An Antarctic Polar Plunge

A Crazy Idea is Born It began with a random question I posted on Facebook: “do you think I should do the polar plunge in Antarctica?”  The replies varied from “no way” to “you only live once, go for it” but the general theme seemed to be “rather you than me!” When I said “I’m […]

Photo Gallery: Chinstrap Penguins of Antarctica

Penguins are one of the most iconic (and cutest) animals that call Antarctica home, a mascot of the world’s harshest continent.  I was fortunate to encounter seven different species during my recent Antarctica adventure, each of which had their own unique look and personality.  I felt like I was travelling to Antarctica alongside a penguin […]

Photo Gallery: Seals of Antarctica

After two weeks at sea, with landings at the Falkland Islands and South Georgia providing an introduction to the inhabitants of this part of the world, we had almost reached the holy grail of our itinerary – Antarctica. As we sailed towards the Antarctic Peninsula, I felt humbled to be visiting one of the last […]

Photo Gallery: Antarctic Sunsets

During my days in Antarctica I felt like I was moving within a landscape painting, created with a palette limited to blues and whites.  The exception was the late evening, as the sun began to set.  The palette opened to include a range of pastel colours, softening the light and providing an incredible backdrop to […]

Photo Gallery: Humpback Whales of Antarctica

I’ve been on a few whale watching boat trips in my life and the closest I’ve come to seeing one is a black spot in the distance with a spurt of water rising above it like an umbrella.  So seeing my first humpback whale in the open sea on the way to Antarctica was pretty […]

Photo Gallery: The Big Ice of Antarctica (Pleneau Bay)

Sailing through Antarctica feels like sailing through a landscape painting that has been created with a colour palate limited to whites and blues.  Random objects such as rocks, ice, ships and animals are strategically placed in the frame to create a series of images, but the paintings remain distinctively Antarctic. No object is more iconic […]

Antarctica – South Georgia – Falkland Islands: “A Photographic Summary”

A travel experience in Antarctica is often described as ‘the trip of a lifetime’ and the cost, distance and effort to get there keeps it well and truly off the beaten track.  I recently enjoyed a three week expedition cruise with Quark Expeditions aboard the Ocean Diamond, exploring the Falkland Islands, South Georgia and the Antarctic […]

Antarctica: Skua v Gentoo Penguin

It’s a relatively mild day and I feel alive.  I am sitting on a rock and am energised by a bitter wind as the warm sun relaxes me.  My feet are resting on the ground of the world’s most remote and wildest of continents.  I am enjoying the feeling of being alone but not lonely […]

Antarctica: Embracing Boredom on the Scotia Sea

(this post was written on Sunday, 6 January 2013 on the second of three days at sea as we travelled from South Georgia to the Antarctic Peninsula) I am currently sitting in the warm and comfortable bar lounge on Deck 4 of the Ocean Diamond.  Twelve hours earlier I was perched at the bar with […]

Photo Story: 10 Magical Moments in Antarctica, South Georgia & The Falkland Islands

“What was the highlight of your trip to Antarctica” is a common question asked by friends on the trip, at home and I’ve even asked it myself. And it’s impossible to answer.  My three-week adventure in the Falkland Islands, South Georgia and Antarctica was a collection of highlights, experienced in what felt like a magical […]

Antarctica, South Georgia & Falklands: A Sneak Preview

I am back on land after the most incredible three weeks exploring the Falkland Islands, South Georgia and Antarctica. My head is overflowing with thoughts and memories but words currently escape me. Here is a sneak preview of the amazing wildlife and landscape that surrounded me. Many more photos to follow!!       Do […]

Disconnect to Reconnect: And Other Things I Will Do in Antarctica

Tomorrow I will begin the long journey south towards a destination that is only visited by around 37,500 tourists each year: Antarctica. My bags are packed and the only thing left to do is to soak up the excitement I am feeling about the month ahead.  As I enjoy the anticipation of the unknown experiences […]

ANTARCTICA POLAR PLUNGE: Challenging Myself for Charity

No matter how far we travel there is always further to go and in December 2012 I will be turning a dream into reality as I set foot on my 7th continent. ANTARCTICA! I have my packing list ready: passport, camera, warm jacket, trousers, fleece, thermals, gloves, hat, waterproof trousers, swimsuit… Swimsuit? Yes! Whilst I […]