Flying over Patagonia on my way to Ushuaia, our starting point
       
     
 The boat is waiting for us. We delay our departure due to stormy weather
       
     
 We leave in the early morning. The Beagle channel is calm
       
     
 This is our home for the next three weeks. The Team is made up nine people from Australia, Italy, US, Alaska, Malaysia, Ireland, Holland.
       
     
 As we leave the Beagle channel the temperature drops, the wind start to blow, and the Ocean get rough
       
     
 Wind blowing up to 50 knots and  monster waves will shake us for the next 5 days in the crossing of the Drake Passage
       
     
 Despite taking medications we all suffered seasickness ....some of us spent the entire length of the crossing in the bunk.
       
     
 Our skipper check constantly the weather's conditions. He rarely sleeps during the 5 days crossing.
       
     
 Baking fresh bread
       
     
 Our skipper is highly experienced. This is his 50th trip to Antarctica.
       
     
 With sub-zero temperatures and cold wind i need to wear five layers of clothes 
       
     
 As we approach the Polar circle we start to see icebergs of different shapes and sizes.
       
     
 Some icebergs are huge !... this was larger than ten soccer pitches
       
     
 Our first stop after 6 days of nightmare, the South Shetland Islands We anchor on ice for the night. 
       
     
 Tough landing in Deception Island. This is a volcanic island home to the largest colony of Chinstrap and Gentoo penguins, more than 100.000 breeding pairs
       
     
 Deception Island   have patches  of pink and  green  algae. It's breeding season and babies are usually born in early to mid- December. This breeding season seems to be delayed.
       
     
 Priscilla suffered a lot during the Drake Passage crossing. It's finally over.....for now. 
       
     
 We use snow-shoes to climb on top and admire  the  beautiful , pristine, quiet wonderland that we had the privilege of visiting.
       
     
 Once we get to the Continent we forget about the hard time during the crossing and we enjoy the peace and isolation of such a remote place
       
     
 Cuverville Island
       
     
 Another hike , this time well over one hour, to reach the top ....it was well worth it.
       
     
 I am dreaming....not !...This is real !
       
     
 Penguin Colony in Cuverville Island
       
     
 Tired but happy
       
     
 Sailing  down the Antarctica Peninsula we find beautiful blu sky and sun. Colours are magnificent .
       
     
 Ready for more explorations
       
     
 Someone is so brave to go for a dip in the icy waters 
       
     
 ...and when i say brave, i mean it!!
       
     
 ...I am too busy taking photos :-)
       
     
 Why not having a bbq in the Antarctic?....We brought along a whole lamb for this occasion.
       
     
 This is not the typical bbq !
       
     
 After Cuverville we continue our journey down south visiting two stations, the Chilean station in Paradise Harbour and the British station in Port Locker.
       
     
 Are we lost?
       
     
 Chilean Station. We are the first visitors of the season. The station is only open during the summer months.
       
     
 Yes, there is a British Post Office in Antarctica. I sent a postcard to my family in Italy and it arrived after one month...Pretty incredible!
       
     
 Sailing through ice
       
     
 Melchior Islands. Absolute paradise. Here  silence is so loud ! :-)
       
     
 Midnight Sunlight
       
     
 I am not the only one dreaming..
       
     
 In Melchior Islands we see lots of Humpback whales. They move in pairs and at some point we are surrounded by more than twenty whales providing a spectacle as they cavort around the vessel. 
       
     
 We use an hydrophone to listen to the amazing whale's sound.
       
     
 On the way back i understand why the Drake Passage is called the Drake shake or the Drake Lake. Believe it or not we have no wind at all and we use the engine all the way up to Cape Horn. What a pleasant surprise.
       
     
 We cannot end this adventure without landing at the infamous Cape Horn. 
       
     
 Quick visit to the Chilean station in Cape Horn. We can't stay too long as weather conditions could suddenly change . This is the most Southern point in the world .
       
     
 Back to Ushuaia...No internet, no phone, no TV, no magazines…..nothing for three weeks. This was the only trip in my life where i experienced mindfulness for a very long time. I truly enjoyed the present moment. My mind switched off completely ....I was there...yes I WAS... at the End of the World.
       
