The Neumayer Channel is a well-travelled route by most Antarctic cruises, running 16 miles long between Anvers Island and Wiencke and Doumer Islands. As it is a rather narrow waterway, it can be found entirely blocked off by giant icebergs and glaciers during the more icy months of the Antarctic winter.
Originally named the Roosen Channel by Eduard Dallman on his 1873-4 Antarctic expedition, it was also named for Georg von Neumayer by Adrien the Gerlache on his famous 1897-9 expedition, and the latter has stuck as the general name.
Together with the Lemaire Channel, the Neumayer Channel is known for its stunning views, entrancing many Antarctic visitors as they are surrounded by towering natural ice sculptures and tabular icebergs. Playful penguins and seals are also a major attraction, and there is even often the opportunity for whale-spotting in inflatable zodiac boats.
Map of Neumayer Channel
Trips that visit Neumayer 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.
Onto the Antarctic Ice
With four medium-sized expedition ships and regular departure dates throughout the season, this well priced voyage is a popular option. Across striking landscapes and icy seas your company will include penguins, seals, whales and skuas. For the adventurous, optional kayaking…
- 10-13 Days
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
Antarctic Basecamp Adventure
The ultimate Antarctic adventure, this trip is specifically for the active traveller. Spend 6 days kayaking, hiking, camping, mountaineering and snowshoeing, all included in the price. A medium-sized expedition ship acts as your floating ‘basecamp’. Great value for money backed…
- 12-13 Days
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…
- 23-42 Days
Traversing the Antarctic Circle
For an unparalleled Polar Circle experience spending 8 full days in Antarctica, choose this February departure. Head south when penguin and whale activity is at its peak, accompanied by a highly experienced team. This elegant 139 passenger ship combines real…
- 15 Days
Antarctic Peninsula Expedition
Combining great value and consistently high customer feedback, this popular 10-day voyage is a perennial favourite, and justly so. You’ll spend 4 full days exploring Antarctica, sailing aboard a small 90-passenger vessel renowned for its friendly Latino staff and delicious…
- 10 Days
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- 12 Days
Antarctic Sailing Expedition
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- 22 Days