Lemaire Channel

Where is it?

Antarctic Peninsula

About Lemaire Channel

This spectacular channel is just 1,600 metres wide at its narrowest point, and is one of the most hoped for parts of any cruise to the Antarctic Peninsula. Nicknamed 'Kodak Alley', it is beautifully photogenic, and wonderfully calm.

Expect an iceberg-filled passage, surrounded by towering ice cliffs, usually as still as a mill pond due to its relative protection from the seas. One of the many landings on the Peninsula after leaving the Channel could be the tiny Petermann Island, a haven for Weddell, crabeater and Elephant seals, as well as skuas and other seabirds along with an impressive number of penguins (the majority from the enormous Adélie penguin colony). Or if you're venturing further south on an Antarctic Circle Cruise, you may make it as far as Detaille Island.

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Trips that visit Lemaire Channel

Flexibility is the key to success in Antarctica. All voyage routes take advantage of the ever-changing opportunities provided by nature, crafting a unique and extraordinary experience each time.

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66 Degrees South Fly Cruise

By offering time saving flights, extended time in Antarctica and the chance to reach the Polar Circle, this 10-day voyage maximises the polar experience. Minimum travel time & maximum exploring time and all the benefits of only 73 people…

  • 10 Days
  • $15,495
South of the Antarctic Circle

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…

  • 12, 13 or 14 Days
  • $7,550
Onto the Antarctic Ice

With three medium-sized expedition ships to pick from and regular departure dates throughout the season, this well-priced voyage is a popular option. Across striking landscapes and icy seas, your company includes penguins, seals, whales and skuas. For the adventurous, optional…

  • 10-13 Days
  • $7,900
Falklands, South Georgia & The Polar Circle

Explore one of the last untamed areas on Earth; ruggedly beautiful landscapes and amazingly varied wildlife on board an elegant and modern 4* vessel. Optional activities include photo/video workshops with experts and polar…

  • 23 Days
  • $15,700
Southern Atlantic Odyssey

This must be one of the world’s last great sea voyages - sailing from Antarctica up through the South Atlantic Ocean, visiting remote islands en route. Departing mid-March, it’s a 33 or 42 day long voyage depending on whether you…

  • 23-37 Days
  • $13,250
Elegant Antarctic Peninsula

Soak up the Antarctic Peninsula's spectacular wildlife and landscapes from the ultra comfort of a modern, luxury ship. Balance time exploring ashore with sumptuous relaxation on board, where the highly trained onboard team caters to your every need. With the…

  • 12 Days
  • $10,304
South Shetland Islands & Antarctica Voyage

A classic 10-day voyage to the White Continent. Perfect for those wanting great value and comfortable accommodation. Sail aboard a purpose-built X-bow expedition ship with an average of 175…

  • 9-12 Days
  • $6,990
Encounter the Antarctic Circle

An extended voyage to the peninsula with 6 full days exploring the White Continent. Your comfortable 175 passenger ship will sail towards 66 degrees south in pursuit of the remote Antarctic Circle. An ice-strengthened PC6 hull allows your vessel to…

  • 12 Days
  • $9,290
South Georgia, Falklands and Antarctica In-Depth

Devised by a team with 50 years of polar expedition experience, from the balance of the time exploring each location, to the wealth of onboard expertise and thoughtfully designed expedition ships, this trip has a real ‘pedigree’. Explore with the…

  • 22 Days
  • $27,200
Antarctica Classic in Depth

Few other voyages offer 6 full days on the Peninsula. You'll have time to really absorb the incredible glacial landscapes, unique wildlife & the history; whilst options for kayaking & camping offer another perspective. The large & stable vessel softens…

  • 13 Days
  • $7,799
Immense Discovery: Falklands, South Georgia & the Peninsula

This fantastic trip covers all the must-see highlights of an extended Antarctic expedition. With 21 nights aboard, you will venture far south past vast icebergs to cross the Antarctic Circle before taking in jaw-dropping king penguin colonies in the wildlife…

  • 23 Days
  • $28,295