Over the following hours snatches of our surroundings were unveiled as the cloud slowly lifted. It was the perfect way to be introduced to Rothera, I think seeing it all at once would have left me a little shell shocked! Rothera is on the eastern side of Adelaide island. To the west we look out over the sea and to the mainland. To the east of us is a glacier (the ramp) leading to steep mountains and the rest of Adelaide. North and south look out over the sea where the scape is dotted with islands and icebergs. When the wind is blowing in the right direction the bays around us fill with sea ice which can disappear within hours. The colours of the ice are wonderful, white on top and blue underneath but they change with the weather. And the icebergs are so unbelievably big and barely seem to move at all.