Trip report: The Falklands, South Georgia, and Antarctica (Feb 2015) on the Akademik Vavilov

Report by Andrew Spencer.

One of the great things about birds is that looking for them brings you to the great places on Earth. If there’s a pristine forest, an untrampled grassland, a remote mountain range, chances are birders have a good reason to go there. And nowhere epitomizes that ideal more than Antarctica. One of the last great wildernesses on the planet, the wildlife spectacle there is matched only by the sheer beauty of the terrain and the remoteness from humanity. Sure, you won’t see many species on a trip to Antarctica, but what you do see will be burned into your memory, unlike any other travel experience.

On this trip we not only visited the Antarctic Peninsula, but also called in at the sub-Antarctic islands that were every bit as impressive as the “Ice Continent”. The crown jewel of these was clearly South Georgia, with its rugged, towering peaks, covered in enormous glaciers, and plethora of wildlife everywhere you turned. Any one of our destinations alone would have made for an unforgettable trip, but taken together I don’t think it would be an exaggeration to call it the trip of a lifetime!

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