Tourists in Antarctica swim among a group of penguins in three-degree Celsius water. The tourist described the swimming experience in ice cold water like “getting stabbed”.
Around the Half Moon Island, off the Antarctic Peninsula, blocks of ice of all sizes float by on a calm sea, their varying forms resembling weightless origami shapes.
To reach the Antarctic destination the 58-year-old Norwegian, Even Carlsen, travelled 14,000 kilometres spending thousands of Euros.
Antarctica, a land of adventure without rulers, is “like the heart of the Earth”.
He said it expands and contracts like a beating heart, while the mighty current which revolves around the continent is like a circulatory system absorbing warm currents from other oceans and redistributing cold water.
On Half Moon Island, there are about 2,500 chinstrap penguins but their count are gradually declining.
Some 80,000 visitors are expected to be in Antarctica this year, a 40-percent increase compared to last year.
Antarctic tour operators insist they are promoting responsible tourism.
“Take nothing but photographs, leave nothing but footprints, keep nothing but memories,” is their motto.