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Located in the Southern Ocean, the Weddell Sea is filled with a large mass of floating pack ice. The area covers about 1,080,000 square miles and, although it has a harsh environment, you can spot different species of seals, penguins and whales. In the south are the frontal barriers of the Filchner and Ronne ice shelves, growing constantly due to a flow of inland ice sheets. In spring, when the pack-ice in the Weddell Sea is still thick, you can take a walk on it, in-between huge tabular icebergs and penguins!
The region has a rich history. Great Explorers like Sir Ernest Shackleton decided to venture into the Weddel Sea, but the most remarkable is perhaps the Swedish Antarctic Expedition of 1901-1904. Under the command of the geologist Otto Nordenskjöld and captained by the famous Norwegian Carl Anton Larsen, the ship was trapped in the ice and sank, but their men survived and managed to carry out important scientific research in the area and spent two winters in harsh conditions. The first winter was planned and the second forced due to the sinking of their ship “Antarctic".
Only the strongest vessels can venture further into the Weddell Sea in search of the illustrious Emperor Penguin. It is also home to the largest population of Adélie penguins and you can see them in places like Devil Island and Paulet Island.
The Weddell Sea provides a singular opportunity to explore one of the most remote and least studied places on Earth, a perfect expedition to step into the unknown.
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