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Disembarking in the almost impenetrable Bouvet Island

by Jarl Hardenmark - 5 months ago

In March of the year 2006 I boarded in Ushuaia (Argentina) the Alexey Maryshev, originally a Russian research vessel before being converted for passenger use. That little Russian ship would be my home during 38 days, until Cabo Verde. We were 43 travelers from different nationalities, plus about 20 Russian forming the crew. Many of the 43 tourists were members of the Travelers Century Club; most of them were from USA.

We stopped in many interesting islands, starting by the Falkland/Malvinas, Tristan da Cunha, Gough Island, Santa Elena, etc.

In the old whale factory of Grytviken, South Georgia Island, we saw the buried place of the great explorer Ernest Shackleton.

But the main goal of most of the passengers was to land in Bouvet Island, because it is included in the list of the 14 “secret” Guinness territories, and also forms part of the Norwegian Antarctica in TCC list of countries.

We were lucky that the weather and waves were calm when we boarded our zodiacs, and after several attempts we were able to land in Bouvet. All the passengers were very happy.



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