A surprise inheritance from a relative forms the backdrop to a recent New Yorker article by the best-selling novelist Jonathan Franzen. He decides to spend the money on a three-week Lindglad National Geographic expedition to Antarctica, South Georgia and the Falklands. An avid birder, with an eye as attuned to noting the habits of his fellow passengers as those of his avian interests, Franzen recalls the majesty of seeing emperor penguins for the first time. Meanwhile, we learn the touching life story of the man who made his trip possible. Visit the New Yorker to share in Franzen’s remarkable antarctic voyage.
It is probably the most famous tale of heroic adventure of the twentieth century. In 1914, Ernest Shackleton set off on his third trip to Antarctica. His mission: to cross the frozen continent via the South Pole. Late in 1915, however, his ship Endurance was crushed by ice and sank in the Weddell Sea. The crew survived, living on floating ice until April 1916 when they left in three boats and eventually reached Elephant Island. Along with five crew members, Shackleton went to seek help. The men traversed 1,300km of sea over two weeks, eventually reaching South Georgia, where they trekked to the island's whaling station. All of the remaining Endurance crew were rescued in August 1916.
An extraordinary new set of new photographs taken by expedition photographer, Frank Hurley, have recently come to light. Visit the Royal Geographical Society website to view the images and learn more about Shackleton's adventures.
Two videos showing the landscape, weather and wildlife of South Georgia, in winter and summer.Read more
A beautiful series of photographs taken by a doctor working for the British Antarctic Survey team have been turned into stamps for the territory. You can see more of Dr Samantha Crimmin's photographs by clicking the image below.