Gliding Through the Glassy Calm Waters of Antarctica’s Kodak Gap

That the Lemaire Channel is nicknamed “Kodak Gap” is a pretty good indication that it’s reliably scenic. When the conditions are right, it’s spectacular.

Reflections in the Lemaire Channel Antarctica
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That the Lemaire Channel is nicknamed “Kodak Gap” is a pretty good indication that it is reliably scenic. Steep rocky mountains covered in glaciers and snow rise almost vertically out of the water, creating a narrow channel less than a mile wide at its narrowest point and just under 7 miles long.

That combination of mountains and a narrow passage also funnels wind and icebergs. The wind can howl above the water, and it can be choked with ice in the water. But when the conditions are right, its glassy reflections of the dramatic landscape are spectacular.

Photos of the Lemaire Channel

Ship Navigating Sea Ice in the Lemaire Channel in Antarctica
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Navigating the Lemaire Channel Antarctica
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Jagged Rocks at Lemaire Channel Antarctica
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Sailboat Navigating the Lemaire Channel Antarctica
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Plates of Sea Ice in the Lemaire Channel Antarctica
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Ship Pushing Through Ice in the Lemaire Channel in Antarctica
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Blue Glow in the Mountains of the Lemaire Channel Antarctica
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Reflections in the Lemaire Channel Antarctica
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Ship Passing Through the Lemaire Channel Antarctica
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Landscape Shapes in the Lemaire Channel Antarctica
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Reflections in the Lemaire Channel Antarctica
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Glacier in the Lemaire Channel Antarctica
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Sea Ice in the Lemaire Channel Antarctica
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Reflections in the Lemaire Channel Antarctica
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Snow-covered Mountain in the Lemaire Channel Antarctica
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What to Know Before You Go

The only way to get here is by ship.

It can ice up, and quickly, even in summer, so it’s not always possible to get through.

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by David Coleman

I'm a freelance travel photographer based in Washington DC. Seven continents, up mountains, underwater, and a bunch of places in between. My images have appeared in numerous publications, and you can check out some of my gear reviews and tips here. More »