Graham Land

The northernmost portion of the Antarctic Peninsula, Graham Land is the part of Antarctica that lies closest to South America

Graham Land

Region: Antarctica

Destinations: Antarctic Peninsula

The ideally positioned Graham Land

Due to Graham Land’s proximity to South America, it is a frequent area of travel for small-scale Antarctic cruise vessels coming from Ushuaia. In fact, large conventional cruise ships are not permitted to make landings in Graham Land. The area is characterized by iconic Antarctic sights like fantastic glaciers, colossal icebergs, and snow shoreline mountains (American Cordillera).

Graham Land’s American Cordillera endpoint

The mountains Antarctic travelers see in Graham Land are actually the final range of an extensive mountain sequence known as the American Cordillera, a series of ranges that forms an almost continuous line through western North America, Central America, South America, and Antarctica.

The uncertain history of Graham Land

Before the British Graham Land Expedition of 1934–1937 charted Graham Land, the landmass was thought to be an archipelago. Graham Land is named after Sir James R. G. Graham and is part of Argentine Antarctica, the British Antarctic Territory, and the Chilean Antarctic Territory.