CUVERVILLE ISLAND, ANTARCTICA

ESPAÑOL

  • I was here: approximately 3 hours during the morning of the fourth day of the cruise, on December 28, 2007.
  • My score: 4/5.

We leave the South Shetland Islands behind to continue in the southwest direction and approach the Antarctic Peninsula, although our first landing was on another island, discovered by a Belgian expedition between 1897 and 1899, the tiny Cuverville Island, just a short km², and with two types of attractions.

Isla Cuverville Mapa 2
Situation of Cuverville Island regarding the Antarctic Peninsula on Google Maps. In the center of the upper part with its rounded shape is Deception Island, which was the previous stop
Isla Cuverville Mapa
The island seen from near

LANDSCAPES

The island, of volcanic origin but not at all active, is encased between two land languages on Danko Coast. The views to the east and west allow us to enjoy the nearby mountains and to the north there are usually drifting icebergs.

Antártida Cuverville Island Antarctica (1)
Icebergs arriving to Cuverville Island
Antártida Cuverville Island Antarctica (2)
Surrounding landscape
Antártida Cuverville Island Antarctica
Nearby mountains
Antártida Cuverville Island Antarctica (3)
Icebergs and some penguins when landing in the island
Antártida Cuverville Island Antarctica (4)
Icebergs, some penguins and our ship in the background
Antártida Cuverville Island Antarctica (5)
A sailboat anchored to the south of the island
Antartida Cuverville Island Antarctica Alwashere
Me on Cuverville Island
Antártida Cuverville Island Antarctica (6)
Some more icebergs

SPECIAL LANDSCAPE SECTION: THE ICEBERGS

Cuverville Island is located at the entrance of the small Errera Channel, and the drift of icebergs is frequent, leaving some backwaters north of the island. Contemplating icebergs is something worthwhile each and every time. When one has never seen them, one imagines them as little more than giant drifting ice cubes, but soon we will realize that each one has a capricious, unique and unrepeatable form, and that many are those who acquire the fascinating glacial ice blue color, compacted for tens or hundreds of years, instead of the usual white tones. We had the opportunity to make our first zodiac ride around glaciers on this island, marveling at its shapes and the indescribable blue color of ice.

Iceberg en Cuverville Island Antartida, Antarctica (2)
The bluest of the glaciers we saw throughout the trip was this one with the shape of a hollow triangle
Iceberg en Cuverville Island Antartida, Antarctica (3)
Flatter icebergs
Iceberg en Cuverville Island Antartida, Antarctica (4)
An iceberg with a peak reminiscent of an umbrella
Iceberg en Cuverville Island Antartida, Antarctica (5)
This could also boast a beautiful blue tone
Iceberg en Cuverville Island Antartida, Antarctica (6)
Another iceberg with the strangest shape
Iceberg en Cuverville Island Antartida, Antarctica
The same iceberg seen from another angle
Iceberg en Cuverville Island Antartida, Antarctica (7)
Larger icebergs
Iceberg en Cuverville Island Antartida, Antarctica (8)
One more rounded

AND FAUNA: THE GENTOO PENGUIN

But the reason for stopping precisely here is the presence of an important summer colony (more than 6,500 couples) of Gentoo, also colloquially called Juanito penguin. This one and Port Lockroy are two of the places where we can better appreciate these birds. They are distinguished from the chinstrap penguins that we find on Half Moon Island because they have pink peak and pink inside of the wings, as well as black head with white spots on the eyebrows that join at the top of the head. The largest adults reach 90 cm tall and weigh 8 kg, and are the fastest penguins in the water, reaching speeds around 35 km / h and being able to jump in the purest dolphin style.

Antartida Cuverville Island Antarctica Pingüino Gentoo, Gentu o Juanito penguin
Several Gentoo Penguins
Antartida Cuverville Island Antarctica Pingüino Gentoo, Gentu o Juanito penguin (2)
These seem to be saying “another irritating tourist with his little pictures …”
Antartida Cuverville Island Antarctica Pingüino Gentoo, Gentu o Juanito penguin (6)
This Gentoo seems much nicer
Antartida Cuverville Island Antarctica Pingüino Gentoo, Gentu o Juanito penguin (3)
Penguin nests on the rocks
Antartida Cuverville Island Antarctica Pingüino Gentoo, Gentu o Juanito penguin (5)
We can get close to the nests
Antartida Cuverville Island Antarctica Pingüino Gentoo, Gentu o Juanito penguin (4)
Penguin nests close-up

<FULL CRUISE ITINERARY TO ANTARCTICA

<DRAKE STRAIT

<HALF MOON ISLAND

<DECEPTION ISLAND

NEKO HARBOUR>

PARADISE BAY>

PORT LOCKROY>

LEMAIRE CHANNEL>

PLENEAU ISLAND>

PETERMANN ISLAND>

∇ Destinations / ∇ Antarctica

 

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