Antarctica Voyage Day 11 – 29th December 2015- Flying out of King George Island

Today was our last day in Antarctica. It snowed all morning so it was an apt end to our voyage, which had been in the calm waters and best weather of the season so far.

Young Birder Birdgirl Mya-Rose Craig on Vavilov
Photograph taken by and copyright Helena Craig

There was a flight load of passengers arriving from Chile to join our ship, whilst we would catch the plane on its return back to Punta Arenas.

Young Birder Birdgirl Mya-Rose Craig on Vavilov with new friends
Photograph taken by and copyright Helena Craig

New friends made on Vavilov
Photograph taken by and copyright Helena Craig

We had to have our luggage ready, as it was taken directly to the airport.

We left the boat by Zodiac and then once landed on King George Island, had to take our hand luggage plus coats and walking boots with us. We were still in the shipping issue waterproof trousers, coats and wellies as after getting off Zodiac boats at the Chilean Research Station, we had to walk 2 miles (carrying our hand luggage) through deep snow and slush to the airstrip.

Young Birder Birdgirl Mya-Rose Craig at Memorial to Antarctica Treaty, Chilean Research Station
Photograph taken by and copyright Helena Craig

Memorial to Antarctica Treaty, Chilean Research Station
Photograph taken by and copyright Young Birder Birdgirl Mya-Rose Craig

Memorial to Antarctica Treaty, Chilean Research Station
Photograph taken by and copyright Young Birder Birdgirl Mya-Rose Craig

Chilean Research Station
Photograph taken by and copyright Young Birder Birdgirl Mya-Rose Craig

Chilean Research Station
Photograph taken by and copyright Young Birder Birdgirl Mya-Rose Craig

Chilean Research Station arrows

Chilean Research Station
Photograph taken by and copyright Young Birder Birdgirl Mya-Rose Craig

Chilean Research Station
Photograph taken by and copyright Young Birder Birdgirl Mya-Rose Craig

Chilean Research Station
Photograph taken by and copyright Young Birder Birdgirl Mya-Rose Craig

I was particularly interested in the research station, to see if there was any rubbish around. Although I think things would be improved with rubbish cleared up and drums stored out of sight in a safe place, the stations were not too bad.

We were expecting the runway to be tiny, but there were 3 planes waiting for passengers.

First stop was to get our Chilean Antarctica passport stamps in and out, before walking closer to our plane swapping boots, trousers and coats before getting our plane.

Antarctica passport stamp

Young Birder Birdgirl Mya-Rose Craig new friends

Young Birder Birdgirl Mya-Rose Craig

Our flight was delayed but it was still light, as we flew over the continent and sea.

Back in Punta Arenas, we had a quick stop over before a morning flight.

It was a fantastic end to the trip of a lifetime. Maybe one day I will return as a crew…

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