Rugged but beautiful islands where skuas, penguins, and seals breed.
The Orne Islands are a cluster of small, low-lying rocky islands at the entrance to the Errera Channel. They lie just off the northern coast of Ronge Island off Graham Land.
The largest Orne island has moderate slopes leading to a rocky central ridge that has permanent snowbanks. There are also three other small islets that make up the group.
Your landing will be via a low rock platform on the northwest side of the main island. Once ashore, you can roam freely around the island under the supervision of your expert guides. The Orne Islands are home to Skuas, which nest in the rocky outcrops here, as well as other Antarctic seabirds and penguins.
In winter, impressive snow cliffs can form near the landing site. To avoid disturbing the wildlife, the number of visitors on the island is restricted, and during nesting seasons your guides may limit the areas in which you can roam to protect nests.
Interesting facts about Orne Islands
The permanent snow banks make a stunning backdrop to the rocky beaches and lowlands where penguins hop from boulder to boulder on their way to and from the sea.
Pictures of Orne Islands
Highlights Close to Orne Islands
D’Hainaut Island, Mikkelsen Harbour, Trinity Island
Wordie House, Winter Island
Danco Island, Errera Channel
Georges Point, Rongé Island
Port Charcot, Booth Island
Animals in Orne Islands
Our trips to Orne Islands