Antarctic Peninsula

The Antarctic Peninsula is the northernmost part of the mainland of Antarctica, located at the base of the Southern Hemisphere. At the surface, it is the biggest, most prominent peninsula in Antarctica as it extends 1,300 km (810 miles) from a line between Cape Adams (Weddell Sea) and a point on the mainland south of Eklund Islands. Beneath the ice sheet which covers it, the Antarctic Peninsula consists of a string of bedrock islands; these are separated by deep channels whose bottoms lie at depths considerably below current sea level. They are joined together by a grounded ice sheet. Tierra del Fuego, the southernmost tip of South America, lies only about 1,000 km (620 miles) away across the Drake Passage.

Be prepared to be dazzled by the Antarctic Peninsula’s staggering abundance of wildlife, towering snow-tipped mountains and glaciers pitted with crevasses. Five seal species, king penguin rookeries of gentoo, adélies and chinstraps as well as a profusion of seabirds from albatross to skuas. On an Ice Tracks expedition you will experience nature, up close and personal.

Cris' expert insight

As mad as it sounds: don't forget to pack your swimming costume! Cold (Icy!) water swimming is an incredible experience, especially in the coldest waters in the world, and you don't want to get caught with just your undies on the ice!
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