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  • Richard W
    9 contributions
    (January 2018 trip) Well I loved it. Yes, as one commentator said the sip rolls a lot--we hit a hell of a storm in the Drake Passage and got knocked sideways, but there was never any danger of sinking. And once in the lee of the Peninsula things really do calm down. You definitely have to watch your hands around the doors and should have a good grip on any railing, but consider where you are. This is genuinely wild Earth, and we are guests. If you want a gentler experience, go on a big ship (you won't get to land) or stay in a resort. We had people from 8 to 78 and everyone had a good time (though the little girl would have liked other kids to play with). The guides were superb, and the Zodiac trips outstanding. One afternoon just going around icebergs was beyond belief. The crew was competent and friendly, and visiting the bridge almost any time really a pleasure. Take a power safety strip though, the sockets are limited, and get enough sleep; it's too easy to stay up and party.
    Written 12 August 2020
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  • jonahNJ
    Pennington, NJ10 840 contributions
    One of the highlights of our journey to Antarctica was passing through the Lemaire
    Channel. The waters were still when we passed through and the ice was not a problem for the ship. The Lemaire Channel is a strait off Antarctica, between Kiev Peninsula in the mainland's Graham Land and Booth Island. We passed through during the evening, but the winter sun provided a great view. The steep cliffs form “twin towers” which welcome visitors to iceberg-filled passage, which is a little less than 7 miles long and just under one mile wide at its narrowest point. However, I learned that ships must be careful since icebergs may sometimes make the passage even narrower. We were fortunate to be able to travel through Lemaire Channel with no problem on February 16, 2020 on the Hurtigruten MS Midnatsol!
    Written 15 July 2020
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  • The World is My Oyster
    Orlando, FL19 385 contributions
    We were so excited to finally set foot on the Elusive 7th Continent! King George is home yo thousands of penguins, and we truly enjoyed our time there. We also had the chance to fly out of Frei Station after our 5 day cruise.
    Written 22 January 2022
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  • richlee1975
    Woodford, VA359 contributions
    Wonderful helpful staff. Nice gift shop , place to mail post cards and the station is a wonderful place to look around.
    Written 2 March 2020
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  • jonahNJ
    Pennington, NJ10 840 contributions
    To paraphrase the old saying, all good things must come to an end. However, the last landing my wife and I made on our Antarctica expedition was full of adventure. This horseshoe shaped “island” is on the site of an active volcano. The island was formed as the result of volcanic eruptions that emptied magma and eventually formed Deception Island. During my exploration, I learned that the island was once the home of a whaling station and subsequently also the home of scientific stations. Unfortunately, volcanic eruptions seriously damaged scientific stations in 1967 and 1969. Skeletal remnants of a scientific station remain. There are also large storage bins and barrels that remain from the old whaling station.

    This exploration was unique to our Antarctica journey based on the nature of the island. Heat still emanates from the black sand and the mist spreads along the water edge. This makes Deception Island a great place to take a dip when visiting Antarctica!

    Deception Island is also home to the still waters of Telefon Bay as well as Mount Achala which offered a nice hiking trail with magnificent views. A lone chinstrap penguin stopped to check us out as we were taking the last few steps to our final zodiac ride! Every visitor to Antarctica must include an exploration of Deception Island as part of their Antarctica journey.
    Written 15 July 2020
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  • Robert S
    Westbury, NY797 contributions
    We visited Fortuna Bay on South Georgia as part of an expedition/cruise inclding the Falkland Islands and Antarctica. Fortuna Bay and the island have spectacular scenery and amazing wildlife. Tripadvisor seems to have a limited number of specific locations to review, but the whole region is amazing.......like no other place in the world. The wildlife of seals, penguins and birds (that fly....I know penguins are birds....some huge) is fascinating to observe.
    Written 26 March 2020
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  • The Bored Traveler
    Amsterdam, The Netherlands167 contributions
    I was there, when I sailed with my colleagues with the RRS Ernest Shackleton, back to the Falkland Islands.
    It was a nice stop over, and to see how our colleagues used to live on a base station in the early days, in comparison with how we live now.

    When we were there, the station was used closed for the season, so it was only us and the penguins.
    Written 10 November 2019
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  • Aldous D
    Whenuapai, New Zealand182 contributions
    This museum is excellent, with well-presented displays and run by a small but very enthusiastic team. Having been a long-time fan of Shackleton it was great seeing the James Caird replica and the displays about the whaling history were extremely interesting. The place was much better than some of the big fancy museums I've been to around the world. Definitely worth a visit when you're in Grytviken!
    Written 6 May 2020
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  • Derek H
    Edgewood, KY179 contributions
    Beautiful Russian Orthodox church that was built in Russian and reassembled here. Very small but ornate.
    Written 3 January 2020
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  • Brandylady
    Aberdeen, UK1 138 contributions
    Very interesting to see the conditions the researchers live in on this Polish base . They do have TV and a little bar . You can also send a postcard from here !
    Written 24 December 2019
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  • Liveforetravel
    West Palm Beach, FL192 contributions
    We only sailed by but what a beautiful and remote place. We could see at one time 19 tidewater glaciers and penguins played around the ship the entire time we sailed by. You could feel the remoteness of the place and could only imagine what the shackleford gang had to deal with.
    Written 10 February 2020
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  • The World is My Oyster
    Orlando, FL19 385 contributions
    We just couldn't get enough on how beautiful and stunning the landscapes were all around. The wildlife featured thousands of penguins, and a few seals. Just a magical experience!
    Written 22 January 2022
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  • Alaska23_Family
    Eagle River, AK394 contributions
    My wife and I recently visited this abandoned whaling station. Our expedition leaders gave us a detailed description of the site, history, and people who once worked at this station. Lots of history to see & explore. A great visit when in the area.
    Written 28 March 2019
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  • Carlos C
    20 contributions
    The antarctic chilean station Bernardo O’Higgins is compose for friendly and polite members of chilean army. The experience in that station is really amazing
    Written 12 February 2020
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  • Kevin R
    Philadelphia, PA7 contributions
    The researchers at the station are friendly and provide a great tour of the facilities. The station also has the distinction of being the most southern bar in the world. The station personnel make their own vodka which is quite good. I recommend buying a shot or two. One can also send a postcard (for a small fee) from the station.
    Written 4 March 2020
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