Petermann Island & Hidden Bay

Jan 13, 2018 - National Geographic Explorer


It was a truly exquisite day filled with one surprise and delight after another.  We started our day in full sunshine and without a breath of wind on Petermann Island, the overwintering location for Jean-Baptiste Charcot and his second French Antarctic Expedition in 1909.  Here, we enjoyed Adélie and gentoo penguins and their chicks, as well as Antarctic shags and the remnants of many interesting historical tales, like the 1956 Argentine refuge hut, the 1982 commemorative cross and even some “graffiti” dating back to Charcot.

A delicious deck barbeque and sunshine cruise through the scenic Lemaire Channel was followed by an unforgettable series of Zodiac cruises, kayaking, and polar plunges in the rarely visited Hidden Bay, which is tucked into Cape Renard.

A traditional Asado dinner and live music from the house band, “The Spice Boys” rounded out what will certainly be considered a day filled with superlatives and cherished memories.

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About the Author

Sheri Bluestein

Expedition Leader

Sheri has over 12 years of experience sharing the wonders of Alaska as a hiking guide, expedition leader, cultural interpreter, and naturalist. For 10 of those years, she made her home on the Kenai Peninsula where she spent her free time hiking, growing enormous vegetables, and successfully avoiding bears and moose on her way to the outhouse at night. 

About the Videographer

Bradford McArthur

Video Chronicler

Committed to filming isolated regions and untold stories through a message of conservation, Bradford McArthur founded Forever Exploring Productions in 2009 to help bring these stories to life.  With the vision and ability to see past surface distractions and take the story straight to the most meaningful questions, his films not only deliver beautiful imagery, but often ask the most honest question.  Why?

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