Lemaire Channel

This spectacular channel which is just 1,600 metres wide at its narrowest point, is an unmissable stop during a cruise to the Antarctic Peninsula. One of the best times of day to sail through the Lemaire is at sunset, when the sun dips below the horizon for just an hour before returning for a further 23 hours of daylight (during December/January).

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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Map of Lemaire Channel

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Trips that visit Lemaire Channel