Pristine Antarctica: An Explorer’s Haven

Image credit: Harry’s South Pole Heroes trailer, IT When Prince Harry and his team arrived in Antarctica for a 200 kilometer trek to the South Pole this past spring, they observed the vast blue horizon and endless plains of ice and could hardly believe their eyes.  “Look how cool it is, it’s amazing,” Prince Harry said. “It’s ridiculous that a place like this should exist. One of the few places on earth that hasn’t been screwed up by humans.”  It’s true that the Antarctic Peninsula offers an experience unlike anywhere else in …

Antarctic Ice Sculptures: Mother Nature’s Awe Inspiring Artwork

The Antarctic Peninsula is home to some of the most spectacular natural artwork on the planet. Here, you’ll find ninety-three percent of the world’s mass of icebergs, an ever-changing icescape of “growlers” to bergy bits and even ice islands.  Growlers are the smallest icebergs, less than 6.6 feet across, with less than 3.3 of their mass showing above water. Bergy bits – that’s…

Shackleton’s Legacy: Antarctic Exploration a Century After Endurance

1914-2014: An historic anniversary for Antarctic exploration This year marks the 100th anniversary of an event celebrated by historians, explorers and Antarctic enthusiasts around the world. In 1914, Sir Ernest Shackleton and his crew of 27 brave souls set out aboard The Endurance in hopes of becoming the first explorers to traverse the Antarctic continent. Their aptly named ship became frozen in ice before reaching shore, and although Shackleton and his crew never had the chance to fulfill their mission, the events that followed would come to …