Orcadas Base

Located in Antarctica’s South Orkney Islands, this Argentine research base was originally the site of the Speirs Bruce station

Orcadas Base

Region: Antarctica

Destinations: South Orkney Islands

Orcadas Base staff, scenery, and seabirds

The site of an expedition by Scottish scientist William Speirs Bruce from 1902-04, Orcadas Base is an Antarctic research station on Laurie Island. In 1904, with the permission of the British Consul in Buenos Aires, it was gifted to Argentina following the Speirs Bruce’s expedition. Orcadas Base is an easy landing site with friendly staff, historic ruins, and exotic bird life.

A brief history of Orcadas ownership

Shortly after Argentina took ownership of the base, permanent Argentine residents settled there and set up a post office, claiming sovereignty by occupation. The United Kingdom had previously claimed sovereignty of Orcadas Base by discovery.

The other residents of Orcadas Base

While visiting Orcadas Base, you might see some of the regional seabirds that call Laurie Island home. These include breeding pairs of southern giant petrels, and with the permission of the base’s personnel, we might even visit nearby Punta Cormoran, which has an Adélie penguin colony.

Related cruises

Falkland Islands - South Georgia - Antarctica

Meet at least six penguin species

PLA27-22 This Falkland Islands, South Georgia, and Antarctic Peninsula cruise is an animal-lover’s dream come true. The expedition explores one of the last untamed areas on Earth – a land of ruggedly beautiful landscapes and amazingly varied wildlife.

m/v Plancius

m/v Plancius

Cruise date:

15 Jan - 3 Feb, 2022

Price:

on request

Falkland Islands - South Georgia - Elephant Island - Antarctica - Polar Circle

Meet at least six penguin species

HDS29A22 This Falkland Islands, South Georgia, and Antarctic Peninsula cruise is an animal-lover’s dream come true. The expedition explores one of the last untamed areas on Earth – a land of ruggedly beautiful landscapes and amazingly varied wildlife.

m/v Hondius

m/v Hondius

Cruise date:

17 Feb - 11 Mar, 2022

Price:

15200 USD

Falkland Islands - South Georgia - Antarctica

Meet at least six penguin species!

OTL21-22 A cruise to the Falkland Islands, South Georgia & the Antarctic Peninsula. Visit some of the most beautiful arrays of wildlife on Earth. This journey will introduce you to at least 6 species of penguin and a whole lot of Antarctic fur seals!

m/v Ortelius

m/v Ortelius

Cruise date:

25 Oct - 14 Nov, 2022

Price:

13000 USD

Falkland Islands - South Georgia - Antarctica

Meet at least six penguin species!

HDS21-22 A cruise to the Falkland Islands, South Georgia & the Antarctic Peninsula. Visit some of the most beautiful arrays of wildlife on Earth. This journey will introduce you to at least 6 species of penguin and a whole lot of Antarctic fur seals!

m/v Hondius

m/v Hondius

Cruise date:

2 Nov - 22 Nov, 2022

Price:

13000 USD

Falkland Islands - South Georgia - Antarctica

Meet at least six penguin species

JNS22-22 This Falkland Islands, South Georgia, and Antarctic Peninsula cruise is an animal-lover’s dream come true. The expedition explores one of the last untamed areas on Earth – a land of ruggedly beautiful landscapes and amazingly varied wildlife.

m/v Janssonius

m/v Janssonius

Cruise date:

7 Nov - 26 Nov, 2022

Price:

13200 USD

Loading