Gerlache Strait, Antarctic Peninsula

Dec 06, 2019 - National Geographic Explorer

We woke up as National Geographic Explorer stayed anchored just off the Chilean Antarctic base named Gonzáles Videla. This station is manned only in the austral summer as a search and rescue base. It’s home to a great number of breeding gentoo penguins. The Chilean base personnel gave us a warm welcome, and we got to step inside a couple of the buildings, including a small museum with a gift shop. The incredible weather conditions begged us to stay out on deck all afternoon. The scenery towards Dallmann Bay was stunning!

After dinner, our video chronicler, Ashley Karitis, showed a preview of the video chronicle from our voyage. The photo team then finished the day with a very useful critique of photos that guests had selected for feedback. At bedtime, a gorgeous sunset rounded off one of the most exciting expedition days along the Antarctic Peninsula. Now the northbound crossing of the Drake lies ahead.

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Carl Erik Kilander


Carl was born in Norway and received a master’s degree in forestry and nature conservation from the Norwegian University of Life Sciences in 1973. His professional experience is mainly connected to environmental issues and natural resource management on the Norway mainland and in Svalbard. A major part of his professional experience comprises planning and management of protected areas, particularly in the southern parts of Norway and Svalbard. During the period 1999-2001 Carl was Head of the Environmental Department at the Governor of Svalbard´s office. He has also been District Manager (southwestern Norway) followed by the position of Senior Environmental Adviser at the Norwegian State Forest Service.

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