United States Antarctic Program (USAP) Palmer Station, Arthur Harbour, Anvers Island, Antactica

Some of the buildings of the U.S. Antarctic Program's Palmer Station, with the directional sign to other research stations, in Arthur Harbour on Avers Island, Antarctica

Some of the buildings of the U.S. Antarctic Program’s Palmer Station, with the directional sign to other research stations, in Arthur Harbour on Avers Island, Antarctica

The morning after we sailed by Palmer Station to anchor overnight in the Neumayer Channel, we sailed to Arthur Harbour where we anchored near the USAP Palmer Station, located on Anvers Island, Antarctica.  The United States Antarctic Program (USAP) maintains three year-round stations in the Antarctic.  The largest is on Ross Island in McMurdo Sound (reached by ship from Australia).   The second station is at the Geographic South Pole, with Palmer Station on the Antarctic Peninsula (reached by ship from Argentina) being the third.

We were very fortunate to be one of the few ships visiting the area that was allowed to send Zodiacs ashore for us to get a guided tour of the research station.

The directional sign to other research stations at the U.S. Antarctic Program's Palmer Station in Arthur Harbour on Avers Island, Antarctica

The directional sign to other research stations at the U.S. Antarctic Program’s Palmer Station in Arthur Harbour on Avers Island, Antarctica

We also had the opportunity to get a passport stamp from Palmer Station, a rarity, as Antarctica is a continent under joint international management, but not a country/countries. In fact, Antarctica is the only continent on earth that does not have a country on it.

 

Your intrepid exploer and blogger in front of a giant oil storage tank at the U.S. Antarctic Program's Palmer Station in Arthur Harbour on Avers Island, Antarctica

Your intrepid explorer and blogger in front of a giant oil storage tank at the U.S. Antarctic Program’s Palmer Station in Arthur Harbour on Avers Island, Antarctica

 

For more information about Palmer Station, visit: 

www.usap.gov/videoclipsandmaps/palwebcam.cfm

 

 

The view of the icebergs from the U.S. Antarctic Program's Palmer Station in Arthur Harbour on Avers Island, Antarctica

The view of the icebergs from the U.S. Antarctic Program’s Palmer Station in Arthur Harbour on Avers Island, Antarctica

 

Panoramic view from Palmer Station in Arthur Harbour on Anvers Island, Antarctica

Panoramic view from Palmer Station in Arthur Harbour on Anvers Island, Antarctica

 

 

One of our ship's Zodiacs departing from the U.S. Antarctic Program's Palmer Station in Arthur Harbour on Avers Island, Antarctica

One of our ship’s Zodiacs departing from the U.S. Antarctic Program’s Palmer Station in Arthur Harbour on Avers Island, Antarctica

 

A Zodiacs exploring the channel near the U.S. Antarctic Program's Palmer Station in Arthur Harbour on Avers Island, Antarctica

A Zodiac exploring the channel near the U.S. Antarctic Program’s Palmer Station in Arthur Harbour on Avers Island, Antarctica

 

Mountains, glaciers, snow, ice and icebergs in the channel near the U.S. Antarctic Program's Palmer Station in Arthur Harbour on Avers Island, Antarctica

Mountains, glaciers, snow, ice and icebergs in the channel near the U.S. Antarctic Program’s Palmer Station in Arthur Harbour on Avers Island, Antarctica

 

Ice forms near Palmer Station in Arthur Harbour on Anvers Island, Antarctica

Ice forms near Palmer Station in Arthur Harbour on Anvers Island, Antarctica

 

Gentoo Penguin pas de deux on the ice near Palmer Station in Arthur Harbour on Anvers Island, Antarctica

Gentoo Penguin pas de deux on the ice near Palmer Station in Arthur Harbour on Anvers Island, Antarctica

 

5 thoughts on “United States Antarctic Program (USAP) Palmer Station, Arthur Harbour, Anvers Island, Antactica

  1. Many thanks to the daughter, Larissa, of good friends who sailed through Antarctica with us for the following link to a fun article in “Lucky Peach”, “The Lone Chef of Palmer Station, Antarctica: A chef who follows the winter.” Nice timing and a fun read…

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