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  • Salisbury Plain, Hercules Bay

    Land Ho! In the early dawn light the National Geographic Orion sighted the island of South Georgia, just as Captain Cook did in January, 1775. Our morning outing was amongst king penguins and Antarctic fur seals on snow-dusted Salisbury Plain. Afternoon found us cruising the waterfalls and incredible geological inclines of Hercules Bay. Our first day exploring the amazing beauty of South Georgia, a place where my heart lies. Read More

    • Dec 04, 2016
    • National Geographic Orion in Antarctica
  • The North Scotia Ridge, South Atlantic

    The guests aboard National Geographic Orion awoke south of the Antarctic Convergence, the biological boundary for Antarctic territory! Stepping outside, it was easy to recognize a difference in the temperature and wind compared to our previous days north of the convergence. The Antarctic convergence is a region of the Southern Ocean around the latitude 55 degrees south that encircles the continent. It is formed where the cold waters from Antarctica flow north and meet the relatively warm waters flowing south from the Sub-Antarctic. This zone of mixing and upwelling is a nourishing environment, making it extremely high in marine productivity. Our morning kicked off with a lecture about birds from our expedition leader and was followed by bird watching from the stern. Read More

    • Dec 03, 2016
    • National Geographic Orion in Antarctica
  • The North Scotia Ridge, South Atlantic

    The seas were relatively forgiving for the start of our crossing, providing no more than the gentlest rocking motion as we headed east. From first light it was apparent that a large group of seabirds was following close behind us. It’s easy to see sea days merely as time to be passed, or for a time to recoup energy between destinations. In reality, sea days often provide us with the greatest range of species of all our days on board, particularly in the form of sea birds. Giant petrels form a large part of our entourage, along with various other species of petrel. At a distance, royal and wandering albatross can be seen wheeling over the waves, occasionally veering closer to the ship. Many of these birds breed in or close to the islands that we’re visiting, but the sea is truly their home with us being the ones out of place. As the day progressed we grew closer and closer to the Antarctic convergence. Read More

    • Dec 02, 2016
    • National Geographic Orion in Antarctica
  • Stanley – Falkland Islands

    This morning at 0800 we arrived in the small harbour of Stanley, the Capital of the Falkland Islands. Winds were gusting outside, but with the sun trying to penetrate through the clouds, it looked like we were going to have a lovely day and it worked out like that indeed. Read More

    • Dec 01, 2016
    • National Geographic Orion in Antarctica
  • Falkland Islands

    Today was the first day of off-ship operations, and it was a cracker. Early morning found us around 51° 08’ S, 59° 44’ W. Read More

    • Nov 30, 2016
    • National Geographic Orion in Antarctica
  • At Sea Towards the Falkland Islands

    Welcome aboard National Geographic Orion! Over the next twenty days we are going to explore some of the world’s most remote and undoubtedly humbling destinations: The Falkland Islands, South Georgia and the Antarctic Peninsula – all of them unique locations in their own right and all of them with the candor to leave lasting impressions on every one of us.To get to such distant and distinctive places takes time and today we have been sailing over remarkably smooth seas as we make progress towards our first destination of the Falkland Islands. Read More

    • Nov 29, 2016
    • National Geographic Orion in Antarctica
  • The Beagle Channel and Ushuaia

    We woke this morning having left behind the Southern Ocean, passing north of 60 degrees South Latitude, and the Antarctic Convergence further north, with surface ocean temperatures well above 5 degrees Celsius.  While a bit rocky yesterday as we headed into the Drake Passage, overnight and into the morning the winds moderated and the seas smoothed out so we made excellent time northward.  . Read More

    • Nov 27, 2016
    • National Geographic Orion in Antarctica
  • The Drake Passage

    The Southern Ocean spans the entirety of the Antarctic continent and is home to the World’s largest wind driven current: the Antarctic Circumpolar Current. Driven by the fierce winds of the screaming sixties and unimpeded by any landmass as it flows around the icy continent, the Antarctic Circumpolar Current is a driver of ocean productivity as well as the extremely cold and stable temperatures we have been experiencing over the past week.Today we are crossing but a mere sliver of the Southern Ocean as we sail across the infamous Drake Passage on board the National Geographic Orion. Read More

    • Nov 26, 2016
    • National Geographic Orion in Antarctica
  • Port Lockroy / Neumayer Channel

    We celebrate another remarkable day in Antarctica with a morning visit to Port Lockroy.  Gentoo penguins nesting around the structure, part of a clandestine British effort to monitor German activity during World War II.  A great deal of thievery, as penguins filch valuable pebbles from nearby nests.  Snowy sheathbills scavenging around and amongst the penguins.Inside the building we are taken back more than half a century for a glimpse into the lives of the people who occupied the station. Read More

    • Nov 25, 2016
    • National Geographic Orion in Antarctica
  • Gerlache Strait and Lemaire Channel

    So which way do we look?  Fresh out of our warm state rooms we were greeted to a still day.   The reflection in the sea of the majestic mountain to the port side will make a great photo.  Then there’s the gigantic iceberg with two Adele and two Gentoo penguins perched on the top, and the crabeater seal lying on a chunk of pack ice.  We could feel the enthusiasm that was running through us as we were taking photos that we would share with those at home.The famous Lemaire Channel was next, so we ate our breakfast, put on our warm clothes and headed out. Read More

    • Nov 24, 2016
    • National Geographic Orion in Antarctica
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