Antarctica - Antarctic Peninsula (Chapter)
This is the Antarctic Peninsula chapter from Lonely Planet’s Antarctica guidebook.
The most accessible part of the continent, the beautiful Antarctic Peninsula extends a welcoming arm north toward South America’s Tierra del Fuego as if beckoning visitors. With its dramatic landscapes of steep snow-covered peaks often plunging straight into the sea, and with narrow iceberg-studded channels weaving between countless islands and the mountainous mainland, the Peninsula also offers some of Antarctica’s most stunning scenery. In recent decades, tourist landings have concentrated on sites along the western coast of the central Peninsula; relatively few ships of any sort visit the Weddell Sea, on the Peninsula’s eastern side. It has, indeed, earned its reputation as an ice-choked ship-eater. Shackleton’s Endurance is only the most famous example of the half-dozen vessels crushed there.
- photograph eye-popping scenery around the Lemaire Channel, Paradise Harbor and Charlotte Bay
- listen to 200,000 braying Adélie penguins on Paulet Island
- step inside a time capsule of 1950s British Antarctic life at Base W on Detaille Island
Coverage includes: Central Peninsula, Charlotte Bay, Cuverville Island, Danco Island, Rongé Island, Neko Harbor, Useful Island, Waterboat Point, Paradise Harbor, Port Lockroy, Anvers Island, Melchior Islands, Booth Island, Lemaire Channel, Pléneau Island, Petermann Island, Yalour Islands, Argentine Islands, Southern Peninsula, Detaille Island, Adelaide Island, Marguerite Bay, Stonington Island, Northern Peninsula, General Bernardo O’Higgins Station, Astrolabe Island, Hope Bay, Joinville & D’Urville Islands, Dundee Island, Paulet Island, Brown Bluff, Weddell Sea, Vega Island, Devil Island, James Ross Island, Seymour Island, Snow Hill Island, Ronne Ice Shelf, Filchner Ice Shelf and Halley Station.
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