With this phrase from Sir Ernest Shackleton, I set off from Ushuaia to Falklands, South Georgia, Elephant Island, Orkney island, Antarctica and the South Shetland Islands. An expedition to the little-visited far south of our planet,the seventh continent.
is home to the greatest intensity of wildlife on the planet. You have to see this once in your life, experience it. The next few days we will make three different landings in different places.
We visit Grytviken, with church and 18 inhabitants and as icing on the cake: fighting sea elephants in the small harbour. The story of Shackleton runs like a thread through my journey.
He arrived in Grytviken after a rough trip across the island from ‘Elephant Island’,where he had to leave behind 22 crew members. He saved them 45 days later.
ANTARCTICA – THE SEVENTH CONTINENT
When the anchor lights up, “orcas!” blared through the speakers. A range of “oeh…” and “ah…” as a result. This is so indescribable. My pictures speak for themselves.
THE DRAKE PASSAGE – POLAR PLUNGE
known for its high waves, but fortunately not at my crossing, is the last obstacle before I see the green mountains of ‘Terra del Fuego’ (Fireland – Argentina, ed.) in the distance.
I can recommend any traveler to set foot on Antarctica at least once in his life. Scenery, animal life and the ease of taking beautiful photos. They have no fear of us and that is truly indescribable. And don’t forget the‘polar plunge’,dive into Antarctic water of 0.00 degrees!