Our travels at the end of 2018 focused on one little corner of the globe, where a continent covers the South Pole.
We boarded the MS Hebridean Sky in Puerto Madryn, Argentina. Our three week voyage took us to the Falkland Islands, South Georgia Island, Elephant Island, and the Antarctic Peninsula.
The Southern ocean is notorious for rough seas, but we had it pretty easy, experiencing 5-meter swells and 60-knot winds at the most.
Sunset as we departed Puerto Madryn
Gorse bushes in bloom on West Point Island, West Falklands
Lichen on West Point Island, West Falklands
Dock at Stanley, East Falklands
Beach near Right Whale Bay, South Georgia, teeming with seals and penguins
South Georgia Island
Stromness Bay, South Georgia
Shackleton Waterfall at Stromness Bay, South Georgia
Mossy rocks at Stromness, South Georgia
Penguin-covered rock near Point Wild, Elephant Island
Glacier near Point Wild, Elephant Island
Point Wild, Elephant Island, named after Frank Wild, second in command of the Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition, who kept 21 men alive on this rock, surviving on a diet of penguins, seals, and seaweed for over 4 months.
near Brown Bluff, Antarctic Peninsula
Brown Bluff, Antarctic Peninsula
entrance to Deception Island
detail of Deception Island