Feature photo: Ushuaia. Photo courtesy of Bei Maarten.
2nd December: Ushuaia
Pleneau Island is located west of Booth Island at the southern end of the Lemaire Channel and features an array of iceberg scenery. In fact, an astonishing ninety-three percent of the world’s mass of icebergs is found surrounding the Antarctic. The word "iceberg" actually comes from partial Dutch translation meaning "ice mountain." The term iceberg refers to chunks of ice larger than 5 meters (16 feet) and smaller chunks of ice are known as bergy bites (how cute!) and growlers. While Antarctic icebergs last typically ten years and Arctic bergs about two years, what's interesting to note is the glacial ice that icebergs are made of could be more than 15,000 years old!
Falcon Scott on Zodiac in the Aitcho Islands, South Shetland Islands.
From the Feb 9th, 2013 Antarctic Explorer voyage aboard the Ocean Diamond, with special guests Falcon Scott and Jonathan Shackleton (relatives of the famous Antarctic explorers!). Read more about this amazing voyage with Scott and Shackleton here.
Icebergs come in all shapes and sizes. It is hard describe the feeling you get when you see an iceberg up close for the first time and see the beautiful blue colors reflecting back at you. You will encounter many iceberg that have melted away to form uneven archways. The fragile archway allowing you to catch a glimpse of the local wildlife or a zodiac of Quark passengers cruising by on the other side.