Landing in Antarctica

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The last 90 minutes of the flight gives you amazing views of and the sheet ice. These photos are through a small window so don’t capture the actual panoramic view, but may give an idea.

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We landed dead on schedule, and the rear door opens up to give us our first view of Antarctica from the ground.

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We landed at Williams Field. It has two snow runways. On average eight metres of snow on top of 80 metres of ice, floating on the water.

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A Hercules on the ice.

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And a close up of the skis they land on.

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We then boarded the Terra Bus for a 20 minute trip to Scott Base.

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The front of Scott Base.

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And my home for the next few days. Not that I’ll be sleeping inside every night. For the next day and a half I’ll be out in the field doing training, so won’t be back on base until late Monday.

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