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Hikers On February 5, we made another pre-breakfast landing in Fortuna Bay. Fortuna Bay features in the Shackleton saga because when he hiked across the island from King Haakon Bay, he ended up here in his search for the Stromness whaling station. He soon realized he had missed it by a few miles and then continued walking over one more pass, finally sighting the station. King penguin colony



Oakum boysWe took a fairly long walk inland on a glacially-formed plain to visit a large king penguin colony. We were rewarded with a nice group of "oakum boys" standing together on the other side of a narrow meltwater river. However, the wind was quite strong and the low cloud base dropped both rain and sleet on us during the excursion, making for an unpleasant return trip.

For more photos of Fortuna Bay, go to Fortuna Bay Photo Gallery. To read about the next location visited, go to Stromness Bay.


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