Flying penguins_HoneyTrek.comA continent without any countries. A desert covered in frozen water. A population dominated by penguins, seals, and whales. A summer climate hovering around 0°C …Antarctica is like nothing we’ve ever experienced. Having seen documentaries, read books, and heard vivid first-hand accounts, it still surprised us and surpassed our lofty expectations. After a 12-day expedition (see blogs 1 | 2 | 3) crossing the Drake Passage, dodging icebergs in Kodak Gap, standup paddleboarding at 65°04’S/64°00’W, being ambushed by penguins in the South Shetlands, you know you’re in Antarctica when…

 

Ushuaia End of the World– You reach the end of the world…and that’s just the beginning of your journey

 

The Drake Shake– You learn to walk at a 30-degree angle to counter the 20-foot waves and not spill your coffee

 

Sailboat to Antarctica– You think you are so hard core for making the voyage to Antarctica, then you see a guy pull up in a sailboat

 

Swimming in Antarctica– Sunshine makes you forget about the 33-degree water and the icebergs in the swimming area…then you dive in. Brrrr!

 

Full Immersion Suit Sub-zero– A lifevest won’t cut it in these waters, you’re gonna need a sub-zero Snuggie to survive

 

How many penguins do you see in Antarctica– The penguin population is as dense as Manhattan

 

How to be a guide in Antarctica– You basically need a PHD in Glaciology, have lived in a polar research station, or solo-kayaked an entire Arctic archipelago to be invited onto the Quark expedition team

 

SUP on Ice– Your standup paddle doubles as an ice ax

 

Calving Glacier– A “glacial pace” moves faster than you’d think

 

Killer Whales Antarctica– Shamu and Willy are free to live happily ever after

 

Animals in the rocks and ice– You see animals everywhere and in everything

 

Penguin Bad Hair Day– Even penguins have bad hair days

 

Massive Icebergs– You can hardly believe the size of the gargantuan iceberg in front of you, then you remember that’s only 10% of its actual size

 

Whaling Station Antarctica– You think you’ve walked onto the set of Star Wars but realize it’s life at the old whaling station

 

Dancing in Antarctica– You can blame all your bad dance moves on the motion of the ocean

Kayaking with Seals in Antarctica– The seals try to join your kayak team

 

Champagne on Antarctica– You reach your seventh continent and you think sitting on the edge of a cliff in a hail storm with gale force winds is the perfect time to pop a bottle of champagne

 

17 thoughts on “You Know You’re In Antarctica When…

  • April 29, 2016 at 12:21 pm
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    Haha that’s an amazing post! I so want to go to Antarctica 🙂

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    • April 30, 2016 at 2:55 am
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      There are so many absurdly amazing things happening at any given moment in Antarctica, it’s comical.

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      • August 18, 2016 at 10:22 pm
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        We happened to be there when you took that picture. I was trying to get to the top of the rock, but the storm kept me on the ground hahaha. I’m glad you guys got to do this. Antarctica was a great experience and it was also our 7th continent.

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    • April 30, 2016 at 2:57 am
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      Glad you liked our latest You Know You’re In…Antarctica is just a little different than the rest of the places we’ve been 😉

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    • May 10, 2016 at 10:29 am
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      The whaling station was super surreal (as is the whole of Antarctica). I believe Alien vs. Predator used Whaler’s Bay as one of their locations, it’s that of this world.

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  • May 10, 2016 at 6:48 am
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    This is our ultimate dream to visit this untouched continent. Love this post!!! 🙂

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  • May 10, 2016 at 4:37 pm
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    I am a super jealous of this! I would love to kayak this close to sea life (and not just trollies and rubbish bags!) You two look like a hoot, let’s hit the dance floor and blame the waves!!

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    • May 10, 2016 at 5:18 pm
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      Lol. Always blame your bad moves on the Drake Shake! Sounds like you an adventure and animal lover…you’d definitely have to get to Antarctica!

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  • May 14, 2016 at 7:46 pm
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    This is one of the funniest “you know you are in” posts yet. That Penguin “flying” is too cute! He’s trying.

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  • May 14, 2018 at 1:37 am
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    This is quite an amazing blog post. So glad I found your website, guys!

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    • October 7, 2018 at 1:59 pm
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      Thank you so much for the reply! Glad you enjoyed a little stroll through Antarctica!

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