To the east is
the Antarctic mainland, separated by the Gerlache Strait, to the west is Anvers Island, separated by the at times narrow and
winding Neumayer Channel.
Unfortunately their good ship Belgica got stuck in the ice and the brave explorers had to spend a long,
harsh winter in total darkness. Apart from scurvy, some of the men suffered mentally and one crew member
even left to walk
back to Belgium. So far he has not arrived there yet.
Wiencke Island is named after an unlucky crew member from Norway who went
overboard and drowned.
Nowadays these waters are frequently visited by cruise ships because of the majestic scenery of
snow and glacier covered peaks and cliffs.
We circumnavigated Wiencke Island in Februari 2008.