa in Ushuaia
Our view from the Arakur Resort & Spa
The Spa @ the Arakur
Pro tip: Enjoy the outdoor hot tubs at the Arakur for some epic views of the city
Tierra del Fuego National Park
Tierra del Fuego National Park
Our guide pointing out the Beagle Channel
A windy paddling excursion in Tierra del Fuego National Park
Hiking through Tierra del Fuego National Park
Pre-cruise briefing at the Arakur Resort & Spa
Port of Ushuaia
Our home for 2 weeks: the Hebridean Sky
Captain of the ship!
Our cabin aboard the Hebridean Sky
Cabin bathroom aboard the Hebridean Sky
The bar lounge on the Hebridean Sky
Out the porthole: first glimpse of an iceberg
Expedition team loading kayaks into the water
The Lido Deck: where many meals are taken al fresco
A room with a view
Circle Crossing Ceremony - a maritime tradition
Shore landing at Vernadsky Research Station
Loading into and out of zodiacs. Safety first!
Trying the hooch at Vernadsky Research Base!
Kayakers on calm seas
A lonely zodiac
A reminder that we're in the rugged wilderness
Penguins, penguins everywhere
Hanging out with penguin friends
Hard to imagine this boat crossing the Drake Passage!
Fifty Shades of Blue in Antarctica
Another day, another shore landing
A map of the region found at a research base
Zodiac cruisin' away from the Hebridean Sky
Antarctic welcoming committee
Sitting with the stillness
First walk on the CONTINENT!
Base Brown - an Argentine base
Waving farewell to Base Brown
Collecting glacial ice to be used in cocktails later that evening
Making friends with some pinnipeds
Antarctica offers some unreal sunsets
A gentoo on the move
Penguin traffic
Gentoo penguin
Wondering what the big red penguins wandering around are up to!
Zodiac cruising with our on-board historian, Seb
Jump on in, the water's fine!
A room with a view, again
Post-plunge pig roast!
Camping on the Antarctic continent! Chilly but worth it
Our humble abode for the night
Building our "loo with a view" - portable toilets for the campers!
Penguin party
Remnants of the whaling industry
A sample daily schedule
A sunny day in Ushuaia upon return
Port of Ushuaia
The view from Las Lengas Hotel
Making friends with the locals
Marveling at my surroundings
Standing on the Antarctic continent and loving every second
Zodiac cruisin'
Molly and her paddle
Preparing for a paddling excursion
The Hebridean Sky taking on the Drake
Learning about IAATO
Shoveling out our campsite
Crossing the Antarctic Circle Ceremony
Vacuuming gear to avoid contamination
Polar plunge onlookers
Kelly chilling with penguins
Our expedition crew
Some travelers are more brave than others, flipping and diving into the frigid waters
A great group zodiac cruising with Seb

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