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Admiralty Bay
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Admiralty Bay

Admiralty Bay is a bay located on the west coast of King George Island in the South Shetland Islands of Antarctica. It is the largest bay in the islands, with a length of 16km and a width of 5.5km. The bay is surrounded by mountains and is fed by several glaciers, including the nearby Fildes Glacier.

Admiralty Bay has been an important site for many historical events. The first recorded landing in the bay was in 1819 by the British Naval expedition of Edward Bransfield and William Smith. In 1820, the Russian Imperial Navy established a base at the bay and named it Port Foster. During the 19th century, the bay was a popular whaling destination, with many ships coming to the area to hunt whales.

In the early 20th century, the bay was used as a base for several expeditions to Antarctica, including the British Graham Land Expedition of 1934-37 and the US Navy Antarctic Developments Project of 1946-47. During the latter expedition, a research station was built on nearby Fildes Peninsula, which is now known as the Chilean Base Frei.

In the 1950s, the bay was the site of several Cold War conflicts between the Soviet Union and the United States. In 1961, the US Navy established the Naval Air Facility Admiralty Bay, which was used for surveillance of the area. The base was abandoned in 1966.

Today, Admiralty Bay is a popular destination for scientific research. It is home to several research stations, including the Chilean Base Frei and the Chinese Great Wall Station. The bay is also a popular tourist destination, with many visitors coming to admire its stunning scenery and wildlife.

Excursion tips for a day in Admiralty Bay

As a tourist in Admiralty Bay in Antarctica, there is a wide range of activities to enjoy on a day trip.

1. Visit the research station in the bay to learn about the history of the area and the work of the scientists who study it.

2. Take a boat tour around the bay to observe the local wildlife, such as penguins, seals, and whales.

3. Go kayaking in the bay to get a closer look at the unique landscape and its inhabitants.

4. Take a guided hike on the nearby hills to experience the stunning views of the bay and its surroundings.

5. Go on a guided tour of the nearby islands, such as Deception Island, to learn more about the local history.

6. Enjoy the unique atmosphere of the bay by taking a walk along the shoreline.

7. Go birdwatching, as Admiralty Bay is home to a variety of seabirds.

8. Take a helicopter tour of the bay to get a bird's eye view of the area.

9. Visit the nearby museum to learn more about the history and culture of Antarctica.

10. Go on a whale-watching tour to observe the majestic creatures in their natural habitat.

Experience Admiralty Bay with unforgettable activities by our partner GetYourGuide. The offer is also ideal as a special gift idea for family and friends who are planning to visit Admiralty Bay. Cancellations are possible up to 24h before the start of the activity (unless otherwise stated in the activity description), with a full refund of the booking price.

The climate in Admiralty Bay

Admiralty Bay in Antarctica has a polar climate, with temperatures ranging from -20°C to -2°C in the winter and -10°C to 5°C in the summer. The coldest months are June and July, while the warmest months are December and January. Snowfall is common throughout the year, with the highest amounts occurring in June and July. During the summer months, the sea ice melts, allowing for more sunlight and slightly higher temperatures. The wind is generally strong throughout the year, with the strongest winds occurring in the winter months.

Cruise weather for Admiralty Bay

Our weather forecast for Admiralty Bay helps plan your stay according to the weather. For sunny days, pack light and breathable clothes, swimwear, and sunscreen. For winter weather, it's recommended to bring warm clothes, gloves, a hat, sturdy footwear, and a raincoat.

Date Icon Temperature Wind speed/gusts Cloudiness/Visibility Air humidity/pressure Sunrise/Sunset
Jul. 17th 2024 Jul. 17th 2024 max: 1.8 °C
min: -0.1 °C
41.0 m/s
69.8 m/s
97.1 %
4.5 m
96.1 %
994 hPa
Jul. 18th 2024 Jul. 18th 2024 max: -0.3 °C
min: -4.5 °C
42.8 m/s
56.9 m/s
47.9 %
18.4 m
82.8 %
990 hPa
Jul. 19th 2024 Jul. 19th 2024 max: -3.4 °C
min: -4.8 °C
46.4 m/s
64.1 m/s
57.2 %
21.6 m
80.3 %
989 hPa
Jul. 20th 2024 Jul. 20th 2024 max: -0.6 °C
min: -6.4 °C
28.4 m/s
41.0 m/s
100.0 %
2.2 m
94.2 %
967 hPa
Jul. 21st 2024 Jul. 21st 2024 max: -7.3 °C
min: -15.9 °C
45.0 m/s
53.6 m/s
98.6 %
2.2 m
91.2 %
966 hPa
Jul. 22nd 2024 Jul. 22nd 2024 max: -4.8 °C
min: -14.9 °C
17.3 m/s
40.0 m/s
96.1 %
13.9 m
89.5 %
977 hPa
Jul. 23rd 2024 Jul. 23rd 2024 max: -7.8 °C
min: -15.1 °C
44.3 m/s
66.2 m/s
99.3 %
2.8 m
93.0 %
971 hPa
Jul. 24th 2024 Jul. 24th 2024 max: -4.5 °C
min: -13.7 °C
33.5 m/s
49.7 m/s
33.8 %
23.3 m
79.0 %
991 hPa
Jul. 25th 2024 Jul. 25th 2024 max: -2.1 °C
min: -6.7 °C
42.5 m/s
73.0 m/s
99.7 %
22.8 m
83.9 %
998 hPa
Jul. 26th 2024 Jul. 26th 2024 max: -1.4 °C
min: -4.6 °C
76.7 m/s
111.6 m/s
100.0 %
10.1 m
84.9 %
983 hPa
Jul. 27th 2024 Jul. 27th 2024 max: -2.8 °C
min: -8.7 °C
47.2 m/s
74.2 m/s
98.8 %
1.1 m
90.7 %
971 hPa
Jul. 28th 2024 Jul. 28th 2024 max: -4.8 °C
min: -13.8 °C
46.4 m/s
64.4 m/s
100.0 %
0.2 m
92.0 %
980 hPa
Jul. 29th 2024 Jul. 29th 2024 max: -8.7 °C
min: -12.9 °C
11.9 m/s
31.3 m/s
64.1 %
11.4 m
90.1 %
994 hPa

Cruises to Admiralty Bay

Would you like to travel to Admiralty Bay on a cruise ship or would you just like to know when a certain ship will dock there? Here you will find an overview of the cruise ships that will be calling at the port of Admiralty Bay.

Scheduled ship calls in Admiralty Bay, Antarctica
Date Ship Arrival Departure Details
Dec. 15th 2025 Monday, 15th of Dec. 2025 Norwegian Star 12:00 am 12:00 am
Dec. 29th 2025 Monday, 29th of Dec. 2025 Norwegian Star 12:00 am 12:00 am
Jan. 12th 2026 Monday, 12th of Jan. 2026 Norwegian Star 12:00 am 12:00 am
Jan. 26th 2026 Monday, 26th of Jan. 2026 Norwegian Star 12:00 am 12:00 am
Feb. 9th 2026 Monday, 9th of Feb. 2026 Norwegian Star 12:00 am 12:00 am
Feb. 23rd 2026 Monday, 23rd of Feb. 2026 Norwegian Star 12:00 am 12:00 am

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