I thought I’d give you a little glimpse into our daily routine on the Antigua! It’s worth noting that although we were in the same time zone as the UK, we had our own timezone onboard the ship. Ship’s time was one hour ahead of local time, an attempt to eek out a little more sunlight from the rapidly dimming days.
On deck of the Antigua, featuring Hilary on the right!
8-9am, breakfast is served in the saloon followed by a briefing on our morning landing
930-10am, total chaos as we scramble to get our gear organized for a landing! Cameras, freshly charged batteries, film etc. and life preservers.
1030am (ish), landing time! Everyone who is going on the landing must sign out, everyone who is staying onboard must sign “on board”. The guides at this point have already landed at the landing site and set up a safe perimeter for us to work within. We slowly board the zodiacs, a handful of people at a time, and zip over to the landing site.
Symbols used to sign in and out and onboard the ship for each landing
A zodiac landing at Smeerenburgbreen later in the trip. See the guide on shore with Nemo, the zodiac coming to shore, and the Antigua in the back right of the image.
Landing-1230pm, we work at the landing site. Every landing site was different in size but the rules remained the same: you had to stay within the boundaries set by the guides and never use the word “bear” unless you actually see one
1-2pm, Back on the boat (don’t forget to sign back in) followed by lunch! Followed by a briefing of our afternoon landing spot, usually a new spot in the same area or possibly a new area altogether.
230-5pm, embarkation, new landing, sign out, sign back in onboard. At 5pm, there’s cake and tea in the saloon!
730pm, dinner followed by lectures given by each artist in residence.
Coraholmen early in the day
Coraholmen, our second new area on the trip, was one of my favorite landings of the entire residency. The day started out deeply grey and dim with low clouds. As the sun rose (around mid-morning) the clouds broke and the glassy still surface of the fjord gave us the most amazing mirrored patterns reflecting the already repetitive geological formations on the mountains. A really spectacular place.
The sun begins to break through at Coraholmen
Our brightest, sunniest day all trip