Petermann Island (Antarctica)

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-65.16928 S, -64.14406 W

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Petermann Island is a small Antarctic isle located off Kiev Peninsula's northwest coast (Graham Land, Antarctica). It is a short distance south of Lemaire Channel and (to the northeast) Hogvaard Island and Booth Island.

  • The island has length of 1,8 km (1,1 ml) and width of 1,2 km (0,7 ml). It rises steeply to 250-meter elevations from a rocky coastline with pebble beaches. Petermann Island has a volcanic origin, with nearly half the land surface covered by crevassed icecap. Areas free of ice have sparse vegetation of lichens and mosses.
  • The isle has been declared an IBA (Important Bird Area) by BirdLife International. It supports a breeding colony of around 3,000 pairs of gentoo penguins (long-tailed species). Other birds nesting in smaller numbers here include Adelie penguins, Wilson's storm petrels, south polar skuas and imperial shags.
  • Petermann Island was discovered during a German expedition (1873-1874) and named after August Petermann (1822-1878) - a famous cartographer with many published maps and scientific articles. 
  • The French Antarctic Expedition of 1908-1910 wintered over aboard a ship in a cove on island's southeast side, named Port Circumcision as it was spotted on January 1, 1909 - the traditional day for Feast of the Circumcision (Christian celebration of Jesus' circumcision).
  • Huts created by the expedition are now gone, although a cairn still remains, alongside a refuge hut that was built by Argentina in 1955, as well as a cross commemorating 3 members of British Antarctic Survey - they died in 1982 in an attempt to cross the sea ice to Petermann Island from Faraday Station.

Lemaire Channel

Lemaire Channel is located between Kiev Peninsula (Graham Land, Antarctica) and Booth Island. This strait is one of Antarctica's most popular cruise ship destinations. The mesmerizing scenery is marked by steep cliffs descending to the iceberg-filled waters of the passage.

Lemaire Channel's length is 11 km (7 ml). Its width is 1,6 km (5300 ft) at the narrowest point. The channel was first passed through by the Belgica ship during the Belgian Antarctic Expedition (December 1898). Then it was named after Charles Lemaire (Belgian officer and explorer of Congo, Africa).

The channel is a standard part of most Antarctica cruise itineraries. This is a fairly protected area with calm sea waters. It is used by ships to reach Petermann Island for tourist landings via Zodiacs (large-capacity inflatable boats). However, sometimes (especially in late Spring-early Summer) the passage is filled with icebergs, forcing the Petermann Island bound vessel to backtrack and sail around Booth Island.

Highlights: Antarctic Peninsula, sheer rock walls

Port Petermann Island cruise ship schedule shows timetable calendars of all arrival and departure dates by month. The port's schedule lists all ships (in links) with cruises going to or leaving from Petermann Island, Antarctica. To see the full itineraries (ports of call dates and arrival / departure times) and their lowest rates – just follow the corresponding ship-link.

Day Ship Arrival Departure Next Port of Call
15 November, 2018
Hurtigruten Cruises cruise lineMS Midnatsol Cuverville Island, Antarctica
26 November, 2018
Hurtigruten Cruises cruise lineMS Midnatsol Cuverville Island, Antarctica

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