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Ernest Shackleton’s Great Grandson Completes Antarctica Quest in a Hyundai Sante Fe


Patrick Bergel is the great-grandson of Sir Ernest Shackleton, a famous Antarctic explorer who is best known for leading the ‘Endurance’ expedition of 1914-16.

Shackleton planned to cross the frozen continent via the South Pole but his ship was trapped in the ice; he later left to find help, and eventually returned to rescue the entire crew.

“Surrounded by nothingness, I journeyed across Antarctica for 30 days,” said Patrick Bergel about his adventure driving a Hyundai Sante Fe to the ends of the earth in a new short film.

Bergel, 46, retraced his great grandfather’s 3,500-mile expedition to commemorate Shackleton’s heroic expedition from Union Glacier near the Antarctic Peninsula to the South Pole, to Leverett Glacier, across the Ross Ice Shelf, and finishing at McMurdo Sound.

“Finally, I reached the place my great-grandfather dreamed of, a hundred years ago,” said Bergel, a tech entrepreneur from London, about his own historic journey in a Hyundai crossover.