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What to expect when you travel to Antarctica: An expedition diary

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25th January 2015

Ocean Diamond - Expedition Blog

Our first day in Antarctica, after a pleasant crossing of the Drake thanks to impeccable timing on the part of Captain Oleg having controlled our speed to avoid any trouble, was Barrientos.

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Dreaming in Disko Bay

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I was out on deck early the morning we entered Disko Bay. Fog surrounded the ship, hazy blue-grey into infinity, light rain and calm seas. As I watched, a giant iceberg appeared through the mist, looming ominously before it faded away into oblivion. Another appeared, then yet another. Soon the ship wove carefully through a landscape of ice, each piece as unique as an individual person. “It was as if they had been borne down from a world of myth, some Gotterdammerung of noise and catastrophe”, Barry Lopez had written. “Fallen pieces of the moon”. I stared out in wonder at their silence and their magnitude.

 

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Spitsbergen Circumnavigation - voyage update!

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Great update sent to us today from our Spitsbergen Circumnavigation voyage, currently in progress:

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