Peter I Island

This spectacular volcanic island is found in the Bellingshausen Sea and was discovered by Fabian von Bellingshausen in 1821 who named it after the Russian Tsar Peter I. Covered by a glacier and surrounded most of the year by pack ice it's a pretty inaccessible island and visited by few Antarctic cruises on their way along the Antarctic Peninsula which means you're really lucky if you manage to get onto it!

One of the things that most stands out about Peter I Island are its impressive ice cliffs found all the way round, where the eastern side is the steepest. On an Antarctic cruise, nearby places of interest include the Lemaire Channel and Detaille Island, just south of the Antarctic Circle.

Find out more about Antarctica & visiting Peter I Island on our page about Antarctic cruises

Map of Peter I Island

Nearby landmarks

Trips that visit Peter I Island