After an early wake-up call we started the day with navigating the Plancius right through Neptunes Bellows and into the caldera of Deception island. What an impressive feeling to be sailing into a volcano. Right after breakfast we landed at Whalers bay, where we could witness a huge amount of remains from the Norwegian whaling station from 1906 and from later scientific work by the UK. The volcanic landscape here was also special indeed, nearly monochromatic, and gave the historic remains a special background setting. We went also for a little hike up the Neptune’s window, the place which is supposed to be the first one from which the Antarctic continent have ever been seen. We did not see that far that day, but still enjoyed the view from the steep cliffs.
The rough weather continues in the afternoon as the Plancius’ progress is slowed to less than seven knots by the strong head wind. We are forced to change our course in order to better navigate the weather, but we are getting nearer and nearer to the entrance of the Beagle Channel and the lee of the South American continent. Frozen Planet, the fantastic David Attenborough narrated BBC documentary about the Polar Regions, is on offer in the Observation Lounge after lunch.
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