Aurora Australis on the long voyage to New Zealand
February 5, 2017

Monday, January 30th – Monday, February 6th On Monday, January 30th, we all got together on the stern of the ship for a ‘Farewell Antarctica Cocktail’. What an incredible experience being able to visit an area as remote as the Ross Sea! On the 7-day voyage to New Zealand a lot of time was spent […]

A walk on Ice in Bartlett Inlet
February 5, 2017

Sunday, January 29th Our last landing in Antarctica was truly magical. The Bridge and EYOS worked together to find a place where we could safely land to go for a walk on the ice shelf. Not that straightforward given that the edge of the shelf is basically a sheer ice cliff. Unbelievable experience. To top […]

Saturday, January 28th We had breakfast as the ship reached the far eastern edge of the Ross Sea Ice Shelf and sailed into the ‘Bay of Whales’. The Bay was named by Shackleton in 1908 for the large number of whales sighted as they approached. It was here that Roald Amundsen over-wintered before setting off to […]

Cruising along the Ross Sea Ice Shelf
February 2, 2017

Friday, January 27th It is almost impossible to describe the sheer immensity of the Ross Sea Ice Shelf. As Ross sailed south he saw a white line: “extending from its eastern extreme point as far as the eye could discern to the eastward. It presented an extraordinary appearance, gradually increasing in height, as we got nearer […]

Adélie penguin rookery on Franklin Island
February 2, 2017

Thursday, January 26th Franklin Island in the Ross Sea is 7nmi / 13km long and lies about 80 nmi / 130km east of Cape Hickey, Victoria Land. It was discovered by James Clark Ross on 27 January 1841 and named for Sir John Franklin, the noted Arctic explorer, who as Governor of Van Diemen’s Land (now […]

Terra Nova Hike.
February 1, 2017

Wednesday, January 25th Few areas are as distinct as Terra Nova Bay and the Victoria Land coast. This powerful landscape is home to dramatic mountain ranges, towering volcanoes, massive glaciers and ice tongues. This location is one of the most beautiful in the Antarctic, and is therefor sometimes referred to as ‘The Riviera’. It looks […]

Mario Zucchelli Station, Terra Nova Bay
February 1, 2017

Wednesday, 25th Finally, after 9 days at sea, with no landings thus far, we all were ecstatic to be able to land and stretch our legs on terra firma in Terra Nova Bay on a gloriously sunny day! The Italian Base was ready for us and welcomed us that morning in groups of 25. We […]

Tuesday, January 24th On the morning of the 24th we went on a zodiac exploration of the Campbell blue ice glacier (74º25’S  164º22’E), situated in the northern end of Terra Nova Bay, on the Victoria Coast. It is named after the leader of Scott’s Northern Party, Lieutenant Victor Campbell, Royal Navy, of the British Antarctic […]

Ice floes and Coulman Island
January 24, 2017

January 23 On our way to Coulman Island Captain Dag and our ice navigator Capt Uli steered the ship through some rather densely packed ice floes; always a favorite to watch from deck 7 forward.       Upon arrival at Coulman Island The Team noticed that the pack ice there was sufficiently broken up to allow […]

Cape Adare, Robertson Bay
January 23, 2017

January 22 As mentioned the sun didn’t set and we started the day very early (00:00 – 00:45) on deck 12, toasting the never-ending daylight for the next days of our journey. Arriving at Cape Adare meant that we had reached the main destination of our journey: The Ross Sea. In 1899, Carsten Bochgrevink and […]

Balleny Islands and first icebergs
January 21, 2017

January 20-21 In the early evening of January 20th (day 6 at sea), we saw it: our first ice berg of the trip. After 5 days of nothing but water it caused more than just a bit of excitement! So up on deck 12 we all went to take pictures, but boy it was cold!!!! […]

Crossing the Southern Ocean
January 18, 2017

January 16-20 Shortly before 18:00 on January 15, The World sailed out of Hobart. First up was a brief pitstop at Port Arthur. A few days before, when the ship sailed down to Hobart, one of her 2 anchors literally got stuck on the seabed so badly that the chain actually broke. A tug boat […]

Ross Sea
The Expedition Team
January 18, 2017

The Expedition Team maintain a blog with all the goings on during the Expedition, and, there’s a link where you can track position of The World: Expedition Tracker.   An introduction to the Expedition Team:   Rob McCallum – Expedition Leader. Rob McCallum (F.R.G.S) is a highly experienced professional expedition leader and consultant. He specializes […]

Preparing for the Ross Sea
January 8, 2017

I  believe it was about 18 months ago that we decided to take part in M/V The World’s expedition to the Ross Sea in Antarctica. Now, incredibly, our departure is imminent! We fly to Hobart, Tasmania, Australia, on January 12th, to board the ship on January 14th. These last few days were spent preparing and packing for our […]