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Iceberg and Seal Sightseeing on Booth Island and a Surprise Antarctic Wedding

By on August 21, 2016

The 17th of March 2016 was without a doubt one of the most fantastic days of my life.

IMG_5880…I did mention in an earlier blog post that most days in Antartica were the ‘best’ days of my life but this particular day is very high in the best days rankings.

The morning was spent kayaking with humpback whales in Antartica. Yes really.

And the afternoon was spent riding through the high that such an incredible morning had given me.

The afternoon was spent on the east side of Booth Island at Port Charcot, a 3 km wide bay indenting the north shore of Booth Island, in the Wilhelm Archipelago of Antarctica. Port Charcot was charted by the third French Antarctic expedition (1903–
05), under Jean-Baptiste Charcot, and named by him for his father, Jean-Martin Charcot, French neurologist. Charcot established the expedition’s winter base at Port IMG_6336Charcot in 1904.

Just like every other part of the continent I had visited so far it was beyond spectacular but the main highlight of this spot was the stunning icebergs surrounding the bay and the gorgeous seals lounging upon them.

The afternoon was wonderful and made only more wonderful when we discovered some of our good friends on board had decided to make the afternoon in Antartica their wedding day!

The two kind Canadians Hidy and Mark had skipped the big family celebration and secretly eloped to Antartica!!

That is my kind of wedding inspiration.

We drank wine, ate cake and celebrated the love of two beautiful people in one of the most beautiful places on the planet.



About Me

Kat Knapp

Hello! I am a 22-year old Australian currently training to be a pilot and studying journalism and sociology I have visited 69 countries across all 7 continents and love to explore. Here is where I share my adventures.