Throughout Half Moon Island, off the Antarctic Peninsula, blocks of ice of all sizes float by on a calm sea, their various forms resembling weightless origami shapes.
To reach the Antarctic destination, the 58-year-old Norwegian, Even Carlsen, traveled 14,000 kilometers and spent thousands of euros.
Mostly detached to the bipeds donning neon-colored windbreakers, wildlife abounds in the deafening silence of the icy landscape.
The penguins are as awkward on land as they are active in the water, while giant whales slip through the waves, and sea lions laze in the solar.
Antarctica, a region of adventure without rulers, is “like the heart of the planet,” says Marcelo Leppe, director of the Chilean Antarctic Institute.
He stated it expands and contracts like a beating heart, while the magnificent current, which revolves across the continent, is like a circulatory system absorbing heat currents from other oceans and redistributing cold water.
However, this long tongue of land that stretches towards South America is heating rapidly. Its glaciers are melting, and microplastics carried by tides have attacked its ecosystem.
Tourists are also flocking to the region in higher numbers. This season practically 80,000 visitors are anticipated, a 40% increase in comparison with the previous year.
Antarctic tour operators insist they’re selling responsible tourism.
It’s Antarctica’s very vulnerability that is a draw, with vacationers hoping to catch a sight of what one day might be gone.
However, critics query this kind of tourism because the emissions from world-crossing flights and soot or black carbon in the exhaust gases of ships are half of what’s putting the area under threat.