Coming Ashore At Brown Bluff With Hurtigruten

Our first landing in Antarctica happened this afternoon on Brown Bluff! Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

Monday, January 19, 2015
Because of a snowstorm that pounded Hurtigruten’s FRAM late last night, we awoke to the news that we wouldn’t be able to make our scheduled landing at King’s Cove. But this is the nature of expedition cruising; it pays to be flexible and expect the unexpected.

In the Observation Lounge on Deck 7 early this morning, waiting for our first glimpse of the Antarctic Peninsula. Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

In the Observation Lounge on Deck 7 early this morning, waiting for our first glimpse of the Antarctic Peninsula. Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

Suddenly, Antarctica is visible from the bright windows of the lounge...Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

Suddenly, Antarctica is visible from the bright windows of the lounge…Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

Even so, many guests – including myself – were up at 06:00 to catch our first sight of land in Antarctica, and we weren’t disappointed. We passed several large tabular icebergs on our morning of scenic cruising, and watched as penguins raced off icefloes as we made our way slowly past.
The beauty of Antarctica is as indescribable as it is magical. Words show their horrifying inadequacy here.

Antarctica! Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

Antarctica! Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

I’ve seen beautiful things in this world before. I’ve been lucky enough to watch elephants run wild in South Africa, and to see the sun set on the Mekong in Cambodia. I’ve looked on as lizards sunbathed themselves in the Galapagos, and sailed silently between the majestic rocky outcroppings of Australia’s King George Falls.
This wasn’t like that. This was like meeting your long-lost soul mate.

The open bow viewing area on Deck 5 became the place to be as Hurtigruten's FRAM neared the Antarctic Peninsula. Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

The open bow viewing area on Deck 5 became the place to be as Hurtigruten’s FRAM neared the Antarctic Peninsula. Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

Passing a penguin-filled iceberg. Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

Passing a penguin-filled iceberg. Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

Guests...Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

Guests…Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

...and FRAM's Expedition Team members alike line up to take photographs. Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

…and FRAM’s Expedition Team members alike line up to take photographs. Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

Passing a huge tabular iceberg. Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

Passing a huge tabular iceberg. Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

I saw my first glimpse of Antarctica, bathed in a million shades of grey and blue that I have never seen anywhere else in the world. The clouds boiled overhead, the seas rolled beneath our keel. Even here, in a land without a permanent population, everything that surrounds us is alive, in its own unique way.
After an enjoyable breakfast and lunch in the Imaq Restaurant (both of which are served buffet-style), we arrived at Brown Bluff, located on the coast of the Antarctic Sound at the end of the Tabarin Peninsula. Interestingly, the Peninsula gets its name from a popular Parisian nightclub that was favored by early polar explorers – though I don’t personally see the connection!

After lunch, we disembarked the FRAM...Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

After lunch, we disembarked the FRAM…Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

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