Weddell Seals will join you on the beach near the remains of a historic refuge hut
Portal Point is a narrow, rocky point on the northeast of the Reclus Peninsula off Graham Land. It was named by British explorers as it formed part of the “gateway” for the route to the Antarctic Plateau.
In 1956, a refuge hut was established here, known as Cape Reclus Refuge. It was only used for two winters and then abandoned. In 1996, the hut was removed and is now in the Falklands Island Museum.
All that’s left of the refuge on the Point are the remains of its foundations, often not visible under the frequent snow cover. Indeed, this year-round snow is why there are no penguin colonies here.
However, Portal Point is a popular place for Weddell seals to haul out, and while you are landing you will often see them in good numbers.
Interesting facts about Portal Point
Site of the remains of British hut CR (Cape Reclus), also known as Portal Point, (established in 1956, and occupied intermittently for survey work, 1957-58. Party from Danco Island (Station O) wintered there 1957 to continue local survey work. Four-man party, led by Sir Wally Herbert, completed the first traverse by dog team from Hope Bay to Cape Reclus 9 Oct-30 Dec 1957.Subsequently removed for display outside of Antarctica. Only concrete foundations now remain at Portal Point.
Pictures of Portal Point
Highlights Close to Portal Point
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 Portal Point
Our trips to Portal Point