Potential Landing sites in Antarctica & The South Shetlands
Wondering exactly where you go when you join an Antarctica expedition? Although explorers in the past had a plan A in mind, they were prepared to change course because they knew they were going to unexplored places on Earth. In the same spirit today, traveling as a polar explorer on expeditions to the White Continent, requires flexibility! Your incredible expedition team will have plan A, plan B and even plan C to make sure you have a fantastic time while visiting Antarctica. Remember you are going to a remote place and weather really dictates the course of the voyage!
Nevertheless, you may be wondering what are the most visited places in the peninsula and we will be sharing with you some of the jewels of the Antarctic Peninsula. You may be visiting some of these places on your next adventure! Check them out below:
The South Shetlands
Aitcho Islands – This is a group of islands located at the northern entrance of the English strait. Gentoo and Adélie penguins rookeries can be found here as well and elephant and fur seals encounters are also common.
Rancho Point/Baily Head – Located in the southeasten shore of Deception Island and inhabited by Chinstrap penguins.
Half-Moon Island – Bird lovers… This is a crescent-shaped island with a lot of bird life: chinstrap penguins, shags, Wilson’s storm petrels, kelp gulls, snowy sheathbills, Antarctic terns and skuas.
Hannah Point – On the south coast of Livingstone Island, this location is a sanctuary for Macaroni, chinstrap and gentoo penguin rookeries.
Pendulum Cove – Here you can witness geothermal waters in Antarctica!
Penguin Island – Here you may see Chinstrap penguins, fur seals and southern elephant seals as they breed here. The two Antarctica flowering plants can be found in this island!
Whaler’s bay – sail through the narrow passage Neptune’s Bellows in the circular flooded caldera known as Deception Island and witness not only penguins and seals, but also remains of the whaling era. You may see steam from the geothermal waters of this location.
Yankee Harbour – Located in Greenwich island, you may visit gentoo penguin rookeries, see and abandoned refuge from Argentina and a big glacier stretching along the bay.