Antarctica

Travel and work in Antarctica

Emperor penguins!

  In the five years that I've been privileged to come to the Antarctic, I've never been lucky enough to see an emperor penguin up close in the wild. I may have spotted one standing alone on an ice floe ... Read More...

Medevac

Antarctic history is full of tales of heroic responses to medical emergencies ranging from the spectacular 1977 incident at a Soviet base where the doctor was forced to remove his own appendix, to the over-pu... Read More...
Henry Malmgren celebrates his birthday.

Happy Birthday to Me!

Henry Malmgren celebrates his 32nd birthday in Antarctica, and finally figures out his plans for the next few years.
Henry Malmgren photographs an elephant seal on Anvers Island.

Springtime at Palmer Station

Springtime comes to Palmer station Antarctica, with the arrival of a fresh crew, lots of animals, and windy rainy days.

Antarctic Maternity Ward

It's springtime on Anver's Island Antarctica, and the Weddel seals are starting to give birth.

Christmas in July

After the 4th of July, there's really not a good holiday to celebrate for a good long time, so we decided that it would be appropriate to celebrate Christmas this month. Several of the folks on station took i... Read More...

Ice Climbing

During a brief period of nice weather last weekend, four of us on the station decided to go over to the bottom of the local glacier and do some ice climbing. Two of us including myself, were first time climbe... Read More...

Winter offically begins

So the last boat has left, and we're on our own for the next 90 days. Not much of a period of isolation I admit, but I'm really looking forward to it. This is a great crew, right up there with the crew at the... Read More...

Midwinter 2005

Happy Midwinter all! This has to be the most unusual midwinter I've ever celebrated down on the ice, and as a result it just doesn't seem like such a big deal. We've still got the summer crew here, its still ... Read More...

Winter comes to Palmer Station

The temperatures are dropping, and the days are getting significantly shorter. Compared to the South Pole, or even most of the northern states in the US, this is going to be an easy winter. Still, for the ban... Read More...

Gone Fishing

The last thing that I expect when I come to Antarctica is the chance to get away from station for a few days. Sure, in McMurdo if you've got the right job, or are sleeping with the right person, it's possible... Read More...

Anvers Island Ski Resort

I hate to say it, but for all you people working back in the real world, life just isn't fair. I'm on my third year down on the ice, and I still can't believe that they pay me to do this. Sure, I put in a lot... Read More...
Henry Malmgren poses with a fur seal on Christine Island Antarctica

Animals!

    We've just come out of a two day weekend that featured absolutely beautiful weather. At the South Pole, two day weekends were nice, but I found myself getting bored around noon on Sunday whe... Read More...

Leaving…on a prop plane

I never thought I'd be so happy to see a plane as I was today when Skier 96, P024 landed to take me away from here. It's been a good winter, not as good as my last one, but then we were a very special crew ba... Read More...