During lunch we continued south west to the spectacular Lemaire Channel between the continental mainland and rocky Booth Island.
Just before entering the channel we crossed the Professor Molchanov, another Quark Expeditions ship going north.
The weather could not have been better and the scenery stupendous with the mirror like sea reflecting the mainland on the left and Wandel Peak on Booth Island on the right.
The narrow Lemaire Channel is a favourite destination because of its spectacular scenery but we were particularly lucky to have such a calm sea. Here is Wandel Peak again.
And on our left, here is Mount Cloos on the mainland also beautifully reflected in the sea.
It was amazing to to see how calm the sea had become after experiencing its violent behaviour in the Drake Passage.
Our luck ran out a little further when we saw an iceberg in the channel.
We steamed on to see better. There appeared to be a little clear space on the right of the first iceberg but there were more behind effectively blocking the passage.
We turned back and enjoyed the scenery again from another angle.
We turned north into the Bismarck Strait going around Booth Island to reach our destination Petermann Island.
The weather was still beautiful so we had an outdoor barbecue for dinner on the after deck. It was great with everything you can possibly cook on a barbecue, beef, lamb, chicken and a variety of sausages.
This is Anvers Island. Somewhere along this coast is Arthur Harbour and the American Palmer Station.
Leaving Bismarck Strait behind, we sailed south to visit the Adelie rookery on Petermann Island.
Here is Penola Strait with the mainland on the other side, seen from the Adelie rookery on Petermann Island.
Here is the rookery with Mount Scott on the Mainland.
Another view of the rookery and Penola Strait.
A closer view of Adelie penguins (psygoscelis adeliae) with their distinctive white eye ring and perfect black and white coat.
They are so beautiful, here is one last picture showing one plump partner incubating under the watchful eye of its partner.
It was still light at ten in the evening but the shadows were lengthening and it was time to get back on board.