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2013/14 Itinerary
Peninsula Cruise
10 days from $4,595
Fly over the Drake Passage then join your ship in Antarctica. Fly both ways or fly one - sail one options
Across the Circle
Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctic Circle, Historic Areas - kayaking, camping
14 days from $5,499
Ross Sea in the Wake of Scott and Shackleton
Ross Ice Shelf, McMurdo Sound
29 days from $18,700
Antarctica Peninsula to the Ross Sea
Wildlife and History
rarely travelled itinerary
31 days from $24,163


Abandoned Machinery - Leningradskaya

Abandoned machinery, oil drums and scrap metal litter the landscape around the old Soviet research station 'Leningradskaya' in Oates Land, abandoned in 1992.

Partly because access to this unlikely citadel of an Antarctic Base is by helicopter only and partly because it is so remote and difficult to get (it's 20 miles inland and on top of a 1,000 ft nunatak) a clean up would be very expensive. Instead it remains, like Scott and Shackleton's Huts, a frozen time capsule of man's impact on the fragile Antarctic environment.

The problem however with more modern abandoned bases is that liquid fuels and lubricating oils (rather than coal used as fuel for the earlier bases) are likely to leak and contaminate the environment, something that is not so much of an issue with the earlier bases.

More advanced and involved scientific procedures also mean that there may be chemical waste on abandoned bases, plus the other hazardous paraphernalia of modern life such as old leaky batteries, cleaning chemicals etc. etc.

Picture courtesy of Mike Usher - Mike went on a Ross Sea expedition on board the Kapitan Khlebnikov in 2005.
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