Cockpit view of Northern Victoria Land, Antarctica.
Photo © B. Luyendyk
“Ice is the beginning of Antarctica and ice is its end. As one moves from the perimeter to the interior, the proportion of ice relentlessly increases. Ice creates more ice, and ice defines ice.” Steven Pyne, South Light
I timed my visit so I could see Antarctica for the first time.
We approached from over the Southern Ocean. Others on board this flight had been up to the deck earlier but saw only an angry sea 25,000 feet below. I stepped between the knees of the other passengers who sat alongside and across from us – turned each foot sideways with every step knees touched knees. I made my way forward.
1. Now called Point of Safe Return
2. Extreme Cold Weather
3. Insulated neoprene over suit