Tourist expedition makes history by getting close to Mawson’s huts


The sacrifice of Christmas for an Antarctic adventure has paid off for a group of travellers. A Chimu Adventures expedition cruise took them to Cape Denison, the closest that anyone could go to see the historic buildings and Memorial Cross in the last seven years.

Akademik Shokalskiy, a Russian expedition ship chartered by Chimu Adventures and the Mawson’s Hut Foundation took a group of 46 travellers to this trip. They started the journey from Hobart, Australia, on December 15, 2017, and reached Cape Denison, Commonwealth Bay, on December 23.

The limiting ice conditions are the culprit that did not let any ship near to that place for these years. However, that small group became successful in reaching the windiest place on earth. They even survived a storm across the Southern Ocean before arriving at the Mawson’s Huts.

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The huts have quite a historical value as these were the places to where Sir Douglas Mawson – the famous Australian geologist and Antarctic explorer – used to make his scientific expeditions. Mr Mawson and his team built those huts in 1912, which have now become a historical symbol of Australia’s Antarctic expeditions.

Before the success of Akademik Shokalskiy, many attempts had been made for the past seven years to reach the Mawson’s huts. However, the massive iceberg named B90B was the main obstacle that blocks the Commonwealth Bay’s entrance.

The Shokalskiy found a narrow passage this time and pushed through the ice in the afternoon of December 23. However, it had to pull away after a short while because the wind picked up and threatened to trap the ship by blocking the passage with ice. It made several attempts for the next five days but without any luck.

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The 26-day trip will end on January 8, 2018, in Bluff, New Zealand. Chimu has announced two more trips to the Mawson’s huts after the success of this journey. In the Wake of Mawson and Spirit of Mawson will depart in December 2018 and January 2019, respectively.

Visit Chimu Adventures to have more information about the packages.

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