The Peninsula is the first sight of continental Antarctica that greets travellers crossing the Drake Passage. It is a mere spit of land in relation to the overall immensity of the continent, but it packs a punch.
The western coast of the Antarctic Peninsula is strewn with dramatic ice cliffs, rugged islands and spectacular coves and bays, all of which can be observed from expedition zodiacs or on foot. Paradise Bay is no misnomer, with pristine scenery and beautiful light, and the Lemaire Channel is so dramatic that it earned the nickname of Kodak Alley (before the onset of digital photography!). This is a place where you feel like you can touch the sides as you sail though it on a small expedition ship, and skuas and Adelie penguins are found in vast numbers.
The Antarctic Peninsula may be the most accessible part of the White Continent but this is no way means it is any less spectacular. It is notable for as much as what isn’t there as what is and so for lovers of unspoilt wilderness and exceptional wildlife an Antarctic peninsula cruise is an absolute must-do.