Most have heard the Shackleton story, how his ship Endurance was trapped and crushed in Weddell Sea pack ice, how he and his men escaped to Elephant Island in lifeboats, and how Shackleton and five others sailed from there, to South Georgia, on an epic rescue mission.
But who knows the drama of Otto Nordenskjold’s Swedish Antarctic Expedition more than a decade earlier? Your Discovery Team historian will share the gripping tale of how Nordenskjold lost his support ship Antarctica to pack ice and how this set-in train a series of events combining the hardship, coincidence, sheer good luck and leadership that brought all but one of his men back alive.
Whether by Zodiac or helicopter^, we aim to visit Nordenskjold’s Hut on Snow Hill Island and look for birds recently departed from the northernmost emperor penguin colony nearby. On adjacent Seymour Island, known as the Rosetta Stone of Antarctic palaeontology, scientists have discovered fossils of giant penguins, marsupials and evidence of the mass extinction event that wiped out the dinosaurs.