Livingston Island is the second largest of the South Shetland Islands in the Southern Ocean (Antarctica). It has length of 73 km (45,4 ml), width of 5-36 km (3-22,4 ml) and total land area of 798 km2 (308 ml2), ranking it the second largest - after King George Island (total area of 1150 km2 / 444 ml2). The highest elevation point is Mt Friesland (1700 m / 5578 ft, in Tangra Mountains).
- The island is also known by the name "Smolensk Island" (in Russia).
- The island is located approx 110 km (68 ml) northwest of the Antarctic Peninsula (Cape Roquemaurel, separated by the Bransfield Strait), approx 809 km (503 ml) southeast of Cape Horn (South America, separated by the Drake Passage), approx 1065 km (661 ml) south of Falkland Islands, and approx 3040 km (1890 ml) north of the South Pole.
- The Livingston Island's closest neighbours are Greenwich Island (east), Deception Island (south, at only 18 km / 11 ml) and Snow Island (southwest).
- Off its north coast there are many islets and rocks, the largest of which are Rugged Island (with its freshwater Basalt Lake), Half Moon Island and Desolation Island.
- The coastline is formed by ice cliffs, coves, rocky beaches. Most of the land surface is ice-covered.
- Byers Peninsula forms the island's west extremity. The bays are named South, False, Moon, Hero, Barclay, New Plymouth, Osogovo, Walker.
- The weather is windy, humid, mostly sunless, with blizzards, max temperatures of 3 C (37,4 F) in the summer and lowest of −11 C (12,2 F) in the winter.
In 1958 was initiated the Antarctic cruise ship) tourism. Today, the number of visiting tourists is in tens of thousands (summer-only) annually, with over 95% of the tours being to the South Shetland islands and the Antarctica Peninsula, Among the most visited cruise ship destinations in the archipelago are Hannah Point (on the Livingston's southern coast), Half Moon Island and Deception Island, as well as the Aitcho Islands (north of Greenwich Island). Passengers are being offloaded via Zodiacs (inflatable boats) and offered nature walks, skiing and climbing, wildlife watching tours. Most cruise ships to Livingston Island anchor at Half Moon Island.
Highlights: Penguins, seals, birdlife
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