Wiencke Island is an uninhabited island 26 km (16 miles) long and from 3 to 8 km (1.9 to 5.0 miles) wide, 67 km2 (26 ml2) in area, the southernmost of the main islands of Palmer Archipelago, lying between the west coast of Antarctic Peninsula and Anvers Island to its north. Its highest point is Luigi Peak 1,415 m (4,642 ft). The rocky island is covered by snow, ice and glaciers. Some small rocky beaches lie on the northern and western sides of the island. There, some moss, grasses and lichens can be found.
In 1944 Britain set up bases in a bay of Wiencke and on Deception Island and another in 1945 at Hope Bay, to do weather reporting as well as to check there was no naval activity by the Germans. Only one of the three bases remains, located on Goudier Island in bay of Port Lockroy, close to the south-western end of Wiencke Island, off Jougla Point.
In 1947 a light tower was installed by Argentina at Py Point at Peltier Channel's southwest end, on nearby Doumer Island, and in 1957 a refuge hut was erected in Dorian Bay, north of Port Lockroy. In 1975, BAS (British Antarctic Survey) erected a staging hut, popular as Damoy Point refuge, close to this Argentinean refuge to act as a base for temporary aircraft ice-strip in summer. In 1995 it was taken out of use, and stands restored as historic site.
Yelcho, another scientific station, was established in 1962 by Chilean Navy in South Bay on Doumer Island, situated nearby. In 1957 an emergency shelter was constructed in Alice Creek 150 meters south of Goudier Island on island's east coast, followed 2 years later by a bigger hut, for use while maintaining low-frequency electromagnetic aerial / remote receiving equipment. In 1996, after the two huts were derelict, they were removed, and Base 'A' was restored on Goudier Island.
Highlights: Neumayer Channel, Wiencke Island, Gentoo rookery
Wiencke Island cruise terminal
Cruise ships to Wiencke Island dock (anchor) at Port Lockroy - port town (natural harbor) on the northwestern coast.
Port Wiencke 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 Wiencke Island, Port Lockroy, 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|
|3 March, 2018|
|Le Boreal||Deception Island, Antarctica|
|5 March, 2018|
|Le Soleal||Deception Island, Antarctica|
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