Latest Blogs from Port Lockroy

An important part of what we do is bringing to life the human stories of Antarctica. Every year our team, who are based in Port Lockroy, Antarctica during the Austral summer, write a weekly blog to tell the story of what it is like to live and work in this exciting place. Read the latest blog posts from the team here.

Heidi's Arrived!
10 January 2020

I'm writing this on 10th of January, just over a week into a brand new year, and exactly 20 days after the austral summer solstice.  The season is marching inevitably onwards.  Each evening is ending a little earlier than its predecessor, and it seems as though the summer is already starting to creep away.  This week's blog post marks another turning point; we're just beyond half way through our deployment.  Despite our several weeks of residency so far, there's still a strangeness I feel to being here in Port Lockroy.  As if, sometimes, the whole place, Antarctica that is, isn't quite real.  

Happy New Year
6 January 2020

Happy New Year and New Decade from all at Port Lockroy!

Following our kayaking festivities, we prepared to welcome the New Year and a New Decade with the arrival of 2020. Sparkling wine had been kindly gifted and was waiting ready, work and chores had been completed for the night, year and decade, all that was required was for the Port Lockroy staff to stay awake until the stroke of midnight. We managed to fight off fatigue long enough to make it to midnight ... UK time (9pm in Port Lockroy). By the time the New Year was arriving to our tiny island on the Antarctic Peninsula, everyone was fast asleep and tucked up in bed.

Christmas Wishes
30 December 2019

Once upon a time in a land far far away (64 degrees south to be precise)

a base leader had a dream that was here to stay.

She dreamt of adventure in wide-open seas,

of waves, of penguins and most of all to be free….

Fond Farewells and New Arrivals
23 December 2019

We began the week by saying our goodbyes to Sophie and Lizzie, our artefact conservators who joined us in Ushuaia. The day Sophie and Lizzie left we heard and then saw our first penguin chick of the season. A very special occasion, and somewhat fitting that we had some new arrivals on the island the same day others had left!

The Free Time Phenomenon
16 December 2019

Many visitors here to the Penguin Post Office ask us what we do in our free time (FREE TIME!?  I've heard about that phenomenon), how we manage without the features we're used to at home, such as fast internet, social media, Netflix subscriptions, and so on, and whether we ever get bored of it all.  I think they're keen to know if we're going a bit weird from the strangeness of the situation...

Ice Cream, a Sinking Boot and 50 billion Dollars
09 December 2019

Throughout a days work at Port Lockroy we are fortunate enough to meet a wide variety of people ranging and including spontaneous trips South, doctors considering career changes, those on a trip of a lifetime and everything in between...

Open for Business
2 December 2019

The most frequent questions of the week: What day is it? Is that really the time?! Lucy, can you reset the BGAN...

Third Time Lucky
25 November 2019

When we left you last we were safely onboard Hurtigruten’s MS Fram whose staff, crew and passengers greeted us warmly and were keen to hear about our journey and where exactly we were trying to get too. We got within sight of Goudier Island, the small rocky outcrop that would be our home for the Antarctic summer, however, there was still a significant band of ice separating the ship from the shore...

A Hitchhiker's Guide to the Antarctic
15 November 2019

Our last dispatch saw us safely arrived in Ushuaia, waiting to board the Quark Expeditions ship Ocean Endeavour, which would (hopefully) take us to Port Lockroy.  All things going well, we aimed to arrive on base by the 10th of November...


Cambridge to Ushuaia
06 November 2019

Greetings from Ushuaia! This is our first blog post of the season from the new Port Lockroy Team – Lucy, Vicky, Lauren and Kit.

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