Ship Ahoy!

We're flying out today from Punta Arenas to the Falkland Islands to meet our ship, the Vavilov. It's an active Russian hydro-acoustic research ship that's leased out to OneOcean Expeditions in the tourist seasons for Arctic and Antarctic cruises.  Unsurprisingly it's not a particularly luxurious ship, but this is an expedition, not a Caribbean vay-cay so … Continue reading Ship Ahoy!

Punta Arenas

Our Antarctic adventure starts at the very bottom of South America in the Chilean town of Punta Arenas. It's a fairly plain, working-type place without much to recommend it except for its excellent air connections and relative nearness to the gorgeous Torres Del Paine National Park. It's thus fairly well-stocked with outdoor adventure shops for … Continue reading Punta Arenas