Lemaire Channel
Lemaire Channel
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Viv B
Melbourne, Australia1,597 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Friends
Antartica will forever be etched in my memory - pristine landscape of treasures relatively unspoilt by us!! The ultimate architecture of glacial vastness, transformed by exploding pieces of icebergs, being freed to be wherever the currents orchestrate.

Sanity prevails, as this continent is free from manmade borders of ownership, protected for future generations, a reminder what our precious home can be when there’s a will to understand the affects of our endeavors on the laws of nature.

I will never tire of seeing ice-bergs, especially those that are small mountain islands or creative forms floating by; some with swimming pools, circular arches…… remembering we see only 10% & in time will be no more.

Thrilled to be checked out by seals, colonies of penguins with their signature scent of anchovies, ‘waved to’ by families of whales. We were lucky to see lone emperor penguin on two occasions being about 200klms north of their usual colony - strolling majestically across ice-sheet.

Seeing unspoilt vastness is a reminder of mother nature’s awesome beauty, calms the soul - a reminder that we are lucky to be able to live in this Goldilocks planet we call home, to use our collective intelligence to look after her for all of us irrespective of politics, religion, country & culture - fundamentally we all want the same for ourselves & our families - to live as one in peace.

Feel privileged to be able to visit this place - a trip of a lifetime with Scenic Eclipse II, a 6 star cruise with 7 star service/experience.
Written 11 February 2024
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product-of-canada
Toronto, Canada2,466 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Family
Surprised this ranks so high on TripAdvisor. We woke up early to see this channel. However, it was quite short and a little bit underwhelming.

The dramatic cliffs so close to the ship are beautiful, and perhaps if it was brighter out it would look more impressive. But I found other aspects of the Antarctic trip more interesting (penguins; whale-spotting; unique iceberg formations; historic research stations; kayaking; snow-shoeing; polar plunging; ice landings; etc.
Written 7 February 2024
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Florian254
Norddeutschland1,408 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023
This is a very interesting and narrow passage which has impressive mountains, a small penguin colony and a fascinating landscape
Written 9 March 2023
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JnVSydney
Greater Sydney, Australia20,935 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023
Sailing up and down this channel we were so spoilt to see some of the most beatiful landscapes we have have ever seen, the snow-covered mountains were like a picture frame for deep blue channel scattered with floating ice.
Written 2 February 2023
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Wesley C
Tucson, AZ10,285 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2022
Lemaire Channel is nicknamed "Kodak Alley" because it is probably the most photographed place in Antarctica. This picturesque channel is 6 miles long and 1 mile wide. It is surrounded on both sides by tall, steep cliffs (up to 3,870 feet tall). First traversed in 1898 by Belgian explorer Adrien de Gerlache. Because the channel is narrow and protected by high cliffs, the waters are very calm and mirror-like. Lemaire Channel is one of Antarctica's top tourist destinations and is a main passageway to Petermann Island. Jaw-dropping scenery in every direction as you float among the icebergs!
Written 20 January 2023
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Kelly R
Reno, NV52 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022 • Family
We were lucky the ice wasn’t too thick allowing us to go through the channel. It was a bit windy and cold the day we went through but the views were spectacular
Written 15 January 2023
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jonahNJ
Pennington, NJ11,812 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
One of the highlights of our journey to Antarctica was passing through the Lemaire
Channel. The waters were still when we passed through and the ice was not a problem for the ship. The Lemaire Channel is a strait off Antarctica, between Kiev Peninsula in the mainland's Graham Land and Booth Island. We passed through during the evening, but the winter sun provided a great view. The steep cliffs form “twin towers” which welcome visitors to iceberg-filled passage, which is a little less than 7 miles long and just under one mile wide at its narrowest point. However, I learned that ships must be careful since icebergs may sometimes make the passage even narrower. We were fortunate to be able to travel through Lemaire Channel with no problem on February 16, 2020 on the Hurtigruten MS Midnatsol!
Written 15 July 2020
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RandyRoss
Ridgetown, Canada12,595 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
We entered Lemaire Channel on February 5th, 2020 on the Holland America Volendam. We almost made it through the channel before we were forced to turn around due to a large iceberg blocking our way. However, we got to see most of it.
Lemaire Channel is a strait off Antarctica, between Kiev Peninsula in the mainland's Graham Land and Booth Island. Steep cliffs hem in the iceberg-filled passage, which is 11 km long and just 1,600 metres wide at its narrowest point.
Our weather was decent although not quite the "perfect day" that we experience the previous day in Paradise Harbour.
Written 16 April 2020
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WImom
Fond du Lac, WI2,275 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
It was disappointing that we could not enter the Lemaire Channel due to ice chunks and icebergs. On a good day, it is so photogenic that it is actually called "Kodiak Gap." This steep sided channel runs 11 km between the mountains of Booth Island and the Antarctica Peninsula. The passageway is quite deep more than 460 feet for most of its length and at about 1 miles wide which is only visible once you are almost inside the chanel
Written 11 April 2020
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Trip60
Washington, D.C144 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
Beyond beautiful. Glaciers galore! Seeing the reflection of the glaciers of the water is magnificent!Would love to come back again
Written 24 March 2020
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