Come face to beak with chinstrap penguins on a crescent moon-shaped beach.
Astrolabe Island in 3 miles long, and can be found about 14 miles off the Cape Ducorps in the Bransfield Strait on the Trinity Peninsula. It was discovered in 1837 and named after the French expedition ship that found it.
There is a wonderful crescent beach on the northern shore which is where you will land. Depending on the time of year you might have to pick your landing spot carefully to avoid the Antarctic fur seals who breed here and can be aggressive if they have very young pups.
The main attraction is the chinstrap penguin colony, several thousand strong. On your way in or out of this site, you will no doubt sail close to a group of impressive rocks that stick out of the sea to the northeast, known as the Dragon’s Teeth. Some of our expert Antarctic cruise guides have decided that if your ship sails in between any of the teeth, that means you have “flossed” Astrolabe Island!
Interesting facts about Astrolabe Island
Chinstrap penguin colony
Pictures of Astrolabe Island
Highlights Close to Astrolabe Island
Devil Island, Vega Island
Mawson’s Huts and Cape Denison
Animals in Astrolabe Island
Our trips to Astrolabe Island