dreams Wildlife presenter and biologist Lizzie Daly explores Antarctica on G Expedition



began conversations with G Adventures last year about partnering up on

ways to combine adventure, wildlife and getting young people inspired – but doing so sustainably, in an ethically and environmentally friendly way. Going to Antarctica was top of the list, and to be able to visit it in the right capacity was important – in terms of how much you see and how you leave it – so that’s what made the trip for me.

USHUAIA We started in Ushuaia, which is known as the southernmost point in the world, and a fantastic little town. I went to a cafe and happened to sit opposite a man who had just finished his trip. He was beaming and told me anecdotes of seeing gentoo penguins and humpback whales. It really built my anticipation. Before we even got on the

ship, there was an excitable atmosphere. Everyone was preparing to ‘tick off’ their last

continent or getting ready for a real adventure, me included. We set off from Ushuaia and headed for the Falkland Islands. There was a moment where we saw Ushuaia disappear, and I found some of my favourite times were when we were out at sea with no sight of land. A huge number of albatrosses and giant petrels followed the ship – at times, hundreds of them were flying almost at eye level, while the sun was setting and the waves were crashing. It was epic.

FALKLAND ISLANDS After reaching the Falkland Islands, we caught our first sight of king penguins and albatrosses in the wild. On Saunders Island, there was a fantastic colony of black-browed albatrosses, with chicks on their nests in high winds. It was a stunning first slice of being in a truly wild place. We spent a few days in the

Falklands, exploring and learning a bit of its history. It was a great taster of what was to come.

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