Antarctica Dream Adventure 01 – Ushuaia Southernmost City in the World

The Adventure starts – Circling to Land at Ushuaia

First Impression of Ushuaia

My initial impression was “I could easily spend two weeks here before embarking for the cruise!”. The view was stunning.

I just love snow covered mountains, they are so irresistible.

Ushuaia with Monte Olivia dominating the background

However, strangely, they would not delay the cruise for two weeks to accommodate me.

Where is Ushuaia?

Ushuaia is an Argentinian city set on the southernmost tip of Tierra del Fuego, an island at the tip of the South American continent, which is part Argentinian and part Chilean. It is the starting point for most Antarctic cruises, separated from the Antarctic peninsula by the notorious Drake Passage.

We had all spent the previous night at the “gathering grounds” in Buenos Aires and then flown down to Ushuaia the next morning in a series of flights. Being on one of the early flights, there was time to embark on the Viking Octantis Exploration ship, settle in and get to know the layout of the ship. It was curious that they immediately collected our passports – did they worry that we might try to escape mid cruise?

The weather was overcast and grey, but that said “Black and White” to me, which I just love for landscapes anyway.

Monochrome images from Ushuaia on Tierra del Fuego

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Black and White photograph of the Mountain behind Ushuaia
Monte Olivia showing the folds in the strata
Shafts of sunlight through the heavy clouds
This is the beginning of Summer for Antarctica
Snow capped Andes mountains of Tierra del Fuego
Looking across The Beagle Channel
More snow capped Andes mountains of Tierra del Fuego

Viking Octantis

Viking Octantis docked in Ushuaia
Our Stateroom

To see all of Richard’s images from Ushuaia please click HERE

Gear: Nikon Z 8, Nikkor Z 100-400 f/4.5-5.6 VR S, Nikkor Z TC-1.4x, DxO Nik 6 Silver Efex, iPhone SE

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One Response to Antarctica Dream Adventure 01 – Ushuaia Southernmost City in the World

  1. Jim Kranias says:

    Thank you Richard and Louise,

    You are bringing back fond memories from our 2012 similar adventure. Fantastic photos! Bon voyage!

    Jim and Agnรจs

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