Port Lockroy and Paradise Bay

Nov 24, 2018 - National Geographic Explorer


Our morning was spent visiting the historic British Base A, or Bransfield House as it’s now known, at Port Lockroy on Goudier Island. It was established as a scientific outpost and deep-listening station in 1944 under the code name Operation Tabarin. Our captain parked National Geographic Explorer soundly into the remaining fast ice, allowing us yet another opportunity to stroll or cross-country ski on top of the frozen ocean surface. We also had the chance to visit the museum and post office maintained by the United Kingdom Antarctic Heritage Trust after the British abandoned the locale in the 1960s.

By the afternoon, we had sailed the relatively short distance to Paradise Bay, an incredibly scenic bay surrounded by countless glaciers and towering peaks. We admired the picturesque skyline, between snow squalls that swept in, adding an extra Antarctic feeling to the scene. Situated in the bay sits an often-unoccupied Argentine research base called Base Brown from which we had easy access to the shore as well as to a short climb up a snowy slope with excellent views. The bay itself is a wonder to explore by Zodiac, so we set out to make it a two-fold experience.  

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Doug Gualtieri

Naturalist

Doug’s passion for the natural world started at an early age in his home state of Michigan. He received two biology degrees from Central Michigan University, and later went on to get a master’s degree in conservation biology. His education led him to study a diverse range of natural sciences, with an emphasis on ecology, animal behavior, and migratory birds. Shortly after leaving the academic world, Doug migrated north to Alaska with his trusty Siberian husky, Koda. He began working as a naturalist in Denali National Park in 1999. For over seven years he has shared his love of Alaska and Denali’s six million acres with Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic guests, as trip leader for the Denali Land Extension based at the North Face Lodge deep within the park.

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