Approaching Antarctica by ship is a fraught business as the unpredictable seaice cover can delay, trap or sink a vessel. Icebreakers and research ships supply bases, while tourist ships are usually ice-strengthened. Flying is also difficult, with unpredictable weather, and landing strips of snow and ice. The helicopter is a vital part of all operations, base and tourist. On the ground sophisticated tracked oversnow vehicles and skidoos have replaced the husky - more efficient, but not cuddly. Hedgehog House photographers have tried many forms of transport.
German icebreaker and research vessel Polarstern ..
Container cargo ship Green Wave at ice wharf ..
Swedish tracked vehicle Hagglunds transports ..
Sledging with skidoo and wooden sledge across ..
C5 Galaxy aircraft on sea ice runway near ..
Twin Otter aircraft ( ski equipped) near ..
RNZAF Iriquois helicopter loaded to maximum ..
Helicopter underslings fuel drums onto Russian ..
Emperor penguin ignoring US Navy Iroquois ..
Hagglund, articulated tracked vehicle travels ..
Tucker Snocat returning to McMurdo Station, ..
Helicopters on deck, tourist vessel en route ..
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