We get to see our first people in Antarctica in Port Lockroy

Port Lockroy Travel Blog

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Bergie bits (small chunks of ice) in the bay where Port Lockroy is, looking at Anvers Island. It was 32F, glorious sunny day here, parka not needed.
Sunrise 02:23, sunset 00:08 (Dec 14!)

We woke up to a glorious beautiful blue bird day here in Port Lockroy on Wiencke Island. The bay is calm like glass, at 32F degrees, it was actually quite warm! Port Lockroy would be the only place on Antarctica where we would see people, and there were only 2 people here! There were a small post office where people can send mail (UK stamp no less) from the southernmost post office on earth to their friends and family. There was also a small museum showing what it was like to be an explorer living in this remote part of the world.

On shore we saw blue eyed shags, gentoo penguins panting due to the high temperature! one Weddell seal, two snowy sheathbills talking and dancing to each other.
The calm waters at Port Lockroy
One of our fellow passengers was involved with the Antarctic Site Inventory program, Ron Naveen, and he needed volunteers to help count penguin nests. So we got to be data collectors. It was not as easy as you would think to count penguin nests. It was quite easy to miss some or count some twice, so we actually had multiple teams counting the same sites. We counted (mean of) 79.68 nests at Jougla point  where we landed on Port Lockroy.

In the afternoon, the ship went into Lemaire Channel, located between the peninsula and Booth Island it was one of the most beautiful spots in Antarctica. The channel is only about 1 mile wide by 7 miles long. Lined by snow covered island mountains, many glaciers on them. Bergie bits in the water, and we saw a few leopard seals lounging on the floating ice.
Our ship at Port Lockroy


We landed on a small island called Pleneau Island, which is a granite island. We hiked to the top of the island for a view of the surroundings.

After dinner, the ship stopped at our southernmost  point of this trip called Petermann Island.  Remember that the sun sets not at all tonight! we had plenty of daylight to explore. We went ashore in Circumcision Harbor (what a name) made famous by the French explorer Jean-Baptiste Charcot who overwintered here in 1909. We climbed the hill bearing the cairn he erected to commemorate the expedition. Penguins can be seen climbing up the hill in the soft snow, and sliding down the hill when going to the water! There was also an abandoned Argintine hut here.
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Bergie bits (small chunks of ice) …
Bergie bits (small chunks of ice)…
The calm waters at Port Lockroy
The calm waters at Port Lockroy
Our ship at Port Lockroy
Our ship at Port Lockroy
Glacier on Anvers island viewed fr…
Glacier on Anvers island viewed f…
Coming ashore Port Lockroy
Coming ashore Port Lockroy
The sign on the Port Lockroy build…
The sign on the Port Lockroy buil…
Two snow doves talking to each oth…
Two snow doves talking to each ot…
The building at Port Lockroy and o…
The building at Port Lockroy and …
More penguins in the water at Port…
More penguins in the water at Por…
a penguin, a whale bone, and no re…
a penguin, a whale bone, and no r…
A seal at Port Lockroy sunning him…
A seal at Port Lockroy sunning hi…
Blue shags at Port Lockroy
Blue shags at Port Lockroy
On the zodiac in Port Lockroy, the…
On the zodiac in Port Lockroy, th…
Sentry at the head of Lemaire Chan…
Sentry at the head of Lemaire Cha…
Looking into Lemaire Channel, narr…
Looking into Lemaire Channel, nar…
An iceberg at Petermann Island. La…
An iceberg at Petermann Island. L…
Abandoned Argentine station on Pet…
Abandoned Argentine station on Pe…
Penguins frolicking in the water a…
Penguins frolicking in the water …
Penguins climbing the hill in the …
Penguins climbing the hill in the…
Cairn on the hill of Petermann Isl…
Cairn on the hill of Petermann Is…
Our ship Caledonian Star anchored …
Our ship Caledonian Star anchored…
Port Lockroy
photo by: portia