I just returned from guiding another amazing three-week yacht-based expedition to the Antarctic Peninsula. High winds, cold temperatures and lots of sea ice made for very challenging conditions. It definitely was an epic trip of a lifetime for all. If you are interested in joining me in 2017, please check out www.sailantarctica.com for more information. The dates are January 5 – 26, 2017.
Our sailing yacht inches forward through a massive wall of sea ice along the Antarctic Peninsula that extended for several miles.
Undeterred by the cold, wind and ice, us nine eclectic individuals from seven different countries explored Antarctica in a very unique and private way from the comfort of a sailing yacht. Special thanks to skipper Henk Boersma who sailed the ‘Sarah’ for the 50th time to Antarctica!
My favorite view – from the top of the mast!
Gentoo penguins hitchhiking a ride on an ice floe.
Gentoo penguins are among the toughest survivors in the Antarctic ecosystem.
More than half of the world’s seals live in Antarctica. Here, a crabeater seal rests on an ice floe.
Crabeater seals are by far the most abundant seal species in the world. The success of this species is due to its specialized predation on the abundant Antarctic krill of the Southern Ocean, for which it has uniquely adapted, sieve-like tooth structure.
Humpback whales arrive in Antarctica to feed during the austral summer before returning to tropical and subtropical areas to mate and give birth.
The American icebreaker RV Lawrence M. Gould is dwarfed by a massive iceberg in Andvord Bay along the Antarctic Peninsula. It’s used by researchers from the United States’ National Science Foundation.
We managed to do the annual Antartic polar swim on one of the rare sunny days in epic ice conditions. I got re-re-certified!
Antarctica never failed to remind us of our own insignificance.
Clarity of light hard to find anywhere else in the world.
Austral twilight near midnight close to the longest day along the Antarctic Peninsula.