Paradise Bay

Glacier at Paradise Bay, Antarctica

 

Glacier at Paradise Bay, Antarctica

I was lucky enough to travel to Antarctica a few years ago. For someone like me, from Africa, who had barely seen snow before, this was really being thrown in the deep end. I don’t think I’ll be seeing this much ice and snow again in a hurry. ‘s no joke.

This is a spectacular glacier at Paradise Bay on the Antarctic Peninsula that we approached in our Zodiacs. You would think somewhere named Paradise Bay would be all about palm trees and beach volleyball, but not here. Still, very beautiful, and paradise of a less conventional sort. There was a tiny Argentinian research station in the bay near here, so if this is your idea of paradise, you could possibly get a posting out here. This picture was taken at the height of summer, so you would need to pack an extra duvet for winter.

That glacier face was as unstable as it looks. It would periodically calve off huge blocks of ice, the size of a house I suppose, which would fall into the sea with an impressive crash and splash. It’s a forbidding coastline, much of it like this, with very few places to land.

 

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