Leaving South Georgia behind, we cruised south-west toward the South Orkney Islands. En route we had our first views of the elegant and highly sought-after Snow Petrel. Upon arrival, we visited the Orcadas Station where we were impressed by astounding views of the surrounding glaciers. Later, we explored Elephant Island, which served as a place of refuge in 1916 for Sir Ernest Shackleton and his crew after their ship was destroyed by pack ice in the Weddell Sea. The next port of call was the South Shetland Islands off the Antarctic Peninsula. Here our birding and photography concentrated on the vast numbers of Adelie, Chinstrap and Gentoo Penguins that thrive here.
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