Leaving South Georgia for Coronation Island

Nov 19, 2017 - National Geographic Orion


Sunday found us underway across the Scotia Sea after bidding a sad farewell to South Georgia Island. It had been a sun-filled visit, but it seemed that bad weather was on the horizon, so our best bet was to head out of the Drygalski Fjord Saturday evening and sail southeast toward Coronation Island. The Scotia Sea is the area of water between Tierra del Fuego, South Georgia, the South Sandwich Islands, and the Antarctic Peninsula. Normally stormy and cold, the weather for our voyage was tolerable with maximum 4-5 meter seas and 30 knot winds. Dinnertime found us rolling into fog with radar showing a 3km tabular iceberg off in the distance. This could have thrown an unexpected delay into our plans, but around midnight the fog cleared and National Geographic Orion sailed off at the expected speed.

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Dan Westergren

National Geographic Photographer

Dan Westergren has spent three decades producing award-winning images as a National Geographic Society photographer, photo editor, and social media strategist. Years after being introduced to the camera by an indulgent eighth-grade science teacher, Westergren became Director of Photography at National Geographic Traveler, where he developed a photographic aesthetic that has defined the magazine’s visual impact in print, digital, and social media.

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