I awoke today Dec 8 at 5.40 a.m. to an unfamiliar sound – l’Astrolabe crunching her way through sheets of ice. After days of wild seas the ship’s progress has slowed as she makes her way through the floating ice.
After months of anticipation, I sat up in my bunk and peered out through the cabin port hole to see icebergs, it’s an amazing feeling!
I rushed onto deck, wearing a polar jacket and my pyjamas tucked into my polar boots. As far as the eye could see there were large chunks of floating ice.
I spotted a baby penguin on the ice but as soon as the ship neared, or was it my purple pyjamas, it dived into the icy water and disappeared.
Large Antarctic icebergs have been spotted floating north past Macquarie Island in the Southern Ocean in recent weeks as global warming melts the southern ice continent.