Danco Island

A small island in Antarctica’s Errera Channel, Danco can be a good place to look for gentoo penguins while also offering fine hikes to stunning viewpoints

Danco Island

Region: Antarctica

Destinations: Antarctic Peninsula

The penguins, hikes, and history of Danco Island

Danco Island is one of our classic landing sites, a place where we not only have the chance to see gentoo penguins but can often make hikes that offer great views of the surrounding Errera Channel.

Many travelers take their first polar plunge at Danco Island, which is snowbound for most of the season, making for excellent snowshoeing opportunities.

Charted by explorer Adrien de Gerlache and his crew during the Belgian Antarctic Expedition of 1897 – 99, Danco Island was named after Belgian geophysicist and magnetician Emile Danco, who died during the expedition in 1898.

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