Day-9 (26 November 2018) – Wilhelmina Bay

Sunrise: 03:09 | Sunset: 22:45
Note: the actual writing of this journal happens onboard Hurtigruten’s MS Midnatsol ship the same day, but published later

Today is the last outing day, although there’s only cruising (no landing). But i tried to savour everything that i can since God knows when i will be travelling to Antarctica again, if that’s even possible.

I woke up late in the morning, knowing that the cruising will start at 10:00 am. After breakfast, i got out in the deck-6, took some scenery pictures before went back to my room and putting all the usual outfit for landing/cruising.

I have been always the first person to sit and wait nicely in the reception deck-4 (before each is group is called for landing in deck-3), and today is no different.

Day-9 Agenda (source: Hurtigruten)

Day-9 Agenda (source: Hurtigruten)

Today’s cruising was so much fun. Our group was the first to get out and enjoy the nice weather outside. The boat took us to the old shipwreck, that used to be a whaling ship. And then we made some turns and did an iceberg watching. It’s never tiring to watch icebergs. They are all come in a different shapes and colour, and each has its own beauty.

​Sometime we also encountered swimming penguins. And the weather was just perfect. When we came back though, we had to wait several minutes since there also groups of kayakers around the tender pit and since the weather was so good, all the tender boat were out there. So there was a bit of bottlenecking when making a comeback to the pit. But nothing can beat that day’s cruising.

About to hop on the tender boat that takes us cruising around the icebergs

Leaving the mother ship ( a view from the tender boat)

I was there watching the ice, i am now looking at the picture that i took. But, my heart still full with disbelieve and awe.

it’s an iceberg, i know… but still….

We also passed a sunken whaling ship

Sometime it’s hard to believe there was once real civic activities in Antarctica. The land of winds and ice

up-close shot of the sunken ship. It was quite eery passing the ship, really…

other tender boat ahead of us. here you can see the comparison between human/tender boat size VS iceberg size

weird-looking iceberg

this one looks like a whale’s tail

Shiny triangular iceberg

The geology line/thread is visible where the ice is absent

ice and ice and ice

going back to the mother ship

icebergs we encountered as we manoeuvred back to the drake passage

​At 5 pm, there was a session called “Shackleton – a life in poetry” by Jim, one of the expedition cruise member. Jim writes a book about Shackleton, and in the presentation he revealed that Shackleton wrote a poetry as well in his personal journal.

That night, the ship make a stop to a camping location, so those who had signed up for camping were left on the camping site and will be picked up in the morning. We can only watch the campers made the landing, and i myself can only wonder what’s like to camp in the ice. The thought intrigued me and scared me at the same time.

There was no 6pm briefing for the next day, because basically we would just heading back north to Ushuaia and passing the drake passage. The night just passed plainly, and reality started sinking in: this wonderful journey is about to end, and i just shrugged the thoughts away, not willing to admit this new reality.

Asana Kusnadi
I'm Asana Kusnadi from Semarang Indonesia. Some of my friends call me Mei, it is taken from my Chinese Name. I was born in Semarang, capital city of Central Java and lived there until I graduated from University. After graduated i worked in Sumatera island and it's been almost 9 years now i live in Riau Province

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