Petermann Island

Just north of the Antarctic Circle, Petermann island is one of the less visited islands on the Antarctic Peninsula, found as you venture further south, travelling down the Lemaire Channel. It is a fantastic place to see Weddell, Crabeater and Elephant seals, as well as skuas and other Antarctic sea birds. There is also an impressive number of penguins, the majority form a large Adélie penguin colony.

The views of 'Iceberg Alley' from the top of Petermann island is well worth the hike.

The island was discovered by a German expedition of 1873-74, who named it after geographer August Petermann. The French Antarctic Expedition of 1908-10 wintered over aboard ship in a cove on the southeast side of the island, named Port Circumcision because it was spotted 1 January 1909, the traditional day for the Feast of the Circumcision.
Huts built by the expedition are gone, although a cairn remains, along with a refuge hut built by Argentina in 1955. There is also a cross commemorating three members of the British Antarctic Survey who died in a 1982 attempt to cross the sea ice from Faraday station to Petermann.
Things to see and do
* Adelie and Gentoo penguins
* Seabirds
* Icebergs
Blue-eyed cormorants
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