     
 Our Hero, Captain Henk Boersma.   
       
     
 Flying over Patagonia on my way to Ushuaia, our starting point
       
     

Flying over Patagonia on my way to Ushuaia, our starting point

 The boat is waiting for us. We delay our departure due to stormy weather
       
     

The boat is waiting for us. We delay our departure due to stormy weather

 We leave in the early morning. The Beagle channel is calm
       
     

We leave in the early morning. The Beagle channel is calm

 This is our home for the next three weeks. The Team is made up nine people from Australia, Italy, US, Alaska, Malaysia, Ireland, Holland.
       
     

This is our home for the next three weeks. The Team is made up nine people from Australia, Italy, US, Alaska, Malaysia, Ireland, Holland.

 As we leave the Beagle channel the temperature drops, the wind start to blow, and the Ocean get rough
       
     

As we leave the Beagle channel the temperature drops, the wind start to blow, and the Ocean get rough

 Wind blowing up to 50 knots and  monster waves will shake us for the next 5 days in the crossing of the Drake Passage
       
     

Wind blowing up to 50 knots and  monster waves will shake us for the next 5 days in the crossing of the Drake Passage

 Despite taking medications we all suffered seasickness ....some of us spent the entire length of the crossing in the bunk.
       
     

Despite taking medications we all suffered seasickness ....some of us spent the entire length of the crossing in the bunk.

 Our skipper check constantly the weather's conditions. He rarely sleeps during the 5 days crossing.
       
     

Our skipper check constantly the weather's conditions. He rarely sleeps during the 5 days crossing.

 Baking fresh bread
       
     

Baking fresh bread

 Our skipper is highly experienced. This is his 50th trip to Antarctica.
       
     

Our skipper is highly experienced. This is his 50th trip to Antarctica.

 With sub-zero temperatures and cold wind i need to wear five layers of clothes 
       
     

With sub-zero temperatures and cold wind i need to wear five layers of clothes 

 As we approach the Polar circle we start to see icebergs of different shapes and sizes.
       
     

As we approach the Polar circle we start to see icebergs of different shapes and sizes.

 Some icebergs are huge !... this was larger than ten soccer pitches
       
     

Some icebergs are huge !... this was larger than ten soccer pitches

 Our first stop after 6 days of nightmare, the South Shetland Islands We anchor on ice for the night. 
       
     

Our first stop after 6 days of nightmare, the South Shetland Islands We anchor on ice for the night. 

 Tough landing in Deception Island. This is a volcanic island home to the largest colony of Chinstrap and Gentoo penguins, more than 100.000 breeding pairs
       
     

Tough landing in Deception Island. This is a volcanic island home to the largest colony of Chinstrap and Gentoo penguins, more than 100.000 breeding pairs

 Deception Island   have patches  of pink and  green  algae. It's breeding season and babies are usually born in early to mid- December. This breeding season seems to be delayed.
       
     

Deception Island have patches of pink and green algae. It's breeding season and babies are usually born in early to mid- December. This breeding season seems to be delayed.

 Priscilla suffered a lot during the Drake Passage crossing. It's finally over.....for now. 
       
     

Priscilla suffered a lot during the Drake Passage crossing. It's finally over.....for now. 

 We use snow-shoes to climb on top and admire  the  beautiful , pristine, quiet wonderland that we had the privilege of visiting.
       
     

We use snow-shoes to climb on top and admire the beautiful, pristine, quiet wonderland that we had the privilege of visiting.

 Once we get to the Continent we forget about the hard time during the crossing and we enjoy the peace and isolation of such a remote place
       
     

Once we get to the Continent we forget about the hard time during the crossing and we enjoy the peace and isolation of such a remote place

 Cuverville Island
       
     

Cuverville Island

 Another hike , this time well over one hour, to reach the top ....it was well worth it.
       
     

Another hike , this time well over one hour, to reach the top ....it was well worth it.

