The Ethereal World of

ANTARCTICA



Penguin


Revised with new imagery from 7 expeditions!

Aboard the Russian polar research ship - MV Akademik Ioffe

Destination:          Antarctic Circle - 66˚33'44" South
Current position:  65˚22'01" S, 65˚59'85" W
Date:                   31 December 2013, 17:15 hrs UTC

At 2 knots per hour, the Akademik Ioffe was barely moving through the thickening ice pack. After a relatively calm, two-day voyage from Ushuaia, Argentina, south through the notoriously rough seas of the Drake Passage, we were in an area known as Graham Land, just off the coast from the Biscoe Islands, part of the Antarctic peninsula.

Earlier in the day, we learned that 3,000km across this massive, frozen continent, another Russian ship, the Akademik Shokalskiy, had become trapped for several days in solid pack ice, near a French research station. A Chinese icebreaker not far away, had been hailed to free it.

With 96 passengers, some 40 expedition staff, and 34 Russian crew members on board, the fear was that our ice-hardened, polar research vessel, might meet a similar fate. We were still 70 nautical miles distant from our ultimate destination- the Antarctic Circle. For the moment, the frigid waters were deceptively placid. However, the ominous ice floes and changeable weather, were a threat... not to be ignored!

"All stop!" called out Captain Leonid Sazonov.

The helmsmen rotated the lever on the engine telegraph, to the stop position. In the engine room several decks below, engineers put the propulsion system into neutral. Slowly, the mighty Ioffe drifted to a halt.

"So what do you think?" asked concerned expedition leader Chad Gaetz.

High above the vast expanse of thick ice floes surrounding his ship, the veteran Russian mariner, looked out of the bridge's panoramic windows. With a wry smile, he responded in a thick accent... "It's ice!"

Find out what happens next, as Voyageur Fred takes you on a remarkable odyssey to the coldest, driest, highest, and windiest continent in the world - Antarctica! Up close views of penguins nuzzling their cute and fuzzy chicks, singing sea lions, enormous breaching whales, diverse bird life, and of course the stunningly beautiful, icy landscapes... will take your breath away!

Based on seven expeditions to this wondrous world from Dec 2013 to January 2016 with Canadian expedition company One Ocean Expeditions, it's an enthralling 90-minute multimedia presentation, featuring historical tales, glistening icebergs, adventurous landings, and ethereal music, you won't want to miss!

Created and produced by
Montreal adventure photographer and raconteur

Frederic Hore

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