OK, the picture is nice, we know, but first we had to survive the Drake Passage, sailing 36 hours across the most dangerous strait of sea in the world. At last, this two martyrs of hitch-hiking (as declared by our stomachs) saw large icebergs floating on the horizon and the precipitous shape of Livingstone Island – Shetland archipielago- immediately rising behind them.
Antarctica comprises 10% of the Earth’s continental mass and hosts 84% of its ice. Sailing just across the Antarctic convergence the water temperature plummet from 7.8º to 3.9º, as we enter the realm of ice… Surprisingly, this continent was just discovered in 1820 by sealers avid for fortune and not for discovery. Only in 1840 was the new lands considered a continent and as recently as 1899 humans wintered on shore.