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

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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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Where to Next?

Guidebooks for Antarctica

If you're looking for a guidebook to make the most of your visit, these are some of the most popular ones currently for Antarctica. Some are available in both paper and e-book formats.

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Hopefully, you won't need it, but if something goes wrong, you'll sure be glad you have it!

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