National Geographic Resolution sailed west toward the Falklands immersed in fog. Birders were teased all morning with brief views of small petrels and albatrosses zipping in and out of visibility. After listening to naturalist Rob Edwards talk geology, guests headed outside. They were delighted to see that the fog had lifted, and three wandering albatrosses cruised effortlessly above the wake of the ship. It was the smaller birds that stole the show, though, with grey petrels, great shearwaters, and soft-plumaged petrels all showing off their agility in the winds. As the day progressed, we were joined by the first skuas of the passage, a sure sign that we are getting close to land.
National Geographic Explorer
This morning started with a visit to one of the world’s remotest museums, South Georgia Museum. Originally the whaling manager’s home and office, the museum sits amongst the whaling station in Grytviken. Before heading ashore, a few of the South Georgia government officers came onboard to deliver a short presentation on the history of the area and conduct a biosecurity inspection. Weaving in and out of the kelp, fur seals greeted us as we landed by a shipwrecked whaling vessel. Once ashore, we explored where Shackleton’s men once stayed during their imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition on Endurance . We took some time to send post cards to loved ones and took a journey through history in the museum. After our short transit to Godthul filled with many large icebergs and a few whale blows, a group of intrepid explorers disembarked to hike through the tussac grass to reach Lake Aviemore. Exploring Godthul by Zodiac was just as thrilling, as we encountered a plethora of curious fur seals, a colony of gentoo penguins, some molting kings, a couple of minkes, and an iceberg graveyard.