Half Moon Island
Home to Antarctic birds and seals, and haven for polar research scientists.
Half Moon Island is rugged and rocky and lies just off the Bergas Peninsula in the South Shetland Islands. One side of Half Moon Island has steep, scree-covered slopes and cliffs down to the water, an ideal home to many Antarctic sea birds. The other parts of the island are characterized by pebble and boulder beaches leading to shallower slopes.
Visitor numbers are strictly controlled to ensure that the resident terns, gulls, and penguins aren’t disturbed, especially during their breeding seasons.
Your landing site is a cobbled beach where the remains of a whaling dory (a type of shallow, planked boat) can be seen.
As well as penguin colonies close to the shore, your Antarctic exploration guides will show you the Half Moon Island chinstrap penguin nesting sites near a navigation tower at the top of the hill, as well as the amazing Wilson’s Storm Petrel burrows that have been dug into the scree slopes here.
Your guides will also show you the areas where you can roam freely, always keeping an eye out for Fur Seals whose colors camouflage themselves against the rocks.
Half Moon Island is also home to the Argentinian Summer Antarctic Research Station. You may well spot scientists undertaking important surveys and research work during your visit.
Interesting facts about Half Moon Island
A whaling dory lies on the main landing beach. Towards the west of the site lies the Argentine Antarctic summer station Cámara. In summer, scientists from Cámara Station can be seen at work across the island.
Pictures of Half Moon Island
Highlights Close to Half Moon Island
South of the Polar Circle
Animals in Half Moon Island
Our trips to Half Moon Island