Bongrain Point

We are now heading north. This morning we land at Bongrain Point which is a headland forming the south side of the entrance to Dalgliesh Bay, off the west coast of Graham Land. It was originally surveyed in 1908 to 1910 by the French Antarctic Expedition and then re-surveyed in 1936 and 1948 by the British. Another opportunity today to swim in the Antarctic Ocean, but first we see a large Adelie penguin colony spread out over the landing site. We also have the opportunity to walk up to a view point to look out over the many icebergs that are in the bay. Kayaking and Polar Cirkel cruising is also on offer. The water here is colder and there is a lot of floating ice but quite a few people don their swimming costumes and take a (very quick) dip in the ocean. The Furlongs team leaders are pleased swimming is entirely optional (although they have taken part in previous years!).

This afternoon we are treated to another two lectures, one from Bob Rowland about The Antarctic Treaty and one from Kristin Heggland about Krill. This evening we enjoyed another story-telling from Helga – this time about the Otto Nordenskjold expedition. Three different parties of men were stranded and had to overwinter for an unexpected season when their ship sank. None of the parties knew what was happening to the others but they managed to meet up and were rescued. A fairly complicated story, but well told, again!