Trip Report: Snow Hill Emperors, Antarctica 2009

Trip Report:  Snow Hill Emperors, Antarctica

Starts from the remote but very lovely town of Ushuaia, at the very tip of Tierra Del Fuego.  Once on board the Kapitan Khlebnikov, one of very few Ice breakers in the world that are equipped to do this trip, you can enjoy immediately the sight of  many seabirds that accompany you throughout the voyage.  After 3 days at sea, (two spent crossing the Drake’s Passage, a sea which is not for the faint hearted!) you see your first glimpse of the Antarctica ice scenery.  Its like a beautiful, sparkling blue fairy land, the sights of which will stay with you forever.

The ship then parks in the Weddell sea and two helicopters fly you in groups to Snow Hill island where the four colonies of majestic Emperor penguins await.  If the weather is on your side, you get to spend up to 3 days with the penguins, but sadly for me, one and half days were in “white out” and just too dangerous for the helicopters to fly.  Nevertheless, any time spent with the cute grey fluffy babies was a bonus and I hope you will capture the essence of what it was like from my photos.

Also on this trip were three members of the BBC ,  who were filming for a new series to be called FROZEN PLANET, due to aired Autumn 2012.  As well as filming the penguins and landscape, some of us “people” aboard the expedition were also included.  I now have to wait to see whether I was included in the programmes.


Alastair Fothergill (Executive Producer of Frozen Planet) David Bailey and Jason Roberts (cameramen) filming for “Frozen Planet”

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