Dreaming of Antarctica
It is impossible to put into words how magical the region is. My favourite place was Neko Harbour. We cruised through the night and awoke in this amazing place. The sea was deep clear blue and there were amazing icebergs everywhere. Each one either stunning white or a gorgeous blue colour. Snow-capped mountains and ancient glaciers were spilling into the sea in all directions - so when you turned 360 degrees, you couldn’t spot where the entrance channel must be. It was as if we were totally walled in by mountains and glaciers.
Icebergs drifted slowly past, and as we looked down from our boat, we could sea Leopard seals and penguins lazing on the bergs! The amazing silence was disturbed only by the gunshot loud cracking noises as the glaciers continually shed ice - all of this and we still hadn’t got off the boat! Onshore we found a fantastic landing spot. The beach was littered with penguins and dodging the odd fur seal - we followed an ice ridge up past the penguin colonies, until we were walking in pristine snow that had never seen human feet!
Staring at a bright blue iceberg whilst a leopard seal stared straight back at us, one passenger summed up all our feelings with “God, how lucky are we?” It truly is a wonderful place that makes you feel so humble yet so privileged.
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