Monday, 25 December 2017
25.12.2017 - 25.12.2017
We've arrived at our second anchorage and were treated to a brief snow flurry. We are surrounded by high rocky crags and massive steep glaciers. The water is sprinkled with small icebergs and many large chunks of ice. Although overcast sky the whole scene is presented in a high contrast of black rock faces and stark white ice and snow.
We've decided to stay aboard although the conditions for landing are better than yesterday. The landing is reported to be icy and slippery and the prospect of climbing up the steep paths on ice and snow does not appeal.
We spent a lazy day aboard and did little more than capture some of the fantastic scenery a the ship moved from the first to the second anchorage. Once again the bulk of the passengers went ashore. On their return aboard it was announced that the overnight camping would proceed. Yes a large number of the youngsters will be spending the night out on the ice.
To round off Christmas Day the cooks set up a BBQ on the back deck. The wind was calm and the temperature just above freezing surrounded by ice covered mountains. Certainly a unique setting. Despite an almost total lack of activity we were both ready for bed. Being this close to the Antarctic Circle we are subjected to almost 24 hour sun-light. It just doesn't get dark.
Stay healthy and safe.
Cheers .. Tony