 I am dreaming....not !...This is real !
       
     

I am dreaming....not !...This is real !

 Penguin Colony in Cuverville Island
       
     

Penguin Colony in Cuverville Island

 Tired but happy
       
     

Tired but happy

 Sailing  down the Antarctica Peninsula we find beautiful blu sky and sun. Colours are magnificent .
       
     

Sailing  down the Antarctica Peninsula we find beautiful blu sky and sun. Colours are magnificent .

 Ready for more explorations
       
     

Ready for more explorations

 Someone is so brave to go for a dip in the icy waters 
       
     

Someone is so brave to go for a dip in the icy waters 

 ...and when i say brave, i mean it!!
       
     

...and when i say brave, i mean it!!

 ...I am too busy taking photos :-)
       
     

...I am too busy taking photos :-)

 Why not having a bbq in the Antarctic?....We brought along a whole lamb for this occasion.
       
     

Why not having a bbq in the Antarctic?....We brought along a whole lamb for this occasion.

 This is not the typical bbq !
       
     

This is not the typical bbq !

 After Cuverville we continue our journey down south visiting two stations, the Chilean station in Paradise Harbour and the British station in Port Locker.
       
     

After Cuverville we continue our journey down south visiting two stations, the Chilean station in Paradise Harbour and the British station in Port Locker.

 Are we lost?
       
     

Are we lost?

 Chilean Station. We are the first visitors of the season. The station is only open during the summer months.
       
     

Chilean Station. We are the first visitors of the season. The station is only open during the summer months.

 Yes, there is a British Post Office in Antarctica. I sent a postcard to my family in Italy and it arrived after one month...Pretty incredible!
       
     

Yes, there is a British Post Office in Antarctica. I sent a postcard to my family in Italy and it arrived after one month...Pretty incredible!

 Sailing through ice
       
     

Sailing through ice

 Melchior Islands. Absolute paradise. Here  silence is so loud ! :-)
       
     

Melchior Islands. Absolute paradise. Here  silence is so loud ! :-)

 Midnight Sunlight
       
     

Midnight Sunlight

 I am not the only one dreaming..
       
     

I am not the only one dreaming..

 In Melchior Islands we see lots of Humpback whales. They move in pairs and at some point we are surrounded by more than twenty whales providing a spectacle as they cavort around the vessel. 
       
     

In Melchior Islands we see lots of Humpback whales. They move in pairs and at some point we are surrounded by more than twenty whales providing a spectacle as they cavort around the vessel. 

 We use an hydrophone to listen to the amazing whale's sound.
       
     

We use an hydrophone to listen to the amazing whale's sound.

 On the way back i understand why the Drake Passage is called the Drake shake or the Drake Lake. Believe it or not we have no wind at all and we use the engine all the way up to Cape Horn. What a pleasant surprise.
       
     

On the way back i understand why the Drake Passage is called the Drake shake or the Drake Lake. Believe it or not we have no wind at all and we use the engine all the way up to Cape Horn. What a pleasant surprise.

 We cannot end this adventure without landing at the infamous Cape Horn. 
       
     

We cannot end this adventure without landing at the infamous Cape Horn. 

 Quick visit to the Chilean station in Cape Horn. We can't stay too long as weather conditions could suddenly change . This is the most Southern point in the world .
       
     

Quick visit to the Chilean station in Cape Horn. We can't stay too long as weather conditions could suddenly change . This is the most Southern point in the world .

 Back to Ushuaia...No internet, no phone, no TV, no magazines…..nothing for three weeks. This was the only trip in my life where i experienced mindfulness for a very long time. I truly enjoyed the present moment. My mind switched off completely ....I was there...yes I WAS... at the End of the World.
       
     

Back to Ushuaia...No internet, no phone, no TV, no magazines…..nothing for three weeks. This was the only trip in my life where i experienced mindfulness for a very long time. I truly enjoyed the present moment. My mind switched off completely ....I was there...yes I WAS... at the End of the World.

 Our Hero, Captain Henk Boersma.   
       
     

Our Hero, Captain Henk Boersma.