To the east is
the Antarctic mainland, separated by the Gerlache Strait, to the west is Anvers Island, separated by the sometimes small and
winding Neumayer Channel.
The islands and waters were named by the Belgian Antarctic Expedition under Adriene de Gerlache who
explored the area at the end of the 19th century.
They had to spend the winter of 1898 in the area because the ship got stuck
in the ice.
Wiencke Island is named after an unlucky crew member from Norway who went overboard and drowned.
are frequently visited by cruise ships because of the majestic scenery of snow and glacier covered peaks and cliffs.
circumnavigated Wiencke Island on February 26 2008.