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Jan 4, 2018 - Jan 2nd 2018 Back to King George Island, in South Shetlands

So we return to King George Island where it all began 6 days ago and what a journey we have been on. We were offloaded by Zodiaks in a calm and warm day and we took the opportunity to visit the Russian Station gift shop and Russian Orthodox Church with their onsite priest( looking very much Lin the same style as Rasputin. We walked another 20 metres and we in Chile and the control of their base.. Took one last look around and on hearing the jet walked single file along the runway back to get into the plane only after every Chinese passenger...

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Jan 3, 2018 - Happy New Year 2018, having just returned from Antarctica

Happy New Year and thanks to everyone that sent us greetings, it meant a lot. We landed yesterday back from Antarctica into Punta Arenas, but the wifi there is suspect at best and even worst with 120 people from around the world trying to email, post and phone relatives. So we did the next best thing went out had another fantastic Black Hake meal and went to bed to fly to Pueto Vadas which is where I am now trying to catch up on the past mind blowing, wonderous, awe inspiring, majestic and breathtaking places on the planet. So let's start...

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Feb 18, 2014 - We Made It!

We left on the buses to the airport at 10:30 this morning. After less than 2 hours we arrived at King George Island 62 degrees, 12 minutes S; 58 degrees,57 minuets W. The landing strip is 1300 meters of dirt and rock. Upon arrival it was quite windy and chilly. As we walked to the beach on the road between the Russian and Chilean stations it was warmer. At the Russian base there is an Orthodox Church located on the top of a hill. We also passed the group waiting to get on the plane to return to Punta Arenas. 20 minutes after reaching the...

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The 7th Continent

Jan 7, 2014 - Antarctica on the Sea Adventurer

ANTARCTICA - the 7th CONTINENT (remember you can double click on a photo to get a larger size image) So, if you read the previous entry, you'll know that we got to Plan D for flying from Punta Arenas to a Chilean Air Base on King George Island near the Antarctic Peninsula. That meant that after a New Year's Eve party at Restaurant Beagle, and watching the midnight fireworks over the harbour, we loaded onto buses again (117 passengers) at 1.30am (New Year's Day) and drove the half-hour to the airport, only to be cancelled again. Returned to...

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Dec 31, 2013 - Antarctica

So ...... actually we haven't got there yet. We are up to Plan D at present. I met up with the passenger group of approximately 100 for the collection of fleece-lined jackets and snow boots as scheduled yesterday at the only large modern hotel in Punta Arenas (Chile). We are the 'Fly South, Sail North' group. My 5th night and 3rd hotel in Punta Arenas. At our 6pm briefing, we were told about the flight south to King George Island (KGI) to a Chilean Air Base where we will then walk overland for 2km to be transferred by zodiac to the ship...

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Feb 8, 2011 - Magical Antarctica

Bransfield Strait 8 Feb 2011 – Midnight in Antarctica Where do I begin?! Today was incredible, wonderful, moving, magic! It was busy, rushed and organized at the same time, full of new experiences! According to the daily programme, there was to be a briefing on Zodiac procedures, safety and protocols for visiting Antarctica, followed by fitting of the wellington boots for our wet landings. There was a possibility of a landing in the evening. It sounded very laid back and mundane, an easy introduction to visiting this amazing place. The...

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Mar 13, 2010 - King George Island

King George Island is part of the South Shetland chain. Our main objective for going here was the airstrip which is used by all the bases. This is where the plane could land to pick up Jeanette. To organise the medical evacuation took several days. The plane flew from Santiago to Punta Arenas then the next day flew from Punta Arenas to King George, a 3 hour flight one way. The plan was to take Jeanette back to Punta Arenas, change planes and fly on to Buenos Aires. The organisation to get Jeanette off the boat was extraordinary. There was a...

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Feb 10, 2010 - Antarctic Peninsula scenic cruising of South Shetland Island and Admiralty Bay

What are the Shetland Islands like? The South Shetland Islands are a group of Antarctic islands, lying about 120 kilometres (75 mi) north of the Antarctic Peninsula,[1] with a total area of 3,687 square kilometres (1,424 sq mi). By the Antarctic Treaty of 1959, the Islands' sovereignty is neither recognized nor disputed by the signatories and they are free for use by any signatory for non-military use. The Islands have been claimed by the UK since 1908 and are part of British Antarctic Territory since 1962. They are claimed by the...

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Dec 5, 2007 - Evacuation of a fellow passenger

Our programme for the day involved only a couple of lectures, getting our sick passenger to King George Island had to take priority. We spent much of the morning on deck enjoying the changing scenery before we eventually arrived at King George Island at lunch time. The skies were clear and the waters calm which made the transfer of the passenger onto King George Island go without a hitch. Due to the 20 hour detour our programme had to change somewhat, however our landing that evening more than made up for that which we had missed. Every one...

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Dec 20, 2004 - The Last Landings

Our final day of landings in Antarctica found us once again in beautiful weather...spectacular blue skies, coupled with what must have been nearly 50 degree temps. We made two landings, did some hiking up 800 feet for spectacular 360 degree vistas, and were able to see our last penguins and seals. It was an incredible trip where pictures cannot do it justice.

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