Our itinerary on the third day of our visit to South Georgia Island.
As Professor Molchanov approaches St Andrews Bay, the world's largest king penguin colony, the weather is looking great. Little do we know at this stage that a sudden katabatic wind is going to cause our landing to be cancelled.
Change of plans; we're going to try our luck at Royal Bay.
Doesn't look too bad; we just might be able to land at Royal Bay.
Uh oh! There's that katabatic wind again. (There's an unidentified seabird flying in the storm clouds to the left.)
A closer look at Ross Glacier in Royal Bay.
Ross Glacier in the katabatic storm at Royal Bay.
All bundled up and nowhere to go!
I guess we won't be landing at Royal Bay either.
Leaving Royal Bay.
We're hightailing back toward Cumberland East Bay.
Chunks of ice awash in the swells.
Blue-green, mostly clear bergy-bit carrying a passenger; it turned out to be a small boulder not a seal or a penguin.
The zodiac parking lot on the stern deck. Like us, the zodiacs have nowhere to go this morning.
After our aborted landing at Royal Bay, we backtrack to Cumberland East Bay for a ship's cruise to Nordenskjöld Glacier.
The weather is giving us a break to see Nordenskjöld Glacier; one of the five biggest glaciers on South Georgia Island.
The glacier was charted by the Swedish Antarctic Expedition and named for Otto Nordenskjöld, the leader of the expedition.
Mui is viewing the glacier from the flybridge.
After this morning's storm, we're all grateful for the beautiful weather this afternoon.
Nordenskjöld Glacier - the dark streaks on the surface of the glacier is moraine.
Nordenskjöld Glacier - I just can't get enough of this miracle of nature.
Nordenskjöld Glacier - you can see the river of ice behind the terminus.
Nordenskjöld Glacier with a small blue berg near the terminus.
Let's take a closer look at that berg in front of the face of the glacier.
Closer still. Beautiful blue color.
Mui at Nordenskjöld Glacier.
Just to prove I am here too!
A nice little ice cave has formed in the face of the glacier.
Close up of Nordenskjöld Glacier.
Close up of the glacier face.
We're leaving Nordenskjöld Glacier for our next activity of the day.
Time to say goodbye to Nordenskjöld Glacier and head to Grytviken.
We're still in Cumberland East Bay. Grytviken is just around the corner from this headland.
Approach to Grytviken. The red-roofed buildings belong to the British Antarctic Survey research station at King Edward Point, about 1 kilometer across King Edward Cove from Grytviken.
Grytviken, founded by Captain Carl Anton Larsen in 1904, was the first whaling station to be established on South Georgia Island. It is the only station that has been restored; there is a museum and a post office here.
A closer look at the whaling station and the whaler's church at Grytviken.
King penguins at the British Antarctic Survey research station are lined up on shore, waiting to welcome us to Grytviken.
There are lots of graves in Grytviken; mostly of whalers. These are but three of them.
Our first stop will be at the Whaler's Cemetery where we will raise a toast to the "Boss." (The cemetery is to the right of the falls.)