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Solar Eclipse in Antarctica

A total solar eclipse in itself is phenomenal; watching it from Antarctica makes it even more special. An incomparable adventure in which the world can not find you…

When the Sun, Moon and Earth are aligned, the Moon closes the point on the Earth with the Moon. This part of the Earth is then occluded by the Moon; an astronomical phenomenon known as a solar eclipse. On December 4, a total solar eclipse will be visible in Antarctica. Another reason to explore this unique part of the world.

The southernmost of the Earth

For many, Antarctica is reminiscent of the endless ice fields and the immense cold. Only heroic explorers and reckless adventurers dare to get there. But Antarctica has much more to offer! It is the southernmost and strangest continent on Earth. Nature is still intact due to the absence of people. Most of Antarctica is under a kilometer thick ice sheet. In contrast, the climate on the Antarctic Peninsula is much milder due to the oppressive effect of the sea, which is always nearby. In addition, the area is an incredibly diverse landscape. Each bay, channel or strait is unique. It is a chain of glaciers, landscapes, dark sapphire ice, ice floes and icebergs. It’s like in a fairy tale. I remember that.

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“For me, the banner has never dropped, the company has never been the last.”

With this phrase from Sir Ernest Shackleton, the Antarctic explorer who led the Nimrod and Endyuran expeditions, we set off from Ushuaia on a trip to the Falkland Islands, South Georgia, Elephant Island, the Orkney Islands, the Antarctic Peninsula and the South Shetland Islands. Expedition to the least visited part of the south of our planet, to the “seventh continent”.

After two days of a turbulent journey with numerous thematic lectures by a professional team of the Antarctic expedition, we arrive at the Falkland Islands. I am looking forward to a wonderful first acquaintance with the rich fauna and flora. I see my first penguins, the Rockhoppers, one of eight species I will see on this trip. I am visiting a colony of Caucasian albatrosses with thousands of birds sitting on rocks and providing the necessary warmth. In the capital Stanley, cottages with well-groomed lawns, cozy pubs and the Anglican Cathedral remind me that I am on British territory.

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The next days at sea will be accompanied by flying albatrosses, thunderstorms and cetacean. I see killer cetacean, but they are too far away to take a good picture. After two days at sea we arrive at the “Scala Shag”, the breeding place of the sapphire-eyed shaguns. Warm up for South Georgia!

South Georgia

The next morning the weather is pleasant. I can’t wait to discover the not-known. South Georgia is a very isolated and unusually beautiful island, hard and clean. The coast consists of deep fjords, stunning bays with pebble beaches, glaciers that touch the sea, shin ice. In the background, mountains are covered with snow and ice, and hidden valleys with grassy plains can be seen. The largest populations of southern seals and marine elephants in the world, several albatrosses, including the formidable giant and the Russian albatross, and six species of penguins are part of the exceptionally rich wildlife of the island. The total number of animals is several million!

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Guided tours of the zodiac, the land and the sea give us the opportunity to observe a variety of wild animals nearby. We make three different landings in different places. We visit Gritviken, a port town and a former whaling station with a church and eighteen inhabitants. Like the icing on the cake, we see the action of “Small Harbor Seals”. Shackleton’s story goes through my whole journey with a red thread. He arrived in Grutviken after a difficult journey to the island of Elefant, where he had to leave 22 crew members. He saved her 45 days after that.

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