Fortuna & Stromness (Shackleton Hike), Hercules Bay

Nov 14, 2017 - National Geographic Explorer


After a wild South Georgia initiation, all on board finally got to experience this incredible destination in the sunshine. After an early breakfast we made our way out for an epic day of expedition exploration. On the landing at Fortuna Bay, Zodiacs endured some rough conditions but all made it ashore safely and we were soon hiking our way out of the bay, retracing the footsteps of the Boss. The initial climb was masked by the fog but the sun began to burn through by the time we made it to Crean Bay. Before we descended to the Shackleton Waterfall the spectacular mountains could be seen towering up into the sky. After lunch Zodiacs were again in the water, this time for cruising in the beautiful Hercules Bay. All enjoyed magnificent views of light-mantled albatross and the waterfall but the highlights were the macaroni penguins. The hardy, crested penguins were forming a conveyor belt that moved out of the surf and up the steep mountainside to their colonies in the tussock.

As guests retired to the ship to shower and eat, Recap was postponed not once but twice. First, for a pair of humpbacks and then for an incredible snow petrel sighting which came with a nice supporting cast of fin whales. 

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James Coleman

Naturalist

Jamie is from England. He grew up in Oxford, about as far from the sea as you can get in the UK, yet somehow decided he would work in marine biology and conservation. Ever since he reached his teens, he has dedicated time to this passion, working and volunteering in various roles on nature reserves and in aquariums. It was no surprise that in 2007, he left home to study marine biology at the University of Newcastle.

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