Discovered in 1841 by James Ross, Ross Island was actually named in honour of him by Robert Scott later on. Home to 3 inactive volcanoes as well as the active Mount Erebus, the second highest volcano in Antarctica, Ross Island has been used as a base for many early expeditions to the South Pole and is still the southernmost island reachable via the Ross Sea.
It's here that on an Antarctic cruise it is possible to visit Scott and Shackleton's expedition huts which are still standing on the island, preserved as historical sites. It's also possible to visit the US research station McMurdo and Scott Base (New Zealand) both of which are located on Ross Island.
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Map of Ross Island
Trips that visit Ross Island
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Ross Sea Discovery: In Scott & Shackleton's Footsteps
Embark on this 30-day epic voyage to The Ross Sea, the 'Heart of Antarctica', experiencing the immensity of the Ross Ice Shelf and remoteness of this little-visited region. Includes privileged visits to Scott's and Shackleton's historic huts and research bases…
- 30 Days