Abercrombie & Kent Travel Logs

Wonder what it feels like to travel with A&K? Read our travel logs for a first-hand look at our latest adventures, captured live on select A&K journeys that include voyages to Antarctica and the Arctic.

01 1.5.14 High winds & petrels
Antarctica, South Georgia & the Falkland Islands

January 5, 2014 – Drake Passage and Beagle Channel

The sea was beginning to pick up in the morning, but ‘Le Boreal’ is so stable that it was not a serious problem and we knew that we would arrive into the lee of land not long after lunch. For our final lecture, we enjoyed Bob’s “When I Was a Lad: Tales of Old [...]

01 1.4.14 Marine biology for Young Explorers
Antarctica, South Georgia & the Falkland Islands

January 4, 2014 – Drake Passage

Last night, after sharing yesterday’s update, we witnessed the most incredible display of humpback whales. About 30 were spotted from their blows and, as ‘Le Boreal’ drew near, adults and young calves could be seen feeding and showing their flukes. By morning ‘Le Boreal’ was passing Smith Island, the most easterly of the South [...]

01 1.3.14 Neko Harbor
Antarctica, South Georgia & the Falkland Islands

January 3, 2014 – Neko Harbour and Port Lockroy

A perfect day in paradise: blue skies, warm sun, no wind and incomparable scenery of mountains and glaciers. Our first landing was in Neko Harbour, named for a whale factory ship that anchored there in the 1920s. At the back of the harbor there is an immense wall of ice where a glacier drops [...]

01 1.2.14 Half Moon Island
Antarctica, South Georgia & the Falkland Islands

January 2, 2014 – Half Moon Island and Deception Island

The fine weather continues with hardly a breath of wind. And this, in turn, made it possible for our first Antarctic landing to go off without a hitch. Our landing took place at a small, crescent-shaped island within Moon Bay on the eastern side of Livingston Island, one of the larger island of the [...]

01 1.1.14 Adelie Penguins
Antarctica, South Georgia & the Falkland Islands

January 1, 2014 – Antarctic Sound

Happy New Year from the Antarctic seas! We are happy to report that the fine weather has followed us to the continent of Antarctica. With no more than a light breeze, the sun came out to add sparkle to the scenery of pack ice and distant glaciers. It was a beautiful day, but also [...]

01 12.31.13 Knot tying with Russ
Antarctica, South Georgia & the Falkland Islands

December 31, 2013 – Scotia Sea, Passing Elephant Island

Today we continued our journey across the Scotia Sea. The sea was amazingly calm until mid-afternoon, when a weather system came through and the swell started to build up, visibility dropped and flurries of snow began to fall. ‘Le Boreal’ was still remarkably stable and shipboard activities continued unaffected. The lecture program started with [...]

01 12.30.13 Bridge tour
Antarctica, South Georgia & the Falkland Islands

December 30, 2013 – Scotia Sea

Today would be a day at sea, which also meant a full program of lectures. Geologist Henry started with “Climate Change on the Antarctic Peninsula.” Over the past six decades, the climate along the Antarctic Peninsula has been warming some three times faster than the average warming of the globe as a whole. This [...]

01 12.29.13 Snowy Sheathbills arrive
Antarctica, South Georgia & the Falkland Islands

December 29, 2013 – Gold Harbour and Drygalski Fjord, South Georgia

Incredibly, the weather is holding and even improving. The morning’s destination was Gold Harbour, one of the most scenic spots on South Georgia island. In keeping with the glorious weather, there was hardly a wave breaking as we went ashore in the Zodiacs. For our first sight, we spotted scores of elephant seals that [...]

01 12.28.13 St Andrew’s Bay
Antarctica, South Georgia & the Falkland Islands

December 28, 2013 – St. Andrews Bay & Grytviken, South Georgia

Our luck continued today with some fantastic weather! The morning was grey but, most importantly, there was still very little wind to trouble our landing in South Georgia at St. Andrews Bay, the home of the largest king penguin colony in the world at some 150,000 pairs. A half-mile walk along the back of [...]

01 12.27.13 Salisbury Plain beach
Antarctica, South Georgia & the Falkland Islands

December 27, 2013 – Salisbury Plain and Elsehul, Island of South Georgia

For many guests, the island of South Georgia — its wildlife and its connection with the explorer Ernest Shackleton — are the main reasons for joining this cruise. And by morning, South Georgia’s rugged mountains and glaciers were already in sight. There was little wind or swell as ‘Le Boreal’ nosed into the Bay [...]

Expedition Leader, Marco Favero
Antarctica, South Georgia & the Falkland Islands

December 26, 2013 – Shag Rocks

The morning was gray but the waves caused no trouble and life aboard ‘Le Boreal’ continued as pleasantly as usual. The morning started with Patricia Silva’s entertaining presentation, “Birds in Tuxedos: Why Do They Look So Different?” in which she introduced us to the penguins of the world. She began with the very accurate [...]

Albatross and Petrels
Antarctica, South Georgia & the Falkland Islands

December 25, 2013 – At Sea, Scotia Sea

Christmas Day on the Southern Ocean! With so many Young Explorers on board, the day started with much activity and excitement in the cabins. ‘Le Boreal’s’ public spaces had been dressed in holiday spirit with Christmas trees and other decorations since we boarded in Ushuaia, and now many of the ship’s staff were sporting [...]

Long Island Farm
Antarctica, South Georgia & the Falkland Islands

December 24, 2013 – Port Stanley, Falkland Islands

‘Le Boreal’ made good time overnight and the coast of the Falkland Islands came into sight around 5:00 a.m. By 6:30, we had come up Port William, turned through the Narrows into Port Stanley, the capital of the Falklands, and witnessed Captain Garcia bringing ‘Le Boreal’ expertly alongside the FIPASS (Falkland Interim Port and [...]

En route to the Falklands
Antarctica, South Georgia & the Falkland Islands

December 23, 2013 – At Sea, On Passage to the Falkland Islands

As predicted, we experienced a quiet night as ‘Le Boreal’ steamed down the Beagle Channel. As she cruised out from the shelter of land, the waves began to build up under a strengthening wind, but ‘Le Boreal’ reassuringly responded with only a gentle roll. Early morning found us passing Staten Island, having left Cape [...]

Ushuaia Shops
Antarctica, South Georgia & the Falkland Islands

December 22, 2013 – Ushuaia

Our group arrived from many different corners of the world at the port of Ushuaia, where we would begin our voyage to Antarctica. Known as El Fin del Mundo (the End of the World), Ushuaia is on the island of Tierra del Fuego, which is situated at the southern end of Argentina. Its setting [...]

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