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My wife and I had the chance to travel to Antarctica with Quark Expeditions in February/March of this year. It was a fantastic experience and I would recommend it to anyone! Here are but a few pictures of the experience.
Some may ask why we chose to go down to Antarctica, besides just how damn remote and exotic it is. Well a big reason was it was the 7th and last continent for my wife to visit, and a great honeymoon trip that we will never forget!
If anyone has any interest in going, I highly encourage you to visit Quark Expeditions
Oh and one more fun fact, we had originally booked with GAP Adventures on the Explorer. Did a bit of scrambling back in late '07 when their ship sank!
Elephant Seals & Penguins
Minke whale following the ship on my birthday
On top of Danco Island
Fun with whale bones!
Hot Springs on Deception Island
Old whaling station, Deception Island
Sunset at Port Lockroy, a British station
Iceberg passing by the ship as we transit the Lemaire Channel
To answer the question about the weather, it was 'summertime' down there when we went. How our expedition leader described the weather was like this:
"Everyday is pretty much 4 degrees celsius. Then throw in some changes due to wind or cloud for how it will feel."
So compared to most winters we deal with here in Calgary this was a cake walk! The trick was just to wear layers. When we were hiking up some of those hills you tended to get pretty warm, so to be able to peel off a couple of layers was a necessity so you didn't start sweating.
Over the course of the 11 night trip we apparently had some of the best weather of the season. Usually being greeted by blue skies and no wind. If you compare some of my pictures of specific places like Deception Island and Danco Island to other pics on Flickr you can see quite a difference.