This is an activity available only when route, weather and ice conditions allow.
Lemaire Channel was first seen during a German expedition in 1873-74, but was not traversed until December 1898, when the Belgica of the de Gerlache expedition passed through. De Gerlache named it for Charles Lemaire (1863-1925), a Belgian explorer of the Congo.
Lemaire Channel is located between Booth Island and the mainland's Graham Land. Nicknamed "Kodak Gap" by some, it is one of the top destinations in Antarctica. Steep cliffs hem in the iceberg-filled passage, which is 11 km long and just 200 metres wide at its narrowest point. Not only is it scenic, but its protected waters are usually as still as a lake, an anomoly amidst the storm-wracked southern seas. The principal challenge is that icebergs sometimes fill the channel, making it impassable.
While MS Fram carefully attempts her way through the channel, we offer an exclusive opportunity to see the channel “up close”. There are few places on Earth where one feels as small as this.
Imagine coming as close to the elements as possible in a small boat together with a handful other people. We offer an unforgettable cruise through Lemaire Channel in sturdy Polarcirkel boats together with experienced skippers and expert guides. You are well protected in a flotation suit that keeps you more than warm enough for the one to two hour journey through Lemaire Channel. Access depends on ice conditions in the channel. Dare to be adventurous and live in the moment, feel the elements up close with 1,000 m high mountains and glaciers towering above you on both sides of the channel. If lucky we may see seals on ice floes. The specific course of this wonderful tour relies entirely on the moment and ice-conditions we meet while passing through magnificent Lemaire Channel.