Antarctica is a journey of a lifetime, and we are always excited when our travelers share amazing stories from their time on the Great White Continent. We hope you enjoy these photos as much as we have.
Words cannot describe the rugged wilderness and vast beauty of Antarctica, South Georgia, and the Falkland Islands. It was an utter delight and privilege to witness penguins, seals, whales, dolphins, and birds of all varieties up close and personal. The experience was only heightened by the amazing level of knowledge and enthusiasm that our guides, naturalists, and crew shared. For such a remote and harsh destination, it is brimming with a captivating history and lore. I have a new understanding of and compassion for the fragility of these magnificent animals and their precious habitats. Here are some of my favorite photos from our adventure aboard the Island Sky.
The Island Sky in Gold Harbor. The ship was our home away from home for 18 nights.
Our amazing guides, Tom Sharpe, Mike Stewart, and Brent Pikolas on a hike from Fortuna Bay to Stromness.
Tens of thousands of king penguins make up this colony on Salisbury Plain. We were able to see adults and their fledglings on this landing
A baby king penguin chick reflecting on the future. At three months, this chick is already about 90% of its adult weight and size.
A baby king penguin showing off its adult feathers.
Toasting “the Boss” at his graveside inGrytviken, South Georgia Island.
Gentoo Penguin feet. Aren’t they cute?
Gentoo Penguins playing in Grave Cove, Hope Harbor, the Falklands Islands (Islas Malvina).
Fur Seal pup and pals.
A humpback whale visiting the ship. We saw many whales during this adventure, both aboard the Island Sky as well as Zodiacs.
Sunset in Neko Bay.
—Text and photos by 5-time WT Adventurer Liz Stroh-Coughlin, Antarctica, South Georgia, and the Falkland Islands.