Top things to do in Central Peninsula

Top Choice Gorge in Central Peninsula

Lemaire Channel

This steep-sided channel – just 1600m (5250ft) wide – runs for 11km (7 miles) between the mountains of Booth Island and the Peninsula. So photogenic that it's been dubbed 'Kodak Gap,' the passageway is only visible …
Base in Anvers Island

Palmer Station

Palmer was built in 1968 on the island’s southwest coast to honor American sealer Nathaniel B Palmer, who in 1820 was one of the first to see Antarctica. The new station replaced the prefabricated wooden huts of ‘Ol…
Base in Argentine Islands

Academician Vernadsky Station

This Ukrainian base, which accommodates 24 people, is located on Galindez Island. Transferred from the UK in 1996 for £1 (look for the actual coin embedded in wood between the taps at the station bar), it was previo…
Historic Building in Port Lockroy

Bransfield House

Britain beautifully restored the original station building, Bransfield House, the main building of Base A, in 1996. Displays on the station’s history hang inside. Artifacts include clothing from Operation Tabarin, a…
Rookery in Port Lockroy

Goudier Island

Goudier Island is home to 800 pairs of gentoos. Monitoring of their breeding success since 1995 has found no discernible impact from tourists, who tramp past their nests by the thousands each year. Breeding success …
Rookery in Anvers Island

Torgersen Island

The Adélie rookery just offshore is often visited in conjunction with Palmer Station. Since 1974, however, the Adélie population here has dropped by 60% to fewer than 3300 pairs, due to climate-induced changes in se…
Historic Building in Argentine Islands

Wordie House

Built in 1947 as the first part of what would later become Faraday Base, this protected historic site, restored in the late 1990s by the British Antarctic Survey (BAS), sits about 1km from the station. The original …