Photos From a Dream Trip to Antarctica

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— Courtesy Sandra Kossacoff
A gentoo penguin with the National Geographic Explorer in the background at Port Lockroy.
— Courtesy Sandra Kossacoff
Howard Fullman and Sandra Kossacoff in a kayak.
— Courtesy Sandra Kossacoff
The National Geographic Explorer anchored in the bay at Booth Island.
A leopard seal resting on an iceberg.
— Courtesy Sandra Kossacoff
An Adélie penguin with two chicks.
— Courtesy Sandra Kossacoff
A blue-eyed cormorant.
— Courtesy Sandra Kossacoff
Sandra Kossacoff and Howard Fullman in their "fabulous" National Geographic Expedition red parkas on the bow of the ship in an ice-covered bay.
— Courtesy Sandra Kossacoff
A chinstrap penguin tobogganing.
— Courtesy Sandra Kossacoff
Orca whales.
— Courtesy Sandra Kossacoff
Casey (16) and Alex (20) Fullman at Booth Island with the National Geographic Explorer in the background.
— Courtesy Sandra Kossacoff
Port Lockroy, a former British base during World War II and a scientific research station after the war. The main building has been restored and is now a museum. It also houses the only retail store in Antarctica, which sells souvenirs, and a post office, where we mailed cards bearing Antarctica postage and got Antarctica stamps in our passports.
— Courtesy Sandra Kossacoff
— Courtesy Sandra Kossacoff
  A sign painted on a building in Ushuaia, Argentina, that describes it as the "World's End," or "Fin del Mundo"; this is where we boarded and disembarked the National Geographic Explorer.
— Courtesy Sandra Kossacoff
Valparaiso, Chile, a hillside city covered with colorfully painted homes.
— Courtesy Sandra Kossacoff
It's challenging to drive along the narrow, hilly streets of Valparaiso, Chile.
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Colorfully painted homes in Valparaiso, Chile.
— Courtesy Sandra Kossacoff

Reader Sandra Kossacoff shares photos from a cruise to Antarctica with her family in celebration of her 50th birthday.

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