Antarctic Peninsula

The Antarctic Peninsula has a rugged coastline of bays and channels with a spectacular background of snow-capped mountains.

Paulet Island

bow of ship and ice ship at anchor off Paulet Island ice

icebergs at sunset sunrise orca

cormorant colony Adelie penguin and chick alpenglow west of Paulet Island fur seals

cormorant

This circular volcanic island lies off the northern tip of the Antarctic peninsula. There is a huge Adélie penguin colony here, but almost all of the birds had already fledged and left this late in the season. There is also a big cormorant colony. The island is surrounded by icebergs that calve off the Larsen Ice Shelf. There is a stone hut on shore where the Larsen expedition overwintered in 1903 after their ship, the "Antarctic" sank, giving its name to the surrounding waters.

Rongé Island

Rongé Island has several large colonies of chinstrap and gentoo penguins.

shoreline

Two chinstrap colonies are at the top of steep cliffs. Chinstraps are surprisingly good climbers.

chinstrap penguins chinstrap ecstatic display chinstrap penguin chinstrap penguin

The gentoo colony is down below.

gentoo penguin colony gentoo penguin ecstatic display gentoo penguin chick begging gentoo chick with life vest

South polar skuas lurk around the edges of the penguin colonies.

South Polar skua

Port Lockroy

This is the old World War II British "Base A", maintained as a historical site, on Goudier Island in the Neumeyer Channel. The gentoo colony established itself after the base was originally closed down.

alpenglow Port Lockroy gentoo with whale bones whale bones sheathbill nest in whale vertebrae gentoo chick on whaleboat

Port Lockroy gentoo penguin feeding chick

The Lemaire Channel

channel tall ship "Europa" "Europa" crabeater seal

This narrow fjord separates Booth Island from the peninsula to the east.

Pleneau Island

porpoising gentoo penguin crabeater seals crabeater seal

Pleneau Island lies at the end of the Lemaire channel. Many icebergs ground in the shallow waters between this island and Booth Island.

Paradise Bay

This protected and beautiful bay was the site of a wedding aboard the Vavilov, but the weather was rainy and foggy.

The Gerlache Channel

landscape glacier ice panorama crabeater seals

Neko Harbor

Neko Harbor is on the Antarctic continent itself, rather than an offshore island. The glacier across from the landing site is very active and frequently calves into the harbor. There is a small orange Argentinian refugio (refuge shelter hut) onshore.

tidewater glacier gentoo penguin colony scenic Neko Harbor gentoo colony two gentoos gentoo penguin on ice

fin whale crabeater seal crabeater seal

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