After a fantastic couple of days exploring the Falkland Islands, we headed east over the vast Southern Ocean aiming for that spectacular portion of the Andes that emerges from the deep to form the mountains and island of South Georgia. These very rich and productive waters are home to some of the most incredible wildlife on the planet, many of which we had the opportunity to learn about while observing them from the Bridge or the outer decks. Several presentations were offered throughout the day, ranging far and wide from the exploration of the depths of the oceans to the ever-present human conflicts that reach even as far as these extreme latitudes.
National Geographic Orion
Our time has come, the circle is closed. Twenty days ago, we left Ushuaia. Headed towards Antarctica, the infamous Drake Passage, and certainly some unknown. Now we return, after an incredible voyage to Antarctica, South Georgia, the Falklands, and a lot of ocean in between. Calm seas in the Beagle channel were certainly enjoyed, but it was a bit shocking to see trees and civilization. We did enjoy the sunshine, dolphins, and abundant birds. I think for many of us, we wished we were heading back out instead of into Ushuaia, but the memories we have created will last a lifetime.