Orne Harbour, Dorian Bay & Palmer Station, Antarctic Peninsula
Our extraordinary journey to Antarctica continues. This morning we woke up to a magnificent view of Orne Harbour, comprised of tall mountain peaks, glaciers flowing seaward, fresh white snow, and glittering reflections in the waters of the Gerlache Strait. Blue-eyed shags were seen flying across our bow. After breakfast we made our approach to our first landing, half the guests decided to go Zodiac cruising, and the rest made the 245-foot hike up the steep and snowy hill to Spigot Peak. On the occasionally steep metamorphic rock, we saw several hundred pairs of chinstrap penguins sitting on their nests partially obscured by snow, as well as the occasional south polar and hybrid skuas. From the peak we had the chance for amazing panoramic photos of the Errera Channel, barely a cloud in sight. Also we had great views of the ship nestled in amongst the brash ice while the small Zodiacs motored through.
After lunch we sailed through the Neumayer Channel heading for our afternoon landing at Damoy Point in Dorian Bay, located in a cove on the northwest side of Wiencke Island, in the Palmer Archipelago.
Dec 5, 2013
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