Weddell Sea Region
The ice-bound 'other' side of the Antarctic Peninsula exudes the legendary feats of Shackleton
Browse the comprehensive range of Weddell Sea Antarctica cruises here at Expeditions Online. Weddell Sea is on the eastern side of the Antarctic Peninsula and, if you’re interested in this area, you may also like to check out our Antarctic Peninsula cruises and our Falklands, South Georgia, and Antarctica cruises Antarctica's Weddell Sea was discovered by the British sailor James Weddell in 1823. These normally ice-bound waters on the eastern side of the Antarctic Peninsula is most well-known for the incredible story of Shackleton's ship, Endurance, which became trapped and crushed by ice in 1915. After 15 months on the pack-ice Shackleton and his men managed to reach Elephant Island and arrange rescue. Entrance to this icy world is often via 'Antarctic Sound' — a vessel named after the expedition ship of Swedish explorer Nordenskjöld. Check out all of our polar cruise vessels. Weddell Sea separates the tip of the Antarctic Peninsula from Dundee Island, and it is also named “Iceberg Alley” because of the huge icebergs often seen coming out from the water. Below, you’ll find several expeditions exploring perhaps the wildest region of Antarctica. Please get in touch if you have any questions about our Weddell Sea Antarctica cruises. Start planning your next big expedition!
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