Located on a dramatic wide bay on the southern coast of Tierra del Fuego, Ushuaia, Argentina is known as the world’s southernmost city lending it the catchy nickname, “the end of the world.” Capital of the Tierra del Fuego province, Ushuaia is fringed by the Martial Mountain Range to the north and the Beagle Channel to the south. Nearby attractions include the Tierra del Fuego National Park which can be reached by highway or by the popular End of the World Train. Ushuaia is also ground zero for Antarctic departures and from November to March expedition ships depart for the frozen continent almost daily. I enjoyed exploring Ushuaia before my recent Antarctic cruise and took advantage of the local outfitter shops for buying last-minute gear. And if you’re looking for a deal on your Antarctic sailing, spend a few days in Ushuaia and you just might find a last minute discount saving you as much as half off one of these pricey expeditions.Read More
On Day 6 of my Antarctic Expedition, a zodiac cruise through the “Iceberg Graveyard” at Pleneau Bay Antarctica turned out to be my favorite stop of the entire trip. We took to the zodiacs and glided silently among iceberg sculptures the size of city blocks, each a stunning work of art more impressive than the last. Adding to the adventure, the risk of a potential calving at any moment without warning. And as if skyscraper-like, startling-blue icebergs weren’t visually stunning enough, the humpback whales soon came out to play. A humpback whale would tease us above the surface before diving for up to 7 minutes and emerging on the other side of an iceberg. It was like humpback-hide-and-seek and I could’ve played all day. But the most dramatic moment came near the end of our cruise.Read More
I’ve been back home for a couple of weeks now, I’ve unpacked and caught up on my sleep so it’s probably time to stop slacking off and get back in the “Photo of the Day” routine! So, here goes…I will, of course, start with Antarctica since I still find myself dreaming about it all the time. Honestly, it really seems impossible to believe that I’ve even been there. But I have! And it was simply amazing. This shot is from our first landing on the Antarctic Peninsula at Neko Harbour Antarctica, our first true “continental landing.” Because nothing worth doing is ever easy, this turned out to be our most difficult landing as the crew had to battle the brash ice surrounding the shoreline. But our ever-amazing Quark Expeditions crew found a way to get us ashore and what a moment it was to finally set foot on my 7th and final continent. And as you can see…the penguins were waiting to greet us. Landing on Neko Harbour Antarctica was a day I’ll never forget.Read More
“You’re going where? Seriously, Jenny, have you really run out of places to go? What on earth is there to see in Antarctica, anyway? Isn’t it just a bunch of icebergs and penguins?”
These were just a few of the milder expressions of disbelief I received from friends and family after I announced my intention to include Antarctica on Round the World #8. And to be honest, they were valid questions. In fact, I had some of the same questions myself. What on earth was there to see in Antarctica?
To me, an expedition to the white continent was mostly a badge of honor; a dividing line that separated the traveling public into tourists and adventurers. And if I’m being completely truthful, the ability to say I’d been to all 7 continents was a significant part of the allure. When it comes to true globetrotting, either you’ve been to Antarctica or you haven’t. This would be the year I joined the distinguished former.Read More
It’s that time of year again…one month from today I’ll be departing on my 8th annual trip around the world! It’s going to be another whirlwind globetrotting adventure exploring 14 destinations in 10 countries and for the first time on all 7 continents.
Many of you know that Antarctica has been on my list for several years and this year I am finally making it happen. Yes, I’ll be cruising all the way from Argentina to the great white continent with Quark Expeditions and I am impossibly (some would say annoyingly) excited about it! This year’s trip will start in Buenos Aires and be the longest yet at a staggering – when you consider the name of the website – 54 days.Read More