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South Georgia – Penguin Sunset – We Are The Aliens

Sur 18, fév 2012 | 2 Commentaires | Catégorie: Anchor, Carnet de Voyage, Vidéo, Wildlife | Auteur: Jason Rodi


This is one of the most incredible moments of my life. We landed onto this beach at sunset and were greeted by thousands of king penguins. Immediately I was over taken by this feeling that we are aliens. I can’t describe this in words because I will never look at the stars the same way again after this night. The most logical explanation I have for the impression I was left with is that penguins stand upright, like us humans. That’s the only thing I can think of that we share with penguins and no other land trotting creature.

Captain Jens Köthen’s Passion for Whales

Sur 18, fév 2012 | Un commentaire | Catégorie: Carnet de Voyage, Vidéo, Wildlife | Auteur: Jason Rodi


Captain Jens shares his great passion for the sea mammals. We had just started filming him when a whale appeared at the bow bringing us right to the heart of the man.


photos by Eric Leborgne
whale video by Yann Trebaol

South Georgia – Hike Across the Island – Beyond Humanity

Sur 18, fév 2012 | Aucun Commentaire | Catégorie: Anchor, Carnet de Voyage, climbing, Vidéo, Wildlife | Auteur: Jason Rodi


Beyond the post-apocalyptic whale refinery, we hiked further into the future, across the South Georgia mountain range, to a place where man is forgotten.
Climbing with my father again, after many years, makes me notice how our dynamic has changed now that I am also a father. Instead of being completely in the moment with him there, my mind is also at home, with my girls. Will has his own particular relationship with his father too, an even more quiet man than Will is. Robert Headland makes this hike very interesting considering that this is the place he has spent the most time in his life, never having spent more than 2 1/2 years in a single place. Quite a lost part of the world to settle.

Post Apocalypse – South Georgia’s Whaling Refinery

Sur 17, fév 2012 | Un commentaire | Catégorie: Anchor, Carnet de Voyage, Vidéo, Wildlife | Auteur: Jason Rodi


The Hanse Explorer first anchored at South Georgia at the main base, a whale refinery in ruins. Nature has taken over again with penguins and seals dominating the beaches. A beautifully eery place.

Albatross & Dolphins

Sur 14, fév 2012 | Aucun Commentaire | Catégorie: Carnet de Voyage, Journal de Bord, Vidéo | Auteur: Jason Rodi


The Hanse Explorer is off for South Georgia. There was an unusual amount of albatross, which fits our trip because there’s a whole lot of symbolism around the albatross. They are said to be the souls of dead sailors, so killing an albatross is disastrous bad luck. Someone with a burden or obstacle is said to have ‘an albatross around their neck’, the punishment given in the poem to the mariner who killed the albatross. The head of an albatross being caught with a hook is used as the emblem of the Cape Horners, sailors who have rounded Cape Horn.
Amazingly, hourglass dolphins also joined in to welcome us on the journey.

Aaron Halstead’s Bouvet Briefing

Aaron is in charge of guiding us up Bouvet Island. First we need to find the right spot to land on the island, then find the right way up. It’s a really challenging endeavor in conditions that are impossible to predict. Aaron is clearly the best man to lead us up this unexplored summit, that of the most remote island on Earth.

Cape Horn – The End of Exploration

Sur 12, fév 2012 | Aucun Commentaire | Catégorie: Anchor, Carnet de Voyage, Journal de Bord, Vidéo | Auteur: Jason Rodi

We weren’t sure whether we’d be able to make it to shore, but we successfully visited the southern most point in South America, Cape Horn. Strangely, I could feel the presence of past explorers, of all of humanity reaching out as far as they could.

music by The Books (Twelve Fold Chain) and Stars of the Lid (The Evil That Never Came).

Heidi Norling & Alan Gross – Bridge Interview

Sur 11, fév 2012 | Aucun Commentaire | Catégorie: Anchor, Carnet de Voyage, Journal de Bord, Navire, Vidéo | Auteur: Jason Rodi


Chatting with Chief Officer Heidi Norling of Sweden, and Navigation Officer Alan Gross from Argentina about the journey ahead, from Cape Horn, across the sub-antarctic seas, to the most remote Island on Earth, Bouvet, and finally Cape of Good Hope. This unique adventure is clearly a dream of these sailors.

Day 01 – Puerto Williams

Sur 11, fév 2012 | Aucun Commentaire | Catégorie: Anchor, Carnet de Voyage, Journal de Bord, Vidéo | Auteur: Jason Rodi


On our very first day out we anchored the Hanse Explorer at Port Williams, the world’s southernmost city. It is a small Chilean town only a couple of hours from Ushuaia. We got off for a last walk before heading out to the Cape the next morning. Only 2000 people live in this settlement founded in 1953, serving primarily as a naval base.

Departure for the Future

Sur 11, fév 2012 | 2 Commentaires | Catégorie: Carnet de Voyage, Journal de Bord, Navire, Vidéo | Auteur: Jason Rodi

That’s it, at last, the Hanse Explorer is leaving from Ushuaia today, February 8th. Meeting the crew and settling into my cabin. After 3 months of preparation it’s all become real now, we are on our way toward the future!

music by Stars of the Lid