A fantastic place for wildlife spotting, the Aitcho Islands are one of the first places to be visited on arrival in Antarctica on board an Antarctic Cruise. This group of islands is located between Half Moon Island to the south and Robert Island to the north.
On this cluster of islands, many species of penguins can be found including Gentoos and Chinstraps; Elephant seals are also common. Other landmarks of note on the Antarctic Peninsula include the beautiful Lemaire Channel, full of towering ice cliffs, and the Crystal Sound, the body of water that takes you across the Polar Circle at 66 degrees south.
Find out more about cruises that visit the Antarctic Peninsula and cross the Polar Circle.
Map of Aitcho Islands
Trips that visit Aitcho Islands
By including optional kayaking and diving, these late season voyages offer the chance to maximise your polar crossing experience by exploring Antarctica both on and under the water. Travelling at that time provides excellent photographic and whale watching conditions, alongside…
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