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Part 1 of 4: The Antarctic Peninsula

Map to trip log, Gallery 1, The Antarctic Peninsula

We reached the Ant­arc­tic Pen­in­su­la after a rather calm cros­sing of the Dra­ke Pas­sa­ge and ven­tu­red on gathe­ring our first Ant­arc­tic impres­si­ons, which were, howe­ver, not real­ly the first ones for most of us on board. Some of the pas­sen­gers have got an ama­zing num­ber of trips to Ant­arc­ti­ca under their belts! We focus­sed on a small num­ber of selec­ted high­lights, star­ting with an ear­ly-morning pas­sa­ge of the Lemai­re Chan­nel, fol­lo­wed by two rather grey and wet lan­dings south of it. The second day in the Pen­in­su­la saw us alrea­dy south of the polar cir­cle; we mana­ged to land on Detail­le Island, visi­t­ing the beau­ti­ful, old Bri­tish rese­arch sta­ti­on des­pi­te rather mar­gi­nal wea­ther con­di­ti­ons.

The Ant­arc­tic Pen­in­su­la (gal­le­ry)

Click on thumb­nail to open an enlar­ged ver­si­on of the spe­ci­fic pho­to.

Pan­ora­ma: Ant­arc­tic Pen­in­su­la – Ple­ne­au Island

Gen­too pen­gu­ins on Ple­ne­au Island. Booth Island and the Ant­arc­tic Pen­in­su­la, with the famous Lemai­re Chan­nel bet­ween them, in the back­ground.

Pan­ora­ma: Detail­le Island

Detail­le Island is near the coast of the Ant­arc­tic Pen­in­su­la, but south of the polar cir­cle and accord­in­gly off the (rela­tively) well-trod­den tou­rist path of the Ger­la­che Strait and Lemai­re Chan­nel are­as fur­ther north. Next the nice views to the pen­in­su­la and over stran­ded ice­bergs, the small island – it is only a few hund­red metres across – has the old Bri­tish “Base W”, built in 1956 and aban­do­ned alrea­dy in 1959 becau­se of dif­fi­cul­ties to reach the island due to the often hea­vy ice situa­ti­on. Base W has recent­ly been reno­va­ted and offers some very nice insight of life of an old Ant­arc­tic base to the occa­sio­nal visi­tor.

To the gal­le­ry:
The Ant­arc­tic Pen­in­su­la    Peter I Island and the Amund­sen Sea    The Ross Sea    Scott Island – Mac­qua­rie Island

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