Antarctic scientific stations

The various Antarctic scientific stations and historic sites added a good variety to our trip. For some fellow travelers these landings provided rare shopping opportunities. Notable side-note: The store in the American Palmer Station only accepts credit cards for payment. No cash accepted. When we visited the British Port Lockroy Station later on the journey, they would only accept cash. No credit cards were accepted.

Penguins at Port Lockroy station
Penguins at Port Lockroy station
Inside the Port Lockroy museum
Inside the Port Lockroy museum
Port Lockroy station
Port Lockroy station
Abandoned station on Detaille Island
Abandoned station on Detaille Island

As much as interaction with the human species of Antarctica was quite exciting, those events seemed to be also a welcomed event for the scientists based in these stations. We were met by everyone in a very welcoming way and many of the academics were keen on explaining both the infrastructure and the scientific projects they were working on. By the sheer size and number of residents, Palmer Station obviously was in a position to deal comfortably with the number of visitors from our ship. Shortly after we arrived ashore, we were met by tour guides (scientists), who would show us around the station in groups of roughly fifteen people. Everything was well organized and we finished the tour in a small cafeteria where the stations cooks prepared coffee and cookies.

On Detaille Island
On Detaille Island
Signpost at Palmer Station
Signpost at Palmer Station
Abandoned whaling ship
Abandoned whaling ship
Abandoned boats near Whalers Bay
Abandoned boats near Whalers Bay

We also visited some abandoned scientific stations, such as Detaille Island, abandoned by the British in 1959, and historic whaling settlements Whalers Bay on Deception Island.

Whalers Bay settlement
Whalers Bay settlement
Ukrainian Vernadsky Research Base
Ukrainian Vernadsky Research Base