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 1.20.14 Bob tells stories
Antarctica, South Georgia & the Falkland Islands

January 20, 2014 – At Sea, Drake Passage, Beagle Channel

We pulled back the curtains to find a great expanse of sea in all directions. Conditions were very moderate, with just enough wind to create a gentle rocking motion. An occasional wandering albatross made a close pass by the ship, investigating the unusual large grey object”plying its way northward through the Drake Passage. The [...]

01 1.19.14 Crew Welfare Chart
Antarctica, South Georgia & the Falkland Islands

January 19, 2014 – At Sea, Drake Passage

The Drake Passage showed a kind face this morning, with only a gentle rocking of the ship as we steamed northwards. Some of us slept in a bit, just because we could. The last few days of landings in Antarctica had been very active, and we welcomed a low-key day to relax and recuperate. [...]

01 1.18.14 Lemaire Channel
Antarctica, South Georgia & the Falkland Islands

January 18, 2014 – Pleneau Island, Petermann Island

Under misty morning light and snowflakes, ‘Le Boreal’ approached the northern entrance to the legendary Lemaire Channel, often aptly referred to as “Kodak Alley” for its spectacular scenery. This seven-mile-long and one-mile-wide channel separates Booth Island from the Antarctic continent with towering snow-covered mountains lining the route on both sides. We bundled up for [...]

01 1.17.14 Suzana orientates us
Antarctica, South Georgia & the Falkland Islands

January 17, 2014

Many of us got up just after sunrise to take in the beautifully calm conditions in the Gerlache Strait while ‘Le Boreal’ maneuvered around magnificent icebergs and entered into Anvord Bay. It was here, at a site called Neko Harbor, that we would make our landing on the Antarctic continent. Once ashore, many of [...]

01 1.16.14 Crabeater Seal
Antarctica, South Georgia & the Falkland Islands

January 16, 2014 – Deception Island, Halfmoon Island

We awoke early to watch as ‘Le Boreal’ passed through Neptune’s Bellows and into the center of Deception Island in the South Shetlands. The wind howled and tore at the sea surface as Captain Etienne Garcia maneuvered the vessel through the narrow passage. Deception Island is so-named because, although it appears to be a [...]

01 1.15.14 Patricia helps Jim
Antarctica, South Georgia & the Falkland Islands

January 15, 2014 – At Sea, En Route to Antarctica

Grey and drizzly conditions dominated the morning scene when we first looked outside to see what the day had in store. Fortunately, the winds remained light and the swell, despite increasing slightly during the night, was still negligible compared to what the sea is capable of in this part of the world. After reading [...]

01 1.14.14 Edwin produces custom omlettes
Antarctica, South Georgia & the Falkland Islands

January 14, 2014 – At Sea, En Route to Antarctica

We turned the clocks back last night, and that gave us an excuse to sleep in a bit this morning before making our way to breakfast. The extremely calm sea was a slate grey color, the same color as the groups of prions swirling past the ship from time to time. Geologist Colin Summerhayes [...]

01 1.13.14 Molting King Penguins
Antarctica, South Georgia & the Falkland Islands

January 13, 2014 – Gold Harbor, Drygalski Fjord

A light rain fell as the sky brightened over our early morning coffee and croissants. The Zodiacs were lowered into calm waters, and soon we stepped ashore at Gold Harbor, easily one of South Georgia’s most beautiful beaches.  We headed up from the landing, carefully dodging a huge pile of elephant seals, and began [...]

01 1.12.14 Le Boreal in Godthul
Antarctica, South Georgia & the Falkland Islands

January 12, 2014 – Godthul, Grytviken

This morning, we found ourselves looking up from our omelets and toast every so often to take in the spectacular scenery surrounding us, all while Captain Etienne Garcia maneuvered ‘Le Boreal’ into beautiful Godthul bay. On the shoreline, we could make out large piles of whale bones, as well as rusty barrels, wooden boats [...]

01 1.11.14 Handsome Kings
Antarctica, South Georgia & the Falkland Islands

January 11, 2014 – Salisbury Plain, Fortuna Bay

After fueling up with a big breakfast, we donned our layers, our parkas and our boots for the first outing in South Georgia at Salisbury Plain in the Bay of Isles. This large, glacial plain is fronted by a broad black-sand beach, and is home to one of South Georgia’s largest king penguin colonies. [...]

01 1.10.14 Le Boreal’s busy Gift Shop
Antarctica, South Georgia & the Falkland Islands

January 10, 2014 – At Sea, Shag Rocks

This morning’s cool blue sea was made all the more atmospheric by the addition of fog, rain and wind. With a time change forward the night before, many of us opted for a late breakfast before gathering in the theater for ornithologist Patricia Silva’s introduction to penguins, “Birds in Tuxedos: Why Do They Look [...]

01 1.9.14 Marine biologist, Larry Hobbs
Antarctica, South Georgia & the Falkland Islands

January 9, 2014 – At Sea, En Route to South Georgia

After our busy day yesterday exploring the Falkland Islands, many of us welcomed the opportunity to sleep in a bit this morning, before lingering over a hearty breakfast. We then stepped out on the aft deck of ‘Le Boreal,’ where we were greeted by calm conditions and an occasional seabird making a close pass [...]

Flightless steamer ducks inspect visitors
Antarctica, South Georgia & the Falkland Islands

January 8, 2014 – Bleaker Island, Falkland Islands

A brisk wind was blowing this morning as the first offshore islets of the Falkland Islands came into view on the horizon. Expedition Leader Suzana Machado D’Oliveira Harker worked her magic in finding a relatively sheltered landing beach on Bleaker Island, where we could ashore to see firsthand the incredible wildlife that call this [...]

01 1.7.14 Isla de los Estados
Antarctica, South Georgia & the Falkland Islands

January 7, 2014 – At Sea, En Route to the Falklands

We awoke to glorious weather conditions outside, and didn’t even need a parka while we enjoyed our morning coffee from the back deck of ‘Le Boreal.’ Just off the port side of the ship lay the rugged coastline of Staten Island, the last remnant of the South American continent. Today, we would travel across the [...]

01 1.6.14 Snow above Ushuaia
Antarctica, South Georgia & the Falkland Islands

January 6, 2014 – Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego, Argentina

Today marked the beginning of a our Antarctic adventure, something many of us had dreamed of for what felt like a lifetime. Travelling far and wide from different corners of the planet, we arrived at last in the small Argentinian city of Ushuaia, and all for one reason: to embark on an expedition to [...]

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 [...]

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