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Antarctic Peninsula- NW Side

A popular expedition cruise destination

The North-West portion of the Antarctic Peninsula is the most frequently visited and is home to many of the most popular landing sites for expedition cruises.

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Highlights in Antarctic Peninsula- NW Side

Wordie House, Winter Island

Nestled onto the only flat part of Winter Island, Wordie House is a hut built in 1947. It was named by a British Antarctic expedition of the time after James Wordie, who was the chief scientist on Shackleton’s famous 1914 Antarctic exploration. Winter Island is less than 1,000 yards long and is one of the Argentine Islands off the coast of Graham Land. Before it closed in 1954, the hut was used to take meteorological readings using instruments stored inside special screens, one of which still stands today. These readings were among the most important and longest set of weather data ever recorded about the Antarctic and helped scientists gain a greater understanding of the meteorology of the continent. Wordie House was made a “Historic Site and Monument” in 1995 and has been looked after by the UK Antarctic Heritage Trust since 2009. There are almost 500 original artifacts still on the site, including original cans of coffee, records, pots and pans, plates, and many more £everyday” items. This makes Wordie House a true time capsule from the golden age of Antarctic exploration and scientific research. The hut is now fully weathertight, and work continues on preserving this unique station. Visits to Winter Island and Wordie House are managed by the nearby Ukrainian station Vernadsky, and you may well be briefed by the Base Commander or other official before you board your boats for the landing. Uniquely for such a historic site, visitors are allowed to roam freely under the supervision of their expert Antarctic guides. They will answer all your questions about the history of the hut, as well as the artifacts that you can find here. Visitors to Winter Island can also expect to see seabirds such as skuas and kelp gulls, as well as seals and penguins.

To the Weddell Sea & Lectures

Named after its discoverer, James Weddell, who first entered this area of the Southern Ocean 1823, the Weddell Sea has a notorious reputation. Responsible for the loss of Shackleton’s ship Endurance, it has been described as “according to the testimony of all who have sailed through its berg-filled waters, the most treacherous and dismal region on Earth.” (Thomas R. Henry, “The White Continent”) Much of the southern area of the sea is covered in a permanent ice shelf, and there are always icebergs adrift here. Remarkably, the Weddell Sea holds the record for having the clearest water of any sea, with scientists classifying it as having a similar clarity to distilled water. But this purity holds much danger for the unwary, with centuries-old tales of ship-crushing flash freezes, dangerously sharp icebergs, and sudden powerful winds and storms. Luckily, your state-of-the-art ship and highly professional crew are well-equipped to navigate you safely through this breathtaking icy water. An experience that you mustn’t miss is to witness the sun rising above the astonishingly clear waters and illuminating the crystal ice that will surround you. We assure you that the 3 am wake-up call is worth it! Despite your distance from land, you are bound to see beautiful all-white snow petrels cruising above the floes and open water. This is a stunning part of the world that only a small fraction of people will ever be able to experience for themselves.

Animals in Antarctic Peninsula- NW Side

Antarctic Tern
Antarctic Tern
Wilson's Storm Petrel
Wilson’s Storm Petrel
Antarctic Fur Seal
Antarctic Fur Seal
Gentoo Penguin
Gentoo Penguin
Blue-eyed shag
Blue-eyed Shag
Cape Petrel
Cape Petrel
Kelp Gull
Kelp Gull
Snow Petrel
Snow Petrel
leopard seal
Leopard Seal
Snowy Sheathbill
Snowy Sheathbill
Weddell Seal
Weddell Seal
Crabeater Seal
Crabeater Seal

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