Welcome to Weddell Sea
As you round the northern extent of the Antarctic Peninsula, the Weddell Sea side of the peninsula is surprisingly different from its western side (where mountains often soar straight from the sea). On the Weddell side, the mountains rise further back and are fronted by vast, snow-free gravel planes reminiscent of Australia’s deserts or the American Southwest (although without vegetation!). James Weddell discovered the sea in February 1823 and named it ‘King George IV Sea’ for the British sovereign. German Antarctic historian Karl Fricker proposed the name Weddell Sea in 1900. All but the most powerful icebreakers are usually prevented from traveling in the Weddell Sea. Others have tried – and paid the price.