Danco Island is in the southern part of scenic Errara Channel. It's a small island (about 1.6 km x 180m) which was first charted in 1898. The island was named for Lieutenant Émile Danco, a Belgian geologist who died in Antartica while his ship was trapped in the ice. The Danco Coast is the northwestern section of the coast of the Antarctic Peninsula, between 64 ° and 65 ° south latitude.
Danko island is surrounded by the rugged beauty of the Errera Channel -- mountains, glaciers, thousands of icebergs, lots of seals, Gentoo penguins and whales. This makes for great scenic Zodiac and ship cruising. The weather was a little cooler than the day before, but still very nice and the scenery was pure, raw Antarctica, unlike anything I've ever seen before.
We visited in late spring. After the ice has melted some towards the end of summer, the opportunity to hike to the summit Danco island is an option. But during our visit, it was quite icy and slippery on Danko. We landed on the island and worked our way up part of its slope, but it was dangerous,
(Zodiac departing Danco island)
The area is home to a large number of Gentoo penguins which we visited (more on that visit soon).
I found the following cloud formation to be rather unusual....
The following photo is one of my favorites from this trip, and an introduction to the Gento penguins of Danco Island.
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