I went on an expedition to the Ross Sea region of Antarctica --
where Scott and Shackleton made history. This area of Antarctica is
south of New Zealand, and is much more remote than the Antarctic
Peninsular near South America.
It was a wonderful privilege to be able to visit this special
place. I hope you can share some of that experience through these
- Macquarie Island
- We embarked from Hobart in late January 2011. It took three days
to reach Macquarie Island. The penguins and seals on this
sub-Antarctic island were an amazing sight. We could have spent days
there, but we had to sail on to Antarctica.
- Cape Adare
- After four and a half days of sailing we were excited to see land
again -- especially when it is the Antarctic continent that we looked
forward for so long to see. Cape Adare is the site of a large Adelie
penguin rookery and Borchgrevink's huts.
- Cape Evans
- Then we sailed south through the expanse of the Ross Sea to Ross
Island. Here we landed at Cape Evans and visited Scott's hut.
- Cape Royds
- That afternoon we sailed 11kms north and visited Shackleton's
hut at Cape Royds.
- Campbell Island
- We visited Campbell Island on the way to Lyttleton, New Zealand
(where we disembarked). It is a sub-Antarctic island where we went for
a walk and saw megaherbs and nesting albatrosses.
Experience Antarctica by viewing these spherical
panoramas where you can look in every direction: 360° around,
up, down, and zoom in and out.
Note: The following links will open in a new window.
These panoramas work great on an iPad (try landscape mode), but
the resolution is reduced so you can't zoom in too far. To see more
detail, view them on a computer (try full screen mode). On a computer
you can pan around using the arrow keys, and zoom in and out using the
Shift and Ctrl keys.
- Buckles Bay
- This is where we came ashore at Macquarie Island.
- A reminder of Macquarie Island's past.
- Cape Adare
- Along the beach, looking across the penguin rookery to Borchgrevink's huts.
- Borchgrevink's hut (front)
- In front of Borchgrevink's hut.
- Borchgrevink's hut (back)
- On the other side of Borchgrevink's huts.
Cape Evans, Ross Island
- Scott's Terra Nova Hut
- Scott's hut on Ross Island.
- Old weather station
- Halfway up the hill.
- Wind Vane Hill
- At the top of Wind Vane Hill.
- On the edge of a lake a short walk from Scott's hut.
Cape Royds, Ross Island
- Shackleton's Hut
- The weather is very unpredictable in Antarctica, and we were very
fortunate to have been able to made landings at all three huts on this
trip. It started to lightly snow when this spherical panorama was
being taken, but it is hard to imagine what it was like to have spent
a whole winter here.
- Australian Antarctic Division headquarters
- The morning before embarking on this expedition, I visited
the Australian Antarctic Division's headquarters in Kingston, Tasmania.
There are several non-Antarctic spherical panoramas that can be
found on my 360cities profile
page. They were taken in Tasmania before embarking, and in New
Zealand after disembarking.