See fascinating geology as you walk among Adelie Penguins
Information about Shingle Cove
This small sheltered cove is found on the southern shore of Coronation Island, in Iceberg Bay. Shingle Cove is notable for both its fascinating geology and its large colony of Adelie Penguins.
Two gravel beaches allow for an easy landing and give access to the higher ground beyond. From the beach, you can see outcrops of metamorphic schist, with visible layers of quartz and feldspar. Your expert Antarctic guides will also show you areas of Shingle Cove where other mineral deposits have eroded to the surface, including red garnet and green amphibole.
To either side of your landing site, petrels will be seen flying to and from their rocky burrows in the low cliffs. You’ll also be unable to miss the noise from the impressive Adelie Penguin colony here - over 13,000 strong!
Although you can wander freely on the landing beach, your walk to the penguin colony will be carefully marked and must be followed under supervision. This is to protect petrel burrows which are easily disturbed.
Only groups of 20 visitors at a time are allowed into the colony to avoid too much disturbance, but this is an excellent opportunity to walk into the heart of the Shingle Cove penguin colony with all its sounds, sights, and smells!
Interesting facts about Shingle Cove
See the fascinating geology of the area brought to the surface at the landing beach, then walk carefully through the petrel burrows to the huge Adelie penguin colony for an up-close and personal experience with these fascinating creatures.
One more thing makes up the South Orkneys 'landscape', the tabular icebergs. These drift up from the Weddell Sea then get 'stuck' on the Scotia ridge around the islands. This results is some spectacular views, in and around the islands, and on the approaches offshore.
In some years, with a large number of tabular bergs coming together, also trapping a lot of ice floes, it can be challenge to get into the South Orkneys, especially in windy conditions with all the ice moving around, conditions when it may take longer to get from the peninsula to South Georgia (or visa versa) with less time to stop on route. For this reason visits to the South Orkneys may not be 'promoted' pre-cruise, but with the hope to include a landing, and/or a ship's cruise, if ice and weather conditions permit.
Areas off shore can be good for whales.