Leaving the Ice
Saturday, January 24, 2015
Six beautiful days in Antarctica, and eight wonderful days aboard Hurtigruten’s FRAM. That’s what Saturday, January 24, 2015 was shaping up to be: the continuation of a grand adventure in the tradition of Polar Explorers like Roald Amundsen, Robert Falcon Scott and Ernest Shackleton.
This morning, we once again set out aboard Hurtigruten’s Polarcirkel boats for another day of adventures ashore, this time on Petermann Island. English-speaking guests would pronounce it exactly as it sounds, but the Island is named after German geographer August Petermann. If you want to impress people, pronounce ‘Petermann’ as “Pietermannn” and you’ll do just fine.
Atmospheric conditions on Petermann Island this morning were positively brooding. Light snow swirled about from dark clouds heavy with contrast when compared with the bright-white snow on the ground. Aside from the howling wind that whipped at our faces and tugged at stray hairs not covered by our hats, not a sound could be heard. Once again, it was as if nature had turned down her own soundtrack, leaving a space-like vacuum in place.