I became immortal in coldest, wildest, driest and most remote continent on earth,
the mighty Antarctica.
Antarctica was my seventh continent. I had accomplished my sole goal of life
“travel to all 7 continents.”
I was euphoric when I boarded my expedition ship, in the southernmost city of the of
world, Ushuaia, in Argentina. Then surviving the hostile drake passage, the violent
stretch of ocean between South America and Antarctica.
And the blessed day. My first landing in Antarctica continent. As I set my eyes on penguins. That was the moment of emotional pour. Countless penguins everywhere.I hiked to all set points for penguin viewing. Spent lot of time observing their movements. Lovingly watched them strutting through snow.
Many cruise landings on different islands over several days. Gazed at the sculpted beauty of magnificent icebergs.
And the glory of midnight sun. I tell you sun never sets for six months of summer in Antarctica.
Not to forget the volcanic Antarctica. Ash layered glaciers. Intertwined patterns. Again a charisma of nature I witnessed in mighty Antarctica.
The handsome seals lazing around. At one point I was so close to seal, extended my hand saying, ‘hey handsome’ and he responded with grand smile. And the stunner birds.
Have a glimpse of my daring polar plunge.
And the lively Christmas mood on board.
If you want to know about human life in Antarctica, you will be disappointed. That way Antarctica is like an alien planet. Here in the name of humans we have just two categories. First category belongs to researchers in scientific stations of different countries. Second category belongs to travelers on expedition. Occupants of research stations live within their facilities in Antarctica. And travelers stay in their ship as there is no hotel or any other facility to stay anywhere in Antarctica. Though they can visit a research base as I did.
Continent Antarctica is regulated by Antarctic Treaty, in force since year 1959. In Antarctica, only expedition ships with capacity between 50 to 200 passengers are permitted to sail.
Few glimpses of my Antarctica odyssey in this short video. Enjoy.
You can also read elaborative stories on my Antarctica exploration in 30-part series: