Brown Bluff & Devil Island

Nov 23, 2019 - National Geographic Explorer

National Geographic Explorer sailed north this morning into one of the most beautiful places on the peninsula, Antarctic Sound. Our destination was Brown Bluff for a continental landing among the Adélie penguins. On arrival, the expedition team had to navigate a build-up of brash ice and a falling tide that made for challenging conditions on shore. The weather conditions improved throughout the morning, with wind abating and the sun lighting up the ice along the shoreline.

In the afternoon, we set out on a first for the entire team. Captain Oliver navigated carefully into the sea ice at Devil Island, allowing us the rare opportunity to follow in the footsteps of early 1900s Swedish expeditions and traverse the sea ice to Cape Well-met. Low clouds made for a dramatic vista, with the sea ice stretching out to the horizon.

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About the Author

Jimmy White

Expedition Leader

Jimmy has been coordinating education and research teams for national universities, international non-government organizations, and documentary companies for more than 10 years. Jimmy’s expertise lies in the coordination and implementation of field education and remote area research.

About the Photographer

Ralph Lee Hopkins


National Geographic photographer Ralph Lee Hopkins is the founder and director of the Expedition Photography program for the Lindblad-National Geographic alliance. For more than 20 years he has lead expeditions from the Arctic to Antarctica and points in between.

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