I am finally here and by here I mean at the edge of the ice continent. At about 10am this morning we spotted the first mountains on the South Shetland Islands and the first icebergs followed soon after. By late this afternoon we should be getting close to land and prepare for our first landing tomorrow morning.
Life on the ship for two days while crossing the Drake Passage is a bit on the boring side for me, but itâ€™s all worth it when you see those first icebergs and the first penguins jumping off them. We have also been lucky enough to spot a few humpback whales in the distance and Iâ€™m hoping weâ€™ll see some orcas too.
The cool thing about these Antarctic trips is that the boats have an open bridge policy so the image below was taken from the bridge of the ship while the captain was giving quick commands to the helmsman avoiding the bigger pieces of ice.