Hello there 50 Degrees North blog readers,
We woke up this morning to stunning panoramic views of snow capped mountains. We had arrived at Halfmoon island in the South Shetland Islands and our first landing on shore at 9 o’clock was quite an experience. Antarctic fur seals and both gentoo and chinstrap penguins absolutely everywhere. Totally unafraid of humans and all you had to do was to sit down in peace and they will come up and wander past. Got some fantastic photos today.
This afternoon we moved on to Deception island which was a whaling base in the late 19th and early 20th century. Not much animal wildlife here but some amazing scenery. This island has an active volcano (last erupted in the 60′s) and the top of the volcano collapsed many years ago leaving this perfectly shaped horseshoe shape. Being active, there is still lots of heat underneath the beach and water which creates steam on the beach, very spooky. We did a couple of good treks and more good photos. During our trip to Deception island, we saw lots of humpback whales and penguins. There is so much wildlife here and you never get sick of seeing these amazing animals in their natural habitat. Some crazy people went swimming today…
Signing out, will share more news soon.