a last view of the island
This British claim is of course fiercely disputed by Argentina and Chile.
Elephant Island is made of bare
rock, covered with ice and snow. It has no permanent human settlement, but Brasil has a couple of refuges here.
In 1916 it was a
harsh and unforgiving temporarily home to the survivors of the Endurance expedition.
It took Ernest Shackleton
over four month
to get help and finally save his crew.
On February 24th 2008 we cruised with the Star Princess past the island. The weather was
mostly cloudy and foggy, but from time to time the skies cleared just enough to give us a nice view.
this is albatross country
Cape Petrols keep us company
first sight of Elephant Island
we see the first chunks of sea ice drifting by
one of the few relatively clear moments yields a nice view of the island
barren rock and snow and ice are the core elements of Elephant island
later we encounter real icebergs